April 2013 Student Leadership Academy
The Student Leadership Academy will be providing an interactive workshop detailing the resources that it has to offer for the effectiveness of future leaders. These opportunities will help in developing students’ personal and professional skills.
For information on this and other workshops provided by the UTPA Graduate School and Teaching Academy please go to www.utpa.edu/gradschool or call 956-665-3015.
March 2013 Developing Group Work and Rubrics
In this workshop, Dr. Chris Smith of the Chemistry Dept provided a template of how to develop group work projects and rubrics. Dr. Smith opened the session with a couple of engaging activities that enabled the participants to act and function as a group. Smith identified various roles within a group and how to maximize upon the strengths. The rubrics section was particularly enlightening to the group; focusing first on the importance of a rubric prior to grading.
Click here to download Developing Group Work and Rubrics presentation
February 2013 Technology in the Classroom
UTPA's Center for Online Learning, Teaching & Technology provided an interactive workshop that gave attendees an opportunity to build a Black Board course in real time. COLT representative, Jessica Sanchez provided one-on-one instruction and assistance for this highly interactive workshop. Students were provided with beneficial information concerning the various BB capabilities and how to access and apply them.
November Teaching Academy Meeting
The November teaching academy brought together members of the Center for Online Learning, Teaching and Technology and UTPA faculty members who regularly use SecondLife as part of their curriculum. Graduate students saw firsthand how this tool enables professors to connect with students on new levels, and ways in which another dimension can be brought into a course.