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Introduction to Summer Teaching

Summer Workshop Series for Graduate Students and Postdocs

Summer courses are short and highly condensed, and they typically enroll fewer students than academic-year courses. Consequently, they present special challenges to instructors, challenges that can be intensified when the instructor has little or no prior experience designing and implementing a course.

This workshop series is aimed at graduate students and post-docs who have been assigned, or volunteered for, the challenging task of teaching summer courses. The workshop offers hands-on experience designing course materials (including a syllabus) that instructors can use directly in their own teaching.

The workshop on effective teaching for summer courses typically consists of four half-day sessions.

Topics to be addressed include:

  • Setting course objectives
  • Developing a syllabus
  • Designing a course that will appeal to students looking to meet requirements and engage their interests
  • Approaches to active learning
  • Assessment
  • Classroom dynamics
  • Communicating course goals and objectives to students
  • Developing effective teaching practices for small class contexts

By the end of the workshop, students will come away with a syllabus outlining course objectives, materials, and learning strategies that they can circulate to students on the first day of classes.

How to Register

Registration to the Introduction to Summer Teaching Workshop is now open! Attendance is required at all four of the workshops, since each one feeds into the one preceding and after it.

For more information, contact CETL at cetl@rochester.edu.