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Course Design and College Teaching, Spring 2017

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Course Design and College Teaching


*3/31/2017 to 6/2/2017*

Fridays, 1:30-3:30pm LOCATION TBA

In Spring 2017, the Chicago Center for Teaching will offer a pedagogy course open to all graduate students and postdocs at the University. This course fulfills the pedagogy course requirement for the Certificate in Teaching offered by the CCT.

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The overarching goal of this course is to help graduate students and postdocs prepare to teach in the college classroom. Over the course of the term, we will read literature on teaching and learning and use that scholarship to reflect on our own teaching practice. We will start at the beginning by thinking first about how people learn. Next we will turn our attention to course design and consider what kind of structure will help us promote learning in our students. We then consider assessment: how do we know students are learning, and how can the work we assign them promote meaningful engagement with course material? We will then think about what happens in the classroom (and beyond) by exploring different teaching methods, and what can be said for (and against) them. We will also consider the issue of inclusion in the classroom, discussing how to create a welcoming and productive classroom environment.

Alongside this process of reading, reflection, and discussion, students will also be engaged in designing a course of their own. This endeavor will take the form of a course design project, which should serve as the foundation for a course you plan to teach soon, either in the College, at a Chicago-area institution, or in your first year as a faculty member.

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