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Fall 2016

Course Design (Required)

Tuesday, September 13, 2016, 12:00 - 1:00 PM, CTE Seminar Room - O'Neill 251

Stacy Grooters, Director of Faculty Programs

At the heart of every successful classroom is a well-designed course. In this seminar, we will consider the basics of a “backwards design” approach to course development that seeks to align course goals, assessments, and instruction. We’ll also talk about how course structure can impact student learning and classroom climate. This seminar will cover some of the material previously included in the “Syllabus Design” session. Lunch will be provided. Enrollment is limited; please register as soon as possible, but no later than September 7.

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Assignment Design (Required)

Wednesday, September 28, 2016, 12:00 - 1:00 PM, CTE Seminar Room - O'Neill 251

Stacy Grooters, Director of Faculty Programs

Working from a very broad definition of “assignment,” this seminar invites participants to think through the qualities of an effective assignment as well as strategies for structuring assignments that are meaningful and motivating to students. We’ll also consider how learning science research and Universal Design for Learning principles can inform our thinking about assignment design. Lunch will be provided. Enrollment is limited; please register as soon as possible, but no later than September 22.

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Assignment Design (Required)

Wednesday, October 5, 2016, 12:00 - 1:00 PM, CTE Seminar Room - O'Neill 251

Stacy Grooters, Director of Faculty Programs

Working from a very broad definition of “assignment,” this seminar invites participants to think through the qualities of an effective assignment as well as strategies for structuring assignments that are meaningful and motivating to students. We’ll also consider how learning science research and Universal Design for Learning principles can inform our thinking about assignment design. Lunch will be provided. Enrollment is limited; please register as soon as possible, but no later than September 30.

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Teaching Students With Disabilities (Elective)

Thursday, October 13, 2016, 12:00 - 1:00 PM, CTE Seminar Room - O'Neill 251

Stacy Grooters, Director of Faculty Programs

Recent decades have seen a significant increase in the number of students with disabilities who are pursuing higher education. As a result, faculty find themselves needing to teach to an increasingly diverse range of learners. In this seminar, we’ll discuss simple changes faculty can implement in order to make their courses more accessible to students with disabilities -- and potentially improve the learning environment for all their students. Lunch will be provided. Enrollment is limited; please register as soon as possible, but no later than October 7.

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Active Learning (Required)

Monday, October 24, 2016, 12:00 - 1:00 PM, CTE Seminar Room - O'Neill 251

Sarah Castricum, Senior Instructional Developer

Hands-on activities such as problem solving and teamwork hold a lot of promise to transform learning, but they can also seem challenging to develop and evaluate. This session will explore ways to structure activities that will meet your learning goals for your students and offer them the support they need to succeed. We will consider how to use active learning in any discipline, class setting and time frame. Lunch will be provided. Enrollment is limited; please register as soon as possible, but no later than October 18.

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Active Learning (Required)

Thursday, October 27, 2016, 12:00 - 1:00 PM, CTE Seminar Room - O'Neill 251

Sarah Castricum, Senior Instructional Developer

Hands-on activities such as problem solving and teamwork hold a lot of promise to transform learning, but they can also seem challenging to develop and evaluate. This session will explore ways to structure activities that will meet your learning goals for your students and offer them the support they need to succeed. We will consider how to use active learning in any discipline, class setting and time frame. Lunch will be provided. Enrollment is limited; please register as soon as possible, but no later than October 21.

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Assessing Learning With Classroom Assessment Techniques (Elective)

Thursday, October 27, 2016, 1:30 - 2:30 PM, CTE Seminar Room - O'Neill 251

Instructional Designer Candidate

Classroom assessment techniques like “Think-Pair-Share” or “Muddiest Point” are simple, easy to implement activities that can engage students and foster deeper learning. In this session we’ll discuss a variety of classroom assessment techniques and how you might implement them. Please note that this workshop will occur from 1:30-2:30 p.m. (not the usual 12-1 p.m. time slot). The workshop will be facilitated by a candidate for an open instructional design position in the Center for Teaching Excellence. Participants will receive an elective credit toward completion of the ACT program. Enrollment is limited; please register as soon as possible.

