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Center for Teaching Advancement and Assessment Research

Workshops and Seminars

The Center for Teaching Advancement and Assessment Research offers several workshops on the improvement of teaching and the use of instructional technologies. To register for a workshop use our on-line registration form. If you have trouble with our form, please call 932-7466.

Current Calendar of Workshops

Faculty Development

First Year Student Skill Expectations: Focus group discussion on the basic skill needs of incoming students

Essential Elements of a Syllabus: The syllabus is the primary structure for the instructor to set the goals for the course, convey the excitement and interest in the course material, to layout the assignments with guidelines, expectations, grading rubrics, deadlines and grading system for all activities. It is important to be clear about all the elements in a syllabus since is serves as an agreement between the instructor and students regarding everything that will be done or required for the course throughout the term. 

Five Hot Buttons for Teaching: Active Learning, Critical Thinking, cooperative Learning, Problem-based Learning and the latest Instructional Technology tools, singly or collectively, can improve teaching and learning.

Hints and Tips for the First Day of Class: What you do on the first day of class is important for the rest of the semester.  Ways to involve your students, setting expectations, establishing the administrative structure and begin to engage the students in the subject are just some of the ideas that will be discussed to make your first day of class the first step to a successful semester.

Improving Student Ratings: Most faculty find that they can improve the end of semester student ratings by preparing for them even before the semester begins.  Research shows that being prepared for class, respecting the students, motivating them to care about their learning are key ways for students to understand and acknowledge successful teaching.

Instructional Technology Tools to Support Teaching in Large Lectures: Many computer-based course tools will be demonstrated for supporting teaching in large lecture courses.

Student Instructional Rating Survey Data Online: Following the President's request, acting on the advice and resolutions from the University Senate, the Center for Teaching Advancement and Assessment Research now is providing on line access to the data from the Student Instructional Rating Survey.

Teaching Portfolios: The Teaching Portfolio is best thought of as a documented statement of a faculty member's teaching responsibilities, philosophy, goals and accomplishments as a teacher. It is a flexible document, and can be used in a number of ways, depending upon the needs and interests of the faculty member. It can be an extensive collection of information, or something much more compact and limited. The essential structure and elements to be included will be presented.

Teaching Strategies for Large Lectures: A collection of techniques for presentation and in class activities that improve teaching and learning in the "large" lecture course format will be exchanged.

The Use of Small Groups in Large Lectures: Effective use of small groups requires  thoughtful design and management. Several models for the use of small groups in lecture courses will be described and discussed.


To register for a workshop use our on-line registration form. If you have trouble with our form, please call 932-7466.


Instructional Technologies

You can preview some of the workshop materials.

Acrobat PDF Creation for Electronic Grant Proposels - Grant funding organizations are increasingly requiring proposals be submitted electronically over the web. Creating an Acrobat PDF can save time and may be essential in some cases. This workshops will cover the use of Adobe Acrobat for creating PDF's from standard office software, sending PDF's as an e-mail attachment, posting PDF's on the web, and will include a discussion of some alternatives to buying the Adobe Acrobat package.  The workshop will also cover posting PDF's on the web.

Managing a Course Web Site (Sakai)  Sakai is a web site for organizing class materials, discussions, assignments, grade reporting, and group work. This introduction covers the basic use of Sakai for the most common course tasks.

Intro to Canvas  This workshop will cover the basics of how to navigate the Canvas learning management system and edit content in it. By the end of this session you will be able to navigate the global menu and a course menu, edit content and settings, and use Speedgrader. We will also look at the best ways to move Sakai content into Canvas and edit it there.

Basic RefWorks 3.0   RefWorks (free to members of the Rutgers community) is a web-based bibliography and database manager that allows users to create and administer their own personal bibliographic database. This hands-on workshop introduces RefWorks, and demonstrates how personal bibliographies can be created and managed. Two additional RefWorks tools, Write-N-Cite and RefGrab-It will also be demonstrated. Additional help will be available for persons logging into RefWorks for the first time.

