Orientation and Core Seminars

The core seminar series consists of orientation, followed by three seminars during the semester.

Attendance Requirements

In order to get credit for the seminars:

  • Sign up for a seminar by 11:59 p.m. on the Sunday before each seminar (except for Orientation)
  • Show up on on time with your case ID

If you have issues signing up for the seminar email us at UNIV400@case.edu with the problem immediately. Dates/locations subject to change

Core Seminars
  1. Orientation: Experiential Learning and disabilities resources

    Using the scores from the Kolb Learning Styles inventory (to be administered at the start of the session) you will learn more about your preferred learning style and how your style may impact your instructional approach with your undergraduate students. This seminar also will help you develop professional communication strategies. Furthermore, you will learn about disability resources and how effective teach those with learning disabilities.

    • August 24, 2018 - 5:00 - 8 p.m. Light meal served. Clapp 108
  2. Global classroom

    A team of faculty and administrators interested in supporting inclusion within the academic community has created an interactive seminar to help Teaching Assistants to consider how they will respond to inclusion concerns that may occur during office hours as well as in the lab and classroom. Dates: September 12 (8:30 to 9:45 a.m.); September 20 (12:45 - 2 p.m.); September 28 (12:45 - 2 p.m.)

  3. INCLUSIVE CLASSROOMS

    A team of faculty and administrators interested in supporting inclusion within the academic community has created an interactive seminar to help Teaching Assistants to consider how they will respond to inclusion concerns that may occur during office hours as well as in the lab and classroom. Dates: September 13 (12:45 - 2 p.m.); September 21 (12:45 - 2 p.m.); September 26 (8:30 - 9:45 a.m.)

  4. Observation and Follow-up

One of the best ways to enhance your teaching is to watch a master teacher. For this seminar, you are asked to observe an effective undergraduate teacher with at least one year of teaching at Case Western Reserve. This professional does not have to be in your department; however, you cannot be currently enrolled in this undergraduate class or lab with the person you choose to observe, nor can you TA the course you are observing. You should contact the professional at least one week before, observe them for at least one hour, and complete the Classroom Observation Form. Please note that the professional you observe must sign the observation form. Please send a note of appreciation to the professional you observed after you observe them. Dates: September 14 (12:45 - 2 p.m.); September 19 (8:30 - 9:45 a.m.); September 27 (12:45 - 2 p.m.)

TO RECEIVE CREDIT FOR THIS SEMINAR, YOU MUST FOLLOW THESE STEPS:

Failure to comply with any of the steps above will cause your attendance to be null and void, so please follow them carefully.

  1. Print out the observation form and fill it out.
  2. Select an undergraduate professor from any department on campus that meets the following criteria:
    • That undergraduate professor must have taught for one year at Case Western.
    • You are not currently enrolled in that professor's class.
    • You cannot TA for that professor.
  3. Attend the class for at least 1 hour.
  4. Have the professor sign your form.
  5. Write a one page report on the class you observed. Review some examples of observations from past semesters.
  6. Send your professor a quick, informal thank-you note (or email) within 24 hours for letting you observe them.
  7. Sign up for the seminar under Seminar Registration.
  8. Attend the seminar, bringing the following:
    • Your Student ID
    • The Form
    • The Report