Course Innovation Academy
January 10th, 10:00 am-1:00 pm, TFAC 227
Our second half-day session for the Course Innovation Academy focuses on putting the grand ideas we have been discussing throughout the fall semester into concrete form.
New Faculty Orientation: Student Life at Assumption
January 18th, 3:30-4:45, TFAC 237
Our January New Faculty Orientation session will focus on student life outside of the classroom. You will have an opportunity to learn more about life in the dorms, about popular student clubs and activities, and about other aspects of student life that might help you better connect with the students in your classrooms. Our special guests will include the Dean of Student Affairs and two of our D’Amour Student Fellows.
DCTE Advisory Council Meeting
January 25th, 11:30-12:30, TFAC 227
Our Advisory Council serves as a liaison between the DCTE and the faculty at large, and helps recommend ideas for programming and initiatives.
Food for Thought: Using Concept Maps to Promote Meaningful Student Learning
January 30th, 11:30-12:30, TFAC 227
Education Professor Eric Howe will host our first Food for Thought of the spring semester, which will focus on the use of concept maps to promote better learning in the classroom. Concept mapping is a skill that enhances learning of contextualized ideas (i.e. concepts!) while also developing metacognition – the ability to self evaluate what a learner knows well vs. poorly or incorrectly. Prof. Howe will highlight his experience in teaching with concept mapping, including suggestions for implementing it during instruction and various techniques to enhance its effectiveness. Lunch will be provided.
Innovations in Higher Education Lecture: Anne Ellen Geller
February 13th, 11:30-12:30, Location TBD
In our annual Innovations in Higher Education Lecture, we welcome Prof. Anne Ellen Geller of St. John’s University, who will describe for us the results of a large, multi-year study in which students described for her research team what kinds of writing projects they found meaningful. The characteristics of a meaningful writing assignment, and a meaningful assignment more generally, have deep implications for the work that we ask students to complete in our courses. Drawing on her book The Meaningful Writing Project, Dr. Geller will provide an overview of these research findings and what they mean for higher education faculty.
Workshop: Making Meaningful Writing Assignments
February 13, 3:30-5:00 pm
Dr. Anne Ellen Geller will continue her visit to campus with an open workshop for faculty who give writing assignments of any kind. How can we create writing assignments that students will find meaningful, and that will motivate them to learn through their writing? Bring a writing assignment to the workshop, or the idea for a writing assignment, and Dr. Geller will help us draw upon the results of her research in order to create assignments that inspire deep student learning.
Faculty Learning Community: Public Scholarship Strategies
February 27, 5:00-7:00 pm, Location TBD
Our spring faculty learning community will focus on the strategies that can help you increase your public scholarly profile. Increasingly we are seeing scholars use personal web pages, blogs, essays in popular publications, and social media in order to inform the public and their peers about their work. What are some of the most effective methods for doing this? What are some of the perks and perils for doing so? Our event will feature a panel of Assumption faculty who have been active in promoting their work to the public, and who can help the rest of us get started or enhance what we have been doing.