Faculty Development Days

Wednesday, August 27, 2014 (All day)

Team-Based Learning
with Larry Michaelsen, PhD, BS



This two-day training is open to all faculty. Registration is full for Day 2. You may still sign up to be put on a waiting list.

  • Faculty who have used Team-Based Learning (TBL) or would like to use TBL in their courses are encouraged to attend both days.
  • Faculty who are not familiar with TBL and want to learn about this innovative, active teaching strategy are encouraged to attend the first day’s sessions.

Wednesday, August 27
















Image of Dr. MichaelsenLarry Michaelsen, PhD, BS

Designing Group Work that Really Works

CAUTION: Group assignments can and, all too often, do more harm than good. The most common sign of trouble is when students (especially the better ones) feel like they have to choose between doing more than their fair share of the work or risk getting a bad grade. When that happens, the real cause usually isn’t the students—it’s almost always what the teacher is asking them to do. In addition, even if they turn in a high quality product, many students will leave the experience with negative attitudes about group work that are likely to limit their ability to adapt to today’s team-oriented workplace environments.

In this session, you will engage in a series of activities that demonstrate why most problems with learning groups are caused by poorly designed assignments. In addition, you will 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
  4. Can be used with any level of students and in classes of up to several hundred students.
12:30-1:30 Lunch















Getting Beyond Covering Content: A Key to Student Motivation and Success

Teachers often face a dilemma based on two realities – most students are:

  1. Far more motivated (and successful) when they see how course content applies to their “real world.”
  2. Bored by lectures but, unable to apply course content unless they know what the content is.

This workshop will begin with a demonstration of a Readiness Assurance Process that is an effective approach for dealing with this dilemma by creating conditions that motivate the vast majority of students to complete pre-class reading assignments. This enables teachers spend most of the class time focusing on content applications without reducing the number of concepts that are covered. Following the demonstration, we will explore additional issues and concerns about using learning groups including:

  • Building groups into self-managed learning teams with norms that promote high levels of individual preparation, content engagement and class attendance.
  • Coping with the mechanics (e.g. physical layout, materials and exams, classroom procedures, grading, etc.).

Thursday, August 28



(all day)












Turning Good Group Assignments into Great Ones*

During this workshop, attendees will participate in a series of activities that will: H

  1. Highlight two key strategies that can be used to improve the effectiveness of group assignments
  2. Have the opportunity to apply these strategies to design and/or improve assignments for use in their own courses.

The session will also explore related issues and concerns about using groups including:

  • How to design effective group assignments for teaching higher level thinking and problem solving skills.
  • How to deal with contextual problems such as large classes, classrooms designed for lectures–not group work, resistance from traditionally focused students, faculty peers, and administrators.

*Attendance at the first day's training sessions is a prerequisite for the second day's session.

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Larry K. Michaelsen is Professor of Management at Central Missouri State University and is the David Ross Boyd Professor Emeritus at the University of Oklahoma, 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.

Dr. Michaelsen has also received numerous college, university, and national awards for his outstanding teaching and for his pioneering work in two areas. One is the development of Team-Based Learning, a comprehensive small-group based instructional process that is now being used in over 80 academic disciplines and on over 200 campuses in the US and in eight foreign countries. The other is an Integrative Business Experience (IBE) program that links student learning in three core courses to their experience in creating and operating an actual start-up business whose profits are used to fund a hands-on community service project.

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