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Fall 2019

Assignment Design (Required)

Wednesday, September 4, 2019, 12:00 - 1:00 PM, CTE Innovation Lab - O'Neill 250

Stacy Grooters, Interim Director

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 can inform our thinking about assignment design. Stacy Grooters will facilitate this session. Lunch will be provided. Enrollment is limited; please register as soon as possible, but no later than August 28th.

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Course Design (Required)

Wednesday, September 11, 2019, 12:00 - 1:00 PM, CTE Innovation Lab - O'Neill 250

Kim Humphrey, Instructional Designer

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. Kim Humphrey will facilitate this session. Lunch will be provided. Enrollment is limited; please register as soon as possible, but no later than September 4th.

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Strategies for Effective Lecturing (Elective)

Thursday, September 19, 2019, 12:00 - 1:00 PM, CTE Innovation Lab - O'Neill 250

Francesca Minonne, Assistant Director of Graduate Student Programs

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. Francesca Minonne will facilitate this session. Lunch will be provided. Enrollment is limited; please register as soon as possible, but no later than September 12th.

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Strategies for Effective Lecturing (Elective)

Monday, September 23, 2019, 12:00 - 1:00 PM, CTE Innovation Lab - O'Neill 250

Francesca Minonne, Assistant Director of Graduate Student Programs

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. Francesca Minonne will facilitate this session. Lunch will be provided. Enrollment is limited; please register as soon as possible, but no later than September 12th.

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Active Learning (Required)

Tuesday, September 24, 2019, 12:00 - 1:00 PM, CTE Innovation Lab - O'Neill 250

Sarah Castricum, Assistant Director of Faculty Programs

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 will facilitate this session. Lunch will be provided. Enrollment is limited; please register as soon as possible, but no later than September 17th.

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Teaching Students with Disabilities (Elective)

Thursday, October 17, 2019, 12:00 - 1:00 PM, CTE Innovation Lab - O'Neill 250

Stacy Grooters, Interim Director

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 session. Lunch will be provided. Enrollment is limited; please register as soon as possible, but no later than October 10th.

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Grading for Learning (Required)

Monday, October 28, 2019, 12:00 - 1:00 PM, CTE Innovation Lab - O'Neill 250

Francesca Minonne, Assistant Director of Graduate Student 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. Francesca Minonne will facilitate this session. Lunch will be provided. Enrollment is limited; please register as soon as possible, but no later than October 21st.

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Grading for Learning (Required)

Wednesday, October 30, 2019, 12:00 - 1:00 PM, CTE Innovation Lab - O'Neill 250

Francesca Minonne, Assistant Director of Graduate Student 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. Francesca Minonne will facilitate this session. Lunch will be provided. Enrollment is limited; please register as soon as possible, but no later than October 23rd.

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Creating Effective Learning Environments (Required)

Wednesday, November 6, 2019, 12:00 - 1:00 PM, CTE Seminar Room - O'Neill 250

Francesca Minonne, Assistant Director of Graduate Student Programs & Kim Humphrey, 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. Francesca Minonne and Kim Humphrey will facilitate this session. Lunch will be provided. Enrollment is limited; please register as soon as possible, but no later than October 30th.

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Creating Effective Learning Environments (Required)

Thursday, November 7, 2019, 12:00 - 1:00 PM, CTE Seminar Room - O'Neill 250

Francesca Minonne, Assistant Director of Graduate Student Programs & Kim Humphrey, 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. Francesca Minonne and Kim Humphrey will facilitate this session. Lunch will be provided. Enrollment is limited; please register as soon as possible, but no later than October 31st.

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Teaching in the U.S. Classroom (Elective)

Wednesday, November 20, 2019, 12:00 - 1:00 PM, CTE Seminar Room - O'Neill 250

Matthew Goode, Programs Manager & Haerin Park, Lynch School

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 Haerin Park will facilitate this session. Lunch will be provided. Enrollment is limited; please register as soon as possible, but no later than November 13th.

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