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Teaching Commons

Events and Workshops

Your suggestions for future programming are welcomed at teaching@carthage.edu.

September 2017 

 

Conversations about Teaching & Learning

Thursday, September 21-  Topic: How knowledge of our students informs our teaching. Suggested reading-  Beloit College’s “Mindset List” for the entering class of 2021 (www.beloit.edu/mindset/). Hedberg 223, 11:45 -12:30.  Refreshments served. Conversations about Teaching and Learning provides a time and space for informal, collegial conversations about a variety of topics related to teaching, and to student learning and development. All members of the college community are welcomed to attend.

Teaching Practice Sessions

September 19 & 21: Introduction to IRB Net

In September, Carthage is transitioning to a new electronic management system, IRB Net, to streamline the work of the Institutional Review Board. The purpose of this session is to introduce the new tool to faculty who will submit protocols for their own research, or on behalf of students. Dr. Leslie Cameron, Chair of the IRB Committee, and Dr. Tony Barnhart, Committee Member, will demonstrate how to utilize the new system.This session will be presented twice: Tuesday, September 19, 11:45- 12:30, Hedberg 223. Thursday, September 21, 4:00 -4:45, Lentz 225

 September 26:  Ethics & the Undergraduate Researcher 

Invited address by Dr. Dan Corts, Professor of Psychology, Augustana College. 

The number of undergraduates engaged in research has been rising sharply, even while the nature of that research has been evolving. From its origins as a learning exercise—think bench work in natural science lab courses—research experience now includes undergraduates fully engaged in the scholarship of discovery, making substantive contributions to faculty work and even serving as collaborators. This evolution has occurred so quickly that some aspects of research have lagged behind, including various domains of ethics. Dr. Corts will share stories of conflicts that appear in the process of undergraduate research, most of the time catching people and institutions off guard and with little precedent to guide them. This session is co-sponsored by the Teaching Commons and the Department of Psychological Science. 

Tuesday, September 26, 4:00 PM, Niemann Theater (Hedberg 159). Refreshments served.           

 

March 2017

 

Teaching Practice Session: How implementing transparency in your classroom can facilitate success for less-prepared students

Tuesday, March 7, 4-5 p.m., Hedberg Library 223

This session will focus on the application of transparency in the design and explanation of academic assignments. Research on transparency suggests that the success of first-generation, low income, and under-represented students is enhanced when instructors make the purpose, tasks and criteria for an assignment clear. Examples and a transparency assignment template will be shared during the session. Dennis Munk, associate provost and professor of education, will present.

SoTL Brown Bag Series

Thursday, March 16, 11:40 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Hedberg Library 223

SoTL Brown Bag group will meet to discuss an article and share any progress of ongoing SoTL projects. This month’s discussion article is “Making General Education Matter: Structures and Strategies”.

Teaching Practice Session: What you should know and do to make your classroom welcoming and inclusive

Tuesday, March 28, 4-5 p.m., Lentz Hall 230

A welcoming and inclusive classroom is defined as an environment in which all students feel comfortable in expressing themselves and participating fully in the educational process. To that end, participants will explore critical components of a successful classroom that maximizes the benefits of all students and maintain and protect the dignity of all students and the groups to which they belong.

Community of Practice Lunch Discussion

Friday, March 31 (Invited Participants)

The purpose of this new series is to bring together faculty and staff who share responsibilities and practices in teaching and supporting students.     

 

February 2017

 

Teaching Practice Session: Teaching and Supporting Students with Autism and/or Anxiety

Tuesday, Feb. 14, 4-5 p.m., Hedberg Library 223

This interactive session will focus on challenges faced by students with autism or anxiety, alone or in combination. Specific strategies for teaching and supporting will be described, and participants will have an opportunity to share experiences and ask questions. Director of Learning Accessibility Diane Schowalter and Health and Counseling Center Counselor Mary Belknap will present.

SoTL Brown Bag Series

Thursday, Feb. 16, 11:40 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Hedberg Library 223

SoTL Brown Bag group will meet to discuss an article and share any progress of ongoing SoTL projects. The article for February is “McCright, Aaron M. (2012). Enhancing students’ scientific and quantitative literacies through an inquiry-based learning project on climate change. Journal of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, 12(4), 86-102.” The article can be accessed at http://josotl.indiana.edu/article/view/2050/2994.

Community of Practice Lunch Discussion

Friday, Feb. 24 (Invited Participants)

The purpose of this new series is to bring together faculty and staff who share responsibilities and practices in teaching and supporting students.              

Chairs Forum Workshop: Identifying and Overcoming Challenges in the Department Chair Role - Leading to a Higher Level of Satisfaction

Monday, Feb. 27, 11:45 a.m.

Sandy Siira, Director of Human Resources will lead this three-part workshop designed for department chairs. In the first workshop, Sandy will lead the group in a hands-on exercise to evaluate the role in order to identify areas needing improvement. Work completed in the first session will inform the topics for the subsequent sessions. Questions can be directed to Sandy Siira (ssiira@carthage.edu) or Dennis Munk (dmunk@carthage.edu)

Teaching Practice Session: Soliciting and Using Student Feedback During the Semester

Tuesday, Feb. 28, 4-5 p.m., Hedberg Library 223

This interactive session will focus on different tools and procedures for soliciting feedback from your students that will help you make adjustments to your course content and delivery during the semester, when benefits can still be realized. Profs. Greg Baer and Dennis Munk will present.