Fall 2021 QEP Faculty Development Series

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The Fall 2021 QEP Faculty Development Series is part of our effort to provide ongoing support to faculty as they continue to develop and teach their QEP courses.  In addition to fostering discussions around important issues relevant to the QEP teaching methods, these activities will give participants an opportunity to meet with current and former FLC participants to share and discuss successes and challenges. Note that all activities will take place virtually via Zoom.

Faculty Reading Group: Convergent Teaching

Friday, October 8, 12:00 - 1:30 pm
Friday, October 22, 12:00 - 1:30 pm
Friday, November 5, 12:00 - 1:30 pm
Friday, November 19, 12:00 - 1:30 pm

As part of the PETAL Spring 2021 Speaker Series, Anna Neumann discussed convergent teaching, an approach whichlooks at the process of learning holistically and encourages instructors to simultaneously attend to students’ prior knowledge, the subject matter, and the social, cultural, and emotional context. This reading group will explore Neumann's convergent teaching approach and its connections to learning through dialogue and discussion as we read Convergent Teaching: Tools to Spark Deeper Learning in College by Anna Neumann and Aaron M. Pallas. Note that all participants will receive a copy of this book.


Object-Based Learning

Tuesday, November 2, 10:00 - 11:30 am

Object-based learning (OBL) is a form of active learning that uses artworks, artifacts, archives, digital representations, and everyday materials to inspire close observation and deep critical thinking. With the object being at the center of the learning experience, experiential and multi-sensory engagement are essential to this approach as students work to acquire and apply knowledge independently with instructor facilitation. This workshop will focus on ways instructors can integrate discussion-based teaching with object-based learning into their courses, and the various opportunities and partnerships available for UM faculty to participate in this unique approach.