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Engaging Students 2013 -- November 1

T Arlington's annual workshop on Active Learning took place on Friday, November 1, 2013 in the Carlisle Suite, E.H. Hereford University Center (2nd floor). This year's featured speaker was Dr. Anne Braseby, The University of Texas at Austin, who provided an interactive experience to introduce the principles of Team Based Learning.

To view a PDF file with information about each of the presentations, click on the links below.


Morning Sessions (8:30 - 11:30 AM) -- UT Arlington Faculty Presenters

8:15 - 8:30
Coffee and Light Breakfast
8:30 - 8:40
- Dr. Lana Rings, Interim Director, Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence
8:40 - 9:20 "Digital Mentoring:  Deepening Engagement in Online Graduate Classes"
- Dr. Peggy Semingson and Dr. Pete Smith
9:30 - 10:00 "Inequalities In Public Schooling: Service Learning as a Tool for Transformative Learning"
- Dr. Krystal Beamon
10:15-10:45 "Preparing a More Civic Minded Graduate"
- Dr. Shirley Theriot
10:55-11:25 "Online assignments and measures of critical thinking among undergraduate
students enrolled in Developmental Psychology: A preliminary report
- Dr. Martha Mann (PI), Helen Hough, (Co-PI) and Michael Natishyn

Lunch (11:30 AM - 1:00 PM)

Afternoon Sessions (1:00 PM - 4:00 PM)

  • Dr. Anne Braseby, Faculty Development Specialist, Center for Teaching and Learning at The University of Texas at Austin

photograph of Anne Braseby

"Collaborative Work to Promote Critical Thinking:
No More Freeloading!

We have all heard the groans when we tell students they will be working in groups. This is because often the hard-workers work hard and the free-loaders free-load. Team-Based Learning is an instructional strategy that overcomes many of the obstacles to productive group learning by using strategically formed permanent teams, readiness assurance quizzes, application activities and evaluation. The first part of the workshop will walk you through these four essential elements using the TBL methodology and discuss how TBL can be used to develop and encourage critical thinking and collaborative team work.  The second part of the workshop will be an application activity that will give you an opportunity to develop some of your own readiness assurance quizzes and application activities to use in your classes.

Dr. Braseby started her professional life as a teacher in England then became a global nomad and international educator. After obtaining her Masters degree from the University of Colorado, Boulder, and teaching for 25 years, she studied for her PhD at Florida International University then taught Sociology and Anthropology at FIU and FAU using various collaborative methodologies. She has taught Team-Based Learning with a range of students from a 120 student freshman class to a 10 student graduate class At UT she develops and presents faculty workshops, consults with department-led brown bag lunches, and facilitates eight Faculty Learning Communities across the university campus. She has presented workshops on Team-Based Learning at Texas A&M Galveston, Otterbein University, Angelo State University, University of Miami and Montevallo University and written various articles on collaborative learning.