Schedule At-A-Glance
Thursday, January 17, 2013

7:45 AM

Registration and Complimentary Beverages and Pastries

Engineering Hall Lobby

8:00 AM

Welcome and Introduction

1800 Engineering Hall

8:10 AM

Keynote

1800 Engineering Hall

9:05 AM

Move to Specific Conversations

Mechanical Engineering Building

9:15 AM

Workshop A

refer to descriptions below for room locations

10:45 AM

BREAK

BREAK

11:00 AM

Workshop B

refer to descriptions below for room locations

12:25 PM

Complete Evaluations

Complete Evaluations

Schedule (Detailed)

7:45 AM

Registration and Complimentary Beverages and Pastries

Engineering Hall Lobby

Come early if you want breakfast, as food and beverages are not allowed outside the lobby

 

8:00 AM

Welcome & Introduction to TIP

1800 Engineering Hall

Steve Cramer, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, College of Engineering

 

8:10 AM 

Keynote

1800 Engineering Hall

Blended Learning: Bringing TAs into the Mix

Dr. Michael G. Morrow, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Blended learning recognizes the importance of having students do something with new ideas to help them integrate them into memory, rather than simply trying to absorb large amounts of information as it is presented. Blended learning does not necessarily do away with lecture. At a small scale, blended learning augments lecture with active exercises to promote learning. Active learning gives students opportunities to interactively reflect, question, hypothesize, and verify their understanding of new concepts. It serves as a complement to the often passive role of students in a typical classroom. Using active components to divide a long lab or discussion into shorter segments helps students retain focus and enhances learning. Crafting good active learning exercises is not a simple matter, nor is ensuring student participation. This presentation will focus on the issues teaching assistants face in their classes, and provide practical advice to help you successfully incorporate active learning into your lab or discussion section.

9:05 AM

Moving to Specific Conversations (Mechanical Engineering Building)

●     Returning TAs will move to TIP workshops.

●     New TAs (attending NEO) will move to their NEO day 2 workshops.

 

9:15 - 10:45 AM   Choose one “A” workshop (full descriptions below).

A1. Blended Learning Theory, Room 1153 Mechanical Engineering Building

A2. 2nd Days:  TA Best Practices, Room 2121 Mechanical Engineering Building

A3. Shark Tank: TA Edition, Room 1164 Mechanical Engineering Building

 

10:45 AM - Break

 

11:00 - 12:25 PM Choose one “B” workshop (full descriptions below).

B1. Planning, Conducting, and Evaluating Classroom Discussions in Blended Learning Environments, Room 1164 Mechanical Engineering Building

B2. Connection and Contribution: Improving Your Presentation Skills, Room 2121 Mechanical Engineering Building

B3. Teaching as Research: applying the principles of scholarship to improve student learning, Room 1153 Mechanical Engineering Building

12:25 PM - Please complete evaluations.

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Workshop Descriptions:

“A” workshop options for 9:15 AM:

A1. Blended Learning Theory

Room 1153 Mechanical Engineering Building

Why Blended Learning?  Have you been seeing the term “Blended Learning” or “Flipped Classroom” and wondered what people were talking about?  Or been curious why people were talking about the terms at all?  This session will go more in depth about what Blended Learning is, why people are talking about it, and the benefits and challenges this teaching architecture entails.  

Presenter:

Elizabeth Harris, Assistant Director for Teaching and Learning, Wendt Commons

A2.  2nd Days:  TA Best Practices

Room 2121 Mechanical Engineering Building

"All creative people want to do the unexpected," as Hedy Lamarr said,* and all of your students are highly creative!  Come join a group of returning TAs to share the solutions you have found to the confusing, odd, and occasionally worrisome problems that crop up unexpectedly during teaching.  This group session will be moderated by two TAs who may not have seen it all, but every year get closer.

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Presenters:

Thomas Carstens and Amy Jancewicz, TAs in CoE and CALS

 

A3. Shark Tank: TA Edition

Room 1164 Mechanical Engineering Building

Innovating in the classroom can seem like a big investment for Teaching Assistants who have little time or resources to spare. Based loosely on the hit show “Shark Tank,” this workshop will pitch some classroom innovation ideas that you can adapt for your own course. You are the Sharks: powerful, front line educators who are responsible for a large part of the undergraduate educational experience on this campus. Will you "buy in" to try a new method in your classroom or share your story and get others to try something innovative that you have done? Anything can happen in the Shark Tank.

Presenters:

Erica J Hagen, Teaching as Research Assistant, CoE

Jeff Newgard, Teaching Assistant, CoE

“B” workshop options for 11:00 AM:

B1. Planning, Conducting and Evaluating Classroom Discussions in a Blended Learning Environment

Room 1164 Mechanical Engineering Building

Semi-structured classroom discussions can provide a powerful learning environment. This session, which will be modeled as a discussion, will engage participants on how to plan, conduct and evaluate a classroom discussion.  It will include tips on how to make sure students come prepared, how to helps students share and reveal their own — sometimes limited — understanding of the material without anxiety and how of evaluate the outcomes of a discussion. Emphasis will be placed on how TAs can leverage their position with course designers to enhance most effectively students’ engagement with course material.    

Presenter:                        

Michel Wattiaux, Professor, Dairy Systems Management, UW Madison Dept. of Dairy Science

B2. Connection and Contribution: Improving Your Presentation Skills

Room 2121 Mechanical Engineering Building

Delivering engaging presentations is one of the best ways to build your credibility as a teacher, mark yourself as an asset to your employer, or simply get recognition for your brilliant ideas. The goal of this workshop is to improve your ability to prepare and give effective talks whether for the classroom, a conference, a job talk, or the workplace.  Activities will include reviewing good public speaking practices, talking about and modeling strategies for overcoming specific problems, and observing actual presentations.

Presenter:

Cynthia Poe, Assistant Faculty Associate, Engineering Professional Development

 

B3. Teaching as Research (TAR): applying the principles of scholarship to improve student learning

Room 1153, Mechanical Engineering Building
How do I know if my students are really learning what I want them to learn?  How can apply my research skills to study student learning, in order to improve my teaching?  Where can I possibly find the time to do TAR, and why should I try?  This workshop will strive to provide answers to these questions while providing practical tips and tricks that will jump-start you as a scholarly teacher. We will also provide a brief overview of other resources on campus that can support your TAR efforts.

Presenter:

Katherine McMahon, CEE

 


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