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.
February 4 from 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
There is a lot of evidence that diverse work teams outperform homogenous ones. Diversity leads to different perspectives shared and better decision-making. Also, diverse teams process information more carefully, are more innovative, and are more likely to engage in productive cognitive conflict. The benefits of diverse work teams should be the same for student teams – greater performance and innovation. Further, it is important to expose our students to diverse teams and teach them how to work through their differences, as it is likely that their future workplaces will be more diverse than the student population at TCU.
However, building diverse teams isn’t without risk, as diverse teams produce lower satisfaction for members and more interpersonal conflict than homogenous teams without proper support. One must emphasize inclusion, as well as diversity, to create the highest performing teams. Building an inclusive team means that you are creating a supportive environment where everyone’s voice is welcome and everyone feels like they belong.
This Teaching and Learning Conversation will demonstrate how to build and support inclusive teams for maximum performance, in any environment. We will discuss types of diversity, how to build teams to balance diversity and inclusion, and how to help diverse teams build cohesion. In addition to sharing best practices in the field and our experiences leading group projects, we will also present data gathered from TCU students about their perspectives on diverse teams and what they find works best for them.
Teaching Human-Animal Studies
with Dave Aftandilian, Carol Thompson, Mauricio Papini, and Chris Powell
February 25 from 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
What do other than human animals mean to us, and what do we mean to them? How do we impact each others’ lives, for good or ill? And how can we teach our students about these topics in a way that is intellectually rigorous, yet also caring and respectful of the deep emotional ties many of us feel to animals? In this workshop, four experienced instructors, each from a different discipline and all affiliated with TCU’s Human-Animal Relationships minor, will share a specific pedagogical practice they have used multiple times to successfully teach human-animal studies.
Presenters and topics will include:
- Dave Aftandilian (Anthropology) on contemplative practices for knowing animals
- Carol Thompson (Sociology) on developing new views of the zoo through an ethnography project
- Mauricio Papini (Psychology) on scientific observations of animal behavior
- Chris Powell (Studio Art) on using found materials such as wood to make animal imagery
Each presenter will briefly describe their overall learning goals and specific details for each project, as well as lessons they have learned and changes they have made to the projects over time. Attendees will also be encouraged to share their own pedagogical practices for teaching human-animal studies, so that we can all learn from each other.
This workshop is co-sponsored by the Human-Animal Relationships Minor (HARE)
March 23 from 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
When used effectively, student response systems (SRS) such as clickers offer a powerful tool to promote student learning and engagement. This workshop will introduce some popular SRS and demonstrate how they can be used to provide real-time assessment, promote collaborative learning, encourage discussion, keep students attentive and accountable, solicit student feedback and questions, and provide an anonymous method for students to venture guesses on challenging material or express opinions on divisive subjects. SRS add a fun dynamic that enhances the learning experience and promotes efficient use of class time.
The discussion will include key considerations such as whether to use electronic devices or low-tech options such as placards, different methods of assessment, and an introduction to SRS options such as iClicker, Top Hat, and Kahoot. Most of the activities will be demonstrated on iClicker, including:
- how to run a basic poll
- how to use polls to facilitate discussion and collaboration
- when and how to use anonymous polling
- how to poll with open-ended questions
- how to use self-paced polling for quizzes and homework
- how to grade responses and import scores to TCU Online
- common challenges with the iClicker software and using SRS in general
Throughout the workshop, participants will evaluate the demonstrated SRS implementation methods for potential application in their own classroom.