Basic Web Design  The fundamentals of creating web pages, either for RCI web sites or for use in Sakai or other course web sites. Using the free "BlueGriffon" software, this workshop addresses how to create a simple site with multiple pages, links and images, and covers some basics of best web design practices.

Online Grade Reporting and Communication   Discussion of acceptable practices for distributing student grades both online and in class, with a focus on how to use the FAS Gradebook for posting grades online. Also provides a look at the Sakai gradebook and the online roster web site, and some other resources for managing mailing lists and student communication.

Creating Excel Spreadsheets for Grading   This workshop explores different methods of using Excel to calculate student grades. In addition to calculating weighted averages, we discuss methods of dropping the lowest grade, and assigning letter grades based on numeric average grades via a lookup table. Finally, we cover various dynamic means of assessing the performance of entire class by using charts and summation functions.

Creating eBooks for the Classroom   This workshop will look at several resources for creating ebooks from original materials or collections of course materials, and distributing the ebook "course packs" to students. We will discuss the formats needed to support Kindles, iPads, and other devices. Software covered will include Sigil, Calibre, and iBooks Author, with the primary focus on iBooks Author.

Creating PowerPoint Presentations for Teaching  This workshop provides a quick hands-on overview of PowerPoint; its structure, utilities, slide management features, animation, and design templates (with a number of tips and tricks).

Lecture Recording & Podcasting   How to create and do some simple editing of audio content using the free "Audacity" software, and how to distribute the files to students as a "podcast" using RSS ("Really Simple Syndication") or iTunes.

Intro to Big Blue Button   Big Blue Button is a web conferencing software application that you can use to conduct online classes, seminars, and meetings. Attendees will learn how to obtain an account, how to set up a meeting, and how to use the various features such as file sharing, link sharing, PowerPoint presenting, audio/video conferencing, polling questions, and live chat. Attendees will be able to see the Big Blue Button experience from the perspective of both a presenter and a participant.

Intro to Prezi NEXT   Prezi is a cloud-based presentation application (for both Mac and PC) that lets you organize and share ideas and information in a very dynamic way.  You can lead your students (and audience) on a visual journey, collaborate in real time across time zones, and run your presentation from the cloud, desktop, iPad, or iPhone. In Intro to Prezi NEXT, you learn how to set up a free account, navigate the canvas, create frames, utilize templates, apply text, images and video, and use the Tool/Prezi Editor.

Intermediate Prezi NEXT  The Intermediate Prezi workshop will cover advanced aspects and functionalities of Prezi, such as animation, in-depth customization, inserting audio & video and how to create a Prezi using an existing PowerPoint presentation.

Using Media with PowerPoint Presentations  This workshop will explore the incorporation of audio and video into PowerPoint presentations for the PC. We will cover the different audio and video formats that are compatible with PowerPoint and available web resources for downloading free content.

Making Conference Posters in PowerPoint  This workshop explores how to easily create conference posters by using PowerPoint tools. We will explore adjusting slides to poster dimensions, adding and managing text and bullets, images, charts, tables and other poster content. We will also generate QR codes which will link to informational websites from the posters. Finally, we will explore saving the poster as pdf files and printing options.

Windows Movie Maker  This workshop will introduce the free Windows Movie Maker application and explore its basic properties, formats and tools.  With Windows Movie Maker, you can easily incorporate and edit photographs, text, audio and video, and create a simple movie.  The movie can then be integrated into a PowerPoint presentation or shared via YouTube or Facebook.

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To register for a workshop use our on-line registration form. If you have trouble with our form, please call 932-7466. Dates are listed on the current calendar of workshops.

If you are looking for workshops on statistical packages (SAS, SPSS, R, and Stata), they are offered by Rutgers Libraries Data Services.

Updated:  2/22/2019





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