Grad

Workshops

PFF-approved workshops are offered by the Graduate School, the Academy of Fellows for Teaching & Learning (AFTL), the Center for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning (CET&L), the Graduate Association for Teaching Enhancement (GATE), and other UC groups. This page and the Microsoft SharePoint 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 to gradpff@uc.edu within one month of the activity date. 

Workshops, Spring 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. 

Academic Impressions: How To Navigate Difficult Conversations With Students (Pre-Recorded)

Tuesday, January 25, 2022

2:00 PM to 3:00 PM

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This webinar discusses how to understake difficult conversations with students regarding grades, GPAs, parents, and colleagues.  Tips and safety protocols will be shared as well as case studies.  Strategies will be explored on active listening.

Teach Students To Ask Their Own Questions For Active And Engaged Learning

Thursday, January 27, 2022

10:00 AM to 11:30 AM

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Why do postsecondary students struggle when we ask them to pose questions? It is because most of their schooling has focused on their ability to answer rather than ask questions. Yet question formulation is a fundamentally important lifelong skill. It also helps students become more curious, active, and engaged learners. This workshop introduces instructions to the Question Formulation Technique (QFT), a simple and adaptable strategy for teaching students to ask better questions. The QFT was originally developed by Luz Santana and Dan Rothstein, co-directors of the Right Question Institute and co-authors of Make Just One Change: Teach Students to Ask Their Own Questions (Harvard Education Press). It is now used in more than one million K-20 classrooms in over 150 countries. Importantly, the strategy is flexible enough to use in small and large classes from any discipline, whether face-to-face or online. The workshop will equip you with the practical knowledge you need to implement the QFT in order to help your students become more sophisticated thinkers.  

Creating Innovative Assessments

Monday, January 31, 2022

10:30 AM to 12:00 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.

Get Comfortable Being Uncomfortable: Continuing The Conversation About Race And Bias 

Tuesday, February 1, 2022

1:00 PM to 3:00 PM

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Feelings of defensiveness and discomfort are common when engaging in conversations around race and bias. Even those who have done extensive reading on these emotionally-charged topics can find themselves fumbling if they haven’t yet reflected on how their own identities and biases impact the way they show up in the world—and in these difficult conversations. 

To get more comfortable engaging in these dialogues, we must first lean into the discomfort of individual reflection and actions that prepare us to enter them in an open and effective way. Join us for a two-hour virtual training where we will explore four key concepts and how they come into play during conversations around race and bias: Sources of Bias, Intersectionality, Triggers of Bias, Unpacking Bias 

Writing Quiz Questions To Assess Student Learning 

Tuesday, February 8, 2022

2:00 PM to 3:00 PM

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In this workshop, we will be examining how to write quiz questions that assess student learning. We will begin by exploring the most common question types and the levels of learning each can assess. Workshop participants will have the opportunity to discuss and experiment with ways to improve questions from their own courses during the workshop. Through active engagement and practice, attendees will leave this workshop with best practices and, hopefully, more confidence in writing questions for their quizzes. 

Conflict Resolution For Student Conflict

Tuesday, February 10, 2022

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM

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Feelings of defensiveness and discomfort are common when engaging in conversations around race and bias. Even those who have done extensive reading on these emotionally-charged topics can find themselves fumbling if they haven’t yet reflected on how their own identities and biases impact the way they show up in the world—and in these difficult conversations. 

To get more comfortable engaging in these dialogues, we must first lean into the discomfort of individual reflection and actions that prepare us to enter them in an open and effective way. Join us for a two-hour virtual training where we will explore four key concepts and how they come into play during conversations around race and bias: Sources of Bias, Intersectionality, Triggers of Bias, Unpacking Bias 

Supporting Our Students Through More Inclusive Classrooms

Wednesday, February 16, 2022

2:00 PM to 3:30 PM

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Unfortunately, our students sometimes encounter stereotypes, microaggressions and other subtle forms of bias that interfere with learning. This is often in spite of the well-meaning intentions of those involved. The aim of this workshop is to create a space for dialog and sharing strategies to address these issues when they arise in our courses. The workshop centers around case study videos, which are recreations of actual incidents described by UC students. After watching each video, we will break into small groups to discuss the incident, as well as strategies instructors might use when faced with a similar situation. In addition to ideas generated during small group discussions, participants will leave with a resource suggesting potentially productive strategies to help mitigate the impacts of bias and create more inclusive face-to-face and online courses.

