Saint Louis University

2018 Winter Institute: Students as Producers

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Il Monastero
11 January 2018

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Institute Schedule:

8:45-9:15 Registration

9:15-10:30 Keynote:Students as Producers: Creative Assignments for Transformative Learning 
Derek Bruff, Vanderbilt University

In the courses we teach, we have the opportunity to engage our students not only as consumers of information, but producers of knowledge. Usually this means moving beyond the five-page paper to less traditional assignments and projects. In this introduction to the "Students as Producers" approach to course design, we'll consider assignments that encourage students to tackle open-ended problems, to operate with a high degree of autonomy, and to share their work with wider audiences.

10:30-10:45 Break

10:45-11:45: Students as Producers: Getting from A to Z 
Derek Bruff, Vanderbilt University

How can we craft assignments that engage students as producers? How can we provide students the structure and scaffolding they need for such generative assignments? And how can we evaluate student work in ways that lead to learning? In this workshop, participants will explore teaching and assessment practices that enable a "Students as Producers" approach to course design, and participants will draft plans for assignments they might use to engage students in transformative learning.

11:45-12:45 Lunch

12:45-1:45/2:00-3:00 Concurrent Sessions 

  • Involving Students in Instruction: Undergraduate Learning Assistants In and Out of the Classroom.
    Elena Bray Speth and Laurie Russell
  • Service Learning as a Tool for Transforming Students into Producers
    Jessica Barreca, Emily Gunn, and Ginge Kettenbach
  • Students as Producers Across SLU Theology Curricula
    Elizabeth Block, Jay Hammond, Atria Larson, Pauline Lee, Rachel McBride Lindsey, and Leonard McKinnis

3:00-3:30 Closing Reflection and Action-Planning Activity

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About Dr. Derek Bruff

Derek BruffDerek Bruff is director of the Vanderbilt University Center for Teaching and a senior lecturer in the Vanderbilt Department of Mathematics. As director, he oversees the Center's programming and offerings for faculty and graduate students, helping them develop foundational teaching skills and explore new ideas in teaching and learning. He also consults regularly with campus leaders about pedagogical issues, seeking to foster a university culture that supports effective teaching.
Bruff's research interests include educational technology, visual thinking, and social pedagogies. He blogs on these topics at, and his book, Teaching with Classroom Response Systems: Creating Active Learning Environments, was published by Jossey-Bass in 2009. He serves as co-PI on an National Science Foundation grant supporting the creation of open, online courses on evidence-based teaching practices for future STEM faculty Bruff has taught at Harvard University and has a PhD in mathematics from Vanderbilt University.

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