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    CETLI Seminar Room 134
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Addressing Student Anxiety While Still Creating a Rigorous Class

Facilitator: Drs. Dennis Flores, Nursing & Peter T. Struck, Classics

Instructors have been concerned by the rise in student anxiety since the pandemic but are unsure how to address it. In this session, Dennis Flores from Nursing and Peter Struck from Classics will begin this conversation by explaining how they have worked to reduce student anxiety while maintaining high standards for student learning. 

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    CETLI Seminar Room 134
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Getting Students Ready for Exams During Class

Facilitator: Drs. Thomas E. Mallouk, Chemistry & Loretta A. Sernekos, Nursing

Giving students support for regular practice with the skills and concepts of a course,  can help them feel more prepared for exams and midterms because students continue learning throughout the semester. To start this session, Tom Mallouk of Chemistry and Loretta Sernekos of Nursing will share concrete strategies for getting students engaged with course materials […]

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    134 (CETLI/OLI Seminar Room)
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Trans-Affirming Pedagogy in the Humanities and Social Sciences

Facilitator: Caz Batten, English and Beans Velocci, History and Sociology of Science

This workshop is intended for instructors in the humanities and social sciences who would like to develop learning environments that support trans, nonbinary, and gender-expansive students. We will focus on classroom practices and pedagogical methods that allow us to better engage with and learn alongside trans students. This workshop will offer practical approaches to trans-affirming pedagogy, providing […]

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Getting Students to Practice Thinking in Class

Facilitator: Katrin Hinrichs, Veterinary Medicine & James Petersson, Chemistry

It sounds obvious, that we want students to develop their thinking during class time, but in practice many of our students do not understand what kinds of thinking we are asking of them. In this session, Katrin Hinrichs of Veterinary Medicine and James Petersson of Chemistry will talk about how they’ve been able to use […]

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Including Climate Change in Your Class – Regardless of Discipline

Facilitator: Barri Gold, English & Farah Hussain, Perelman School of Medicine

This session will bring together faculty to share ideas about ways to include discussions of the climate emergency in their classes, whether the topic of the course addresses climate or not. Barri Gold of English and Farah Hussain of the Perelman School of Medicine will initiate the conversation by talking about how they incorporated climate […]

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Discussing Controversial Issues in Class

Facilitator: Murali Balaji, Annenberg & Amy Hillier, SP2 and City and Regional Planning

Controversial issues are often central to what we want to teach. But many of us find such dialogues risky, as discussion can become so heated students don’t learn or, alternatively, students won’t talk at all out of fear of saying something wrong or insensitive. Murali Balaji of Annenberg and Amy Hillier of Social Policy and […]

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    134 (CETLI/OLI Seminar Room)
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Trans-Affirming Pedagogy in the Sciences

Facilitator: Cam Smith, Bioengineering, Electrical & Systems Engineering, Physics & Astronomy, Neurology, and Psychiatry

Trans, non-binary, gender diverse, and gender expansive students are present in growing numbers at Penn. How do we as STEM faculty and instructors provide learning environments that are respectful and supportive to these students? What do we not know about the trans experience? How might our classroom practices, pedagogical methods, and content adversely impact this […]

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    134 (CETLI/OLI Seminar Room)
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Teaching Inclusively Across Political Divides 

Facilitator: Lourdes Contreras, CETLI Graduate Fellow, Italian Studies

This workshop will discuss pedagogical approaches to political diversity in the classroom and ways to create an environment that fosters effective conversations among students about cultural material covered in class. The discussion will focus on strategies and conversations that have been productive in helping students arrive at their own conclusions independently while maintaining inclusive and […]

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Making Your Teaching Accessible & Inclusive

Facilitator: Susanna Payne-Passmore, CETLI Graduate Fellow, Music

How do we cultivate accessibility and inclusivity in our teaching practices as graduate TAs and instructors? And why is this especially important at Penn? In this workshop, we will approach accessible and inclusive pedagogy as a process of removing barriers. Academia is not a neutral educational space, and we will explore different ways that identity […]

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    134 (CTL/OLI Seminar Room)
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Designing Problems for STEM Classes 

Facilitator: Marcus Tomaino, CTL Graduate Fellow, Economics

What constitutes a “good problem” in a STEM class? In this workshop we will seek to answer this question through first reflecting on memorable problems that we have encountered as students. With newfound perspectives in hand, we will turn our attention to a selection of sample problems in dire need of makeovers. Participants will gain practical […]

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Designing Problems for STEM Classes 

