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Pre-conference Workshops

Wednesday, February 3, 2:00-5:00

Pre-Conference Workshops provide participants with the opportunity to develop new skills, learn new ideas, network with colleages, and create new approaches to teaching and learning. The CHEP pre-conference workshops feature authors and leaders in the field of teaching and learning. The workshop fee is $100.

  • Workshop 1: Simulating Face to Face Classes in an Online Setting - Stephanie Dashiell
    This pre-conference workshop focuses on all four aspects of the conference’s theme: engaging students, difficult moments, trauma informed teaching, and making change happen. This is an interactive workshop that will allow participants to virtually engage in the discussion by logging in using an extra device (i.e. cell phone, tablet, etc.). Participants should be ready to visit from a second device in order to respond and engage in real time discussion about best practices that allow instructors to bring a face to face feeling to online classes. This information is helpful for face to face, hybrid, remote, and online instructors. Several tools will be introduced such as real-time class discussions using tools like, simulated games/activities for your courses, and mental/emotional/academic skill activities for students.
  • Workshop 2: Navigating Difficult Moments in Teaching Diversity and Social Justice - Kim Case and Mary Kite
    A white student yells at a Latinx student and runs out of the classroom. A student tells the lesbian guest speaker she is going to hell. For faculty teaching social justice topics, tense and challenging moments in the classroom are both expected and shocking. Our own pedagogical isolation and potential embarrassment often prevent open discussions about these moments. Pedagogical humility allows us to support each other by bringing these difficult situations into the teaching commons for critical analysis and problem-solving. As educators infusing equity and social justice into the curriculum, what actions can we take to acknowledge our own struggles with these moments, critically reflect on intersectional and contextual variables, and break the cycle of pedagogical isolation? We will discuss specific powerful questions to ask ourselves in these moments as well as strategies for centering student learning. Free introduction chapter to the book available on the publisher's website.
  • Workshop 3: Ours is Not a Caravan of Despair: Trauma-Informed Teaching for Restorative Justice - Mays Imad
    In this session we will consider the neuroscience of toxic stress and its impact on learning. We will examine the principles and practical examples of trauma-informed approaches, whether it's in the classroom or at the institution. Finally we will reflect on the connections between trauma-informed teaching and restorative justice.
  • Workshop 4: Taking an Idea from Good to Great: Making Change Happen - Julia Williams
    Instructional innovation begins in classrooms with dedicated and creative faculty. But, once an idea takes shape and proves to be successful in a classroom, the challenge of program-level change can be daunting. In this workshop, faculty will learn how to have their ideas heard, understood, and adopted by others. Dr. Julia Williams will introduce attendees to a series of research-based change maker tools, tools that help faculty describe their project persuasively, identify potential advocates, and make their project sustainable going forward. This will be a hands-on workshop so join us for real work that can move your project forward! This workshop is sponsored by the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Virginia Tech through its Revolutionizing Engineering Departments (RED) grant from the National Science Foundation. This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 1623067. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.