OTL Conference Room (Anderson Academic Commons 345)

Join us for a workshop that introduces the basics of the DU Portfolio application. Participants will be provided with an overview of how the application works, and will be guided through the initial steps for creating their first DU Portfolio site.

DU Portfolio Educational Technology Open to Grad Students

The Loft (Anderson Academic Commons 340)

Bruce Uhrmacher, Morgridge College of Education
Paula Adamo, Department of Languages and Literatures

Based on John Dewey’s ideas on aesthetics as well as our own empirical research, we suggest that classroom teaching can be enhanced to turn ordinary classroom experiences into extraordinary ones. Instructors do not need to completely revolutionize their teaching. Lectures, as well as experiential learning activities, can be taught in notable ways in any classroom. In this faculty showcase, we share what can be done to amplify and transform classroom teaching.


Open to Grad Students Pedagogy Faculty Showcase

OTL Conference Room (Anderson Academic Commons 345)

Please join us for a demonstration and open workshop highlighting the recently added features and newest enhancements of the DU Portfolio application.

DU Portfolio Educational Technology

OTL Conference Room (Anderson Academic Commons 345)

The Chronicle of Higher Education recently published an article (February 11th, 2018) titled “Most Professors Hate Post-Tenure Review. A Better Approach Might Look Like This” describing the DU post-tenure review process. A corner stone of the DU approach to faculty development is the Peer-To-Peer (P2P) conversation which faculty are encouraged to host every three years.  The art of deeply listening is both a practice and a natural skill anyone can extend to another human being.  The intention of the P2P conversations is to promote a form of professional engagement that is often missing from higher education communities because of current political, economic, and social constraints. P2P conversations are not intended to replace other forms of faculty to faculty conversations which occur in less formal settings or gatherings. The P2P conversations differ in that they are formally structured around key moments in the life of a faculty, focused on professional development, and are bounded by norms of confidentiality.

The Office of Teaching and Learning in collaboration with Paul Michalec from the Morgridge College of Education are hosting two P2P training sessions.  All faculty are invited to attend whether or not they are planning on participating in a P2P conversation this academic year.  The sessions will dive into both the theory and practice of P2P conversations, including a how to ask Open and Honest questions that invite a deeper dialogue with self as well as a mini-P2P modeled by the session leaders.  You will walk away clear on the purpose and practice of P2P conversations and how they can enrich your academic career at DU.

Faculty Development Pedagogy

OTL Conference Room (Anderson Academic Commons 345)

Do you use discussions in your classroom? Would you like to expand your repertoire and refine your practice?

Stephen Brookfield and Stephen Preskill have written two books on the theory, purpose and practice of multiple discussion models. We will be drawing on these two books to inform our thinking about in-class and online discussions.

  • Discussion as a Way of Teaching. Tools and Techniques for Democratic Classrooms
  • The Discussion Book. 50 Great Ways to Get People Talking
  • Available through DU’s library as an eBook

Their 50 discussion models are categorized into 11 purposes which enables faculty to quickly choose which pedagogical mode is most appropriate to their instructional goal. Each model/chapter is broken into the following sections:

  • purposes,
  • how it works,
  • where and when it works well,
  • what users appreciate,
  • what to watch for, and
  • questions suited to this technique.

Faculty will participate in two discussion models during this workshop and walk away ready to implement them in their classes.