Facilitator: Marcus Tomaino, CETLI Graduate Fellow, Economics

What constitutes a “good problem” in a STEM class? In this workshop we will seek to answer this question through first reflecting on memorable problems that we have encountered as students. With newfound perspectives in hand, we will turn our attention to a selection of sample problems in dire need of makeovers. Participants will gain practical […]

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Giving Students Feedback in Clinical Settings

Facilitator: Nadia Bennett, Perelman School of Medicine & Olivia Sheridan, School of Dental Medicine

In this discussion of clinical teaching, Nadia Bennett of the Perelman School of Medicine and Olivia Sheridan of the School of Dental Medicine will start a conversation on how to make feedback meaningful for clinical students, how to give feedback in front of patients, and other times and means of providing students with feedback to […]

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Encouraging – and Clarifying – Class Participation

Facilitator: Sarah Gronningsater, History and Wendy Roth, Sociology

Class participation is often a nebulous concept for students. While faculty often encourage and grade participation, students can be unsure what is expected of them. Sarah Gronningsater and Wendy Roth will begin this conversation with concrete ideas for helping students participate in ways that will help them learn and setting expectations so that students know […]

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    134 (CETLI/OLI Seminar Room)
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Teaching Ethics in Professional Schools

In this session, instructors who teach ethics in professional schools across Penn will begin a conversation about the crucial role ethics can play in professional education, and challenges of and strategies for teaching them.

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    134 (CETLI/OLI Seminar Room)
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Preparing Students for Exams in STEM Fields 

Facilitator: Aoife O’Farrell, CETLI Graduate Fellow, Bioengineering

STEM exams at Penn can be a bit tougher than just identifying the mitochondria as the powerhouse of the cell! In this workshop, you will learn how best to prepare your students for exams in STEM courses. We’ll cover different learning styles and strategies, how to manage student stress, and tips for running an effective […]

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Mentoring Doctoral Students

Facilitator: Chenoa Flippen, Sociology and Daniel Levinthal, Management

Mentors of doctoral students must both give students enough structure to complete their dissertations and learn particular skills, and support them as they find their own scholarly voices and interests. In this session Chenoa Flippen of Sociology and Daniel Levinthal of Management will begin the conversation by thinking about how to strike a balance between […]

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Making Group Work Work

Facilitator: Jaydee Edwards, CETLI Graduate Fellow, Earth & Environmental Science

Group work feels risky, especially when we’re new to teaching. Even though it may seem easier to avoid this mode, there are numerous reasons to use it and with the appropriate tools and preparation, group work becomes quite valuable. Why can group work be effective? What are the pros and cons to it? When should […]

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Building Community in the Classroom

Facilitator: Kyndall Nicholas, CETLI Graduate Fellow, Neuroscience

At an esteemed institution, such as Penn, many students are high achievers. Sometimes, students have gotten here on their own and see others in the classroom as their competition, instead of as present and future collaborators. This workshop will focus on how to foster a collaborative environment in the room while teaching. TA Training follow-up […]

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Deadlines and Life Happens: Keeping Students on Track but Providing Flexibility Around Deadlines

Facilitator: Sarah Kagan, Nursing and Marc Meredith, Political Science

How can you set firm deadlines but still work with students who need some flexibility? In this conversation Sarah Kagan of Nursing and Marc Meredith of Political Science will talk about how they try to balance the challenges students sometimes encounter with the need for some firm deadlines to keep students on track.

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    Kislak Center, 6th floor
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Teaching History with the Kislak Center

Facilitator: Professor Ada Kuskowski, History, and Dr. John Pollack, Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts

All graduate students are welcome. This event grows out of concerns in the History department and so may be most useful to students in related fields. Counts toward the CETLI Teaching Certificate.

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Creating a Welcoming Syllabus

Facilitator: Michele Margolis, Political Science & Robyn Sanderson, Physics and Astronomy

In this session Michele Margolis of Political Science and Robyn Sanderson of Physics and Astronomy will use their ideas about their syllabuses to start a conversation about how to prepare for the fall by creating a syllabus for your class that engages students, excites them for the class, and makes clear to them what they […]

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How Are You Changing Your Assignments in Response to ChatGPT? 

Facilitator: Kate Dorsch, History and Sociology of Science and John Paul MacDuffie, Management

ChatGPT has instructors rethinking their assignments – whether to address concerns around academic integrity, to help students learn new skills that prepare them for the future, to use the tool to open time for different kinds of thinking, or all three. Kate Dorsch, of History and Sociology of Science and John Paul MacDuffie of Management […]