AEC Pedagogy Brownbag Series: Taking Time for Teaching 1-credit graduate student seminar. Graduate student credit requirements are here

As graduate students in AEC, most of you will have an opportunity to teach here and later in your career. But teaching isn’t a “you’ve got it or you don’t” kind of skill—like any other, it is a skill that can be acquired with study and practice.

Please join us to learn from a body of pedagogy research and the community of teachers in our department in our Pedagogy Brownbag Series: Taking Time for Teaching. Each meeting, we will focus on a teaching topic to introduce some best practices, tools, and how to apply them in the classroom and online, and actively explore pedagogy questions for AEC classes.

2017-2018 Schedule

All seminars are held from 12-1 in 200C Ballard Extension Hall

October 6: Beau Olen - Taking Time for Teaching: Teaching the Teachers

November 3: Jen Alix-Garcia and James SternsUndergraduate Curriculum Review: A Discussion

December 1: Clark Seavert and students - AgBizLogic Lab Presentation

March 2: Nadia Streletskaya

April 6: David Lewis

May 4: Jason Beasley and Roshan Adhikari - Teaching Reflections of PhD students

June 1: TBD


Below are materials and slides from the 2017-18 series.

*   December 1, 2017: AgBizLogic Lab Presentation - Clark Seavert and students

Slides (pdf)

*   November 3, 2017: Undergraduate Curriculum Review: A Discussion - Jen Alix-Garcia and James Sterns

Slides (pdf)

*   October 6, 2017:  Taking Time for Teaching: Teaching the Teachers - Beau Olen

Slides (pdf)

How to Make a Good Teacher - article from The Economist

Teaching the Teacher - article from The Economist


Below are materials and slides from the 2016-17 series.

*   June 9, 2017: Crafting a teaching statement—Christy Anderson Brekken

6 Principles of University Teaching

PowerPoint Presentation

*   May 12, 2017: Best Practices for Teaching Assistants—Steve Buccola, Chris Mihiar, Yukiko Hashida, and Matt Sloggy

A Short List of Helpful Links for TAs

Handbook for Economics Teaching Assistants (LSE)

A handbook from the London School of Economics.  This mainly focuses on leading a session, but includes useful teaching tips such as how to deal with disruptive students.

Teaching Assistant Handbook (Iowa State)

A more general guide for teaching assistants.

“Teaching Assistants Key to Classroom Support” (Georgia Tech. News Center)

By Victor Rogers, published October 13 2016

On-Campus resources: Center for Teaching and Learning

*   April 14, 2017: Aligning ABM and EEP Curriculum Outcomes—Rob King

Elasticity and Hypothesis (pdf) Elasticity Questions (pdf) Taking Time for Teaching Notes (pdf) Learner Outcomes Seminar (PowerPoint)

*   March 3, 2017: Active Learning in Practice—James Sterns

Active Learning (pdf)  Link for University of Minnesota Surviving Group Projects web site.

*   February 17, 2017: Gathering and Using Student Input to Improve Our Courses—Larry Lev

For more information: Beyond the mandated (and not all that useful) SET questionnaires, there are multiple tools that instructors can use during the quarter and the Department conducts exit interviews with all graduating undergraduates. Example of student feedback Mid-course Assessment

*   January 13, 2017: Creating and Using Rubrics—Mallory Rahe

For more information:
OSU Center for Teaching and Learning: Resources for Assessment

University of Minnesota: Creating Rubrics for Writing Assignments

*   December 2, 2016: Games and Simulation Activities in the Classroom (David Kling) Slides (pdf)

*   October 28, 2016: Pedagogy 101—Before You Set Foot in the Classroom (Christy Anderson Brekken) Slides (pdf)

For more information:
Kay Sagmiller (2014) OSU Center for Teaching and Learning: Six Principles of University Teaching

Jan Plass, PhD, NYU, Co-Director of the Games for Learning Institute (G4LI)

Jim Eison, PhD. Using Active Learning Instructional Strategies to Create Excitement and Enhance Learning

*   October 7, 2016: Why Care About Pedagogy? Slides (pdf) Seminar Notes