A short video introduction to the Teaching Commons
About the Teaching Commons
The Teaching Commons brings together like-minded individuals who are interested in exploring and sharing teaching and learning innovation across York University. The Teaching Commons team is based in TEL 1050 and maintains a virtual presence via our website and Moodle courses. More than a presence, we are a network of colleagues, collaborations and projects, working across and within Faculties and Support Services.
We are delighted to announce our new Teaching Commons Space in TEL 1050.
The newly refurbished area provides a space for all who teach at York (contract faculty, tenure stream faculty, TAs, new and experienced) to meet to share ideas, to discuss teaching related topics and to meet with like-minded individuals.
We will be holding a series of events, but we encourage you to suggest events and meetings you would like to host in the space via email@example.com
Join us for York's 2nd Annual Teaching in Focus (TIF) Conference on May 22, 2014.
The theme is 'Educational Innovation & Transformation'. This conference is for all who teach or support student learning at York. We hope you will consider sharing an aspect of your teaching with your colleagues!
To register to attend TIF, please complete the form by May 08, 2014 at http://teachingcommons.yorku.ca/forms/view.php?id=109982
Faculty of Science Special Events - Pedagogical Seminar and Workshop by Michelle Smith (University of Maine)
The Faculty of Science Committee on Teaching and Learning is hosting Michelle Smith, Maine Center for Research in STEM Education (RiSE Center), University of Maine, for a seminar and workshop on March 10 and 11 (next week). She will also be available to meet with people individually on Monday March 10 or Tuesday March 11. Email Julie Clark, firstname.lastname@example.org, if you would like to meet with Michelle.
MARCH 10, 2014 2:45 to 3:45pm Chemistry Building CB 129
Using Assessment and Observation to Improve Student Learning
Instructors, and the teaching practices they employ, play a critical role in improving student learning in college Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) courses. Consequently, there is increasing interest in assessing student content knowledge at multiple points in the curriculum and collecting information on the range and frequency of teaching practices at department-wide and institution-wide scales. To help facilitate this process, I will present the development of two new tools
- Bio-Measuring Achievement and Progression in Science (Bio-MAPS): a comprehensive content assessment taken by first-year and graduating biology undergraduates;
- Classroom Observation Protocol for Undergraduate STEM (COPUS): a protocol that allows STEM faculty, after a short training period, to reliably characterize how faculty and students are spending their time in the classroom. I will also discuss how content assessment and observation data can be used to guide individual and institutional change.
March 11, 2014 10:00am to 11:30am Bethune College BC 215
Peer Discussion and Clickers: Using Student Answers to Impact Instruction
Classroom response systems, also known as clickers, allow instructors to gauge students’ real-time performance. In one commonly used mode known as Peer Instruction, students first answer a multiple-choice clicker question individually, engage in conversation with peers, and then revote before the answer to the question is revealed. Peer instruction provides students with opportunities to practice solving problems and monitor their understanding during class. In this workshop we will:
- discuss techniques for writing challenging clicker questions;
- practice asking clicker questions in a way that encourages peer discussion;and
- learn how to use student voting results to guide instruction.
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