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Spring 2017

Course Design (Required)

Tuesday, January 31, 2017, 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 January 24.

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Facilitating Difficult Dialogues (Elective)

Monday, February 6, 2017, 12:00 - 1:00 PM, CTE Seminar Room - O'Neill 251

Stacy Grooters, Director of Faculty Programs

The term “difficult dialogues” has come to be used to describe a range of charged interactions in the classroom, often focused on questions of diversity and social justice. Whether resulting from students’ reactions to course materials or to each other, these heated moments can leave teachers scrambling to regain control of the discussion. In this workshop, participants will discuss the factors that can lead to difficult dialogues and learn strategies both to prepare for and facilitate them. Lunch will be provided. Enrollment is limited; please register as soon as possible, but no later than February 1.

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Facilitating Difficult Dialogues (Elective)

Wednesday, February 8, 2017, 12:00 - 1:00 PM, CTE Seminar Room - O'Neill 251

Stacy Grooters, Director of Faculty Programs

The term “difficult dialogues” has come to be used to describe a range of charged interactions in the classroom, often focused on questions of diversity and social justice. Whether resulting from students’ reactions to course materials or to each other, these heated moments can leave teachers scrambling to regain control of the discussion. In this workshop, participants will discuss the factors that can lead to difficult dialogues and learn strategies both to prepare for and facilitate them. Lunch will be provided. Enrollment is limited; please register as soon as possible, but no later than February 1.

Register for the ACT Seminar: Facilitating Difficult Dialogues (Elective)

Assignment Design (Required)

Monday, February 13, 2017, 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 February 6.

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Assignment Design (Required)

Thursday, February 16, 2017, 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 February 9.

Register for the ACT Seminar: Assignment Design (Required)

From Design to Implementation: How Technology Ignites Student Engagement (Elective)

Wednesday, March 1, 2017, 1:30 - 2:30 PM, CTE Seminar Room - O'Neill 251

Instructional Designer Candidate, Center for Teaching Excellence

How engaged are your students? Need some creative ideas to re-energize your classes? In this workshop, you will have the opportunity to explore a variety of instructional strategies and online collaboration tools, and reflect on how they can be incorporated into your course design and delivery to enhance the teaching and learning in your online & face-to-face classes.  Please note that this workshop will occur from 1:30-2:30 p.m. (not the usual 12-1 p.m. time slot).  Light refreshments will be provided. Enrollment is limited; please register as soon as possible. Participants will receive an elective credit toward completion of the ACT program. 

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Active Learning (Required)

Thursday, March 2, 2017, 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 February 23.

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CANCELLED: Leading Better Class Discussions (Elective)

Tuesday, March 14, 2017, 12:00 - 1:00 PM, CTE Seminar Room - O'Neill 251

Stacy Grooters, Director of Faculty Programs

Whether you’re faced with a sea of silent students or trying to get a runaway conversation back on topic, leading class discussion can be one of the most challenging – and enjoyable – parts of your work as an instructor. In this workshop, we’ll talk about the components of a successful discussion and share concrete strategies for getting a conversation started and keeping it on track. Lunch will be provided. Enrollment is limited; please register as soon as possible, but no later than March 7.

Register for the ACT Seminar: Leading Better Class Discussions (Elective)

Leading Better Class Discussions (Elective)

Thursday, March 16, 2017, 12:00 - 1:00 PM, CTE Seminar Room - O'Neill 251

Stacy Grooters, Director of Faculty Programs

Whether you’re faced with a sea of silent students or trying to get a runaway conversation back on topic, leading class discussion can be one of the most challenging – and enjoyable – parts of your work as an instructor. In this workshop, we’ll talk about the components of a successful discussion and share concrete strategies for getting a conversation started and keeping it on track. Lunch will be provided. Enrollment is limited; please register as soon as possible, but no later than March 8.

Register for the ACT Seminar: Leading Better Class Discussions (Elective)

Creating Effective Learning Environments (Required)

Tuesday, March 28, 2017, 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 March 21.

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Creating Effective Learning Environments (Required)

Wednesday, March 29, 2017, 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 March 22.

Register for the ACT Seminar: Creating Effective Learning Environments (Required)

Grading For Learning (Required)

Thursday, April 6, 2017, 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 March 30.

Register for the ACT Seminar: Grading for Learning (Required)

Leading Better Class Discussions (Elective)

Tuesday, April 11, 2017, 12:00 - 1:00 PM, CTE Seminar Room - O'Neill 251

Stacy Grooters, Director of Faculty Programs

Whether you’re faced with a sea of silent students or trying to get a runaway conversation back on topic, leading class discussion can be one of the most challenging – and enjoyable – parts of your work as an instructor. In this workshop, we’ll talk about the components of a successful discussion and share concrete strategies for getting a conversation started and keeping it on track. Lunch will be provided. Enrollment is limited; please register as soon as possible, but no later than April 4.

Register for the ACT Seminar: Leading Better Class Discussions (Elective)

Grading For Learning (Required)

Wednesday, April 12, 2017, 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 April 5.

Register for the ACT Seminar: Grading for Learning (Required)

Effective Use of Technology (Elective)

Wednesday, April 26, 2017, 12:00 - 1:00 PM, CTE Seminar Room - O'Neill 251

Francesca Minonne, Instructional Designer

Although Sherry Turkle and others have warned about the ways that technology can lead to social isolation, educational technologies can also be used strategically in order to build a greater sense of community among your students. In this lively session, we’ll look at a number of technologies that can be used in and outside the classroom in order to encourage students’ collaborative engagement with course materials and with each other. Lunch will be provided. Enrollment is limited; please register as soon as possible, but no later than April 19.

Register for the ACT Seminar: Effective Use of Technology (Elective)