Department of Anthropology

GSI Colloquium CFP:

Thu, April 6, 2006


Reflecting: Using Discussion, Writing, and
Technology to Encourage Student-
Centered Learning

Annual GSI Colloquium
September 9, 2006
The University of Texas at

Submission Deadline: 5:00 PM, May 25th, 2006

>You are invited to participate in the 2006 Graduate Student Instructor (GSI)
>Colloquium to be held at the University of Texas at Austin on Saturday, September

9, 2006. The purpose of the colloquium is to provide teaching assistants
(TAs) and
assistant instructors (AIs) access to current practices in, research
about, and
discussion of effective instruction for undergraduate students.
The 3rd annual
meeting will offer many opportunities for professional

GSIs contribute greatly to teaching excellence at the
university, because they work
so closely with undergraduate students. As
GSIs become more accomplished
teachers, they will contribute to students'
success while building essential skills for
their own professional lives.
The theme of this year's colloquium, Reflecting: Using Discussion, Writing,
Technology to Encourage Student-Centered Learning, has been chosen
to spark new
ideas for transforming critical conversations into lively,
interactive, and engaging
sessions, benefiting undergraduate students while
helping GSIs to advance their
pedagogical, professional, and personal

Proposal Guidelines:

colloquium welcomes proposals for a wide variety of sessions featuring
>research, best practices, and hands-on workshops, in support of the primary goal
giving participants clear ideas about how to apply, extend, or adapt the
from each session. Please be sure to include four essential
elements in your

1. A conceptual framework for
your presentation-for example, its theoretical or
empirical basis, its goals,
tips for implementation, and suggestions for assessment.

2. A
description of activities or interactive events that you are planning for your

3. A description of how your work addresses one of the
conference topics, listed

4. The expected outcomes
for participants:

We invite proposal submissions from any academic
discipline for one hour and
fifteen-minute concurrent sessions. The GSI
program encourages interactive
sessions and discourages the reading of
papers, with active learning approaches to
engage participants. Accepted
proposals will contain one or more of the following:

1. A plan for
participants' learning through discussion
2. Small-group work
4. Hands-on activities
5. Role playing

Proposals should explicitly describe how the session

models exemplary practices in teaching and learning,
2. explores ideas
related to a conference theme, and
3. fosters critical reflection and
discussion related to diversity.

The session proposal must include:
/>1. Session Title
2. Session Abstract (up to 100 words)
Session Description (up to 500 words, not including references list)

>Suggested Proposal Topics:

The topics for the 2006 colloquium are
divided into three teaching approaches: (1)
Engaging Undergraduates in
Discussion, (2) Teaching Writing to Undergraduates,
and (3) New
Technologies and Their Application to Writing and Discussion.

>Acceptable topics include, but are not limited to, the following:
1) Engaging
Undergraduates in Discussion
-The Roles of Discussion in the
-How to Build Rapport with Your Students to Foster Discussion

-Socratic Discussion
-Using Different Media in Discussion
> -Assessing Discussion
-Moving from Discussion to Writing

-Managing Sensitive Topics
-Cross-Cultural topics
Discipline Discussions: Making Connections

2) Teaching Writing to
-The Roles of Writing in the Classroom

-Methods for Assessing Initial Writing Proficiency
Discipline-Specific Writing Strategies in the Multidisciplinary
> -Writing to an Audience
-Writing: An Iterative Process

-Teaching the Writing Process
-Assessing Writing
-Moving from
Writing to Discussion
-Writing for the Sciences

3) New
Technologies and Their Application to Writing and Discussion.

-Technology and Diversity
-Emerging Technologies Used for Learning
/> -Facilitating Online Discussions
-Peer Review: Tools and Processes

How to Submit: Proposals should be submitted electronically to
>, no later than 5:00 p.m., May 25th, 2006.

/>If you have any questions, please e-mail

>The University of Texas Honor Code - The core values of the University of Texas at

Austin are learning, discovery, freedom, leadership, individual opportunity,
responsibility. Each member of the University is expected to uphold
these values
through integrity, honesty, trust, fairness, and respect towards
peers and

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