Winter Institute Seeks to Enhance Teaching

 
   

In an effort designed to explore and highlight the many academic and technology-based resources and support services available to Trinity faculty, the Raether Library and Information Technology Center hosted the First Annual Winter Institute on Teaching. More than 40 professors participated in the January event, which featured presentations such as “Enhancing the Classroom Experience through Student Presentations” and “Better Read than Dead: Encouraging Student Preparation with Learning Contracts.” In addition to the faculty-led sessions, the day-long symposium included information and training workshops coordinated by the Library, the Writing Center, Academic Computing Services, and Media Technology Services. Discussions during the morning session centered on the theme “Helping Students Take Responsibility for Their Learning.”

“Working together with faculty and various centers and offices was especially productive,” says Beverly Wall, associate professor and director of the Writing Center. “I hope to see us do more of this in the future as it helps to generate a positive culture of conversations about teaching across the campus.” Added Judith Moran, associate professor of quantitative studies and director of the Math Center, “The Winter Institute provided an opportunity for faculty and programs to showcase their activities and supply examples of innovative uses of Trinity’s resources that can be adapted for their colleague’s courses.”

 

The Winter Institute was sponsored by a variety of campus organizations, including Academic Computing Services, the Office of the Dean of Faculty, the Library, the Math Center, Media Technology Services, the Trinity Center for Collaborative Teaching & Research (TCCTR), and the Writing Center. Plans are already under way for the next event, possibly a summer institute tentatively scheduled to take place shortly after the spring semester ends.

“This was a really useful event—useful in making us think about things we all too often take for granted in the grind of day-to-day teaching,” says Mark Franklin, John R. Reitemeyer Professor of Political Science. “I came away with some new ideas and with a new belief in some of my own older ideas about how to be a better teacher.”

To view presentations from the January event, as well as for additional information about the Winter Institute, please go to www.trincoll.edu/RaetherCtr/ComputingCenter/Faculty/WIT.htm.


 

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