Fall 2013 Events

Three Keys to Effective Teaching
September 3 at 4:15 pm in Gorecki 204C at CSB
Do you ever step away from getting ready for the next class to think about what makes us good at our profession?  Have you developed your own list of the most important things we need to do to maximize learning?  Would you like to?  Would you like to share your sense of what approaches are essential with some colleagues?  Would you like to hear their ideas?  Plan now to attend this session.

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Designing Test and Paper Questions
September 12 at 4:15 pm in Gorecki 204C at CSB
September 13 at 8:10 am in Quad 268 at SJU
September 13 at 11:45 am in Gorecki 120 at CSB (Bring your own lunch - beverages provided)
Part of our job is to evaluate student learning, but few of us have had any formal training in how to do this.  How do we design appropriate evaluation instruments?  What do we need to think about?  How do we insure that what we ask students to produce really mirrors our central learning goals?

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Embracing Our Students' Obsession with Technology
September 19 at 4:30 pm in Peter Engel 269 at SJU
Do you know how iPads, Smartboards, cell phones, animations, videos, Web2.0 tools, and other technological wizardry can improve your ability to help our students learn?  Would you like to know more?
If you are curious, plan to attend this Learning Enhancement Service event for a panel discussion about using technology as a pedagogical tool.  Jodi Berndt (Nursing), Warren Bostrom (Accounting), Theresa Johnson (Education), Michelle Li-Kuehne (Accounting), Mark Thamert (Languages and Cultures) will offer demonstrations and share links.

Getting Students to Learn More Out of Class (Without Killing Ourselves!)
Monday, September 30 at 8:10 am in Sexton 200 at SJU
Tuesday, October 1 at 4:30 pm in Gorecki 204C
Thursday, October 3 at 11:30 am in Gorecki 120
Our students typically are in class about 11 hours per week (or a little more if they have labs).  We all know that real learning requires student effort in that vast expanse of time away from us, but faculty conversations on this topic often begin and end by simply bemoaning our students' failure to study.

The session offers some concrete, low cost tools for enhancing both the quality and quantity of the work that our students do out of class.  One part of the conversation will be about strategies we can employ to help students learn how to use their study time more effectively.  We have succeeded in our profession because, over time, we developed highly honed approaches to learning.  What can we do to help our students take their own initial steps along that path beyond telling them to "study harder?"   We will also discuss how our behaviors and practices in class affect their willingness to put in the necessary time.  What approaches work, and what do we do that undermines our goal?  What can we do that makes students more accountable for the work we say we want them to do outside class without significantly increasing our work load? 
Bring your questions and solutions to this LES conversation led by Ken Jones (LES/History).

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Tips on Writing Effective Letters of Recommendation
Wednesday, October 16 at 4:30 pm in the Founder's Room (Q170) at SJU

What questions on the end-of-semester course surveys (ie, student evaluations) would be most helpful to you? Join a conversation with Rodger Narloch and other committee members who are working on a new instrument. This is your chance to help shape the nature of the evaluations. 
Wednesday, October 22 at 4:30 pm in the TRC Boardroom at CSB