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.


pedagogy in practice

Trauma-Informed Classrooms: Reducing Student Anxiety in the Classroom
with Casey Call

February 9, 2023 from 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Casey Call

Casey Call

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

pedagogy in practice

OER not OEI: An Incremental Approach to Integrating OERs
with Katherine Forsythe

March 2, 2023 from 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Katherine Forsythe

Katherine Forsythe

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

pedagogy in practice

Course Clients as a Pedagogical Tool for Market-Applied Learning
with Brandon Chicotsky

March 3, 2023 from 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Brandon Chicotsky

Brandon Chicotsky

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.