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Programs and Services

Department-based Workshops

TLL has designed a number of workshops for faculty related to teaching and learning. These workshops can be customized to meet the needs of specific disciplines and tailored to fit a variety of time frames. A manual containing readings, handouts, and exercises accompanies each workshop.
The workshops include:

Teaching Fundamentals

Teaching Fundamentals presents an overview of effective teaching and focuses on ways to create a productive learning environment. Topics include: setting course objectives, creating a syllabus, motivating students, and experimenting with teaching styles and techniques.  (back to list)

What We Know About Student Learning

This workshop highlights important research on how college students learn. It examines concepts such as deep/superficial learning and Bloom's taxonomy of cognitive skills, and explains how they and other research findings can be used to strengthen course structure, content, and methods of assessment.  (back to list)

Problems, Pitfalls, Booby Traps, and Surprises in Teaching

Teaching brings any number of challenges that don't necessarily have a "right answer." In this workshop, participants divide into small groups and discuss teaching scenarios related to course management, classroom interaction, gender and race, and culture and language. In collaboration with the workshop leaders, participants develop strategies to deal with problems that inevitably arise in teaching.  (back to list)

Active Learning

A number of research studies have shown that active learning pedagogies led to better mastery of both content and skills than methods of instruction in which students are more passive. The "Active Learning" workshop presents ways to create opportunities for student involvement in the classroom, including techniques that can be used in large lectures.  (back to list)

Guidelines for Teaching Case Classes

In case study classes, students learn both course content and skills that will serve them well in a variety of settings.  Topics include how to encourage participation, ask and answer questions, use the board effectively, and handle challenges.  (back to list)

Captivating Classes: Meeting the Lecture Challenge

There are many ways instructors can create a productive climate in a large lecture class.  This workshop presents guidelines and techniques that lead to effective delivery, such as how to set realistic objectives, build a strong organizational structure, use visual aids, and solicit feedback from students.  (back to list)

Presentation Skills for Academics

This workshop helps participants strengthen the presentation skills they use in both teaching and giving conference papers. Topics include creating an effective strategy and structure for the presentation, improving delivery (verbal and non-verbal), and creating compelling visual aids.  (back to list)

How to Help Students Become Better Writers and Improve their Presentation Skills

Students need training in best practices if they are to have polished communication skills. This workshop presents basic principles involved in helping students become better writers and speakers. It also describes effective ways to give feedback and evaluate student writing and presentations.  (back to list)

How to Use Teamwork in the Classroom

Teamwork experience can help prepare students for work in the professional world by giving them training in interpersonal communication skills. Yet this approach presents a number of challenges, such as how to balance workload among team members, how to assign group grades, and how to create successful team assignments. This workshop provides guidance in dealing with these and other tricky issues.  (back to list)

Assessing Student Learning

Assessing student learning is an integral part of the educational process. But how do you know when students have mastered the material?  This workshop offers guidelines on writing and administering exams, creating problem sets, and devising other kinds of assignments to measure student progress.  It also examines how assessment methods can be used to motivate students.  (back to list)

Assessing Educational Practice

This workshop describes the process of developing an assessment plan that will aid instructors in determining how well a particular educational practice, policy, or innovation has succeeded.  Topics include:  formulating learning objectives, choosing appropriate methodologies, taking into account constraints, and analyzing data.  (back to list)

Leading Recitations

"Leading Recitations" is a primer in recitation teaching. Topics include: getting more interaction in the classroom, answering and asking questions, and navigating the relationship between lecture and recitation and between lecturer and recitation instructor.  (back to list)

Mentoring Graduate Students

Supervising students both inside and outside the laboratory requires a set of managerial skills that academics are often not trained in. This workshop looks at effective models of mentorship, explores useful communication skills, and allows participants to discuss common difficulties that arise when advising graduate students.  This workshop was developed by Margaret Ann Gray and Margaret Chute, Organizational and Employee Development, Human Resources, MIT.  (back to list)

A Service Request Form can be filled out and sent online or printed and returned to TLL, Room 5-122.

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