Teaching at the Tap Room: Patterns and Systems, from World to Mind

Featuring:Tyler Volk, NYU Distinguished Teaching Award Winner, Professor of Biology and Environmental Studies

Wednesday, December 3, 2014, 5:00-7:00 p.m., NYU Torch Club, 18 Waverly Place

Join us for a discussion of the incorporation of systems and system-thinking into the curriculum. Professor Volk will share his personal experience on the use of instructor-written, trade-professional course books, and the possible development of a large systems-and-systems-thinking course at NYU available to every freshman. If these ideas mean something to you (either positively or negatively), or if you would like to learn more and network with your colleagues, we invite you to attend.

Teaching Intensive Workshop: Discussion-Based Teaching

Featuring: Anton Borst and Robert DiYanni, Instructional Consultants, Center for the Advancement of Teaching

Friday, December 5, 2014, 9:00-11:30 a.m., Kimmel Center, 60 Washington Square South in Room 907

Teaching through discussion offers an alternative to teaching through lecturing. Discussion-based teaching provides a useful complement to lectures. Leading productive discussion classes, however, requires both preparation and practice. Effective discussions occur when they are prepared in advance, when they are led with a purpose, and when they are summarized and assessed. Good discussions lead to further thinking and more directed discussion.

This workshop will explore the principles of effective discussion-based teaching. Among topics considered will be ways to begin a discussion, ways to conclude discussions, and things to avoid during discussions. Participants will have the opportunity to apply the specific strategies considered during the workshop.

NYU faculty members are invited to participate in this program. Breakfast will be provided. Enrollment limited to 15-20. To register, visit