Summer Book Club


The CVM Teaching Academy continues the "Teaching Tool Kit Series." Here we will explore topics that will build your educational instructional "tool kit" and provide opportunities for you to take away ideas and projects you can apply during the next academic year.

The "Teaching Tool Kit" format:

  • Mini workshops open to faculty, residents, and graduate students from the CVM and across WSU.
  • Our model: these workshops are intended to be active learning sessions. Each topic/idea will be introduced and then the participants will then engage, interact, and (at least sometimes) begin to create a product
  • Practically, we hope that participants will come away from each session with 1 or 2 take-home lessons they might apply to their own teaching.
  • Not time consuming!!!

A past participant:

The Summer Toolbox Series held last summer by the CVM Teaching Academy was an invaluable experience for me as a new teacher. The sessions introduced core concepts and fundamentals in teaching which provided me with building blocks I used to structure, guide and enrich my course. It also gave me some confidence prior to the start of a big semester! I sort of thought of it as a mini-course in teaching and was impressed by the Academy's desire to present topics from an evidence-based perspective. The persons leading the sessions were exceptional, and attendees were from several different WSU departments and of different experience levels, which made interactive sessions fun, educational and expanded my views of what is possible in the classroom. I highly recommend it!

2018 Summer Schedule:

All sessions will be in ADBF 2018 (unless otherwise posted)

Click on the titles to RSVP for the specific Teaching Tool kit session! 

Group Leader
May 23
Guest Speaker: Kristy Dowers
Colorado State University
Title: Teaching to the Generations

Description: Most of us belong to the Baby Boomers or Generation Y and have certain learning preferences based on our generational experiences, which consequently, shapes how we teach and what we expect of our students. But force-fitting our educational preferences on Generation X and Z won’t work. This interactive seminar will take you through generational preferences and provide opportunities to brainstorm and share ideas with your peers for adapting your teaching to engage the new generation of students.

Location: ADBF 1002
Handouts: Generations
PowerPoint: Generations PowerPoint
Recorded Session

May 31
Johnna Lash
Title: Designing Effective Questions

Description: This workshop will focus on the development of engaging questions that encourage collaboration while pushing students to think carefully and critically about the materials in class. Participants will develop questions that allow for student growth and apply those questions to a number of active learning strategies

Book Recommendations:
  • Collaborative Learning Techniques: A Handbook for College Faculty, by Elizabeth F. Barkely, K. Patricia Cross, atid Claire Howell Major. John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated, 2014
  • Engaging Ideas : the Professor's Guide to Integrating Writing, Critical Thinking, and Active Learning in the Classroom, by John C. Bean, 2011
Handout:PowerPoint: Effective Questions PowerPoint
Recorded Session: Designing Effective Questions

June 6
Martin Maquivar
Title: Engagement strategies in an active learning classroom

Description: During this presentation and engaging activity you will learn some strategies to increase student engagement, specifically the use of padlet, social media (Twitter) and active discussion to promote a better understanding of key concepts.

Recorded Session: Engagement Strategies presentation
PowerPoint: Engagement Strategies in an Active Learning Classroom
Handout: Clinical case example

June 13
Steve Hines
Title: Getting More out of Your Student Evaluations: Mining Student Evaluation Comments for Improvements (& Your Promotion Packet)

Description:Student teaching evaluations, especially the anonymous comments, can be a frustrating and sometimes painful experience. In this session, we will talk about how to get more specific feedback, how to identify useful themes, and how to generate summary figures you can use in your promotion packet and/or annual review.

At least 1 day before you come, take a few minutes to read through your most recent course or instructor results – focusing on the narrative comments. Then get a good night’s sleep. Print off the responses to at least 2 questions (e.g. strengths and potential areas for improvement) and bring them to the session. You will use this as the starting point for a personal exercise. No one will ask you to share anything you don’t wish to share!

Recorded Session: Getting More out of Your Student Evaluations
PowerPoint: Mining Student Evaluation Comments
Handout: 2018 Student Comments Worksheet

June 20
Leslie Sprunger
Title: Using Top Hat for More than Just MCQ in a Lecture

Description: An interactive session to demonstrate some Top Hat features other than simple multiple-choice questions presented in the midst of a lecture. We will practice with text entry, click on target and sequencing questions, the discussion feature, self-paced question sets, the use of Pages, and use of the Homework and Review assignment modes.

To get the most out of the session, participants should have a professor account and a student test account established prior to the session; instructions for the test student account setup can be found here.

Recorded Session: Using Top Hat presentation

June 27
Steve Lampa and Heiko Jansen
Title: What’s On Friday? A New Twist to a Traditional Lecture

Description: This interactive workshop will demonstrate how Drs Lampa & Jensen engaged students to perform self-reflection on their exams (e.g. an exam wrapper/necropsy) and taught them how to create concept maps. This metacognitive exercise and results of the exam self-reflection will be shared from their experience; as well as, students comments and our impressions of these Friday sessions. The main goal of using this technique is to encourage and improve student engagement and metacognition.

Recorded Session: Exam Wrapper
PowerPoint: Exam Wrapper Presentation
Handout: Exam Wrapper Worksheet

July 11
Connie Remsburg
Title: Experiencing Active Learning from the Student Prospective

Description: Many faculty have never experienced a classroom environment that utilizes active learning. So many of us were taught strictly through lectures and never exposed to innovative learning strategies, which leads to apprehension related to implementation of these techniques. In this session, participants will experience an active learning classroom from the student perspective. The session will demonstrate active learning strategies and provide helpful resources to aid in implementation.

Handout: Active Learning Handout
PowerPoint: Experiencing Active Learning from the Student Perspective Presentation
Recorded Session: Recorded Presentation

July 18
Rob Baker
Title: Digital Annotation and Wireless Presentation Tools in the Classroom

Description: Easily share and control any amount of content from laptops and mobile devices in your classroom. Learn how Mersive Solstice software allows you to wirelessly stream device screens from yourself or multiple people to the room’s projection screen. Whether your course is web conferenced, video conferenced, lecture captured, or even face-to-face, find out how new digital tools allow your writing and annotations to be seen clearly by your audience. Equil SmartMarkers and Epic Pen software allow you to digitally capture traditional white board annotations or precise pen-strokes on the desktop monitor.

Location: ADBF 1002

Recorded Session: Presentation

July 25
Jamie Green
Title:The A-B-Cs of Increasing Instructional Immediacy

Description: Instructional immediacy is behavior that brings instructor and students closer in terms of perceived distance. In this workshop, you will discover a simple, three-step method to increase immediacy no matter your instructional style. This method works well for both face-to-face and online instruction. No special skills or technology needed, just you and a willingness to forge a stronger connection to your students.

Aug 1
Christie Kittle
Title: Overcoming Common Classroom Challenges

Description: Immobile furniture? Large class sizes? Imbalanced student contributions to conversation? Join us as we demonstrate effective strategies to overcome these common classroom challenges. A portion of our time will focus on discovering solutions together, so be sure to come with a challenge you've encountered in mind!

View the 2017 schedule and handouts.
Washington State University