The IDP annually offers Course Planning Workshops, a series of five half-day sessions held the week before fall semester classes begin. Each session focuses on a different aspect of instructional planning: understanding today's students, presenting and explaining, getting students involved, testing and grading, and meeting the first class.
Co-sponsored by the IDP, The Graduate School, and participating departments, this annual workshop series meets four afternoons during the week before fall classes begin. Half of each workshop is devoted to microteaching sessions in which TAs practice specific teaching skills in small groups, are videotaped, and receive feedback from faculty and peers.
During the academic year, the IDP sponsors more focused workshops, seminars, and book discussions on a variety of topics. In the past, workshop topics have included learning styles, large classes, collaborative learning, problem-based learning, learning from reading, to mention a few. Typically, these sessions meet 3 to 5 times during the semester -- often enough to permit substantive discussion about specific issues or approaches and in enough depth so that faculty can decide if they want to pursue topics further.