“How We Learn”: TEDx at Honors, 2/23/13

I was thrilled to be part of the TEDxYouth@UH event yesterday, where some wonderful area high-schoolers, UH Honors College students, and UH faculty and grad students participated. The theme, appropriately enough, was, “How We Learn.” The fascinating thing was to see how strongly these students advocated for an engaged pedagogy, and their awareness of its importance for their own education.

Leah Morgan, an EPSY grad student who was worked with CTE DTAR, did a stand-out presentation, “The Power of Belief,” about how students’ views of their self-efficacy affected their performance. Prof. Bernard Robin (CI) gave a great presentation on digital storytelling. And I gave an address on “Acts of Reading.”

The Honors College Commons was a great venue for the event, and we had a terrifically patient and responsive crowd (it sometimes takes a while to set up the cameras between speakers). I’ll post the links to the YouTube videos when those are ready.

Thanks to Associate Dean Christine LeVeaux-Haley and Honors Dean Bill Monroe for setting this up and inviting the CTE to participate. We look forward to more events like this.



Faculty welcome to attend Simon Bott presentation, “Active Hands-On Learning in Large Lecture Classes,” tomorrow, 1-2 pm

This announcement came from Prof. Shirley Yu, CTE Board Member and campus coordinator for CIRTL:

Dear Colleagues

Faculty are cordially invited to attend Dr. Simon Bott’s presentation, “Active Hands-On Learning in Large Lecture Classes,”  on Monday 1:00-2:00 pm  in the CITE lab room 326.
His topic should be of interest to faculty and graduate student future faculty regardless of discipline.   Dr. Bott does a lot for the university through his creation and running of the PALS program, Profs with Pride, and the Cougar Trading Cards, so this is a great opportunity to meet him and learn some ways to engage large classes.  Please RSVP to Shirley Yu at slyu@uh.edu if you would like to attend.

Thank you,
Shirley Yu

UH New Faculty Brown Bag: “Culture of Teaching” Workshop, 9/18/12, 12-1:30 in 306 MDA

New UH faculty are cordially invited to bring lunch and attend the  Culture of Teaching at UH – Teaching for Engagement workshop on:

September 18 (Tuesday)
12:00 – 1:30 p.m.
M.D. Anderson Library,
Room 306

Experts from the Center for Teaching Excellence will discuss the culture of teaching at UH and strategies for maximizing student engagement.  This session will talk about some of the strategies for active, collaborative, and authentic learning, and provide opportunities for Q & A.

This is the first in a series of brown bag lunch workshops created by the Faculty Senate, University Commission on Women and Human Resources to help you succeed during your first year here.

Please R.S.V.P. to MBBrantley@Central.UH.EDU or call 713-743-9181.