Workshops | Webster University


Workshops give faculty members a chance to share effective and innovative teaching in a short demonstration followed by a hands-on activity. Workshops give participants an opportunity to immediately apply their new knowledge and understanding to their respective courses. Workshops are held on Tuesday, February 19th and Wednesday, February 20th.

Brain-Wise Strategies for the College Classroom

Presenter: Carolyn Cottrell, Director, Webster Kansas City Campus

In what ways can instructors orchestrate class time to ensure that student remember material and understand concepts? Why are some strategies more successful than others? The answer is "Because of how the brain learns." If instructors apply even a few concepts from neuroscience, they can enrich and improve the classroom experience. Suggested strategies range from the simple to the grand. This session would also appeal to those interested in "flipping" their courses. Workshop will be led by Dr. Carolyn Cottrell.



Practical Strategies and Tools to Strengthen Student Writing Without Sacrificing Content


  • Roshaunda Cade, Coordinator, Writing Center
  • Gad Guterman, Assistant Professor, Conservatory of Theatre Arts, Leigh Gerdine School of Fine Arts
  • George Shea, Assistant Professor, Department of Communication Arts, Reading, and Early Childhood, School of Education

The goal of this workshop is to provide practical tools and strategies to strengthen student writing, especially in courses in which writing is not an integral part of the content. We arrive at this workshop from different vantage points—communication arts, theatre and performance, and the Writing Center—and offer both experiential involvement and handouts to energize student writing.



Working with Students with Disabilities


  • Kevin Pelzel, Assistant Director & ADA Coordinator, Academic Resource Center
  • Cindy Yamnitz, Assistive Technology Coordinator, Academic Resource Center

Participants will be provided with a detailed description of their responsibilities regarding working with students receiving academic accommodations. In addition, strategies for effectively working with students with disabilities will be discussed. Participants will also leave this session with knowledge of the resources available to them should they have any issues or questions arise while instructing students receiving academic accommodations. Time will be allowed for both general and specific questions related to academic accommodations and assistive technology.