Wed, August 21, 2013
9-9:45 Coffee in Comer
9:45-1:45 Plenary talks, lunch, and plenary workshop
2:00-3:30 Concurrent Sessions
- Discussion of recommendations for revision of General Education program
- Hands-on TBL workshop
3:30-5 Reception and Resource Fair
Click schedule and descriptions for further information. Note that the plenary session will include a report with recommendations for revision of the GE program from the General Education Review Committee. Faculty will have an opportunity to discuss these recommendations in the afternoon concurrent session.
The featured speaker is Anne Braseby, a Faculty Development Specialist at the Center for Teaching and Learning at the University of Texas, Austin. Her plenary talk is entitled “Engaging Students Through Active Learning.” She will lead two follow-up workshops, a plenary workshop on “Developing Higher Level Reasoning Through Collaborative Learning” and a smaller hands-on workshop in the afternoon on “Teaching Critical Thinking Through Team-Based Learning (TBL).”
Participants in the TBL workshop are asked to watch a 12-minute video entitled Team-Based Learning: Group work that Works and read “The Essential Elements of Team-Based Learning” by Larry K Michaelsen and Michael Sweet.
Dr Anne Braseby started her professional life as a teacher in England then became a global nomad and international educator. After teaching for 25 years and obtaining her Masters degree from the University of Colorado, Boulder, she studied for her PhD at Florida International University then taught Sociology and Anthropology at FIU and FAU using various collaborative methodologies.
At UT she develops and presents faculty workshops, consults with department-led brown bag lunches, and facilitates eight Faculty Learning Communities across the university campus. She has presented 2-day workshops on Team-Based Learning at Texas A&M Galveston and Otterbein University and facilitated a course redesign in environmental science at the University of Miami. This semester she has been teaching a Critical Thinking Class using TBL. She is presently writing an article on the integration of TBL into the flipped classroom.
About Faculty Convocation This annual gathering of the faculty is held the Wed before the opening of a new academic year to renew acquaintance and focus attention on a shared theme, initiative, or goal. Convocation 2013 will stress pedagogies of collaborative learning especially in relation to ongoing work by the General Education Review Committee on the renewal of General Education at UM. Click here for schedule and descriptions.