New Faculty Orientation
Monday, August 21st, 9:00-1:00 pm; Tuesday, August 22nd, 9:00-12:00 pm
Our newly re-designed New Faculty Orientation gives us the opportunity to help our incoming faculty learn all about the College and engage in their first conversations about teaching and learning at Assumption. Our Monday session will feature a welcome from our provost, a walking tour of campus to meet some essential members of our staff and administration, and a conversation with our deans. On Tuesday, after a welcome from our president, we will settle in for a discussion of Ken Bain’s What the Best College Teachers Do, and consider how we can create the best possible learning environments for our students.
Course Innovation Academy: Opening Session
Friday, August 25th, 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
The signature program of the Center for Teaching Excellence is our Course Innovation Academy, in which eight faculty members work together throughout the year to transform one of their courses into a dynamic new learning experience for their students. This August will launch the third year of the Academy, with participants coming together from a diverse range of disciplines. Our initial August meeting is followed by monthly meetings on the following dates and topics:
September 27th, 4:15-6:15 pm: The 20-Year Goal
October 25th, 4:15-6:15 pm: Design for Real Classrooms
November 15, 4:15-6:15 pm: Observation Experiences
December 6th, 4:15-6:15: Building a Community of Learners
Advisory Council Meeting
Tuesday, August 29th, 11:30 am-12:30 pm (Postponed)
The CTE Advisory Council, which consists of eight faculty and staff members, meets each semester to review our programming and offer recommendations and new ideas. They help serve as our ambassadors throughout the Assumption College community.
Food for Thought: Helping All Students Succeed
Thursday, September 14th, 11:30 am-12:30 pm
Like most other colleges, Assumption has seen a dramatic increase in students who request teaching and learning accommodations for a variety of reasons. Our Catholic mission enjoins us to help all students succeed, but understanding how to accomplish this can prove a challenge during the rush of the semester. Our first Food for Thought of the semester will feature a panel of students who will share their experiences with requesting accommodations and describe ways in which faculty have helped them succeed. Our panel moderator will be Sharon De Klerk, Director of Student Accessibility Services.
Faculty Learning Community: How to Write a Lot
Tuesday, September 19th, 5:00-7:00 pm
Our fall Faculty Learning Community will focus on Paul Silvia’s How to Write a Lot: A Practical Guide to Productive Academic Writing. This compact little book has been widely praised for its insights and wisdom in helping college faculty—even those working with heavy teaching and service loads—develop productive habits as writers and scholars. Our conversation will include the opportunity for us to learn about each other’s research topics and brainstorm ways in which we (and the institution) can best support our scholarly lives.
Dive into Technology
The D’Amour Center for Teaching Excellence and the Information Technology department are teaming up to offer technology-focused workshops and open office hours throughout the Fall 2017 semester. We’ll hold all workshops and office hours during the Common Hour on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The first two workshops will be on the basics of using Zoom, the college’s new video conferencing and synchronous learning tool, and Level 2 Brightspace training.
Below is the workshop schedule. If you would like to attend, please contact Ross Petrain (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Mark Lonergan (email@example.com) to register.
September 19, 11:15–12:15: Zoom
September 21, 11:15–12:15: Brightspace
September 26, 11:15–12:15: Kaltura
September 28, 11:15–12:15: Kanopy and Films on Demand
October 3, 11:15–12:15: Prowise
October 31, 11:15–12:15: Sharelink
November 7, 11:15–12:15: Mersive
Food for Thought: Inspired by Index Cards: Low-Tech Tools for Teaching
Tuesday, October 24th, 11:30 am-12:30 pm
Our second Food for Thought of the semester will provide a low-tech idea for increasing active learning in the classroom. Our host professor Michele Lemons (Biology) will describe how she has been using the humble index card as a tool to create better learning for her students.
Webinar Watch: “Undergrads Doing History” with Prof. Carl Keyes
Thursday, October 26th, 2:00-2:45 pm
Join us in our second floor conference room in TFAC to support our colleague Carl Keyes, who will be offering a webinar through Readex on “Undergrads Doing History: Using Digital Primary Sources to Motivate Students.” Have a cup of coffee or tea on us and learn about the innovative pedagogical work that Carl has been doing in his history courses.