Workshop: Bums in Seats

On Wednesday February 25th, from 2:00-3:00 p.m. in SS 1339, the Faculty of Arts Teaching + Learning Committee will host a workshop on Bums in Seats, presented by Ronald Glasberg (Communications, Media, and Film).

This workshop outlines ways of maintaining student interest (i.e., keeping bums in seats) by way of a ‘primer’ built on the old ‘primary school’ teaching technique of associating important ideas with the ordered letters of the alphabet.  In essence it is the distillation of 40 years of university teaching, where each letter articulates what Ron Glasberg deems to be an important pedagogical principle.

Ron has won a multitude of teaching awards over his career, including Lecture of a Lifetime, the President’s Circle Award for Achievement in Teaching Excellence, a Lifetime Students’ Union Teaching Excellence Award, and FFWD’s Best Professor award.

Please refer to the following advance reading by Ron Glasberg:

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  • These are cross-disciplinary workshops that will directly affect your course designs and delivery. Each one have an immediate and concrete impact on your teaching in every department and discipline in the Faculty of Arts.
  • Registration is required. Most will have pre-workshop questions or even exercises for registrants to complete or consider before attending.
  • Materials and resources will be available — normally here on this website — for those who want to follow up with them, and for those unable to attend.
  • A new feature for 2014-15 is formal recognition of those who attend three or more workshops in an academic year, or who present in any workshop. A letter from the Faculty of Arts will testify to your professional development in merit, promotion and tenure applications.
  • For more information, leave a comment below or e-mail Michael Ullyot, Associate Dean (Teaching + Learning).


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