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Back to Basics

Many faculty members have never had any formal training in education. For this reason, OFE is offering some simple introductory offerings to get faculty on track with their teaching.

In this three-part workshop series held via Zoom during the Fall semester, faculty will have the opportunity to listen to the workshop presenters and other participants, share their experiences, receive insights and feedback from peers, engage in important, timely, and relevant conversations with other faculty who are interested in these topics. Faculty will build professional and social connections with other faculty.

The Spring sessions will focus on alternative assessments. 

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Spring Session Schedule

Transparency in Learning and Teaching Framework (Tuesday, February 7, 2023, 2:00-3:00 p.m. via Zoom), Led by Dr. Maria Gallardo Williams, OFE Senior Faculty Development Specialist: The transparency in learning and teaching (TiLT) framework is not an alternative type of assignment but an alternative way of framing assignments to center equity. The framework has been demonstrated to help students feel a greater sense of belonging and confidence. Transparent assignments break assignments into three main components (1) Purpose; (2) Task; (3) Criteria for success.

Grading for Growth and Ungrading (Tuesday, March 7, 2023, 2:00-3:00 p.m. via Zoom), Led by Dr. Maria Gallardo Williams, OFE Senior Faculty Development Specialist, Dr. Michelle Bartlett, College of Education Associate Teaching Professor and Faculty Scholar, and Dr. Carol Warren, College of Education Assistant Teaching Professor and Faculty Scholar: Grading for growth (a renaming of Mastery Grading) allows students to repeat and learn from assessments to achieve course goals. It matters less when a student can demonstrate proficiency and more that they can eventually do it.
Ungrading separates feedback from grades and allows students to shift their focus from traditional points to incorporating feedback (and failure) into their learning. Students collect evidence of their work throughout the semester to demonstrate to themselves and you what learning goals they have achieved. Ungrading does not remove grades from the course; instead, it begins a conversation about learning before grades are assigned. Students provide the initial evaluation of their performance, and final grades are determined through conversation.

E-Portfolios to Assess Learning (Tuesday, April 4, 2023, 2:00-3:00 p.m. via Zoom), Led by Dr. Maria Gallardo Williams, OFE Senior Faculty Development Specialist: Across a Program: The implementation of ePortfolios offers a mechanism for aligning, tracking, and visualizing student learning outcomes across the curriculum. Additionally, ePortfolios enable students to track their progress and reflect on their learning holistically.

Within a single course: ePortfolios can also be used within a single course so that students can reflect on the content and the learning process. These are often shared with other students to allow for both instructor and peer feedback.