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CTLE 2019 Spring Symposium April 26

ONLINE: Assignment Design Charrettes
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Assignment design charrettes are workshops in which faculty share assignments to get an external perspective from a different discipline. These workshops are designed to give feedback to assignments to help students succeed.  Assignment Charrettes are generally day-long events that gather faculty to share and improve their assignments. The charrette model has been used successfully across a wide range of disciplines to encourage thoughtful development of materials that align with course level and program level objectives. The CTLE is piloting a series of online asynchronous charrettes. Email for details.
TEA: Strategies for Making Your Classroom a Brave Space for Difficult Discussions
Date: Friday, February 15th, 12-2 pm
Location: ALC Room 4100
Facilitator: Erin Burke Brown, ASPiRE Director
Description: As classrooms become increasingly more diverse, bringing together students from various backgrounds, it is more important for faculty to facilitate an environment of inclusion. This can be challenging when the educational and political climate are fraught with frustration and tension that can spill over into the classroom. Faculty are in a unique position to model civil discourse, facilitate difficult dialogues, and create spaces where diversity of thought is encouraged. This 2-hour in-depth workshop will provide participants with strategies to turn "hot" moments into opportunities for real-world learning and deepened engagement.
Also, save the date for these other exciting sessions (registration to follow at a later date):
TEA: Taking a Walk on the Wild Side: Navigating In-Classroom Learnings with Real-Life Client Demands and Expectations
Date: Wednesday, March 13th, 12-1 pm
Location: ALC Room 4100
Facilitator: Jess Collins, VCU Robertson School of Media and Culture
Description: As we prepare our students for the "real world," it is becoming increasingly important that we extend their learning opportunities beyond the classroom. The mantra "learning by doing" takes on a whole new meaning when students come face-to-face with real clients that are more concerned with their own bottom lines than giving academic feedback. Faculty are in a unique position to facilitate conversations with students and C-suite clients to bridge the gap between the classroom and the board room in order for VCU students to stand apart from other entry-level colleagues by getting a sneak peek at client expectations and demands. This 1-hour workshop will provide participants with tips and tricks on how to extend beyond "teachable" moments into career-level applications that will ultimately set VCU students up for real-life success.
TEA: Connecting the Dots: Using Backwards Design to Create Cohesive Health Sciences Instruction
Date: Friday, April 19, 12-1 pm
Location: ALC Room 4100
Facilitator: Sean Koebley, Jonathan Lindsay, Stephen Wechman
Description: This talk will discuss the five components of backwards design and show you how to use this planning strategy to create effective assessments that reflect your learning goals.

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