Instructional Excellence Retreats
An Instructional Excellence Retreat is held every May on UTC's campus. This professional development program provides opportunities for faculty and staff to network while learning about teaching and learning topics in-depth from fellow faculty and an external workshop speaker. Information about the 2013 Retreat is below:
UTC Instructional Excellence Retreat
May 2nd and May 3rd, 2013
Thursday, May 2nd
ThinkAchieve Faculty Fellows Workshops – Problem-based learning in the morning (8:30-10:00 AM) and Pop culture in the classroom in the afternoon (1:00-2:30 PM), UC Ocoee Room, limited to 20 participants each.
Teaching and Learning Seminars – 1:00-4:45 PM , UC Raccoon Mountain Room and Lookout Mountain Room; Concurrent sessions; registration not required. For the schedule, click here
Reception at Mayor’s Mansion - 5:30-7:30 PM. Welcome reception for May 3rd workshop speaker, Dr. Patti Clayton
Friday, May 3rd
Workshop by Dr. Patti Clayton - Cultivating Critical Thinking through Critical Reflection on Experience Within and Beyond the Classroom 8:30 AM-4:30 PM, UC Tennessee Room
ThinkAchieve Poster Session - UC Tennessee Room
Thursday, May 2nd
ThinkAchieve Faculty Fellows Workshops – Ocoee Room
Workshop 1: Cheryl Robinson – Problem-based learning
Thursday, May 2nd, 8:30-10:00 AM, Ocoee Room
Problem-based learning is an instructional approach by which student learning centers
on a multi-level problem that cannot be answered with a single correct answer. Much
of the literature in regards to problem-based learning suggests that by having students
learn through the experience of problem-solving, both content and thinking strategies
are learned. In this workshop, faculty will be introduced to 8 instructional principles
of problem-based learning. Registration Required. Limited to 20 participants.
Workshop 2: Ralph Covino – Pop Culture in the Classroom
Thursday, May 2nd, 1:00-2:30 PM, Ocoee Room
Scholarly attention has focused on millennial students’ resistance to ‘old school’
lecture formats, their technology-dependence, and what happens when they get to college;
however, a key aspect of the way these students actually process information in their
out-of-class lives -and how it can be used in-class- has yet to receive much notice.
Many on the teaching front-lines have noted how students react positively to in-class
references to film, television, and other media such as The Hunger Games, 50 Shades
of Gray, superhero films, and the like; but how can we best harness our students’
‘referential culture’ to promote logical and coherent critical thinkers? Participants
in this workshop will be introduced to best practices for the use of popular culture
in the classroom. Registration Required. Limited to 20 participants.
Teaching and Learning Seminars (concurrent sessions)
Thursday, May 2nd, 1:00-4:45 PM, Lookout Mountain Room (session A) and Raccoon Mountain Room (session B)
Hear from and interact with UTC faculty and staff as they share their expertise in teaching and learning strategies. Presentations will be on the hour. We are delighted to have the each of the three ThinkAchieve Faculty Award winners presenting. No registration is required for these seminars. Click here to see the seminar schedule
Speaker Reception at Mayor’s Mansion
Thursday, May 2nd, 5:30-7:30 pm
Join us at the Mayor’s Mansion for a reception to welcome our workshop speaker, Dr.
Patti Clayton. Food, beverages, and conversation will be provided.
Friday, May 3rd
Cultivating Critical Thinking through Critical Reflection on Experience Within and Beyond the Classroom, Dr. Patti Clayton
Friday, May 3rd, 8:30 AM-4:30 PM, Tennessee Room
UTC's QEP focuses on critical thinking in a comprehensive way that includes student orientation activities, curricular integration, and experiential learning opportunities (both within and beyond the classroom). This session focuses particularly on experiential learning, although the content is broadly applicable across any instructional context. As the part of the process that generates, deepens, and documents learning, critical reflection is key to all forms of experiential learning. It is also a counter-normative way for many of us to teach and to learn, so it is both challenging to undertake and potentially transformative.