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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.

The Campus Writing and Speaking Program offers Back to Basics workshops for all faculty and instructors at NC State. Back to Basics workshops are focused on the essentials of teaching written, oral, and digital communication within and across each discipline.

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Spring Session Schedule

Strategies for Large Classes with Megan Lupek

Thursday, March 28 at 11 a.m.

In this session we will explore effective and engaging teaching techniques tailored to the challenges and opportunities presented by large class sizes. From leveraging technology for active participation to implementing collaborative learning techniques, participants will gain practical insights into fostering student engagement and promoting meaningful interactions in sizable classrooms. Discover strategies to manage grading efficiently, maintain a vibrant learning environment, and address the diverse needs of a diverse student body.

CWSP Spring Focus: Speaking
Debate as an Instructional Tool

Thursday, January 25 at 11 a.m.

How can you increase student engagement with the key issues in your discipline? Student debates offer a time-tested way to deepen student involvement, hone oral communication skills, and enhance understanding of puzzles and controversies within any field. Co-facilitators Roy Schwartzman (CWSP Co-Director and Department of Communication) and David Berube (Department of Communication) bring more than 50 years of cumulative debate coaching experience to help you construct, administer, and judge student debates in your courses. Participants will learn keys to successful debates, lessons from problematic debate practices, and how to encourage civility during debates. Resources will be shared regarding best (and worst) practices for incorporating debates as a method of instruction.

Co-Facilitated by: Dr. David Berube and Dr. Roy Schwartzman (NC State Department of Communication). Dr. Berube is a professor in the Department of Communication at NC State and one of the world’s leading theorists of competitive academic debate. He has coached debaters to multiple national championships. Dr. Schwartzman is a professor in the Department of Communication and Co-Director of the Campus Writing and Speaking Program at NC State. After being a national champion debater, he judged and coached high school and college debate for several decades.