Team-Based Learning Practitioner's Workshop: From Interest to Implementation
May 29th, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. in ITE 456
So you've heard of the pedagogical approach called Team-based Learning
(TBL), and maybe you even attended last year's workshop on it at UMBC.
Now you might be ready to consider how you would redesign one of your
courses to use this teaching strategy, but the prospect of a complete
redesign is intimidating. Following last year's Introduction to TBL,
this year's workshop will provide participants with more specific
examples of TBL in practice, a lunch Q&A panel with UMBC TBL
faculty, and time to design a TBL unit in their own courses. If you
missed last year's workshop, there will be brief demos to illustrate
basics, but ample time to focus on keys to success, including writing
good questions and application exercises. Attendees will receive a copy
of Team-based Learning: Small Group Learning's Next Big Step as a further resource. Lunch is provided. To attend, please register here.
Please read the What is TBL and Twelve Tips handouts before you come, and bring one course unit or module you would be interested in redesigning with TBL.
Course Design Workshop
Facilitated by the Faculty Development Center
June 7th, 10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. in ECS 023
Are you rethinking a course you'll be teaching this next year? Or, are you planning a new course soon? Or, are you interested in finding more efficient ways to think about student assignments? Then join this discussion on ways to think about course design to be more efficient and effective in accomplishing the goals for your courses. During the session participants will 1) set expectations for student learning, 2) plan assignments and class activities that help students achieve the goals for their learning, and 3) design assessments (exams, projects, papers) that measure students' achievement of course goals. Participants should bring a course syllabus or ideas for new courses to the session.
Lunch will be provided. During lunch participants will hear from a panel of faculty about their experiences using these principles to design hybrid courses. Please register by May 31st so that we have an accurate count for lunch and materials.
Thursday, July 25th, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., ITE 456
Facilitated by Dr. Mark Serva, University of Delaware, Department of Management and Information Systems, with Dr. Deborah Allen, University of Delaware, Department of Biological Sciences
Problem-based learning (PBL) is a pedagogical approach in which students engage complex, challenging problems and collaboratively work toward their resolution. PBL is about students connecting disciplinary knowledge to real-world problems, an extremely effective way to motivate learning. This hands-on workshop will introduce PBL concepts and methods. Attendees will learn the components of an effective PBL problem by first tackling a PBL problem and then applying these ideas in writing their own problem. During the working lunch, attendees will discuss how TBL, PBL, and flipping the classroom complement each other and can be combined to create a powerful environment for student learning. The afternoon will dedicate time for problem-writing, as well as for examining the problems that others have written.
The primary workshop leader is Dr. Mark Serva from the University of Delaware Department of Management and Information Systems. Mark is a member of the board of leaders for the University of Delaware’s Institute for Transforming Undergraduate Education and its former associate director. He has conducted dozens of workshops both nationally and internationally and has received a number of teaching awards. Helping facilitate the workshop will be Dr. Deborah Allen from the Department of Biological Sciences. She is a founding leader of the Institute for Transforming Undergraduate Education and the current Director of the Center for Educational Effectiveness. She is a former program director for NSF, a recipient of the University of Delaware excellence in teaching award, and author of numerous books and articles about PBL and other active learning strategies.
Continental breakfast, lunch and afternoon refreshments will be provided. Participants should register no later than July 15th.
The Faculty Development Center supports faculty and instructors in their teaching role at the University by providing a comprehensive program of services and resources.
All consultation services provided faculty are confidential and are not used by administrators or committees in making personnel decisions.