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Sparkshops are 15-minute mobile mini-workshops, facilitated by a CTL staff member, faculty associate,  faculty Sparkshop volunteer.  They are designed to be delivered in departments during faculty meetings or other teaching related gatherings.

Sparkshops are meant to spark explorations in teaching and departmental conversations around teaching and learning.  Each Sparkshop will provide:

  • an introduction to a specific evidence-based instructional practices (EBIPs) or other teaching techniques
  • potential reasons faculty might incorporate the technique in their course
  • examples of how the technique can be implemented in the classroom
  • an opportunity to request more information or implementation support

Current Sparkshops available are:

  • Easy Active Learning: Think-Pair-Share
  • Engaging Students with Team Quizzes
  • Enhancing Critical Thinking through Metacognitive Strategies
  • Using Formative Assessment to Gauge Student Learning in the Classroom
  • Virtual Office Hours: An Innovative Alternative to Traditional Office Hours
  • Creating Accessible Documents for Student Success
  • Guiding Questions to Engage Students in Pre-Class Reading
  • Making Effective Videos for Content Delivery
  • Rubrics: A Tool for Students and Teachers

To request a Sparkshop for your department or teaching related gathering please complete the Sparkshop Request Form.

Additional Sparkshops are currently being developed and will be added to the list as they become available.