Workshops - Graduate Students

The Teaching Assistant Consultants (TACs) offer certificate-bearing workshop series in the Fall, Winter, and Summer sessions. In addition, the TACs offer stand-alone workshops in the Spring and at the TA Orientation in September. Workshop topics include teaching with technology, student-centered learning, promoting inclusive learning environments, and many more.

Winter 2017 Workshop Series: Thoughtful Pedagogy for Diverse Learning Environments

Collaboration and community-building are essential components of effective teaching. But it can be challenging to find time to focus on our relationships with ourselves and our students while also juggling research, teaching, and life obligations. This interactive workshop series presents an opportunity for graduate students and postdocs of all levels and disciplines to develop research-based techniques for creating supportive, inclusive learning environments that honor the diverse experiences of students and instructors. Participants will leave this series with strategies to build collaborative relationships among teachers and learners, encourage student motivation in and out of the classroom, develop a personal philosophy of teaching, and more. The series consists of six (6) 2-hour workshops on Tuesdays from 4:10 to 6pm beginning on January 24th to March 7th; participants that attend 5 out of 6 workshops and complete an assignment will earn a certificate of participation.

Inclusiveness and Supportive Networks for Student Success


Are you interested in creating and maintaining an inclusive and supportive learning environment in and out of the classroom? This workshop will help you define inclusiveness and understand how it benefits student learning. It will encourage you to think of inclusive strategies when constructing your course design and classroom environment. Finally, the workshop will guide you through ideas to foster supportive networks among your students in and out of the classroom to promote student success.

Date/Time/location:
Tuesday, January 24th from 4:10-6pm
Memorial Union II

Fostering Student Motivation In and Out of the Classroom

Do you want to engage, motivate, and stimulate your students in your classroom? Do you ever wonder how to encourage students’ motivation outside the classroom? This workshop is designed to help you catalyze interest in the material you present and encourage students to find the significance of the class on their own terms. We will identify ways to foster intrinsic and extrinsic motivation to help students succeed in your class and in college.

Date/Time/location:
Tuesday, January 31st from 4:10-6pm
Voorhies 126

Supporting Students Outside of the Classroom

This workshop is designed to help you enhance the teaching and learning that takes place outside of the classroom, such as during office hours, over email, and in feedback on student work. Though they are sometimes overlooked, these are important areas of academia where knowledge is produced and relationships are developed. We will discuss how make the most of these opportunities to promote students’ learning and improve your own productivity as a TA or AI.

Date/Time/location:
Tuesday, February 7th from 4:10-6pm
Memorial Union II

An Introduction to Contemplative Pedagogy


Emerging research has suggested that contemplative pedagogy, or practicing mindfulness in the classroom, may benefit both instructors and students. Such benefits may include deepening one’s listening skills, using greater insight to sharpen one’s problem-solving skills, and an increased sense of connection and compassion for others. This brand-new workshop will provide a primer for how to apply mindfulness in an educational context.

Date/Time/location:
Tuesday, February 14th from 4:10-6pm
Memorial Union II

Student-Centered Pedagogy for STEM Classrooms


It can be challenging to make connections between STEM concepts and students’ everyday experiences. How can we apply learner-centered approaches while solving a calculus problem, exploring the intricacies of genetics, or explaining the processes in a power cycle? In this workshop we will discuss how to engage students with active learning strategies such as reflection and discussion in order to improve their understanding of technical topics and encourage them think critically about the role of science in society and their lives.

Date/Time/location:
Tuesday, February 21st from 4:10-6pm
ARC Meeting Room #1

Strategies for Student Engagement with Evidence in Humanities and Social Science Classrooms


Courses in the Humanities and Social Sciences ask students to engage in critical and analytical thinking, yet this is often a difficult skill for them to master. This workshop is designed to help instructors promote critical thinking in the classroom and engage students in creating effective arguments. Participants will come away with strategies that encourage students to identify and apply different types of evidence when creating an argument. Finally, this workshop will facilitate a discussion of both the transferrable skills cultivated in and the inherent value of the subjects taught by humanists and social scientists today.

Date/Time/location:
Tuesday, March 7th from 4:10-6pm
ARC Meeting Room #1