ETE Sparkshops were created to "spark" creative ideas and methods for instructors. The topics for Sparkshops vary. Sparkshops are about 45 minutes in length and can be requested by departments to be presented to their instructors or can be requested by an instructor directly. 


Leveling Up With Active Learning

March 16, 2023 | 2:00pm - 2:45pm | Virtual Event 

In September 2019, a study conducted at Harvard University was published. It focused on the response of students to different instructional approaches – specifically passive lecturing versus active learning. Based on prior research, the authors believed that students would learn more in active learning environments but they wanted to understand why so many students and faculty remain hesitant to switch to active learning. This Sparkshop workshop will discuss some of the findings of that study and offer several ideas and examples of ways to incorporate active learning strategies in a variety of classroom settings. It will also focus on group learning and how to facilitate dialogue, connection, exploration, and understanding among and between students.


Biology DEI: Contra Power Dynamics; Crafting a Toolbox

March 16, 2023 | 3:30pm - 4:30pm | Virtual Event 

Participants of this Spark Shop will describe and discuss contra power dynamics in the classroom. Then, they will work together to craft a resource toolkit and further discuss how to best show up for each other when contra power harassment or bias incidents occur.

Facilitating Students Engagement with Challenging Material: The Power of Literary Learning Circles

April 13, 2023 | 12:00pm-12:45pm | Virtual Event

Many of us teach required courses that are not at the top of most students' list of classes they are most excited to take. Small group learning circles have been a powerful tool we have used over the past three years to improve student engagement with course material in what we have come to call in Social Work, high resistance topic areas/courses. The response from students has been overwhelmingly positive and the experience of faculty has been equally positive. Come learn about how you might adapt this assignment/tool to enhance your students learning and your own teaching experience.


Sparkshops Contacts

Shelley Arnold

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