Some fully remote, some in person, Teaching Roundtables typically begin with two BC faculty briefly sharing their thoughts about a particular teaching question, followed by open discussion with the group. Faculty and graduate student instructors are welcome to attend.
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Navigating Self-Disclosure in the Classroom
Wednesday, March 16, 2:00-3:00 (via Zoom)
Prior to COVID-19, many instructors brought intentionality and deep thought to self-disclosure in their classrooms, as whole bodies of literature from queer and disabled scholars on “coming out” in the classroom attest. Even instructors who didn’t think as deeply about self-disclosure still exercised some control over their teaching personae by curating what personal information they shared. But a year and a half of remote and hybrid teaching disrupted that norm for many, as everything from family configuration to health status was often disclosed by necessity or happenstance. As we reacquaint ourselves with the physical classroom, we have an opportunity to reconsider our approach to self-disclosure, its potential benefits and costs, in our current context. Join your colleagues to hear about how they think about self-disclosure in their teaching before sharing your own questions and experiences. The session will begin with brief reflections from Tara Casebolt (MCA&S Honors Program) and Stacy Grooters (CTE) and then shift to open discussion.
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Exploring Trauma Informed Approaches to Contemplative Pedagogy
Thursday, September 23, 2:00-3:00 (via Zoom)
As our nation grapples with the suffering caused by COVID-19, political unrest, and racial and gender-based violence, some instructors have been turning more to contemplative and trauma-informed pedagogies to help them newly imagine what it means to construct supportive and empowering learning environments for their students and themselves. Join your colleagues to hear about their experiences experimenting with contemplative and trauma-informed pedagogies in the classroom and to share your own questions and ideas. The session will begin with brief reflections from Oh Myo Kim (CDEP) and Paula Mathieu (English) about their own teaching practice and then shift to an open discussion.
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Assessing Learning In and Across Our Disciplines
Thursday, December 9, 2:00-3:00 (via Zoom)
Although assessment practices can vary greatly across disciplines, instructors share common challenges in their attempts to meaningfully evaluate student learning. How do we design assignments to give students their best chance at demonstrating their knowledge and skills? How can we maximize the usefulness of our feedback to students while managing our own workloads? This session will bring together perspectives from STEM and the Humanities on assessment, beginning with brief reflections from Juliana Belding (Math) and Dana Sajdi (History), about their own teaching practice. Then we’ll gather in two groups, one centered on STEM and one on Humanities, for a chance to share experiences, questions and ideas before coming back together as a full group.
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Teaching Lab Sciences in a Pandemic
Thursday, January 21, 10:00 - 11:00
Socially distanced and remote teaching has been demanding for all instructors this Fall, and Lab Science courses have faced distinct challenges. The Report from the Lab Courses Working Group last June aimed to address common concerns and guide practices this Fall, around four central areas:
- Following COVID-19 protocols in the lab setting (distancing, face covering, etc.)
- Modality of the lab course given the 50% capacity limitation
- Supplemental activities used to ensure content of the course is comprehensive
- Online-only version of the lab course for remote students
Join your colleagues to share reflections on how things went, questions you’re still considering, and what you’re anticipating for the Spring.
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Navigating Expectations for Neutrality in the Classroom
Wednesday, February 10, 4:00 - 5:00
Instructors often find themselves holding their own scholarly and pedagogical commitments in tension with student expectations of instructor “neutrality.” Especially in courses that examine politically-relevant topics, students can be quick to call out what they perceive as partisanship. And as this nation lives through an inflection point of political violence, extremism, and disinformation, this classroom dynamic is raising urgent questions for many instructors. Join your colleagues for a wide-ranging conversation about how you are experiencing and responding to expectations for neutrality in the classroom. The session will begin with brief reflections from Margaret Lombe (SSW) and Sylvia Sellers-Garcia (History, MCA&S) about their own teaching practice and then shift to an open discussion.
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Teaching Foreign Languages at a Distance
Tuesday, February 23, 4:00 - 5:00
Whether teaching socially distanced in-person or remotely, foreign language instructors have had to be particularly creative in adapting their courses for the current moment. Approaches such as managing pair and small group work, encouraging participation in the target language, and providing feedback to language learners have all required new strategies. This session is a chance for anyone teaching a foreign language to share lessons learned and success stories from this past fall as well as raise lingering questions for spring. The session will begin with brief reflections from Danny Bowles (Eastern, Slavic & German Studies, MCA&S) and Andréa Javel (Romance Languages & Literatures, MCA&S) about their own teaching practice and then shift to an open discussion.
