Learning Lab

  • 2017 Mar 29

    Designing and Responding to Creative Projects

    12:00pm to 2:00pm

    Location: 

    Science Center Room 318

    We are begining to assign students projects that demand increasingly complex vocabulary, technical expertise, and creative or aesthetic skills. To ensure that these projects are pedagogically effective, we need to attend ever more carefully to the ways we design, support and evaluate such projects. In this session, we will discuss best practices for designing both formative and summative creative assignments and for giving students feedback on these assignments.

  • 2017 Apr 05

    Argument Maps for Writers

    12:00pm to 2:00pm

    Location: 

    Science Center Room 318

    Argument maps visualize the logic of arguments. They help systematize and navigate complex information; they encourage clearly articulated reasoning; and they promote quick and effective communication. Argument maps can be an especially powerful tool for writers because they explicitly represent and organize relationships between claims and evidence. This workshop will first provide an introduction to argument mapping and to software tools for argument visualization. Then we’ll discuss specific strategies for employing argument maps in drafting and workshopping academic writing.

  • 2017 Apr 12

    Teaching with Objects

    12:00pm to 2:00pm

    Location: 

    Science Center Room 318

    We spend a lot of time during traditional lectures teaching about objects - from tools to paintings to zoological specimens. Yet, the objects themselves carry stories, evoke a sense of wonder and exploration, and challenge students to grapple with disciplinary knowledge to create and apply meaning. In this workshop, we will explore strategies for moving from teaching about objects to letting objects do the teaching, and for facilitating student learning during object handling and observation. Participants are encouraged to bring a small object to use during teaching practice.

  • 2017 Apr 26

    Teaching as Performance and Improvisation

    12:00pm to 2:00pm

    Location: 

    Science Center Room 318

    This workshop will explore teaching as a performance practice, enacting experimental possibilities through improvisation, embodiment practices, and collaborative exercises. Drawing on techniques such as Meisner, Viewpoints, Action Theater, and facilitation techniques such as Circling, we will examine horizontal leadership, non-hierarchical collaboration, and collective decision-making. Participants will leave with specific activities to bring to the classroom and other leadership settings, as well as greater awareness of the collective body as a teaching tool.

  • 2017 May 03

    3D Modeling

    12:00pm to 2:00pm

    Location: 

    Science Center Room 318

    Please register for the workshop here