PFF workshops help future faculty better understand how students learn, how to design courses and how to be a better teacher. Sixteen workshops are required for the PFF Graduate Certificate. Seven of the workshops are predetermined as mandatory, and electives make up the other nine requirements.
Approved PFF workshops are listed below. Please contact us if you are unsure about workshop approval. For more details about the components and process for the certificate program, see the requirements page.
PFF Workshop Calendar
Thursdays 4:00 to 6:50 PM @ Burkle 22
9/11/14 - Changing Contexts in Higher Education
Higher education is moving through the same paradigm shift as the rest of the world. In this workshop, we explore how this affects faculty roles and responsibilities in preparing students for a technologically mediated, information-rich world. What are our challenges and opportunities? As part of this process we begin exploring our assumptions, beliefs, and values as educators in higher education.
10/2/14 - Understanding Learning and Motivation
Learning is a cognitive, affective, and physical process; we are neurologically equipped to learn if we are engaged and motivated. This workshop introduces you to useful learning and motivation theories by connecting theoretical frameworks to strategies in teaching practice that sustain engagement and motivation. As part of this process, we will explore the qualities and capacities we must nurture in students to help them develop skills for success and life-long learning.
10/9/14 - Student Learning Outcomes
Knowing our destination helps us plan and track a journey more successfully. Effective teaching-learning processes begin with the destination – or student learning outcomes (SLOs) – in mind. This workshop introduces you to backward design principles (McTighe & Wiggins, 2005) in course design, starting with the SLOs. We will explore learning outcomes taxonomies to create SMART SLOs (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Results-Oriented, and Time-Bound). Bring a syllabus you are developing or revising to maximize your learning in this workshop.
10/23/14 - Planning Assessment and Rubrics
Assessment can be more than just measuring student performance at mid-terms and finals. This workshop explores how assessment processes can be aligned to learning outcomes in order to ensure students remain engaged and on track for success in your course. The workshop will also introduce you to constructing and using rubrics as learning and assessment tools.
11/6/14 - Syllabus Design and Use
This workshop will help you develop syllabi that are living documents and course navigators for students, rather than documents they only look at on the first day and around finals week. We will explore syllabi samples to derive necessary and secondary content, principles of good syllabus construction, and presentation techniques that integrate the syllabus more effectively into the teaching-learning process.
11/20/14 - Teaching Philosophy Statements
This workshop begins a reflective process for understanding your values and beliefs about teaching and for crafting your teaching philosophy statement. Using sample statements, we will explore effective principles and useful structures for writing a teaching statement. You will benefit more from this workshop if you bring a draft copy of your teaching statement.
12/4/14 - Pedagogy for Technology Integration
There is no avoiding digital technology in our classrooms. Yet, technology thoughtlessly and gratuitously used is ineffective. This workshop explores the teaching-learning opportunities and challenges in integrating technology tools in our courses to derive principles for mindful and effective technology integration of technology into the teaching and learning process.
Fridays 4:00 to 6:50 PM @ Burkle 26
9/19/14 - Creating Academic Portfolios
What’s an academic portfolio? Do I really need one? What’s included in it? How do I build one? This workshop helps you explore the importance of academic portfolios and best practices for using them strategically to develop your career as a researcher/scholar and educator. As part of this exploration, we will each create a draft sketch of our own academic portfolio.
10/3/14 - Working with Difficult Students
What is a difficult student? They can be rude and rebellious, loud and lackadaisical, disrespectful and disruptive. They can also be moody and marginalized or silent and sullen. This workshop explores strategies to be observant, calm, and responsive in ways that give you the best chance to diffuse negative patterns of interaction in your class.
10/17/14 - Effective Feedback Methods
Feedback tells us where we are in relation to our goals, thus giving us the opportunity to re-calibrate and improve our efforts toward success. But often, feedback just frustrates and dismays students. This workshop explores different strategies and activities (written and oral) that can help provide timely, strategic, and meaningful feedback that will help students improve their learning.
10/31/14 - Active Teaching and Learning
Engaging students in active learning is a good thing. But what does active teaching and learning really look like? This workshop explores our assumptions about “active” and “passive” learning so that we re-frame active learning in terms of learner engagement. We will explore different active learning modes appropriate to college level teaching in different disciplines.
11/14/14 - Designing for Diversity in Our Classrooms
This workshop considers both overt and hidden identities that affect classroom community and learning. We will focus on strategies for differentiating learning to engage the diversity of identities, abilities, and learning styles that enter our classrooms.
11/6/14 - Academic Honesty
What are your responsibilities in creating a culture of ethical scholarship and learning in your classroom? Forms of academic honesty. Why students cross the line. Preventing academic dishonesty.
11/21/14 - Web 2.0 for Collaborative Learning
Web 2.0 tools such as social networking sites, blogs, image and video-sharing sites, and wikis are changing the flow and use of information in teaching-learning processes. This workshop explores the opportunities Web 2.0 tools provide for students to engage in and develop higher-order thinking skills and information literacy in searching, finding, evaluating, selecting, and connecting information, even as they develop disciplinary content knowledge. We will also explore best practices in integrating and managing the use of Web 2.0 tools for teaching and learning.
Brown Bags: Teaching Conversations
Wednesdays 12:00 to 1:00 PM @ SSC Conference Room
PFF hosts hour-long discussions at noon every other week, which cover a broad range of topics. The discussions are open to everyone and will consist of students and faculty who meet and discuss current issues in teaching and learning.
Bring your lunch - we provide coffee, tea, and cookies
If you attend two Brown Bags and complete the assignments on Canvas, it counts as a elective. Brown Bags can only be used to fill two electives.
9/24/14 - Teaching Conversations: Computers in the Classroom
In this brown bag conversation we consider the hot topic of whether we should allow students to use their laptops or mobile devices in our classes. Do we even have a choice? Join us to share your opinions and experiences.
10/8/14 - Teaching Conversations: Cheating
In this brown bag conversation we consider the perennially frustrating issue of cheating. What would you do if you cought a student cheating in your class? How do we prevent cheating from happening in the first place? Beyond better policing, how can we prevent cheating through better preparation in learning and through nurturing ethical mindsets. Join us to share your opinions and experiences.
10/22/14 - Teaching Conversations: TOPIC TO BE CONFIRMED
11/5/14 - Teaching Conversations: Doing Diversity
In this brown bag conversation we take a closer look at how we understand the word "diversity". How do our identities, filters, and assumptions play out in our teaching? What types of diversity should you be aware of? How do you deal with diversity in the classroom? How have your experiences impacted your teaching and learning? Join us with your hard questions about this topic. Come share your perspectives and strategies for creating safe and inclusive spaces when we teach
11/19/14 - Teaching Conversations: Having Favorites
Ever had a teacher that favored one student? Ever been a teacher's favorite or had a favorite students in class? Can you be perfectly rational and objective about your students and claim there are none you like more than others? Or is this an unrealistic expectation? If having favourite students is unavoidable, how do we set up strategies that prevent us acting on our preferences for some students over others? Join us to share your perspectives and experiences and discuss a topic that is usually not discussed.
THE LAST PFF BROWN BAG FOR THE SEMESTER brings you a rich and inspiring conversation opportunity!
Some teaching moments can have a life long impact on students and teachers. Come listen to faculty and students share their favorite moments in the classroom, and discuss how to make them happen more often.
9:00 AM to 1:30 PM @ Burkle 26
These repeat the weekday workshop topics