Enhance Student Learning by Quality Teaching - Larry K. Michaelsen (International Guest)

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Workshop 1:  Designing Group Work that Really Works
Tuesday 10 April, 11:00-2:00pm, Room 220, Level 2, FBE Building.
(complements “Getting Beyond Covering Content…”)

Group assignments can and, all too often, do more harm than good.  Sometimes students feel like they have to do more than their fair share of the work. When that happens, the real cause usually isn’t the students—it’s almost always what the teacher is asking them to do. In this session, you will engage in a series of activities that demonstrate why most problems with learning groups are caused by poorly designed assignments.  

Workshop 2:  Getting Beyond Covering Content:  A Key to Student Motivation and Success 
Wednesday 11 April, 2:00-5:00pm, Room 315, Level 3, FBE Building.
(complements “Designing Group Work that Really Works”)

Teachers often face a dilemma based on two realities—most students are:  1. Far more motivated (and successful) when they see how course content applies to their “real world.”  2. Bored by lectures but, unable to apply course content unless they know what the content is.  This workshop will demonstrate a Readiness Assurance Process that is an effective approach for dealing with this dilemma by creating conditions that motivate the vast majority of students to complete pre-class reading assignments.

Workshop 3:  Turning Good Group Assignments into Great Ones
Thursday 12 April, 12:00-3:00pm, Room 605, Level 6, FBE Building.
(Advanced Workshop—after completing the above workshops)

Attendees will participate in a series of activities that will highlight two key strategies that can be used to improve the effectiveness of group assignments and, have the opportunity to apply these strategies to design and/or improve assignments for use in their own courses.

BIO: Larry K. Michaelsen (Ph.D. in Organizational Psychology from The University of Michigan) is David Ross Boyd Professor Emeritus at the University of Oklahoma, Professor Emeritus at the University of Central Missouri, a Carnegie Scholar, a Fulbright Senior Scholar (three awards) and, former Editor of the Journal of Management Education.  He is active in faculty and staff development activities and has conducted workshops on teaching effectively with small groups in a wide variety of university and corporate settings.  Dr. Michaelsen has also received numerous college, university and national awards for his outstanding teaching and for his pioneering work in two areas.  One is the creation of Team-Based Learning (TBL), a comprehensive small-group based instructional process that is now being used in over 200 academic disciplines and on over 800 schools in the US and in over 80 foreign countries.  The other is the development of a curricular innovation called the Integrative Business Experience (IBE).  This program links student learning in three core courses to their experience in creating and operating an actual start-up business whose profits are used to fund a hands-on community service project

If you would like a one-on-one appointment with Larry Michaelsen, please email Sonia Puglielli on sonia.p@unimelb.edu.au or telephone 8344 3645.