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CITL Teaching and Learning News: December 2, 2021

Dec 3, 2021, 16:00 PM
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Did You Miss the Art of Teaching Lunchtime Seminar?

If you missed today’s Art of Teaching roundtable conversation, you can still watch the recording online. Video recordings are posted to the Art of Teaching website a few days after the presentation. Listen in as CITL Director, Michel Bellini, and CITL Faculty Fellows Shelly Schmidt, Leon Liebenberg, Karle Flanagan and Wade Fagen-Ulmschneider share funny stories and lessons learned about themselves, their students, and the art of good teaching in this final Art of Teaching Lunchtime Seminar of the Fall semester. 

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CITL Events & Workshops


Tuesday, December 7
Innovation Studio Open hours
10:00 A.M. - 4:00 P.M., CITL Innovation Studio, Armory Room 172, repeats every Tuesday
Host: Jamie Nelson
Tuesday, December 7
Breaking Up the Big Assignment
2:00 P.M. - 3:00 P.M., online via Zoom, register for Zoom link
Presenter: Lucas Anderson
Check the CITL calendar for new workshops added regularly, and for a complete listing of all our Canvas training and support opportunities.

Teaching Tips


Last Day of Class

(from Berkeley University Center for Teaching & Learning) "Not with a whimper, but a bang." – (A revisionist view of T.S. Eliot). Make the last day count. Too often, the last day of a class can be taken up with housekeeping-information on the final, last minute details, and course evaluations. But as Richard Lyons, author of several books on college teaching says, "the final class is a key student retention milepost."  Here is a potpourri of ideas from Berkeley faculty

Parting Ways: Ending Your Course

(from Association for Psychological Sciences) Much emphasis has been placed on the use of activities at the beginning of a course to provide opportunities for introductions, begin to create a comfortable classroom atmosphere to encourage discussion and learning, or develop a sense of community and group identity. In many teaching books (e.g., McKeachie, 1999) there is an entire chapter devoted to getting started and what to do on the first day of a course such as breaking the ice, introducing the teacher and textbook, and allowing time for questions. Much less attention has been given to the equally important task of providing closure at the end of a course or seminar.

After a great deal of time developing a sense of comfort and community in the classroom, ignoring class endings seems awkward and abrupt to both students and faculty. Here are some suggested “parting-ways” techniques.

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