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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.

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.

Detecting Plagiarism and Cheating - In this workshop we will discuss the Rutgers Policy on Academic Integrity. We will survey various ways that students across the country cheat. We will look at ways to identify certain types of plagiarism and how to use the Internet to gather proof of a violation. We will talk about effective ways to communicate the importance of Academic Integrity to students and ways to mitigate cheating.


Electronic Communications - An overview of tools and techniques that can be used to distribute announcements to students or facilitate small group discussions. Covers the creation and use of e-mail, mailing lists, instant messaging, chat, and web-based discussions.


SAS Gradebook and Privacy Issues - Discussion of acceptable practices for distributing student grades both online and in class, with a focus on how to use the SAS Gradebook for posting grades online. Also provides a look at the Sakai gradebook and the online roster web site.


Online Group Projects and Journals - Example uses of some newer technologies ("wikis" and "blogs") to provide a quick, easy means of providing students with tools for creating web-based group projects, or online journals for writing-intensive courses or other courses where students are required to do reflective writing.


PowerPoint: Creating Presentations - 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).


RefWorks: Basic - 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.


Scanning Documents, Creating PDF Files and Copyright Issues - In this workshop we will learn how to scan documents into a PC, how to generate compressed files in Adobe Acrobat 5.0 and what copyright issues that instructors need to be aware of when posting course materials on the internet. We will address ways to secure the documents so that students need to their NetID to access the files.


Web Design and Accessibility - In this workshop we will learn about how to make your course materials accessible to the majority of your students. We’ll examine Federal 508 laws regarding the accessibility of web sites. We will talk about planning websites with accessibility in mind and how to analyze current web sites for potential problems. We’ll also discuss the topic of “usability” and your course materials.


Windows Movie Maker - Windows Movie Maker is a quick-to-learn tool for creating simple movies from images, video and music clips. This workshop covers how to plan movies; insert, clip and arrange media objects on a timeline, and ultimately save as a Windows Movie file (WMV format). We also cover movie file formats, aspect ratios, and resolution, as well as where to acquire copyright-free content to use in movies.


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:  7/23/2012





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