Upcoming Events

Throughout the school year, the Harte Center for Teaching and Learning organizes workshops and events on a variety of timely and relevant teaching topics and issues for faculty and staff. 


Anthony Jack “Privileged Poor” Discussion with Faculty and Staff

March 4, 2021 | 4:00pm-5:00pm

Our campus will be welcoming Dr. Anthony Jack, author of The Privileged Poor, for a keynote address. More details will be announced about the keynote in a future campus-wide communication, but we hope you will save the date.

This event is co-sponsored by the AIM Program, the Johnson Scholars Program, the Office of Inclusion and Engagement, and the Harte Center.

To Register for this event Click Here

Student Writing in the Quantitative Disciplines–A Mini-Series 

February 26, 2021 | 12:00pm-1:30pm: Balancing “Coverage” with Composition…and How Low-Stakes Writing Can Help

One of the most common objections faculty give to incorporating writing activities in their classes is along the lines of “I’ve got so much content to cover…I can’t possible throw writing in on top of that!” As we will learn in this workshop, writing need not, indeed, should not, be merely an “add-on” that takes students’ time and attention away from course content. In fact, there are a number of low-stakes writing activities that enhance students’ engagement with a course’s ideas and improve their understanding of those ideas. Best of all, these activities can be worked into courses in nearly any discipline and they require little, if any, feedback or grading. Participants will come away from this short workshop with easy-to-implement ways to incorporate writing into almost any course.


March 5, 2021 | 3:30pm-5:00pm: Assessing and Responding to Writing in STEM Classes

Responding to student writing is challenging, even for seasoned instructors of writing. Instructors in STEM fields, in particular, often struggle when they first begin to give their students feedback on their disciplinary writing. In this workshop we will discuss a number of helpful strategies, including using rubrics, guiding students in peer review, and giving multi-modal feedback, that will help faculty in any discipline give meaningful feedback to their students’ writing, effectively and efficiently.

Interested in either of these events? Click here to enroll.

BYOL Luncheon Series

February 18, 2021 | 12:30pm-1:30pmWe’ve got the Data. Now What???

Every three years, W&L participates in a nationwide effort to collect data on student engagement inside and outside of the classroom. Some of it’s interesting and surprising, but . . . simply having surprising and interesting data doesn’t deepen engagement and improve the experience of our students. The purpose of this session is to explore what’s next: drawing from W&L’s participation in The National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE), Kristy Crickenberger will highlight several key findings from our results in 2020. Our role is to take what we know from our students’ feedback on NSSE and brainstorm ways to improve their experiences at W&L. What can we do institutionally? Individually? What are our collective next steps? If you’re interested in being a part of ongoing conversations about improving our learning environment, this is the session for you!


March 9, 2021 | 12:30pm-1:30pm: Building a Collaborative Community in the Classroom

W&L prides itself on creating a sense of community for our students, but as we’ve worked our way through a year+ of Zoom classes and/or socially distanced instruction, it’s become clear that, especially when we can’t be physically near each other,  creating that sense of collective belonging is difficult.  Spring term classes have always offered an opportunity to create close bonds, but how do we do that in the current reality?  And what skills can we learn for this year that will also help us moving forward? To explore this issue, we call on two instructors whose work in and outside of the classroom requires them to be very deliberate about building a sense of ensemble—a group of individuals working together as a single unit. Jemma Levy and James Dick will talk about what they do in their respective settings to develop a sense of shared purpose amongst their students—and together we’ll explore ways we might translate those practices into our own classrooms.


March 30, 2021 | 12:30pm-1:30pm: Co-Writing ‘Our’ Classes: Engaging Students in the Course Design Process

This panel presentation will describe and discuss a unique course-design process used by Jim Casey and Art Goldsmith as they created a new ECON course. Working with a pair of upper-class students and supported by the SRS Program and Lenfest funds, Casey and Goldsmith reconsidered every aspect of the course’s design, from day-to-day discussion to readings to major assignments. The first implementation of this course is now nearly complete. So: How did it go? What were the benefits—and the challenge–of this process? And why might the rest of us want to explore a similar process for our courses? Zoom in and find out the answers to these questions and more!

Sign up for any of these three events by clicking here!

Pedagogy, Books, & Java (PB&J) Book Club

Get a FREE copy of Derek Bruff's

With the multitude of educational technology options available, it’s not easy to decide which to use and when.

Derek Bruff, Director of the Vanderbilt University Center for Teaching, argues that it should be our teaching and learning goals that drive our choice of technology, NOT the other way around. In “Intentional Tech”, Bruff provides 7 research-based principles for matching technology to pedagogy and expands on each principle by providing examples of implementation from real faculty.

We’ll meet via Zoom 3 times: Thursday, Jan 21; Tuesday, Feb 16; and Thursday, Mar 11 at 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM EST. In order to best facilitate a lively discussion, we are capping enrollment to 20.

Sign up at go.wlu.edu/intentionaltech and contact Helen MacDermott at hmacdermott@wlu.edu for a copy of the book.

Did You Know?

The Harte Center for Teaching and Learning can also design tailored workshops for departments on a variety of topics, including (but not limited to): 

  • course design
  • classroom dynamics
  • diversity in the classroom
  • assessing student learning
  • grading
  • documentation of teaching effectiveness

In addition to workshops, The Harte Center for Teaching and Learning is happy to offer consultations with departments or other administrative units, as well as  individual consultations with instructors, based on video recordings of instructors or observations of instructors in the classroom.

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