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Teaching Tools

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.  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.

Spring 2015 Workshops


Secrets of Sakai Superusers!

Facilitator(s): Advanced Sakai Users
Thursday, February 12, 2015 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Take a guided tour of course sites that leverage Sakai tools to improve student learning, make teaching more enjoyable, and reduce administrative tasks. We will cover effective use of gradebook, forums, lesson builder, and other tools for both novice and advanced Sakai users.
Download or print PDF event flyer.

What do I do with my Hands?

Facilitator: Megan Chang (Theatre, Dance, and Film)
Thursday, February 5, 2015 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Oral Presentations can be stressful for both sides of the classroom. Join us for a workshop exploring tricks and tactics that we (and our students!) can use for more effective oral presentations and how we can assess them more effectively.
Download or print PDF event flyer.

Fall 2014 Workshops


Doing Research with Undergraduates: Turning a Time Sink into a Time Saver

Tuesday, September 23, 2014
11:30 am – 12:30 pm 
Facilitator:  Jennifer Van Reet, Psychology

Many faculty are reluctant to mentor student researchers because it is hard to imagine fitting one more thing into an already-packed schedule. But, involving students in your scholarly work can actually save time and increase productivity! Professor Jennifer Van Reet will share strategies, tips, and techniques for doing so based on hers and others’ experiences of conducting research with students.
Download or print PDF event flyer. 

Writing Clicker Questions 

Wednesday, October 29, 2014
12:30 pm-1:30 pm 
Lynne Lawson, Engineering/Physics/Systems
Siobhan Ross
, Instructional Technology Development Program 

Are you looking for a way to engage your students during class? Personal Response Systems, also known as clickers, allow you to ask your students questions and get immediate feedback which can be displayed (with anonymity) for everyone to see. Clickers can be used to provoke discussion or to confirm understanding, allowing for a more dynamic classroom. While it sounds simple, writing useful questions can be challenging. Dr. Lynne Lawson, who has been using clickers in her classes for years, and Siobhán Ross, who is well-versed on the many platforms that can be used for clicker questions, will facilitate this session where you will learn strategies for presenting effective and appropriate questions. Bring your ideas to workshop a specific topic!  Download or print PDF event flyer.

Peer-to-Peer Teaching with Cooperative Learning Exercises

Friday, November 14, 2014
11:30 am -12:30 pm 
FacilitatorMaryJane Lenon, Economics

Student learning can be facilitated with peer teaching. Class time spend working through questions allows students the opportunity to digest the lecture material immediately. Join Professor MaryJane Lenon as she shares her successes with cooperative learning exercises along with some suggestions for implementing it in your classroom.  Download or print PDF event flyer.

Controversy as a Teaching Tool

Tuesday, December 2, 2014
2:30 pm -3:30 pm
Facilitator:  Dana Dillon, Theology 

Controversial topics arise both as part of the intended topics of class discussion as well as in more informal settings with students.  How can we facilitate respectful yet productive discussions with our students? Join Professor Dana Dillon in a workshop on how to engage our students in discussions about contentious subjects. Download or print PDF event flyer.

Catholic and Dominican

What does it mean to be a Catholic and Dominican college? We invite you to explore this question and the distinctive mission of Providence College.
About Providence College's Catholic and Dominican Identity