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Defining What’s “Normal” on Zoom
Friday, March 12, 12:00 - 1:00
Even as we approach the one-year anniversary of our switch to remote instruction and the “Zoom boom” that followed, we still haven’t come to consensus about what “normal” should look like on Zoom. The norms of social interaction that guide our in-person exchanges don’t always translate easily to remote settings — especially to remote classrooms — so instructors have needed to craft their own Zoom norms. For this roundtable, join your colleagues to discuss the different ways they’ve sought to structure productive learning spaces in Zoom that hold students’ accountable while also respecting their differing needs. We’ll also consider what lessons from Zoom we might carry back with us to the in-person classroom. The session will begin with brief reflections from Lori Harrison-Kahan (English, MCA&S) and Pilar Opazo (CSOM) about their own teaching practice and then shift to an open discussion.
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This isn’t Busywork - Making Structure Meaningful
Wednesday, April 7, 3:00 - 4:00
A common pandemic teaching strategy has been to incorporate more frequent, low stakes (and often asynchronous) opportunities for students to practice what they’re learning and get regular feedback on their progress. Increasing structure in this way can improve student learning; however, it can also lead to student concerns about increased workloads and “busywork.” Join your colleagues to tackle the question of how to build in regular opportunities for practice without overloading students or ourselves. How can we communicate the purpose of structure to students so they see that it’s integral to their learning? Will increased course structure continue as a regular strategy once we’re able to return to fully in-person teaching? The session will begin with brief reflections from Ángeles Picone (History, MCA&S) and Heather Olins (Biology, MCA&S) about their own teaching practices and then shift to an open discussion.
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Experiments in De-Centering Whiteness in the Classroom
Tuesday, April 20, 12:00 - 1:00
From diversifying curricula to grappling with the lived experience of students of color at predominantly white institutions, many instructors are looking for ways to decenter whiteness in their classrooms. Come discuss your questions and initiatives with your colleagues and learn about how others across campus are thinking about this challenge. The session will begin with brief reflections from Rocío Calvo (SSW) and Hilary Palevsky (Earth & Environmental Sciences, MCA&S) about their own teaching practice and then shift to an open discussion.
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Pre-Election Teaching Check-In
Wednesday, October 21, 3:00 - 4:00
Given the tenor of our national political discourse and the high stakes attributed to this election cycle by people across the political spectrum, teaching and learning might be difficult for students and instructors in the aftermath of the election. While research indicates that faculty should respond in some way to upheavals in the wider world, instructors do so in a wide variety of ways (Huston & DiPietro, 2007). Join us for an open conversation where you and your colleagues can share your questions about how to approach this work and your initial plans for tackling the challenge.
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Exploring Anti-Racist Pedagogies
Friday, October 30, 12:00 - 1:00
As communities of color bear the brunt of a deadly pandemic and as people across the nation protest police brutality against Black children and adults, instructors are grappling with the challenge to become explicitly anti-racist in their teaching. Join your colleagues to hear about their experiences with anti-racist teaching and share your own questions and ideas about what an anti-racist pedagogy might look like. The session will start with brief reflections from Amey Victoria Adkins-Jones (Theology, MCA&S) and Julia DeVoy (LSEHD) about their own teaching practice.
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Making Assessments Meaningful
Tuesday, November 17, 4:00 - 5:00
Fall 2020 holds challenges for assessment in both blended and remote contexts. Whether you foresee giving take-home or proctored exams, longer papers or projects, or multiple assessments throughout a course, many instructors are rethinking their approaches. Join your colleagues to hear about their experiences with assessment and share your own questions and ideas about measuring student learning in ways that are accurate and foster learning. The session will start with brief reflections from Nadia Abuelezam (CSON) and Sean MacEvoy (Psychology, MCA&S) about their own teaching practice.
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Learning Together in Community
Wednesday, December 2, 12:00 - 1:00
Community is vital for general well-being, especially in times of stress, and for our students it is also important for learning. Connecting with students and helping them connect with each other in our classes this fall has required more intention and effort than in previous semesters, whether we are meeting in the classroom or over Zoom. Join your colleagues to hear about their experiences and share your own questions and ideas about building classroom community, as we look ahead to spring semester courses. The session will start with brief reflections from Karen Arnold (LSEHD) and Min Song (English, MCA&S) about their own teaching practice.
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