Cal Poly Pomona's switch from quarters to semesters is quickly approaching. This webpage provides workshops, resources, and tips to convert quarter-based courses to a semester-based format.
Semester Conversion Camps are three-day guided agenda programs to convert quarter courses to semester courses using best practices. There will be plenty of time to work on your own courses. Early Bird, Spring Break, and Procrastinators' Camps are limited to 15 participants, while Summer Institute is limited to 40 participants. Tenure line and lecturer faculty welcome. One camp per person, please. We are working on getting funding for small stipends.
Online workshops are short videos highlighting specific topics related to semester teaching best practices. Topics are broken up into "gotta do's," "mighty good to do's," and "ponder to do's" to help you decide how to best use your time.
Issues that every instructor will have to handle
How Much Content to Cover in a Semester
This is the first video in a series of three. It talks about the time available in a semester (less than we think!) and pedagogical strategies to help students transition to the semester pace. The video ends with some of the good things about semesters, like not having classes start on January 2!
This is the second video in a series of three. This one talks about how to use a semester calendar so you can get a jump on pre-planning to make sure your course includes active learning and checkpoints to help students stay on top of their semester. An actual course example is used.
This is the third video in a series of three. This video talks about using class agendas to cope with much shorter class periods in the semester system than we’re all used to in quarters. Turns out, it’s possible to do a lot of active learning even in a 50-minute class, if it’s carefully planned.
Enhance the semester for both you and your students
Learn about Active Learning and its researcher-proven effectiveness. This workshop will introduce you to six popular active learning strategies that you can implement right now in your own course. And as work to convert your quarter courses into semester courses, think about how active learning can be incorporated into your sessions.
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Discover how you can use Quality Matters (QM) in your own course as you redesign for semester conversion. The Quality Matters (QM) online workshop provides an introduction to QM and how it is being used at Cal Poly Pomona, along with resources to get you started in applying QM to your own course.
The first, describes the principles of investing over reacting, as well as using your brain wisely. The second, describes the principle of telling the truth and making friends by calendaring and seeking out multi-section collaboration. The third, describes getting clarity and focus by pruning your classwork and using the Pomodoro technique.
Transforming a Face-to-Face Class to a Hybrid or Flipped Class
Learn about hybrid online teaching, the flipped pedagogical approach, and the differences between them. This workshop will introduce you to technologies capable of creating and delivering instructional materials online.