New Approaches to Teaching and Learning Conference

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The Office of Faculty Development and CITS Instructional Development have partnered with colleagues from across campus to host a full-day conference on January 18th, 2019.

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Conference Schedule


Breakfast & Registration
CCB Lobby, 8am

Welcome Remarks
CCB 149, 9:00am

Provost’s Teaching and Learning with Technology Award
CCB 149, 9:15am


Sessions – 10:00am

Teaching To and Accommodating Students on the Autism Spectrum (CCB 248)

  • Mark Dumas
  • Todd Levine
  • Valarie Oresto

Three 10:00am sessions will be announced soon.


Lightning Rounds – 10:50am

Active Learning (CCB 247)

  • Jacqueline Einstein (Business)
  • Kiley Medeiros (Nursing)
  • John Buck (Engineering)

Teaching with Technology (CCB 149)

  • Panelists TBA

Sessions – 11:40am

Humanizing Online Learning (CCB 247)

  • Karen Carnes and Sandra Rivera (Spanish)
  • Jaqueline Ristau and Analia Tebaldi (Portuguese)

Two more 11:40am sessions will be announced soon.


Complimentary Lunch for Attendees – 12:30pm

Lunch will take place at the Claire T. Carney Library in the Grand Reading Room.


Keynote – 1:30pm

Team-Based Learning: Group Work that Works by Dr. Michael Sweet
Claire T. Carney Library – Grand Reading Room

Teachers are increasingly looking for ways to engage students in classes across the disciplines, and Team-Based Learning is a “flipped classroom” pedagogy that is enjoying widespread adoption. In this workshop, you will experience Team-Based Learning (TBL), an instructional strategy that both teachers and students have reported increasing levels of student attendance, preparation, participation and critical thinking. Dr. Michael Sweet has published and presented widely on TBL, and will be leading participants through a flipped-classroom experience using TBL. Upon completing this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Explain the structural flaw in most “traditional” forms of group work
  • Identify three important distinctions between TBL and other forms of group work
  • Describe the four practical elements of TBL
  • Begin designing an effective and enjoyable group assignment

About the Speaker

Dr. Michael Sweet
Director of Design and Integration, Center for Advanced Teaching and Learning Through Research
Lecturer, Department of Psychology
Northeastern University

Dr. Sweet earned his Ph.D. from University of Texas Austin in Educational Psychology. His research and professional work have centered on learning processes in student groups and he has published in Educational Psychology Review, Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, Decision Sciences, Journal of Innovative Education, To Improve the Academy, and New Directions for Teaching and Learning. He was an invited guest editor for a special issue of Educational Psychology Review and was lead editor of the volume Team-Based Learning in the Social Sciences and Humanities: Group Work that Works to Generate Critical Thinking and Engagement.

Dr. Sweet presents nationally and internationally on critical thinking and team-based learning, served as the 2009-2010 President of the international Team-Based Learning Collaborative and 2014-2016 Executive Editor of Publications. Furthermore, the online resources he developed to support critical thinking instruction and team-based learning have achieved international adoption.

Dr. Sweet has taught classes in Learning and Motivation, Group Communication, Critical Thinking and in various internet and data networking topics.


Conference Sponsors


Please contact tlconference@umassd.edu with any conference-related questions.