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Summer 2017

Course Design (Required)

Thursday, May 18, 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. Stacy Grooters will facilitate this workshop. Lunch will be provided. Enrollment is limited; please register as soon as possible, but no later than May 11th.

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Assignment Design (Required)

Wednesday, May 31, 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. Stacy Grooters will facilitate this workshop. Lunch will be provided. Enrollment is limited; please register as soon as possible, but no later than May 24th.

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Teaching From the Margins: Strategies for Instructors from Underrepresented Groups (Elective)

Monday, June 5, 2017, 12:00 - 1:00 PM, CTE Seminar Room - O'Neill 251

Stacy Grooters, Director of Faculty Programs & Keisha Valdez, Senior Instructional Developer

For instructors who identify as belonging to historically underrepresented groups -- who don’t fit their students’ assumptions about who a “typical professor” should be -- the classroom can present unique challenges. In this session we’ll discuss some of the common challenges faced by underrepresented instructors and share strategies for addressing them. Stacy Grooters and Keisha Valdez will facilitate this workshop. Lunch will be provided. Enrollment is limited; please register as soon as possible, but no later than May 29th.

Register for the ACT Seminar: Teaching from the Margins: Strategies for Instructors from Underrepresented Groups (Elective)

Active Learning (Required)

Tuesday, June 13, 2017, 12:00 - 1:00 PM, CTE Seminar Room - O'Neill 251

Sarah Castricum, Senior Instructional Developer & Francesca Minonne, Instructional Designer

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. Sarah Castricum and Francesca Minonne will facilitate this workshop. Lunch will be provided. Enrollment is limited; please register as soon as possible, but no later than June 6th.

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Getting Started in Hybrid and Online Contexts (Elective)

Thursday, June 22, 2017, 12:00 - 1:00 PM, CTE Seminar Room - O'Neill 251

Yuhan Li, Instructional Designer & Keisha Valdez, Senior Instructional Developer

Many institutions are increasing their numbers of online and hybrid course and program offerings. As an instructor, the opportunity to teach in a new modality creates the potential to expand traditional ways of teaching and enhance engagement for learners.  This interactive workshop will be a starting point for you to critically reflect on your perceptions and experiences as pertains to online & hybrid teaching and learning. It will also allow you to explore strategies for bridging the gap between expectations and the realities of online and hybrid teaching. Yuhan Li and Keisha Valdez will facilitate this session. Lunch will be provided. Enrollment is limited; please register as soon as possible, but no later than June 15th.

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Responding to Student Writing (Elective)

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

Francesca Minonne, Instructional Designer

When responding to student writing, it can be difficult to provide comprehensive feedback on an essay without overwhelming or discouraging your students. In this session, we will examine a number of approaches to providing targeted feedback, differentiating between the type of feedback we give on first versus final drafts. We will also briefly review strategies to help students respond effectively to their own and their classmates’ writing. Francesca Minonne will facilitate this session. Lunch will be provided. Enrollment is limited; please register as soon as possible, but no later than July 4th.

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Creating Effective Learning Environments (Required)

Monday, July 17, 2017, 12:00 - 1:00 PM, CTE Seminar Room - O'Neill 251

Francesca Minonne, Instructional Designer

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. Francesca Minonne will facilitate this workshop. Lunch will be provided. Enrollment is limited; please register as soon as possible, but no later than July 10th.

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Grading For Learning (Required)

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

Stacy Grooters, Director of Faculty Programs & Francesca Minonne, Instructional Designer

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 for grading more consistently, effectively, and efficiently. This seminar will cover some of the material previously included in the “Grading Fairly” session. Stacy Grooters and Francesca Minonne will facilitate this session. Lunch will be provided. Enrollment is limited; please register as soon as possible, but no later than July 25th.

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