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Total Credits: .4 Workshop CEU(s)
Difficult classroom conversations can arise in any discipline. Contentious current events, challenging course content, and events on campus and in students' lives can all be the impetus for unexpected comments, a challenging turn in dialogue, or a need to proactively acknowledge an issue. How can you lead conversations that create a more supportive, respectful course climate? How can you tie these discussions to your course content? How do you navigate such circumstances without derailing your lesson plan? During this workshop, you’ll discuss how the structure of classroom discussion, classroom ground rules, and your facilitation skills all work together to help you navigate difficult conversations while creating a positive course climate and enhancing student learning. These strategies are designed for faculty in any discipline with any level of experience, from skilled facilitators who regularly teach topics involving difficult conversations to those who have little disciplinary training or experience in navigating tough topics.
By the end of this workshop, participants will know or be able to:
This workshop is almost entirely hands-on. You’ll experience many of the strategies you can immediately put into practice in your courses.
All workshop participants can obtain, at no additional cost:
Dr. Jennifer H. Herman has developed, facilitated, or overseen hundreds of research-based faculty development programs around teaching and scholarship. Jennifer’s presentations, workshops, and research focus on faculty development programs and Center development, course design, teaching strategies, learning theory, teaching for inclusive excellence, student learning outcomes assessment, and online education. Her publications include Creating Engaging Discussions: Strategies for “Avoiding Crickets” in Any Size Class and Online (Stylus, 2018; with L. Nilson). Jennifer teaches courses on teaching, assessment, learning theory, and curriculum development for the Health Professions Education CAGS and doctoral program. Jennifer holds a Ph.D. in Higher Education from the University at Buffalo and a M.A. in International Training and Education from American University and is the Executive Director, Center for Faculty Excellence at Simmons University.
Hilton Houston North
12400 Greenspoint Drive
Houston, TX 77060
Houston Airport Marriott at George Bush Intercontinental
18700 John F. Kennedy Blvd.
Houston, TX 77032
Hampton Inn and Suites – Houston North IAH
707 N. Sam Houston Pkwy E.
Houston, TX 77060
|February 16, 2024
|10:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Central
|12:00 – 12:30 p.m. Central
|Lunch provided by NISOD.
Lone Star College-North Harris
Student Services Building – Conference Center (SSB 208)
2700 W.W. Thorne Drive
Houston, TX 77073