10:00 a.m. – 12:00 pm
PC Writing Center
Bryan Marinelli, Academic Support Services
Will Toner, Academic Support Services
Cooking up a writing assignment that elicits the desired results from your students takes planning. This session introduces some of the main ingredients of a well-designed writing assignment. It also offers faculty the opportunity to workshop one of their own assignments and "spice it up" for the coming fall.
2:30 - 4:00 pm
Center for Teaching Excellence, Feinstein 304
This is an open house format where the newest members of our academic community will share their teaching and research interests in an informal setting.
11:30 am – 12:30 pm
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.
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Facilitator: Dr. Piotr Chelminski, Marketing
As Part of the PC International Education Week, Dr. Chelminski will present on his participation in faculty seminars in Japan and China this past summer. The presentation will also include a faculty conversation on how to better incorporate international dimensions into the PC curriculum, using this case study as a starting point.
3:30 -5:00 pm
Facilitator: Fred Drogula
Capturing students’ attention and interest is one of the keys to effective teaching. We will discuss some challenges of connecting with students and share possible solutions.
Lunch at 12:15, Workshop at 12:30 pm
Beginning with a short diagnostic that focuses on some of the more common errors in student writing. The ensuing discussion will help faculty members prioritize these errors and develop vocabularies to help students understand and avoid them.
12:30 pm -1:30 pm
Facilitator(s): Lynne Lawson (EPS) and Siobhan Ross (ITDP)
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!
Workshop at 11:30 and Lunch at 12:30 pm
Faculty have the opportunity to help students develop as writers and as thinkers through the feedback that they provide on papers - especially when feedback is intended to sustain the writing process. Join us for a conversation about methods of responding that encourage students to think critically and revise more substantively.
This session will explore strategies to help students integrate sources more effectively into their writing. We will discuss in-class activities that are based on course specific content as well as ways of sequencing assignments to emphasize this skill. We will also consider how this type of instruction can help students not only avoid plagiarism but also increase their engagement with texts and boost their understanding of the material.
1:30 - 3:00 pm
Facilitator: Dr. Janice McMillan
The University of Cape Town (UCT) Global Citizenship: Leading for Social Justice (GC) Programme was initiated in 2009 to expose students to global citizenship and social justice issues beyond degree or discipline; to develop their capacity for leadership on contemporary global political and social justice issues by improving active listening, critical thinking and logical argument; to promote awareness of themselves as future global - and local- citizens motivated to work for social justice through community service/ volunteering.
11:30 -12:30 pm
Facilitator: Dr. MaryJane Lenon, Economics
Student learning can be facilitated with peer teaching. Class time spent working through questions allows students the opportunity to digest the lecture material immediately. Join Dr. MaryJane Lenon as she shares her success with cooperative learning exercises along with some suggestions for implementing it in your classroom.
2:30 - 3:30 pm
Facilitator: Dr. 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 Dillon in a workshop on how to engage our students in discussions about contentious subjects.
Facilitator: Megan Chang
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.
11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Facilitator(s): Dr. Maia Bailey (Biology) and Serpil Tuti-Sari (ITDP)
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.
Workshop at 11:30, Lunch at 12:30 pm
PC writing Center Library 248
Dr. Bryan Marinelli
Dr. Anne Porter
Peer Review includes a range of activities in which students read each other's drafts-in-progress of revision. However, without a structure in place to promote meaningful discourse, these activities can often yield superficial results. This session introduces a number of peer review techniques that you can use to maximize student engagement and the effectiveness of feedback.
Workshop at 11:30, lunch served at 12:30
PC Writing Center (Library 248)
Regardless of the Discipline, Writing can be integral to the learning process. This session explores the rationale behind writing-to-learn pedagogy and introduces a variety of efficient, low stakes assignments that can be used to teach content and build writing competence simultaneously. Participants will also have the opportunity to workshop writing to learn ideas for their own courses.
Lunch served at 12:15, workshop at 12:30 pm
PC writing Center ( Library 248)
Peer Review includes a range of activities in which students read each other's drafts - in - progress of revision. However, without a structure in place to promote meaningful discourse, these activities can often yield superficial results. This session introduces a number of peer review techniques that you can use to maximize student engagement and the effectiveness of feedback.
PC writing Center (Library 248)
Regardless of the Discipline, Writing can be integral to the learning process. This session explores the rationale behind writing-to-learn pedagogy and introduces a variety of efficient, low-stakes assignments that can be used to teach content and build writing competence simultaneously. Participants will also have the opportunity to workshop writing-to-learn ideas for their own courses.
12:00 - 1:00 pm
Heather McPherson, Art & Art History
Maia Bailey, Biology
Heather Mcpherson and Maia Bailey will share ideas for incorporating peer-to-peer critique into the classroom and beyond.
Refreshments at 5:30 pm and
Presentation and Discussion at 6:00 pm
Center at Catholic and Dominican Studies
Dr. J. T. Scanlan, English
Hannah Donovan, Political Science, 2015
Mercedz Austin, Political Science, 2015
John Clarke, Philosophy, 2015
In tribute to Siobhan Ross, we invite you to join us on Thursday, April 23 in the Center for Catholic and Dominican Studies, as we delve deeper into how Sakai raises the level of conversation and engagement in a course.
9:30 am - 3:00 pm
Dr. Laurie Grupp, Director, Center for Teaching Excellence
Dr. Anne Porter, English
In this workshop, we will examine ways to weave writing instruction into your course. Activities will include articulating connections between the learning and writing goals of the course, developing language for your syllabus that clearly communicates these aims to your students, and designing writing assignments and assignment sequences that help students develop as writers. We will also discuss the importance of building in opportunities for prewriting, revision, feedback, and reflection.
9:30 am - 12:00 pm
Dr. Maia Bailey, Biology
Flipping the classroom has been suggested as a way to help maximize student engagement in learning. Requiring students to complete specific tasks outside of class creates more time for activities such as problem-solving, in-depth discussion, collaborative learning, and higher level thinking. In this hands-on interactive workshop, we will explore uses of technology and other tools that promote student learning and preparation outside of the classroom. Course design, assessment of student learning, and technology will be among the topics covered.