Dr. Mary Goldschmidt


Welcome Faculty! On the lefthand navigation bar under "Teaching Resources," you'll find a list of carefully selected webpages on a variety of teaching topics. Many of these will bring you to pages with additional links. I will be updating this on an ongoing basis, so if there's an area you'd like to see included, please let me know.

January Workshops: Register Here

Building a More Active Classroom

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

11:00 am – 2:00 pm (lunch included)

Provost’s Conference Room

There are many ways to incorporate active learning into your teaching that don’t require course re-design or an increase in grading. Active learning strategies range from short activities that punctuate a lecture in order to improve comprehension and retention, to more involved small group exercises that help develop higher order thinking. This is a hands on workshop in which we’ll test out some of the activities, discuss effective implementation methods, and have time for selecting specific activities to try out in the spring semester. 

Fostering Students' Growth and Responsibility as Learners

Thursday, January 22, 2015

11:00 am – 2:00 pm (lunch included)

Provost’s Conference Room

Students who are intentionally active participants in their own learning are more effective learners. They are more engaged—with the material, with us, with their peers—and as a result our courses become places for deeper learning. This workshopwill include a brief review of the scholarship in cognitive and educational psychology that has examined the metacognitive, motivational and behavioral characteristics associated with effective learners. We will discuss our own successes and challenges in promoting student engagement, and then explore an array of practical and proven methods that you can incorporate into your own instruction.

Papers You’ll Look Forward to Reading

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

11:00 am – 2:00 pm (lunch included)

Weinberg Memorial Library, Room 306

We know that getting students to do more meaningful writing is an effective way to improve content learning and critical thinking; we also know that students who don’t write rarely become better writers.  But we also know the feeling of dread when we have to tackle those stacks of papers. This workshop asks you to think about the kind of paper that you would genuinely look forward to reading (and that students might genuinely look forward to writing). What kind of task would be involved? What would that paper look like? What would it do? What kinds of knowledge and skills would students need in order to write this paper?

Whether you have the core of that assignment already and just want to refine it, or you want to create something new, this workshop is for you. We’ll undertake a series of exercises to generate clear and effective paper assignments; examine some hazards to avoid; and provide feedback on one another’s assignments using an outline of what good paper assignments tend to do and contain. We’ll be in a lab so please bring an electronic copy of your assignment(s).  *This workshop will also have a follow-up counterpart in February for practicing efficient and effective methods for grading.

Faculty Development Services

Lilly Conferences on College and University Teaching & Learning

Tomorrow's Professor: Desk-Top Faculty Development

IDEA Center: Papers on Teaching