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Empowering Learning -- TeachWeek Caltech January 17-23, 2017

CTLO hosts Caltech’s second annual TeachWeek: January 17 through 23! It’s a great opportunity to gather new ideas from Caltech instructors, TAs, and guest speakers during events, as well as sit in on open classes and observe first hand how different instructors approach various subjects and levels at Caltech.

Space is limited for some open classes and events, so please register online today: 

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Teaching and Learning Research in a nutshell
Transparency in Teaching Improves Students’ Learning
When instructors implement transparent teaching methods, students’ overall learning increases, with notable benefits for underrepresented students. Dr. Mary-Ann Winkelmes at University of Nevada Las Vegas has been involved in the Transparency Initiative since its inception in 2010. The Transparency Initiative has determined that by implementing the following transparent teaching practices in introductory courses, an instructor can greatly benefit student learning:
  • “Discuss assignments’ learning goals and design rationale before students begin each assignment.
  • Gauge students’ understanding during class via peer work on questions that require students to apply concepts you’ve taught
  • Debrief graded tests and assignments in class
  • Explicitly connect “how people learn” data with course activities when students struggle at difficult transition points.”
For more specifics, read about the results of the study and how transparency in teaching can increase under-served students’ learning, or come to Dr. Winkelmes's talk and workshop during TeachWeek.
CPET Certificates

The Certificate of Interest program aims to inspire participants to develop as educators through the submission of reflective journal entries addressing the content and application of teaching workshops and seminars.
The Certificate of Practice program aims to provide knowledge of teaching pedagogy and best practices to participants and help them apply their knowledge to their own teaching experiences with regular support and feedback from CPET and CTLO staff. Students completing the Certificate of Practice receive a special notation on their transcript recognizing their efforts and commitment to improving university teaching. If you are thinking about completing a Certificate of Practice during your time at Caltech, please contact CPET as soon as possible.

Contact us for more information!
TeachWeek Events -- RSVP Here
Tuesday, January 17, 2017
3:30 PM Reception
4:00-5:00 PM
Empowering Learning through Teaching, at Caltech and Beyond
Panel discussion with faculty and alumni
Dabney Lounge

Wednesday, January 18, 2017
12:00-1:00PM Keynote Talk
1:15-2:30PM Workshop
Teaching with Transparency: Empowering Equitable Learning
Talk and workshop by Mary-Ann Winkelmes
Avery Dining hall

Thursday, January 19, 2017
1:00-2:15 or 2:30-3:45 PM
Teaching 21st-Century Knowledge Management Skills: A Carpentry Approach to Open Data, Software, and Publications
Workshops by Caltech Library and CTLO Staff
Sherman Fairchild Library, Multimedia Conference Room

Friday, January 20, 2017
Questioning Why and How We Gather Students Together: Empowering Changes in Curricula and Teaching
Talk by John Pollard
Noyes 153

Monday, January 23, 2017
Ignite Your Teaching: Ideas and Practices You Can Use
Introductory Remarks by President Thomas F. Rosenbaum
Showcase with Caltech faculty, staff and TAs
Reception immediately following
Cahill Center, Hameetman Auditorium

Sit in on open classes throughout the week.
Reserve your seat online.
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