Wednesday, May 15

Complex Problems:

Assignment Alignment & Critical Reading Pedagogies

Charles Cox (CAS – Literature) &
Sarah Marsh (CAS – Literature)

Location: MGC 200

Time: 9:15 AM – 11:45 AM (Morning Session) & 1:45 PM – 4:15 PM (Afternoon Session)

Morning Session: Complex Problems Assignment Alignment

AU’s Complex Problems curriculum introduces students to central liberal arts methods of inquiry: diverse perspectives, critical reading, communication, feedback, and integrative learning. This session is an opportunity for Complex Problems newcomers and veterans alike to align their Complex Problems assignments explicitly with these learning outcomes. Attendees will have the opportunity to (1) develop ways of articulating the course learning outcomes in course-specific assignments; (2) ask questions about the Complex Problems curriculum and its goals; and (3) work with colleagues on their Complex Problems assignments in preparation for the fall semester.

Afternoon Session: Critical Reading Pedagogies for the Seminar Classroom

This session is an opportunity for Complex Problems faculty, and other interested faculty, to learn about methods for teaching reading in seminars such as Complex Problems. How do we incite our students to see texts not as mere information, but as complex sites of meaning-making that are situated in particular historical, political, and social contexts? How do we help students develop reading practices that go beyond the memorization of content to actualize students’ intellectual curiosity and propel their work on course projects? This session will answer those questions with both pedagogical theory and practical, in-class exercises.



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