SMARTEACHING 

SMARTeaching Workshops

PROGRAMS IN PEDAGOGY 

The Success Made for All: Revitalizing Teaching (SMART) series is designed to connect you to available campus resources, introduce you to the latest research on teaching, learning, and neurodevelopment, prepare you for challenges you may confront in the classroom, and introduce you to innovative ways that you can help prepare all of your students for success.

The SMARTeaching workshops are the perfect way to ensure that faculty at Rutgers-Newark and graduate students preparing for a career in academia are working SMARTer toward our collective student success goals!

Eligibility: The SMARTeaching workshops are open to all RU-N faculty, lecturers, and Ph.D. students.

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Spring 2022 SMARTEACHING Schedule

 

RUBRICS THAT TEACH!

Monday, January 31st @ 11:30am: Karen Harris (TLT)

Register Here! -- This workshop will be offered remotely via Zoom.

Rubrics are often seen primarily as a tool for assessment, specifically serving in the administrative function of grading.  In this workshop, instructional designer Karen Harris will delve deeper to uncover their instructional facets, with the goal of designing and implementing rubrics that:

Facilitate student demonstration of learning

Promote targeted and meaningful instructor feedback

Guide expert peer-to-peer feedback

Promote responsive teaching by measuring instructional effectiveness

Incorporate transparency, objectivity, and equity

CRAFTING EFFECTIVE TEACHING PORTFOLIOS FOR TENURE & PROMOTION

Friday, February 4th @ 12:00pm: Monica Devanas & Chris Drue (CTAAR)

Register Here! -- This workshop will be offered remotely via Zoom.

The Teaching Portfolio is a documented statement of an instructor’s teaching responsibilities, philosophy, goals, and teaching accomplishments. As part of the reappointment and promotion process, departments must review candidate teaching portfolios in conjunction with other sources of evidence. Join us for a workshop to write or refine your teaching philosophy, consider the evidence you want to share to demonstrate your teaching effectiveness, and be sure your portfolio represents your accomplishments in teaching.  Open to all faculty (TT, NTT, PTL) and instructional staff.

Note: In Fall 2021, we offered a workshop on teaching portfolio creation for graduate students entering the academic job market.  You can access a recording and the materials from that workshop here.

IS LESS MORE?: CONSIDERATIONS FOR ALTERNATIVE GRADING

Wednesday, February 9 @ 2:30pm - Courtney Sobers (SAS-N, Chemistry)

Register Here! -- This workshop will be offered remotely via Zoom.

The most energizing elements of teaching? Seeing students learn, grow, improve, and engage with our discipline. Not on that list? Grading. Grades and grading often put educators in contention with students to the point where instructors lament about “grade grubbers” or dread teaching “weed out” courses. To allay this antagonistic power dynamic and reemphasize the learning process, educators across all disciplines have turned to ungrading and other alternative grading approaches. However, public discussions about alternative grading practices tend to assume implementation within a small (< 30 students) lecture-based classroom environment, ignoring classes with higher enrollments, lab or studio-based classes, and classes taught on an accelerated schedule (summer or winter sessions). This workshop asks educators to consider how they could use alternative grading in their course offerings and when to use traditional versus alternative grading schemes. The session will present traditionally graded and ungraded versions of several introductory level chemistry lab and lecture courses that had 100+ students enrolled. 

WHAT THE BEST ACADEMIC COLLABORATORS DO

Wednesday, February 23 @ 2:30pm: Alex Dika Seggerman (ACM, Art History)

Register Here! -- This workshop will be offered remotely via Zoom.

This session will explore the benefits of academic collaborations in researching, writing, and presenting scholarship. We will discuss how to identify the best projects and people for collaborations and how best to navigate these long-term relationships.

DECOLONIZING THE PANDEMIC SYLLABUS

Monday, March 7 @ 11:30: Jack Tchen (Clement Price Institute; SAS-N, History and Global Urban Studies) and Sara Perryman (SAS-NB, Livingston Writing Center)

Registration Link and Session Description Coming Soon!

SMARTeaching Resources

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If you would like to partner with the P3 for future workshops, please visit our contact us page.  

If you'd like to see videos of previous SMARTeaching workshops, please visit the SMARTeaching video archive.