Weekly News and Tip, September 6, 2007

Tip - Prepared Students, A Success Story
A colleague at Purdue reports great success in class by requiring students to prepare study notes, some of which will be graded, for assigned readings. Since the assignment pushes the students to read, they are prepared for class and respond well to the simple question, "What did you learn from the reading?" The students share the key points of the reading, freeing the instructor to go into detail, use practical examples, and clarify difficult points.

For more on encouraging students to read, see "Strategies for Teaching Critical Reading" at:
and (not only for TAs!), "Teaching Tips for TAs: When Students Haven't Done the Reading" at:

Announcements - Upcoming CELT Programming
Register for CELT events via AccessPlus (go to the Employee tab, then to HRS Training > Continue > Courses).

  • WebCT GOLD: Managing Course Content, Wednesday, September 12, 2-3:30 p.m., 1230 Communications. Learn how to use WebCT GOLD to organize and present course material in an online or blended learning environment. Participants will review methods of converting existing course materials for online delivery and organizing them into a Learning Module. We will also look at options for using other tools such as the Media Library. Required: Introduction to WebCT GOLD or some familiarity with WebCT.
  • Faculty Forum: Student Innovation: Inventing to Learn, Tuesday, September 18, 12:10-1:30 p.m. in the Gallery Room, Memorial Union. Educator Ed Sobey, widely known for his work in creativity in education, will discuss how faculty can engage students in learning. He will also discuss the psychology of innovation as well as how to manage open-ended classroom projects. Bring your lunch; beverages and desserts provided.
  • Clicker Pedagogy Discussion, Wednesday, September 19, 12-1 p.m., 1230 Communications. An informal discussion on how “clicker” technology is being used in teaching. Everyone is encouraged to share effective practices. Pizza provided.
  • WebCT GOLD: Quizzes, Surveys & Self-Tests, Wednesday, September 19, 2-4 p.m., 1230 Communications. This hands-on workshop will review WebCT GOLD’s Assessments tool and its ability to administer quizzes, surveys and self-tests. Required: Introduction to WebCT GOLD or some familiarity with WebCT.

FYI - Special Events for Richard Florida Visit
Richard Florida, one of the world's leading public intellectuals on economic competitiveness, demographic trends, and cultural and technological innovation, will speak on "The Rise of the Creative Class" Wednesday, September 19, at 8 p.m. in Stephens Auditorium.
CELT offers two lunchtime discussions before and after this event:
  • Richard Florida and the "Creative Class": An Introduction, Friday, September 14, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. in Morrill 2030. Brief background readings on Florida's ideas will be sent to all who register.
  • Richard Florida and the "Creative Class": Implications for Teaching, Friday, September 21, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. in Morrill 2030. In this follow-up brown bag, participants will discuss Florida's campus lecture and its implications for college and university teaching.
Register for one or both sessions via AccessPlus.

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