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Sponsored by the Center for Teaching Excellence.

Teaching Tools is a series of roundtable discussions for Providence College faculty. These discussions are facilitated by faculty colleagues with a range of experiences and expertise. During the 2013-2014 academic year, several of our Teaching Tools sessions will focus on Student Engagement, a theme that has been promoted campus wide for the last four years through a Davis Educational Foundation grant. See detailed information below on upcoming scheduled sessions, and check back for details on future Teaching Tools sessions that are still in the development stages.

Upcoming Teaching Tools for 2013-14

PowerPoint- an effective tool or a snoozefest of slides?

A conversation about the effectiveness of PowerPoint as used by students and faculty.

Renina Flores
, Asst. Professor of Voice and Diction

Professor Flores’ presentation on tips for guiding students to more effective PowerPoint presentations will be followed by a conversation on faculty use of PowerPoint presentations with their students. Refreshments will be provided.

Tuesday, April 29th, 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm

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Please RSVP by April 25th to, ext. 1340, or click the "SIGN UP" button below.


Completed Teaching Tools 2013-14


Wednesday, April 9th, 2014,12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Nuria Alonso García,
Foreign Language Studies and Global Studies
Elizabeth Tangney, Global Studies Student ePortfolio Coordinator

Using electronic portfolios to enhance and assess student learning has become a common pedagogical practice. Nuria Alonso García and Elizabeth Tangney will share the Global Studies experience with ePortfolios. Participants will discuss how they might implement ePortfolios in their courses and programs to further support student engagement and ownership of learning. Refreshments will be provided.

Digital Storytelling

Friday, March 21st, 2014, 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Eric Hartman, Assistant Professor of Global Studies and Eric Sung, Associate Professor of Photography
Telling stories is a powerful way to convey a message.  Digital storytelling can help you achieve your learning objectives in the classroom.  Come listen to faculty experiences with digital storytelling and explore the possibility for your students. 


Hands On, Brains On

Using Physical Demonstrations & Close Looking to Illuminate Core Concepts

Friday, November 8th, 2013, 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Paul Czech,
Chemistry/Biochemistry and Heather McPherson, Art


Reimagining the Large Lecture

Wednesday, October 16th, 2013, 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Terry McGoldrick,
Theology and Adrian Weimer, History

A Conversation about what makes for a good balance between engaged participation and the demands of content.


  Completed Teaching Tools 2012-13

Discover the Secrets to Effective Oral Presentations

Tuesday, November 27, 2012,1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Renina Flores, Theatre, Dance, and Film

While oral presentations can be a way for students to demonstrate their knowledge or mastery of subject matter, they can also turn into barely audible PowerPoint-heavy presentations. We will explore the importance of delivery, and how to assess oral presentations beyond content.

PICK ME! Thoughts on student participation. 

Wednesday, October 17, 2012, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Raymond Hain, Philosophy
Kevin O’Connor, Secondary Education

A conversation about the importance of student participation, how to promote it, and how to sustain it.


Roundtable Faculty-Student Discussions of Student Engagement
Tuesday, October 16th, 2012, 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Slavin ‘64 Hall

PC faculty from across the campus have gathered in seminars and presentations  to discuss a new "culture of learning" throughout higher education. Come join them to exchange ideas on more effective ways of teaching and learning.  How can we create and sustain a culture of engaged learning at Providence College? How can we inspire students to read, research, and discuss with passion and curiosity, in and out of the classroom? What is the role of the student in this "culture of learning"? Of technology and social media? This, and more, will be presented in a lively forum on:

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Completed Teaching Tools 2011-12

Reading and Understanding Primary Texts
Dr. Sandra Keating, Theology
Thursday, April 19,  2:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Beyond the task of getting students to read is the challenge to facilitate their understanding of primary texts. We will consider ways to help students master new vocabulary, understand different writing styles, and interpret major concepts.

Video as a Teaching Tool
Dr. Mark Hyde, Political Science
Monday, April 23,  12:00 pm-1:00 pm

Every serious athletic team records its games and constructively analyzes its performance; college faculty can do the same. Videotaping one or more of your classes is a unique way to evaluate your teaching. It provides an informative and useful perspective on the interaction between you and your students. 

Encouraging Students to Revise through Constructive Feedback
Dr. Bryan Marinelli, Director of Academic Services and Will Toner, Writing Specialist
Thursday, March 29,  12:30 pm-1:30 pm
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Collaboration About Teaching and Learning
Dr. Katie Kranz and Dr, Michael Hayes
Social Work
Wednesday, February 15, 10:00 am-1:00 pm


 Completed Teaching Tools  2010-11

Teaching Writing through Well-Designed Course Assignments
Dr. Bryan Marinelli, Office of Academic Services
Tuesday, February 15, 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
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Facilitating Collaborative Student Work
Dr. Mary O'Keeffe, Department of Psychology
Monday, February 28, 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

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Developing and Using Rubrics for Course Assignments
Dr. Karen Whelan Berry, Management
Thursday, March 24, 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

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Differentiating Instruction for All Learners
Dr. Kevin O'Connor, Secondary Education
Wednesday, April 6, 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

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Communicating With Students
Dr. Rick Battistoni, Political Science
Wednesday,September 22,12:00pm-1:00pm

Assessment of Knowledge and Skills
Dr. Margaret Manchester, History
Thursday, October 21, 5:00 pm – 6:00  pm

Facilitating Discussion Groups
Dr. Charlotte O'Kelly, Sociology
Wednesday, November 17,1:30 pm– 2:30  pm

Promoting Academic Honesty
Dr. Marian Mattison,
Department of Social Work
Tuesday, December 7, 11:30 am – 12:30 pm


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