Loyola University Maryland

Faculty Development and Diversity

Teaching Enhancement Workshop

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January 11, 2017, Evergreen Campus
Evidence-Based Teaching Practices

Loyola faculty: RSVP to tew@loyola.edu.

 Overview | Workshop Program

Committee Members | Past Workshops


Workshop Program (tentative)

9 - 9:20 a.m. 

Welcome and Overview

Mavis Biss (Philosophy)

9:30 - 10:10 a.m.                     

Breakout Session I

  • Teaching Scientifically: Lessons for all from the Natural Sciences
    Maren Blohm (Biology)

    • Bernadette Roche (Biology)
    • Randall Jones (Physics)
    • Lisa Scheifele (Biology)
    • Lisa Oberbroeckling (Mathematics & Statistics)
    • Timothy Clark (Mathematics & Statistics)

Preparatory article:
"Scientific Teaching," Science 304, no. 5670 (Apr 23, 2004)

  • Expectations and Grading
    Moderator: Jill Snodgrass (Pastoral Counseling)

    • Melissa Girard (English)
    • Suzanne Monthie (Educational Technology)
    • Cindy Moore (Loyola College)

Preparatory article: TBD

  • Classroom Practices
    This break-out session will focus on pedagogical practices that have been shown to substantially improve student learning. Explanations for how the practices discussed in this session relate to research in cognitive psychology and neuroscience can be found in James M. Lang's new book Small Teaching: Everyday Lessions from the Science of Learning (Jossey-Bass 2016). A link to Lang's Chronicle series "Small Changes in Teaching" is provided in the preparatory article section.

    Mavis Biss (Philosophy)

    • Barbara Vann (Sociology) "Meeting Student Where They Are"

    This roundtable focuses on working with first year students and will address how instructors provide directions that guide students.

    • Megan Olsen (Computer Science) "Show and Tell"

    Many abstract concepts are more easily grasped when you can see how they apply to a concrete demonstration. In this roundtable participants will experience techniques that effectively communicate abstract concepts.

    • John Burger (Economics) "Making connections"

    This roundtable will focus on classroom practices that help students to make connections between ideas and to connect course materials to the world.

Preparatory article:
"Small Changes in Teaching," The Chronicle of Higher Education (Jun 22, 2016)









10:20 - 11 a.m. Breakout Session II
See Break Out Session I for Session Descriptions
111:10 - 11:50 a.m. Breakout Session III
See Break Out Session I for Session Descriptions
 12 - 1 p.m. Lunch with Messina Workshop  
 1 - 5 p.m. Messina Workshop

Teaching Enhancement Committee

Members, 2016-17

  • Chair: Maren Blohm (Biology) 
  • Mavis Biss (Philosophy) 
  • Vanessa Dodo Seriki (Teacher Education)
  • Jill Snodgrass (Pastoral Counseling) 
  • Rebecca Trump (Marketing)
  • Brian Norman (English /Academic Affairs), ex officio

Past Teaching Enhancement Workshops

August 2016: Race in the College Classroom

January 2016: Modes of Engagement

August 2015: Inclusive Teaching and Loyola's Diversifying Student Body

January 2015: The Jesuit Mission, In Action

August 2014: Beyond Words: The Power of Nonverbal Communication in Teaching