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CTL Schedule: Fall 2017

On-Line Resources

The Monday Morning Mentor

Each 20-minute presentation addresses one question about college teaching.  The link will appear in faculty inboxes each Monday and will remain active for just one week.  Each time you send a certificate of completion to the CTL office, your name will be entered in a drawing for an I-Pad mini.  The series resumes on Aug 28th.

Wednesday’s Teaching Tip

Each Wednesday, a teaching idea will appear in faculty inboxes. Each one is short, evidence-based, and easy to implement in a variety of disciplines. Teaching tips will be archived on the CTL website; they are courtesy of the POD Network Teaching Tips Consortium. This new series begins on August 23rd.

The New and Expanded CTL Website

The CTL site now contains resources on a variety of teaching issues: descriptions of evidence-based teaching practices, resources to use with students, and some of the research supporting various teaching approaches.

 Fall Reading Groups

Make It Stick: The Science of Successful Learning by Peter Brown, Henry Roediger, and Mark McDaniel.    

Make It Stick is widely praised, and for good reason.  The authors use recent research in cognitive psychology to help us all become more productive learners, they clearly and engagingly summarize important studies, and they apply these findings to a fascinating array of situations. And to make their book even more compelling, they discuss why ineffective strategies more often feel “right” to us than evidence-based strategies. Participants will receive a free copy of the book. Each club is limited to 8 members.  AD 212

Facilitator:  Reid Fisher (athletic training), Tues 10-10, 10-17, and 10-24, @10:30 to 11:30 (refreshments)

Facilitator: Rachel Walker (psychology) Thurs 9-28, 10-5, and 10-12 @ noon (lunch)


Sustainability and Educating the Whole Person                             Cosponsor: The Sustainability Advisory Board

 In Laudato Si’: On Care for Our Common Home, Pope Francis argues for an “integral ecology” that recognizes that human beings’ failure to be responsible stewards of creation is inextricably linked with our failure to be responsible to each other and calls for a "new asceticism" that “entails learning to give, and not simply to give up.”  This reading group will explore this integral ecology by studying excerpts from Laudato Si, as well as Wendell Berry’s “Solving for Pattern,” which lays out a universally applicable framework for understanding what sustainable solutions look like and practical guidelines for sustainable decision-making.  Finally, the group will explore readings selected by participants that focus on connections between daily efforts to live more sustainably and the flourishing of the whole person. Participants will receive a free copy of Laudato Si’.  Book club is limited to first 10 members.  GB 120

Facilitators: Chris Edelman (philosophy) and Ann David (education), 9-8, 10-13, 11-3 and 12-1 all @ 11:00 to noon (lunch)



Communicating Expectations about Writing: Silence Isn’t Golden

In the words of one UIW writing tutor, “If the professor doesn’t mention it, students don’t do it.” For students, this behavior makes sense, for they are often writing in several disciplines, often with unfamiliar conventions. Making expectations explicit can help students produce the kind of writing we hope to read. In this working session, participants will learn some common misconceptions students have about academic writing.  They will also receive templates for describing expectations about writing; each is easy to customize. Feel free to bring a laptop if you wish.  The first 10 faculty members registering for each session will receive a $100 stipend for participating in this QEP event. AD 212

Presenter: Amanda Johnston (Writing & Learning Center), Wed 9-6 @ 8:00 (breakfast) and Thurs 9-7 @ noon (lunch)


“Put Down that Highlighter!”—Helping Students Annotate Texts Effectively

When asked to describe how they complete their reading assignments, up to 80% of college students describe highlighting a text so they can reread those passages just before a test. Unfortunately, this common approach is much less effective than more interactive tactics that begin with annotating a text.  Participants will learn ways to help students effectively annotate different kinds of texts.  One person at each session will win a Kindle. AD 212

Presenters: Ann David (education), Bethany Kalich (pharmacy), and Josh Robbins (English), Mon 9-11 @ 4:30 to 5:30 (wine and cheese) and Tues 9-12 @ noon (lunch)


Interfaith Literacy for All UIW Employees                                                                                            

In a religiously diverse community, faculty may need to interpret the university policy on “Class Absences for Religious Observances.” Those working in student services may find it helpful to understand how religious practices influence students’ experience of the dining room or residence hall. Personally and professionally, our lives can be enriched by an introduction the main faith traditions of our students. Participants will learn about important holidays in these traditions and will be invited to participate in a year-long initiative called  “Interfaith Literacy, Fluency and Service”   See  $150 stipend for 15 who participate in the year long program.  AD 365.    Session will be repeated Sept 20, noon- 1 pm, Library Special Collections.

Presenters:  Sr. Martha Ann Kirk, Dr. Lopita Nath, Dr. Susan Hall, Fri 9-15 @ 12:00 to 1:30 (lunch)  


Knowing Ourselves, Our Students, and Our Disciplines: Culturally Responsive Teaching in Higher Education 

When our students come from backgrounds different from our own, it can be tempting to see these differences as deficits.  However, it is much more effective to emphasize the assets students bring to the classroom. Participants will learn strategies for creating a classroom climate that communicates high expectations and helps foster a sense of belonging for all students.   One person at each session will win a clicker. AD212

Presenter: Sandy Guzman Foster (education), Tues 9-19 @ 4:30 to 5:30 (wine and cheese) and Thurs 9-21 @ noon (lunch)


Where’s the Beef?  Helping Students Build Substance into Their Writing

For many of us, the body of an academic paper is particularly important because it’s where students grapple with important ideas from our discipline.  But a poorly written paper—with its string of unsupported generalizations or pastiche of unexplained quotations—is dispiriting to read. Participants will learn ways to help students use source material effectively. Please bring a page from an article in your discipline to use during an activity, and if it’s convenient, bring your laptop.  The first 10 faculty members registering for each session will receive a $100 stipend for participating in this QEP event.  AD 212

