OSUN Short Courses on Innovative Teaching

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Democratic Classrooms (April-May 2022) and Game-Based Learning (May-June)

The CEU Center for Teaching & Learning (CTL) and OSUN-funded Developing Teaching Professionals (DTP) project are pleased to announce two, short pilot courses on teaching for OSUN PhD students, faculty, and interested staff members. Each course will meet online for four weeks (two hours, per session), and provide participants an opportunity to gain innovative and application-oriented teaching skills, alongside other members of the OSUN community. Participants who complete either pass/fail course can earn 1 US credit (2 ECTS).

Democratic Classrooms: Theory and Practice (CTAL 6021) 

Pedagogy and democracy have a long and storied history of interaction, from Socrates' dialogues about citizenship to the role of citizen intellectuals as dissidents in the Eastern Bloc. But what would it mean to not just teach democracy, but create democratic classrooms? This four-week, seminar-style course enables participants to explore and apply concepts of freedom, equality, self-realization, co-participation, and more, in relation to pedagogical theories, their own teaching philosophies, and their own teaching practices. 

Four Wednesdays from 3:40-5:40 p.m. Vienna time, from April 27-May 18, 2022 (via Zoom)

Game-Based Learning and Gamification: Incorporating Ludic Pedagogy in Teaching and Assessment (CTAL6020) 

This four-week seminar introduces participants to the basics of game-based learning (GBL) and gamification. Lecturers often struggle to make learning and assessments both engaging and didactically sound. Learning is serious business, and elements of "fun" are oft-perceived (and sometimes are) extraneous to the process of learning. However, insights from the field of ludic pedagogy demonstrate how the incorporation of fun and game-based principles cannot only facilitate student engagement, but when properly designed, can enable students to develop and apply the knowledge and skills we seek to teach.

Four Tuesdays from 1:30-3:30 p.m., Vienna time, from May 24-June 14, 2022 (via Zoom)

Registration Deadline – April 15*

For all enquiries, please contact ctl@ceu.edu. CEU PhD students may count these courses as electives towards their Certificate in Teaching in Higher Education, and should enroll via SITS before April 11*. All other OSUN members, including CEU faculty and staff, should apply through this form by April 15.

Each course is offered on a pass/fail basis. Auditing is not permitted, as these courses rely on preparation and active engagement. No prior experience in these topics is necessary, though participants will be asked to think about how to apply what they learn in their current or future teaching, or in their other responsibilities.