Plagiarism & Academic Dishonesty in the Classroom: an Interdisciplinary Panel

Wednesday, February 16, 2022

1:30 PM to 3:00 PM

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Plagiarism and academic dishonesty continue to pose serious challenges in both face-to-face courses as well as in online learning. Please join Jane Strasser (Senior Associate Vice President for Research and Research Integrity Officer), Michele Griegel-McCord (Associate Professor of English), Susan Mantel (Professor of Marketing), Megan Wuebker (Computer Information Analyst) and Olga Hart (Senior Librarian & Coordinator of Library Instruction) for a discussion on plagiarism. The panelists will offer their perspectives on the motivation behind academic dishonesty, impact of plagiarism and cheating, plagiarism detection tools such as Turnitin, and how we approach plagiarism prevention with international students. In addition, panelists will also answer questions you may have about academic dishonesty. 

Academic Impressions: Retaining Gen Z Students: 10 Strategies To Improve Persistence 

Wednesday, February 23, 2022

2:00 PM to 3:00 PM

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This webinar will focus on 10 Inreach strategies to improve retention and persistence of Gen Z students now in our colleges. Understand the value of retention strategies and how to leverage resources to support them. Learn the “what” and “why” of approaches to close the persistence trends. Gain an understanding about different needs of Generation Z students to remain in college.  Learn about successful Inreach strategies to support improved retention.

Understanding Trauma Responsive Pedagogy In The University Classroom

Wednesday, March 2, 2022

10:00 AM to 11:30 AM

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Trauma Responsive Pedagogy offers a framework for understanding how to create safe learning spaces that cultivate connection and resilience to help mitigate the effects of chronic stress and trauma. In this workshop, we will explore research on how trauma impacts learning and cognitive function to better understand common responses to stress like fight/flight/freeze/submit and what those responses might look like in our classrooms. In addition, we will explore foundational principles for creating a trauma responsive classroom with a focus on building on students' strengths, cultivating resilience, and fostering interconnection and trust in the learning process.

Microagressions - "Did They Really Just Say That?"

Tuesday, March 15, 2022

11:00 AM to 12:30 PM

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This 90 minute (approx.) virtual interactive seminar facilitated by the Office of Equal Opportunity & Access, is designed to utilize participant engagement to develop and better enhance an understanding of  microaggressions and their potential violation of University policy. The seminar defines microaggressions, explores the various categories of microaggressions, and examines the possible internal and psychological consequences.  Additionally, the seminar also strategies for how to respond to microaggressions and how better serve as an advocate for others. 

Difficult Conversations

Thursday, March 17, 2022

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM

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Conflict can be challenging. This workshop will provide attendees an opportunity to learn skills that they can apply inside and outside of the classroom when having difficult conversations with students and colleagues.

Academic Impressions Webinar & Discussion: Civil Dialogue As A Classroom Management Strategy

Wednesday, March 23, 2022

1:00 PM to 2:00 PM

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Become empowered with the tools to engage controversial topics effectively in the classroom.  Learn about the importance of encouraging free speech within the parameters of learning, civility, and inclusivity as a proactive means to furthering critical conversations on your campus.

Who Should Attend: Anyone concerned with free speech presenting problems in classroom environments, or anyone who would like resources on how to be more intentional about preparing for and addressing sensitive topics, should attend this training. This includes faculty, faculty developers, student services staff, administrators, etc.

Getting Students To Write Like Us 

Thursday, March 24, 2022

2:00 PM to 3:30 PM

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Getting students to write within specific disciplines is a challenge for many instructors. In this session, participants will discuss different ways to create writing experiences that teach students how to write in a specific field. By taking a genre approach to writing assignments, instructors can help students see the underlying conventions that anchor academic writing in their field. This will help students produce writing that resembles that kind of writing expected within a specific discipline.