About the Center
The College established the Center for Workshop Education to provide advice and initiative for the development of new Workshops and the continuing improvement of existing Workshop courses. The CWE offers a forum for instructors, peer-leaders and learning specialists to share ideas and practices about Workshops, and it houses the Workshop assessment program. The CWE also serves as the hub for pedagogical expertise for leader training courses, logistical support for organizing Workshops, and recognition for faculty, staff, and students leaders.
Workshops have now been a part of the College curriculum for 15 years. Established in 1995 by Vicki Roth (Assistant Dean and Executive Director of the Center for Excellence in Teaching & Learning) and Jack Kampmeier (former Professor of Chemistry) as a way to improve learning outcomes in a single course, Organic Chemistry I, Workshops now serve approximately 25% of the student population each year. Currently, Workshops are components of a range of additional courses in Chemistry as well as a number of courses in Biology, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Optics, Physics, and, most recently, in Business and Philosophy.
The CWE is housed in the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning or CETL (Dewey 1-154, 585-275-9049).
Vicki Roth and Terry Platt (Professor of Biology and Biochemistry) are the co-directors of the CWE. This co-directorship reflects the partnership between learning theory and content knowledge that informs the Workshop model and is central to training the student Workshop leaders. Ms. Roth is the co-author of a text for Workshop leader training and articles about the model. Professor Platt has also co-authored articles about the model and has served as both a faculty member teaching courses with Workshops and as a learning specialist working with student leaders.