News for Faculty and Staff

Team-based learning workshop Nov. 13

October 10, 2014

Larry Michaelsen will be delivering presentations about team-based learning at UW-Madison on Thursday, Nov. 13.

The event will begin at 10 a.m. and run until about 3 p.m., and include a break for lunch. It is free and open to the public, and will be held in room 159 of the Education Building. If participants can't make both sessions, they may choose to attend only one. To RSVP, please email Tammi Pekkala Matthews.

Michaelsen will be giving two separate presentations.  The first, which runs from 10 a.m. to noon, is called, “Designing Group Work that Really Works.”

A preview of this event notes: “ Engage in a series of activities that demonstrate why most problems with learning groups are caused by poorly designed assignments. Learn about four keys that will enable you to design group assignments that: (1) are effective for developing students’ application and critical-thinking skills; (2) promote positive student attitudes about group work; (3) can be graded easily and fairly; and (4) can be used with any level of students and in classes of up to several hundred students.

The other session, which runs from 1 to 3 p.m., is called, “Getting Beyond Covering Content: A Key to Student Motivation and Success.”

This workshop begins with a demonstration of a Readiness Assurance Process that effectively enables teachers to spend most of the class time focusing on content applications without reducing the number of concepts that are covered. The process creates conditions that motivate the vast majority of students to complete pre-class reading assignments, utilizes peer-teaching to enhance their understanding of key course concepts, and identifies areas that need additional teacher input.

Michaelsen is the David Ross Boyd Professor Emeritus at the University of Oklahoma, Professor Emeritus at the University of Central Missouri, a Carnegie Scholar, a Fulbright Senior Scholar and former Editor of the Journal of Management Education.  He is active in faculty and staff development activities and has conducted workshops on teaching effectively with small groups in a wide variety of university and corporate settings.