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Faculty Development Workshops - Seminar Series

The Seminar Series is intended for faculty and residents interested in enhancing their teaching related to clinical and basic sciences. All events will be held at the University of Vermont College of Medicine in Medical Education Room 300 beginning at 1:00pm on the dates listed below. View PDF >>

Up-Coming Dates

Dr. William Jeffries

June 19 & 20, 2014 - ** NOTE: There will be two workshops and note the room changes below**

Dr. Michaelsen is David Ross Boyd Professor Emeritus at the University of Oklahoma, Professor of Management at the University of Central Missouri, a Carnegie Scholar, a Fulbright Senior Scholar (three awards) and, former Editor of the Journal of Management Education.  Dr. Michaelsen has also received numerous college, university and national awards for his outstanding teaching and for his pioneering work in two areas.  One is the development of Team-Based Learning (TBL), a comprehensive small-group based instructional process that is now being used in over 200 academic disciplines and over a thousand schools in the US and in 40 foreign countries.  The other is an Integrative Business Experience (IBE) program that links student learning in three core business courses to their experience in creating and operating an actual start-up business whose profits are used to fund a hands-on community service project.

Please hold the date for two faculty development workshops by Dr. Michaelsen.

June 19, 4:30-6:30 – Location: Medical Education Room 200

Designing Group Work that Really Works

CAUTION: Group assignments can and, all too often, do more harm than good.  The most common sign of trouble is when students (especially the better ones) feel like they have to do more than their fair share of the work. When that happens, the real cause usually isn’t the students—it’s almost always what the teacher is asking them to do. In addition, even if students turn in a high quality product, many will leave the experience with negative attitudes about group work that are likely to limit their ability to adapt to today’s team-oriented workplace environments. 

In this session, you will engage in a series of activities that demonstrate why most problems with learning groups are caused by poorly designed assignments.  In addition, you will learn about four keys that will enable you to design group assignments that: 1) are effective for developing students’ application and critical-thinking skills, 2) promote positive student attitudes about group work, 3) can be graded easily and fairly and, 4) can be used with any level of students and in classes of up to several hundred students.

June 20, 8:00-10:00 - Location: Given C443

Getting Beyond Covering Content: A Key to Student Motivation and Success

Teachers often face a dilemma based on two realities—most students are:

  • Far more motivated (and successful) when they see how course content applies to their “real world.”
  • Bored by lectures but, unable to apply course content unless they know what the content is.

This workshop will begin with a demonstration of a Readiness Assurance Process that is an effective approach for dealing with this dilemma by creating conditions that motivate the vast majority of students to complete pre-class reading assignments.  This enables teachers spend most of the class time focusing on content applications without reducing the number of concepts that are covered.  Following the demonstration, we will explore additional issues and concerns about using learning groups including: 

  • Building groups into self-managed learning teams with norms that promote high levels of individual preparation, content engagement and class attendance.
  • Coping with the mechanics (e.g. physical layout, materials and exams, classroom procedures, grading, etc.).

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