Each semester the Koehler Center partners with faculty to support Faculty-Led Workshops. These are events organized and promoted by the Koehler Center, but they are developed and led by TCU faculty to help enrich the TCU community. There are two types of events: Teaching and Learning Conversations (TLCs) and Pedagogy in Practice Workshops (PinPs).
Register for upcoming Faculty-Led Workshops below or on our Events page.
View the archive for information about past TLCs and PinPs.
Trauma-Informed Classrooms: Reducing Student Anxiety in the Classroom
with Casey Call
February 9, 2023 from 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
According to the Healthy Minds Study with data from 373 campuses nationwide, over 60% of college students met the diagnostic criteria for at least one mental health problem, a nearly 50% increase since 2013 (Lipscon, et al., 2022). In this Pedagogy in Practice workshop, we will learn about complex trauma and how it affects students’ brains, bodies, biology, beliefs, and behavior. We will compare the differences between willful behavior and survival strategies, as well as discuss how to best meet students’ needs while also maintaining academic rigor.
By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:
- Understand the definition of complex trauma, the risk factors, and how it affects a student’s body, brain, biology, beliefs, and behavior
- Compare willful behavior versus survival strategies
- Utilize take-away strategies to develop a safe, respectful classroom that is trauma-informed
Teaching and Proposing Writing Emphasis Courses in the Core Curriculum
with Dr. Theresa Gaul and Dr. Jacque Lambiase
February 27, 2022 from 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM
If you’ve thought about proposing a Writing Emphasis (WEM) course or already teach one, you may have questions about how to best integrate writing instruction into your course and support your students in improving their writing skills.
This workshop will review pedagogical best practices in teaching writing in disciplines, provide concrete suggestions for implementing writing in a substantive way in your courses, and offer tips for evaluating and giving feedback on writing.
For those who are interested, the last part of the workshop will explain the submission process and offer tips on how to write a successful proposal.
*You are encouraged to bring a syllabus or assignment that you can refine in the workshop.
OER not OEI: An Incremental Approach to Integrating OERs
with Katherine Forsythe
March 2, 2023 from 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Every semester, as instructors we must decide which textbook and instructional resources we will use to help achieve the learning outcomes we’ve established for our courses. Most often, we default to requiring textbooks from mainstream publishers because they offer convenience and an abundance of helpful tools. The thought of taking a “build-your-own” approach through the use of OERs (open educational resources) can be daunting and overwhelming. However, this does not need to be the case – open educational resources do not necessarily mean you must be an OEI (over-extended instructor)!
Thus, the goal of this workshop is to consider how you might take an incremental approach towards integrating OERs in order to enhance your current curriculum. Additionally, in this workshop we will discuss how the practice of using OERs can make the learning experience both more enjoyable and effective for both the students and the instructor.
Note: OERs (Open Educational Resources) are any teaching and learning resources that are publicly available for reuse, redistribution, and/or revision.
After this workshop, you will be able to:
- Recognize the benefits of utilizing OERs in your courses
- Locate quality OERs that could be added as instructional resources in your courses
- Formulate a plan for incrementally adding OERs to your curriculum
- Make OERs easily accessible via your TCU Online course shell
Course Clients as a Pedagogical Tool for Market-Applied Learning
with Brandon Chicotsky
March 3, 2023 from 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Situational Learning Theory (SLT; Lave & Wenger, 1991) is a constructivist approach to pedagogy in which learning occurs in real-life, hands-on situations. This “learning by doing” approach to pedagogy is most common in the medical fields, and there is limited literature applying it to the marketing field.
This workshop explores the application of SLT to a Marketing Management course, which extended the previous instructional design from a merely didactic learning process to a hands-on, and constructed-in-real-life experience that enhanced student engagement and supported the development of a professional identity. The success of this course is transferrable to other disciplines and fields, and it is replicable for faculty colleagues.
Participants will explore their class’s topic areas and what marketplace firms or organizations could be directly incorporated into the curricula. Assignment examples, rubrics, and other critical resources will be shared for “adaptation exercises,” which involve participants creating implementable frameworks for their course. Instructor resources will be provided as well as a full implementation blueprint.
Teaching in the Core Curriculum: An Overview
with Dr. Theresa Gaul
March 22, 2022 from 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
The TCU Core Curriculum is the very core of the TCU educational experience. With the goal of increasing faculty literacy and building a culture of engagement around the Core, this workshop presents an overview of the TCU Core Curriculum. It is designed for faculty members who are new to TCU, need a refresher on Core basics, or are interested in proposing a Core course. Topics include how to propose a course for a Core area, finding what you need on the new Core Curriculum website, and handling common advising questions.
By the end of this workshop, you will be able to:
- Distinguish among areas and categories of the Core Curriculum
- Describe the steps for proposing a new course
- Navigate the Core Curriculum website
- Locate answers to common advising questions
Learn more about the Core from Dr. Gaul’s feature in the Frog Blog: Core Curriculum 101.