Yale Center for Teaching and Learning

Mid-Semester Poorvu Workshops for Yale Faculty

September 30, 2021

By Staff Writer

The Poorvu Center’s Faculty Teaching Initiatives Team is offering several upcoming workshops for Yale University professors in October 2021.

The first workshop is Supporting and Using Feedback in Your Class, which will explore ways in which professors can deliberately incorporate feedback into classroom experiences. Staff and attendees will discuss ideas for both informal feedback opportunities and more formal assessments on October 1 from 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.

Supporting Student Well-Being during This Transitional Time is a Teaching and Learning Discussion with Elsa Yan, Professor of Chemistry, and Anna Glover, Lecturer in Technical Design and Production and Theater Management in the Yale School of Drama. As we head into mid-semester, this discussion will invite faculty to share strategies to effectively support students   and continue to help students acclimate to in-person learning.  This session will take place on October 6, from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.

Finally, on Tuesday, October 19, from 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., the Poorvu is offering Course (Re)Calibrate, a space to reflect on how the return to in-person teaching is going thus far. Attendees will have the opportunity to share mid-semester student feedback they have collected, along with less data-driven perceptions and feelings. Time for both individual reflection and communal discussion will offer opportunities to share experiences and resources for energizing and strengthening courses this semester.

These mid-semester events will hopefully refresh and energize the hardworking Yale faculty. “We’ve been thinking about how to support faculty during this challenging semester,” says the Director of Faculty Teaching Initiatives, Julie McGurk. “And we are pleased to be able to offer workshops to assist our professors in their practice.”