At the suggestion of a faculty member, we started Open Pedagogy Conversations in the fall of 2014.
As the name suggests, these are open discussions of any pedagogical issues that faculty and staff members wish to explore together. We discuss faculty-proposed topics such as: question-framing and discussion facilitation; developing effective assignments; organizing effective presentations that are useful not only for the presenter but for the entire class; communicating about and using office hours; and more. Sometimes, TLI student consultants come to share their perspectives as well.
Anyone who is teaching in the Bi-Co is welcome: full- and part-time faculty, continuing and visiting faculty, post-docs and others. You may drop in to one or two sessions when you have time and inclination, or you may participate regularly in sessions on either campus or both campuses. You may send Alison Cook-Sather suggestions or requests for focal topics ahead of time; you may bring an assignment, activity, or assessment upon which you want feedback from colleagues; or you may simply show up prepared to talk with others. We will develop this forum as people see fit; it will be shaped by participants.