Spring 2016 Teaching Effectiveness Institute ponders why, how

Photo of an apple on a teacher's deskNIU’s Spring 2016 Teaching Effectiveness Institute, presented by the Faculty Development and Instructional Design Center, will explore questions of “why” and “how” Thursday, Jan. 7.

Both the morning session – “Why We Teach: Our Impact at Educators” – and the afternoon’s “How We Teach: Connecting Philosophy with Practice” will be delivered completely online. All that is needed to participate is a computer and an Internet connection.

NIU faculty, instructors, teaching assistants, SPS and operating staff are invited to attend. Registered participants will receive workshop materials and a certificate of participation.

The deadline to register is Wednesday, Jan. 6.

For more information on either session, call (815) 753-0595 or email facdev@niu.edu.

Why We Teach: Our Impact at Educators
8:30 a.m. to noon
workshop by NIU Faculty and Staff

Thinking beyond course content and learning objectives, consider the following questions: Why do you teach? How do you want students to develop? What do you want your teaching legacy to be?

Answering these questions might help you develop your own teaching philosophy. Your teaching philosophy can inform your teaching practice and have a profound impact on your students’ development and progress throughout their lives. In difficult times such as we face in higher education today, reflecting on your teaching philosophy can help remind you of why you teach and how your role as a teacher is so important.

During this institute, fellow faculty members will share their philosophies of teaching, which might inspire you to refine or develop your own. Through guided discussion and reflection, you will begin to answer the question, “Why do I teach?” This institute should inspire, motivate and energize you for the coming and future semesters.

Registration is available online.

Teaching Philosophy > Teaching Style > Learning ActivitiesHow We Teach: Connecting Philosophy with Practice
1 to 4 p.m.
workshop by Faculty Development and Instructional Design Center staff

Are you ready to unlock the potential of your teaching philosophy? We know that there are many different ways to teach, and there is no “right” or “best” way for every student, discipline or faculty. However, a successful teaching model is one that addresses your learning objectives, supports students and reflects your teaching philosophy.

In this session, we will build on your philosophy of teaching and help you to determine teaching practices that best align with it. You will be introduced to concrete applications based on real-world examples and take practical steps to make your ideals a reality. Attendance at the morning session is encouraged but not required.

Registration is available online.

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