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Fall 2017

Course Design (Required)

Wednesday, September 6, 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 August 30th.

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Course Design (Required)

Thursday, September 7, 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 August 30th.

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Assignment Design (Required)

Tuesday, September 19, 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 September 12th.

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Assignment Design (Required)

Thursday, September 21, 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 September 12th.

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Grading For Learning (Required)

Wednesday, October 11, 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 -- 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. Stacy Grooters and Francesca Minonne will facilitate this workshop.  Lunch will be provided. Enrollment is limited; please register as soon as possible, but no later than October 4th.

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Strategies for Effective Lecturing (Elective)

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

Keisha Valdez, Senior Instructional Developer

New approaches to teaching now give us many alternatives to the traditional lecture, but having the presentation and planning skills required to present an effective lecture can still be essential in the classroom. This workshop will explore strategies for designing, structuring and presenting an engaging, learner-centered lecture. Keisha Valdez will facilitate this workshop. Lunch will be provided. Enrollment is limited; please register as soon as possible, but no later than October 9th.

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Strategies for Effective Lecturing (Elective)

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

Keisha Valdez, Senior Instructional Developer

New approaches to teaching now give us many alternatives to the traditional lecture, but having the presentation and planning skills required to present an effective lecture can still be essential in the classroom. This workshop will explore strategies for designing, structuring and presenting an engaging, learner-centered lecture. Keisha Valdez will facilitate this workshop. Lunch will be provided. Enrollment is limited; please register as soon as possible, but no later than October 9th.

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Active Learning (Required)

Monday, November 6, 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 October 30th.

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Active Learning (Required)

Thursday, November 9, 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 November 2nd.

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Teaching in the U.S. Classroom (Elective)

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

Matthew Goode, Programs Manager & Chen Shen, Doctoral Student

Limited to international students only. 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. Matthew Goode and Chen Shen will facilitate this workshop. Lunch will be provided. Enrollment is limited; please register as soon as possible, but no later than November 6th.

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Creating Effective Learning Environments (Required)

Thursday, November 30, 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 strategies for creating and maintaining classroom guidelines and policies within a framework that promotes inclusive classroom environments. We’ll also look at how an understanding of student intellectual development can help us frame classroom activities and increase student resilience. 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 November 23rd.

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

Creating Effective Learning Environments (Required)

Tuesday, December 5, 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 strategies for creating and maintaining classroom guidelines and policies within a framework that promotes inclusive classroom environments. We’ll also look at how an understanding of student intellectual development can help us frame classroom activities and increase student resilience. 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 November 28th.

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

Teaching Students with Disabilities (Elective)

Wednesday, December 13, 2017, 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. Stacy Grooters will facilitate this seminar. Lunch will be provided. Enrollment is limited; please register as soon as possible, but no later than December 6th.

Register for the ACT Seminar: Teaching Students with Disabilities (Elective)