Grad

Workshops

PFF-approved workshops are offered by the Graduate College, the Academy of Fellows for Teaching & Learning (AFTL), the Center for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning (CET&L), and other UC groups. This page and the Canvas page show which workshops qualify for credit for the present term. The workshops chosen by the PFF program typically focus on pedagogy.

Workshops lasting four hours or less are worth five activity points. Workshops lasting over four hours are worth ten activity points.

In order for students to receive activity points for attending a workshop, an activity log must be completed and submitted via Canvas within one month of the activity date. 

Workshops, Fall 2022

PFF students are encouraged to participate in the following online workshop offerings for PFF recognition. These offerings will be periodically updated. Please check the registration link to see if the specific workshop is virutal or in-person.

Please note: PFF students in the tiered program are required to submit a one paragraph summary following the attended workshop. These summaries can be submitted via email to gradpff@uc.edu and are required within thirty days of the workshop. 

Reappointment, Promotions & Tenure

Date: Tuesday, August 23, 2022

Time: 12:00-1:00 PM

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Learning Objectives:

  1. Summarize RPT guidelines and processes 
  2. Identify the requirements for each level of career advancement 
  3. Develop a plan to reach the necessary milestones for career advancement 
  4. Identify and avoid common mistakes made during the RPT process 

Narrative Language: Mitigating Bias In Evaluations And Letters Of Recommendation

Date: Tuesday, August 30, 2022

Time: 12:00-1:00 PM

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Learning Objectives include:

  1. Recognize ways bias can manifest in narrative language
  2. Compare and contrast narrative language used in completed evaluations and/or letters of recommendation
  3. Implement one strategy to mitigate bias in narrative language 

Creating A Safety Net For Students: Connection, Community And Choice

Date: Tuesday September 27, 2022

Time: 1:00-2:00 PM

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Learning can feel risky for students as they navigate challenging new ideas and skills. In this interactive workshop, we will discuss strategies to foster social connection and community in the classroom to build a safety net for these challenges. Using a trauma informed pedagogical approach we will discuss why social connection is a motivating factor in learning and how to build and sustain a supportive classroom community. In addition, we will explore approaches to increase choice and flexibility to empower students to be active participants in their learning.

Engaging and Supporting All Students

Date: Friday, October 7, 2022

Time: 10:00-11:30 AM

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We often have little information about our students until the course begins! By thoughtfully planning our courses, we can be proactive and prepare to teach a wide range of students. At the same time, we can still remain flexible so that we can adapt our teaching as we get to know our students. In this interactive workshop, we will explore multiple dimensions of student engagement, how we can overcome barriers to learning, and how we can structure our course to support all students. Participants will leave with strategies that they can easily implement into their course design and teaching to create an inclusive and equitable learning environment.

Introduction To Alternative Grading Schemes

Date: Thursday, October 13, 2022

Time: 1:00-2:30 PM

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In this workshop we will discuss alternatives to the traditional college grading scheme. Many instructors might be aware of grading schemes like contract grading or specifications grading. However, they might be unsure how to implement these into their own courses. This workshop will provide a starting place for instructors interested in experimenting with different grading schemes. We will explore alternative grading schemes like contract grading, mastery-based grading, specifications grading, and others.

They Liked It, But Did They Learn? Exploring Engaging And/Or Effective Pedagogies In The College Classroom

Date: Monday, October 24, 2022

Time: 1:00-2:00 PM

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In the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, many college instructors have experienced a renewed interest in student engagement. However, it is not always easy to distinguish between what students like—engaging pedagogies—and what helps them learn—effective pedagogies. One way to begin exploring this relationship is to talk with students about their experiences. In this interactive workshop, we will investigate the findings from a qualitative study which asked college students to describe pedagogies they found engaging and/or effective (Trinidad, Ngo, Nevada & Morales, 2020). We will use the resulting framework as a point of departure for considering the use of engaging and/or effective pedagogies in our own courses.

Active Learning Basics

Date: Thursday, October 27, 2022

Time: 10:00-11:30 AM

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Are you a graduate instructor or new faculty member looking to find ways to increase student engagement in your classes? This in-person workshop on Active Learning Basics hosted by CET&L, will take place on 10/27 from 10:00am-11:30am. We will help to introduce the building blocks of incorporating active learning activities into teaching at various levels and through different modalities with diverse student groups. You will be introduced to a range of active learning activities to be able to explore ways to bring inclusive active learning to your teaching with minimal additional planning.

Stress And Learning: Strategies For Understanding And Addressing Student Stress

Date: Wednesday, November 9, 2022

Time: 10:00-11:30 AM

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Stress influences a student’s capacity to take in information, maintain focus, and engage in the learning process. In this interactive virtual workshop, participants will learn about three types of stress (positive, tolerable and toxic) and trauma informed pedagogical strategies to address stress in the classroom. Attendees will share their experiences with navigating student stress and discuss some of the common coping strategies used by students including procrastination, hypervigilance and apathy.

Innovative Classroom Assessments

Date: Tuesday, November 15, 2022

Time: 1:00-2:30 PM

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This session will focus on the innovative assessments, which are an alternative to the traditional assessments usually seen in the college classroom (essays and exams). Innovative assessments ask students to show their knowledge of course content in more creative and student-centered ways. Rather than writing a paper, students can display their course knowledge in a way they choose. For example, students could create a piece of art, design a computer program, or shoot a short documentary. Students are evaluated based on how well they show their course knowledge through their chosen form. This workshop will introduce professors to a wide array of innovative assessments that fit within many different types of disciplines and help them design an innovative assessment for one of their own courses.

Intro to Course Design and Lesson Planning

Date: Tuesday, November 29, 2022

Time: 2:00 PM

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It is always intimidating for new instructors to design a course for the first time and determine how to frame course content in engaging and meaningful ways. Whether you are putting your own touch on a pre-built class that has been given to you or designing a new course for the first time, this interactive workshop will help you to design a semester-long plan course roadmap. Join this workshop on the basics of course design and learn how to use established Course Learning Outcomes to map the creation of weekly course content.