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GradSTEP 2014: Students as Producers Sneak Peek at Session 3

Posted by on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 in News.

GradSTEP 2014 will focus on Students as Producers: Developing dynamic learning in a virtual and real-world setting and will be held:

Saturday, January 25th,
9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. in Light Hall.


Why Wiki
Jessica Riviere, CFT Graduate Teaching Fellow

In this workshop we will explore the basics of using Wiki technology for students to complete online collaborative projects. What is a wiki? Where can you find them? When is a wiki appropriate? How have wikis been used effectively?

.Avoiding Crickets: Creating Environments to Support Difficult Discussions
Bernadette Doykos and Andrew Greer, CFT Graduate Teaching Fellows
As instructors, we often introduce difficult topics as an essential part of our curriculum, which requires extra planning and preparation. This session addresses the conditions that foster comfort and respect required for students to engage productively with complex topics, such as race, class, gender, religion, ethnicity, and sexuality. This session introduces participants to an array of tools to help facilitate difficult discussions and to think about how to introduce such topics into the higher-ed classroom.

Professional Development for STEM
Ruth Schemmer, Assistant Dean, Graduate School
Graduate students are competent, hard-working, intelligent people – but many feel inadequate when seeking a career. Explore what skills are needed in the world of work, how to find out what they are, and how to prove you have them!

Interactive Lecturing in Large Classrooms
Karen Childress and Mary Keithly, CFT Graduate Teaching Affiliates
This workshop will highlight ideas about how to bring a large classroom to life by going beyond the lecturing format. After discussing some ideas and tips pertaining to the topic, participants will be given the opportunity to plan a sample activity, which would apply to a large class that they would like to teach in the future.  Feedback from peers will provide ideas for improvement and expansion of the prepared activity.
All Vanderbilt graduate & professional students, and post-doctoral fellows, can register here for this free, daylong conference, offering workshops and discussions centered on teaching, learning, and professional development issues, across the disciplines.

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