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Events Schedule

Spring 2014

 

February 17 (Monday): 4 p.m.  Goldstein 218. Peer Review of Teaching.  

Pam Pears, Bridget Bunten and Michelle Johnson will lead a discussion.  The event is  co-sponsored by the Cromwell Center and the Provost’s Office. Refreshments will be served. 

February 18 (Tuesday) 4 p.m.  : Using ‘clickers’ in the classroom. NG14, Dunning/Decker side of Toll Science Center.  

George Spilich will demonstrate the use of immediate response devices in class. 

March 20th (Thursday). 4 p.m. Critical Pedagogies: Diversity and the Liberal Arts Curriculum. Faculty Lounge in Hodson Hall. 

Crystal Kurzen, Ryan Kelty, and Aaron Krochmal will participate in a panel discussion, which will be followed by a conversation with the audience. 

April 10 (Thursday) 5 p.m.  Liberal Arts and pedagogy.  Faculty Lounge in Hodson Hall. 

Sean Meehan and Phil Walsh will lead the discussion with Q and A afterwards.

Introduction to digital editing: cosponsored by ET/OIT and CTL.

Several sessions will be offered  to introduce faculty to the ins and outs of digital editing.  Dates to be announced. 

Fall 2013

 

September 16:  Do you want to teach more effectively?  Dr Phyllis Blumberg, University of the Sciences.    4 pm Litrenta Lecture Hall; Toll Science Center. 

Dr. Blumberg is the Director of the Teaching and Learning Center and holds a joint appointment as a Research Professor in the department of Education and also a position on the faculty in Psychology at the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia.

Her Research interests include active learning, learning centered-teaching, program evaluation, self-directed learning and student evaluation.

 

Dr. Phyllis Blumberg, a nationally renowned expert on active learning and curricular i innovation,  shared that expertise with colleagues at Washington College. Dr. Blumberg is the Director of the Teaching and Learning Center at the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia, Associate Provost for Faculty Development and is a Research Professor in Education and holds the rank of Professor in the Psychology Department. Dr. Phyllis Blumberg, a nationally renowned expert on active learning and curricular i innovation, shared that expertise with colleagues at Washington College. Dr. Blumberg is the Director of the Teaching and Learning Center at the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia, Associate Provost for Faculty Development and is a Research Professor in Education and holds the rank of Professor in the Psychology Department.

October 1, 2013
What:  Using Crocodocs to Improve and Ease Your Grading
When:  October 1.   3:00- ~ 4:15.
Where: Beck Computer Lab, Miller Library Basement.
Sponsored by CTL, the Writing Center and ET/OIT.

 

This is a double header!  Introducing new technology is only useful if the application improves the educational experience for the student while not increasing the burden on the instructor.

First up to bat from 3:00 to 3:30 is a panel discussion lead by John Boyd of the Writing Center.   The goal is to provide us with a short refresher on best practices in assessing and providing feedback on student writing.. 

At 3:30,Professor Jennifer Benson takes the field for 30-45 minutes for a discussion of Crocodocs, an application that permits collaborative review of documents.  Don’t miss this opportunity to hit an academic home run!

While lap tops are available in the Beck lab, you might bring your own laptop if you want to save materials and examples directly onto your own work area. 

 

October 29, 2013
What: Accommodations for Students with Disabilities: What’s Reasonable?
When: Oct 29 Tuesday 3:30 p.m-4:00 p.m… 
Where: Lit House Porch.
Sponsored by CTL and OAS.

Andrea Vassar, our own Director of the Office of Academic Skills, provided an in-service on the ADA and what we as professional educators are required to provide those students with an accommodation.  Her years of professional experience were distilled down into a tidy handout in pdf format  that you can download here.   Here are a few highlights of the meeting.

Julie Markin of the Anthropology Department raised concerns about students in general  who audio tape lectures; the problem is that in some classes, an instructor might make a provocative statement specifically to get students to react and, taken out of context, such a pedagogical device could be misconstrued.   Ways around this problem were discussed.

Amanda Kramer of Miller Library shared that students are often  hesitant in their first year of College  to use the services of the library staff but when they do, the student’s academic performance is improved and in the content of Andrea’s talk, this hesitancy  is even more apparent among students that she suspects are dealing with a learning difference.   Such students that do look for help from the professional staff of Miller Library are very happy afterwards that they did, and so one obstacle to LD student success is to realize that all students can benefit from using the resources of the Library.

Sharon Sledge of OIT volunteered that there are technological tools that can help students with learning differences and OIT is very engaged in learning about them and acquiring the hardware and software to support such initiatives.  For instance, Sharon told the group about a tool that would easily allow a professor to videotape a class and then quickly edit out any parts the instructor does not want to be made public and then mount the media on Canvas.  

 November 18, 2013
What: The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning: Understanding Diversity in Higher Education.
When Nov 18 3:30 to 4 pm. 
Where:  Hodson Faculty Lounge.
Sponsored by CTL and OMA. 

Darnell T. Parker, our own Director of the Office of Multicultural Affairs, Title IX Coordinator and Lecturer in Education will provide an overview of the benefits of incorporating diversity into our teaching.  A light snack will be provided.