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Workshops and Events for Teaching Faculty

Spring 2024

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May 2024 Workshops

The CTLA will host four half-day workshops on May 21 and May 22 focused on the following topics: assignment design, student mental health, infusing sustainability in course design, and teaching ELAC learning outcomes in LAC 101.

More details and registration information will be coming soon!


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  • Understanding AI and ChatGPT: A Hands-on Workshop

    Wednesday, February 28, 3-4 pm, Science 115
    Led by Garrett Dancik (Computer Science)

    Are you interested in understanding more about how ChatGPT and other Large Language Models (LLMs) work? Have you wanted to spend time learning to use one of these generative Artificial Intelligence tools, but didn’t quite know how to get started? In this workshop, Garrett Dancik will give a 30-minute overview of how LLMs work, what these tools can and cannot do, and what can go wrong. Participants will then have 25 minutes to experiment with ChatGPT, including creating and refining prompts relevant to their teaching. Staff from CIT will be on hand.

    Read an article about this workshop.

    Workshop on High Impact Practices

    January 10 and 11, 2024, from 9 am to 1 pm on both days

    The ELAC Seminar and Disciplinary Perspectives Coordinators are offering a professional development workshop through the CTLA focused on high impact practices (HIPs). This workshop is intended for faculty members who are interested in incorporating HIPs in their teaching, including in ELAC Seminars and Disciplinary Perspectives courses.

    The workshop will run from 9 am to 1 pm and include lunch on both days. Participants will be compensated in the amount of $300. Registration is limited to 25 faculty. Currently accepting registrations from full-time faculty, as well as part-time faculty who will be teaching ELAC courses in the fall.

    The workshop will focus on the following questions:

    • What is the research behind High Impact Practices?
    • What are the eight key elements that make HIPs truly high impact?
    • How can Eastern faculty incorporate HIPs in course design?
    • What is the importance of equity in the HIP design?

    Participants will engage interactively with model high impact practices, including Collaborative Projects and Assignments and Undergraduate Research.

    The workshop will also feature:

    • A discussion on Sustainability and its relevance to student engagement and adoption of HIPs across disciplines & Thematic Clusters across ELAC.
    • Examples from faculty on how they have developed HIPs for their courses, including using strategies such as scaffolded assignments.

    After the conclusion of the workshop, participants will be asked to continue developing a plan for incorporating a HIP in one of their courses and then share their plan with other faculty (e.g., at a department meeting or an event in the spring).