 Presenter: Amanda Johnston (Writing & Learning Center), Mon 9-25 @ noon (lunch) and Thurs 9-28 @ 8:00 to 9:00 (breakfast)


Using Canva to Create Effective Documents

Do you want to create professional looking reports, brochures, or infographics? Are you looking for an additional tool students can use to present their work?  Canva works well for both of these purposes.  Even the basic—free—level of this on-line tool allows users to create a wide variety of documents in many templates.  Canva, while quite easy to use, offers users many possibilities and many templates.  Participants in this workshop will view sample documents created in Canva as well as a demonstration of its use.  There will also be a little time to create an account and play with the tool, so feel free to bring your own device (laptop or tablet).   One person at each session will win a clicker. AD 212

Presenter: Trinidad Macias (Office of Research Development) and Lucretia Fraga (education), Tues 9-26 @ 2:00 to 3:00 and Wednesday 9-27 @ noon (lunch)


They Should Already Know That: The Puzzle of Transfer

Most of us have asked students to demonstrate knowledge or skills from an earlier class, and then wondered at least once what’s happening in the prerequisite classes for our program.  However, when students stare blankly at us, the most likely explanation is a failure to transfer what was learned in earlier classes.  Participants will learn why transfer is so difficult as well as strategies for encouraging students to transfer knowledge to a new setting. A Kindle will be given at each session. AD 212

Presenters: Joleen Beltrami, Craig McCarron, and Suleyman Tek, (all mathematics), Mon 10-2 @ 4:30 to 5:30 (wine and cheese) and Tues 10-3 @ noon (lunch)


Reflection: Increasing the Learning in Experiential Learning             Cosponsor: The Ettling Center for Civic Leadership

John Dewey said it well, “We don’t learn from experience, we learn from reflecting on experience.”  In particular, opportunities for reflection can strengthen classes with an experiential component such as a service-learning activity or a field-based experience.  During this interactive session, participants will try out a series of strategies—both oral and written—for reflection.  A gift card will be given at each session. AD 212

Presenter:  Susan Hall (CTL), Fri Sept 29 @ 12:30 to 1:30 (lunch) and Wed Oct 11 @ 8:00 to 9:00 (breakfast)


Multiple Drafts without Tears

Revision is essential for competent writing.  As novelist Vladimir Nabokov put it, “My pencils outlast their erasers.”  Yet as instructors, we often fear that assigning multiple drafts will simply double our workload. Participants in this session will learn practical ways to prompt students to take that critical second look at their own writing, using strategies that don’t require a lot of additional faculty time. The first 10 faculty members registering for each session will receive a $100 stipend for participating in this QEP event. AD 212

Presenter: Amanda Johnston (Writing & Learning Center), Fri 10-6 @ 9:00 to 10:00 (breakfast) and Mon 10-9 @ noon (lunch)


Making Larger Classes Work 

At their worst, large classes are places where students sit passively and hide behind their anonymity.  Of course things don’t need to be that way. Larger classes can also be invigorating and full of energy. Participants will learn simple ways to make the most of large classes by building a sense of community and by increasing students’ active engagement with the material.  A Kindle will be given at each session. AD 212

Presenter:  Helmut Gottleib (pharmacy), Mon 10-30 @ noon (lunch) and Tues 10-31 @ noon (lunch)


The “Reacting to the Past” Special Interest Group

It’s always good to have friends, but especially when trying to do something new.  If you are implementing Reacting to the Past in a class—or just thinking about doing so—join like-minded faculty for lunch and conversation.  While each session will begin with a short presentation on some topic related to this teaching approach, conversation will be the main event.  AD 212

Group leader:  Lopita Nath (history), Tues 9-19, Mon 10-16, and Thurs 11-2 (all @ noon with lunch)


Using Videos with a Purpose: EdPuzzle

Many of us have integrated fascinating videos in our courses but been disappointed when some students fail to retain the information presented.  EdPuzzle is free tool that makes it simple to insert comments, questions and links into a video, thus creating a much more interactive experience.  Participants will see examples of EdPuzzle at work and create their own interactive video.  If convenient, bring a device and a link to a digital video you’d like to work with—something from YouTube is fine.  One person at each session will win a clicker. AD 212

Presenter: Lucretia Fraga (education), Wed 10-25 @ noon to 1:30 (lunch) and Fri 10-27 @ 1:30 to 3:00  


Title IX Issues:  How Should Faculty Respond?

Students who have experienced sexual harassment or assault may confide in a professor. When this happens we may wonder what would be best for the student, what our legal and ethical obligations are, and what happens when a Title IX violation is reported.  While the answers to these questions can be complex, there are principles that can help us make sound decisions. Participants will explore UIW policies and practices in the context of shifting state and federal requirements.  One person at each session will win a clicker. AD 212

Presenter: Caitlin McCamish (Title IX and Compliance Coordinator), Mon 11-6 @ 4:30 to 5:30 (wine and cheese) and Wed 11-8 @ noon (lunch)


Difficult Conversations

Near the end of the semester, just when we are all a little tired, a student may begin a conversation about shaky academic performance with a comment like “I don’t know what you want” or “You just don’t like me.”  It can be challenging to bring our best selves to these difficult conversations.  Workshop participants will learn strategies for de-escalating conflicts, as well as communicating clearly yet empathetically. One person at each session will win a clicker.

Presenter: Christie Melonson (Director of Counseling Services) AD 212, Wed Nov 1 @ 4:30 to 5:30 (wine and cheese) and Fri 11-3 @ 12:30 to 1:30 (lunch)




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