Center for Workshop Education

Resources for Instructors—New

Contact the Center for Workshop Education (CWE) or the Center for Excellence in Teaching & Learning (CETL) for all of your questions related to Workshops.

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Getting Started

Peer Leaders must be carefully chosen and supported.

The ongoing collaboration among the instructor, the student leaders, and the CETL learning specialist is essential.

Workshops need to be well integrated into the course.

Practical matters need to be addressed:


General Timeline

Well Before the Semester Begins:

Before the Semester Begins:


Measuring Effectiveness


Financial Resources for Pilot Workshops

CWE will entertain grant proposals designed to assist faculty and their departments who wish to embark on Workshop-related initiatives on a cost-sharing basis. Maximum available funding from the college is $6000 spread over two years, with an expected budget request of about $3000 per year, matched by approximately equivalent funds from the host department. Contact Vicki Roth or Terry Platt for more details.

Published Resources (available through CETL)

Black, A. & Deci, E. (2000). The effects of instructors' autonomy support and students' autonomous motivation on learning organic chemistry: A self-determination theory perspective. Science Education, 84 (6): 740-756.

Church, M., Elliot, A., Gable, S. (2001). Perceptions of classroom environment, achievement goals, and achievement outcomes. Journal of Educational Psychology, 93, 1, 43–44.

Goldstein, E., & Roth, V. (2002). Peer-led team learning, in The Effective Academic: A Handbook for Enhanced Academic Practice. Ketteridge, S., Marshall, S., and Fry, H., Eds. London: Kogan Page, 2002.

Platt, T., Barber, E., Yoshinaka, A., & Roth, V. (2003). An innovative selection and training program for problem-based learning (PBL) workshop leaders in biochemistry. Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education, 31, 132-136.

Roth, V. (2006). Faculty-Student partnerships: Developing engaged learning that works. Al Hagova 5: Journal on Teaching in Higher Education, May, 5, 22-23 [translated into Hebrew].

Roth, V., Goldstein, E., & Marcus, G. (2001). Peer-Led Team Learning: A Handbook for Team Leaders. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice Hall.

Roth, V., Urday, Z., Fernandes, N., Pawlicki, T. (December 2003). Performance outcomes: Computer Science 171 Programming students Fall 2002. UR Department of Computer Science Technical Report # 817. Available at:

Tien, L., Kampmeier, J., & Roth, V. (2004). A course to prepare peer leaders to implement a student-assisted learning method. Journal of Chemical Education, 81, 9, 1313 – 1321.

Tien, L., Kampmeier, J., & Roth, V. (2002). Implementation of a peer-led team learning instructional approach in an undergraduate chemistry course. Journal of Research in Science Teaching, 39, 7, 606-632.

Did you know...

Workshop LeaderThere are financial resources available for faculty interested in pursuing Workshop-related initiatives.