In small groups facilitated by faculty from across the ACS, participants receive feedback on their classroom instructional strategies through a process called microteaching. Microteaching provides detailed and actionable feedback about learner experiences. In addition, plenary sessions cover a variety of current teaching and learning topics. The Workshop typically takes place the first week in June; participants are expected to attend all sessions. The Dean or other representative from each ACS institution may nominate up to two faculty to attend per year.
The ACS Summer Teaching & Learning Workshop emphasizes teaching and learning as central to the mission of residential liberal arts colleges, grounded in the belief that all educators must continuously improve their teaching practice through intentional professional development and reflection. Using microteaching (a form of small-group, peer-to-peer feedback), interactive plenary sessions, and supportive social environments, the Workshop prompts experimentation and growth for educators in the ACS.
Learning Outcomes. Workshop Fellows will:
- Affirm and build on existing teaching strengths.
- Explore evidence-based, inclusive, and emerging instructional strategies and techniques.
- Increase awareness of one’s own learning experiences and the diversity of learners’ experiences.
- Reflect on how instructors’ choices affect learners and learning.
- Contribute to and learn from a collaborative community focused on educational and professional development.
Comments from recent attendees:
“My most valuable experience as a faculty member thus far.”
“Would do it again, over and over, and will recommend to my colleagues.”
“If you want to gain insight on your teaching approach to improve your teaching this workshop is a must!”
“This is a rare opportunity to see your courses through the eyes of a student and get access to tons of resources.”
For more information, contact the co-directors:
Kent Andersen, Birmingham-Southern College