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Strategies For Effective Lecturing (Elective)

Thursday, November 10, 2016, 12:00 - 1:00 PM, CTE Seminar Room - O'Neill 251

Tim Lindgren, Senior Instructional Developer

New approaches to teaching now give us many alternatives to the lecture, but speaking and presentation skills can still be essential in the classroom. This session will explore ways to deliver engaging content and make the most of a strong lecture by interweaving it with other types of learning activities. Lunch will be provided. Enrollment is limited; please register as soon as possible, but no later than November 4.

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Creating Effective Learning Environments (Required)

Tuesday, November 15, 2016, 12:00 - 1:00 PM, CTE Seminar Room - O'Neill 251

Stacy Grooters, Director of Faculty Programs

This seminar provides a practical discussion of how to foster a positive classroom climate that cultivates student learning. ACT participants will discuss practical strategies for creating and maintaining classroom guidelines and policies within a framework that promotes inclusive classroom environments. We’ll also discuss how gathering formative feedback about your teaching can help improve student learning. This seminar will cover some of the material previously included in the “Classroom Climate & Classroom Management” session. Lunch will be provided. Enrollment is limited; please register as soon as possible, but no later than November 8.

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Creating Effective Learning Environments (Required)

Monday, November 21, 2016, 12:00 - 1:00 PM, CTE Seminar Room - O'Neill 251

Stacy Grooters, Director of Faculty Programs

This seminar provides a practical discussion of how to foster a positive classroom climate that cultivates student learning. ACT participants will discuss practical strategies for creating and maintaining classroom guidelines and policies within a framework that promotes inclusive classroom environments. We’ll also discuss how gathering formative feedback about your teaching can help improve student learning. This seminar will cover some of the material previously included in the “Classroom Climate & Classroom Management” session. Lunch will be provided. Enrollment is limited; please register as soon as possible, but no later than November 15.

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Grading For Learning (Required)

Wednesday, November 30, 2016, 12:00 - 1:00 PM, CTE Seminar Room - O'Neill 251

Stacy Grooters, Director of Faculty Programs

Grades can be a significant source of feedback, both evaluating performance and guiding future learning. They can also be a source of doubt and anxiety -- for both students and instructors. In this session, we will consider how learning science and psychology encourage us to think differently about how we approach grading. And we’ll talk about practical strategies -- including the use of rubrics -- for grading more consistently, effectively, and efficiently. This seminar will cover some of the material previously included in the “Grading Fairly” session. Lunch will be provided. Enrollment is limited; please register as soon as possible, but no later than November 24.

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Grading For Learning (Required)

Thursday, December 1, 2016, 12:00 - 1:00 PM, CTE Seminar Room - O'Neill 251

Stacy Grooters, Director of Faculty Programs

Grades can be a significant source of feedback, both evaluating performance and guiding future learning. They can also be a source of doubt and anxiety -- for both students and instructors. In this session, we will consider how learning science and psychology encourage us to think differently about how we approach grading. And we’ll talk about practical strategies -- including the use of rubrics -- for grading more consistently, effectively, and efficiently. This seminar will cover some of the material previously included in the “Grading Fairly” session. Lunch will be provided. Enrollment is limited; please register as soon as possible, but no later than November 25.

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Teaching In The U.S. Classroom (Elective - Limited To International Students Only)

Tuesday, December 6, 2016, 12:00 - 1:00 PM, CTE Seminar Room - O'Neill 251

Matthew Goode, Programs Manager & Chen Shen, Graduate Assistant

International instructors bring valuable knowledge and experience with them to classrooms in the U.S., but they can also face unique challenges. In this session we will discuss some of the potential issues and identify resources that can support international graduate students who serve in teaching roles at Boston College. Lunch will be provided. Enrollment is limited; please register as soon as possible, but no later than December 1.

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