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Time:
3:00 PM–4:00 PM Monday Oct 23, 2017
Speaker:

Donovan Bisbee, CITL Graduate Affiliate

Location:

Armory building, room 428

Description:

ICES, IEF, and reflection essays come and go, particularly as your program stretches on. Rather than reading and filing that feedback, we can use those resources to consider long-term changes to a particular course, future courses, or our own pedagogy. This workshop will address different types and forms of student feedback, tailoring your questions/approaches to generate useful feedback, and using student feedback over time to develop and revise a course. This workshop may be particularly useful for instructors with experience teaching the same course repeatedly but will be applicable to anyone hoping to teach, revise, or develop a course in the future.

This is a TA-to-TA workshop, run by one of CITL's Graduate Affiliates.

Cost: Free, but registration required
Sponsor:

Center for Innovation in Teaching & Learning

Event Source: CITL Calendar

Time:
5:30 PM–7:30 PM Tuesday Oct 24, 2017
Location:

G8B Foreign Languages Building

Description:

This course will show you how to run the most common bivariate statistical analyses in R. Topics covered include:

  1. Chi-square and Fisher's exact test
  2. Two-Independent samples t-test
  3. One-way ANOVA
  4. Bivariate correlation
  5. Bivariate regression
  6. Multivariate regression
Website: Link
Sponsor:

CITL Data Analytics

Event Source: CITL Calendar

Time:
11:30 AM–1:00 PM Wednesday Nov 1, 2017
Speaker:

Cheelan Bo-Linn (CITL)

Location:

Room 428 Armory Buildling (Southwest corner of the building)

Description:

Junior Faculty Seminar Series: Best Practices to Improve Student Learning

Come join this learning community by participating in this specially designed seminar series for junior faculty, though all are welcomed to participate. We'll share strategies and best practices for effective and efficient teaching. There will be great conversations, handouts, and lunch! Since each session builds on each other, we hope you will be able to attend all the meetings.  

 

Session 6: What We Know About Visual Learning & Thinking Applied to PowerPoint Presentations and More

 

Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2017
11:30 – 1:00
Room 428, Armory Building 
 
 

As we have increasingly moved from blackboard to PowerPoint slides, it is essential to examine our slides to see if they enhance or detract from our students learning and comprehension.  When a PP deck is horribly designed, it can ruin our presentation. It is difficult enough for our students to see visually ineffective, confusing slides and then have their instructors read off the slides! What strategies can we use to ensure that our PP slides and other multimedia are effective tools that do not interfere with the message?    

 

Neuroscience and cognitive research have discovered how our brains process auditory and visual information, visual imagery being more easily remembered than some other forms of information.  Join this session to learn more about visual learning and thinking and how to apply that research to our teaching.

 
 
Please mark these sessions on your calendar
11:30 – 1:00 
Room 428, Armory Building
 

Wed, Sept. 20, 2017  Session 1: “I wish I had known that earlier”: Using Informal (IEF) and Formal (ICES) Feedback to Improve Teaching and Learning

Wed, Sept. 27, 2017  Session 2: Active Teaching à Active Learning: Strategies for Deep Learning and Retention

Wed, Oct. 4, 2017     Session 3: Improving Our Testing and Grading of Student Achievement

Wed, Oct. 11, 2017    Session 4: Supporting Our Students to Think Critically and Problem-Solve Creatively

Wed, Oct. 18, 2017    Session 5: Best Practices from Face-to-Face Courses to Online Courses

Wed, Nov. 1, 2017    Session 6: What We Know About Visual Learning Applied to PowerPoint Presentations and More….

 

 

 

Cost: No cost for joining the faculty learning community.
Sponsor:

Center for Innovation in Teaching & Learning (CITL)

Event Source: CITL Calendar

Tue Nov 07

Kaltura Essentials

Time:
10:30 AM–11:30 AM Tuesday Nov 7, 2017
Location:

Armory Building room 428

Description: Kaltura Essentials
Sponsor:

CITL

Event Source: CITL Calendar

Time:
11:00 AM–12:00 PM Friday Nov 10, 2017
Speaker:

Lucas Anderson

Location:

Armory Building, room 428

Description:

Most students are able to meet your expectations, if they are willing to work hard.  In this workshop, Lucas will introduce you to a research-based theory of motivation, and guide you towards finding some motivational levers you could use to help your students achieve their best.

Cost: Free, but registration required
Sponsor:

Center for Innovation in Teaching & Learning

Event Source: CITL Calendar

i>clicker

i>clicker is a physical remote student response system (with an optional mobile app component called REEF Polling by i>clicker) with which an instructor is able to poll students in a variety of ways to help engage students and enhance learning.

Engage Students in the Classroom. i>clicker was originally designed as a tool to help engage students in large enrollment courses, but is being used increasingly in smaller 30-50 person courses.Students are vested in answering the questions posed and seeing how their votes compare with rest of class. Since humans are typically only able to maintain attention for periods up to 20 minutes at a time, i>clicker is a great tool to reset up to 20 minutes at a time, i>clicker is a great tool to reset student attention, when used at different points of the lecture. Julia Shapland, Accountancy, uses i>clicker in her 600-700 student intro course to better engage with students which would otherwise be nearly impossible to do with such a large course.

Encourage all Students to Participate.  Instead of getting limited responses for what I call the “front five” students (the few students that always raise their hands), you are getting feedback from all students in the classroom. This really helps student participation in large enrollment courses.

Immediately Assess Students' Mastery of Content.  i>clicker is a quick and easy way to gauge student’s comprehension of pre-existing knowledge to help determine what you need cover in class and what you don’t. It’s also a great way to measure the mastery of content that you’ve gone over in class or in the reading. 

Improve Student Learning Using Peer Instruction. One of the more impactful ways of utilizing i>clicker in class is using it for peer instruction, typically using the Think, Pair, Share model. Students are asked to answer a question individually (Think). If the results are mixed and warrant more discussion, students are asked to pair up with a neighbor or two (Pair) and discuss the topic in small groups. The instructor visits the groups, providing some clarifying hints to lead the group toward the best answer. Finally, the students vote a second time and share their thoughts on the topics (Share).

Solicit Honest Student Feedback with Anonymous Polling. Lena Hann, Kinesiology and Community Health, teaches a Human Sexuality course of around 300 students each semester. She relies on anonymous polling for students to share their personal experiences with the class. Students report that the process is very valuable and they often see that the process is very valuable and they often see that they are not alone in their experiences.