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CTL Events, Fall 2007

Respondus Workshop (Presenter: Steven Oliver)
Friday, November 2, 2007, 12:30-2:30 pm, ST-102.

Respondus is a program which allows faculty to develop online tests that can be imported into Blackboard. This workshop provided an overview of Respondus and a tutorial on how to import documents from Word and upload them into Blackboard. Respondus is free to WSU faculty through a download from the IT website.

Using the Revised Bloom's Taxonomy to Redesign Your Spring Courses (Presenter: Andrea Bilics)
Thursday, Dec 13, 2007, 9:00-11:30 am, S-230.

This interactive workshop taught how to use the revised Bloom's Taxonomy in course redesign and organization. Participants were asked to bring a syllabus for an upcoming course to work from.

Making Blackboard Fit Your Course - Not the Other Way Around (Presenters: Karl Wurst and Daron Barnard)
Wednesday, Dec 19, 2007 OR Thursday Dec 20, 2007, 1:30 - 3:30 pm, ST-105

Your course isn't like anyone else's, so make your Blackboard shell do what you want it to. Topics included customizing menu choices, changing the look of your course (menu/button colors and a banner), removing options and tools you don't use and creating new content areas that fit the way you teach your course. Participants were asked to bring the syllabus for one of their Spring 2008 courses so they could use this "just in time" practical information right away.

CTL Events, Spring 2008

Teaching and the First Year Seminar (Presenters: Carol Donnelly and Steven Oliver)
Friday, Feb 8, 2008, 12:00-1:00 pm, Foster Room.

A brown bag lunch and roundtable discussion for veteran, recent and potential teachers of the First Year Seminar. An opportunity to share successes, challenges and best practices. In addition, the session considered topics they wanted to address in future sessions, and ways to best communicate with one another. Teachers of English Comp I were especially invited to attend.

Teaching the Literature Review (Presenter: Lorraine Higgins, WPI Associate Professor of Rhetoric)
Wednesday, March 12, 2008, 3:00-4:00 pm, North-South Auditorium.

"Reviewing the literature" is a critical compnent of academic research writing. Whether presented in a comprehensive "review article" or embedded in a proposal, research report or essay, literature reviews accomplish several goals. They help writers pay homage to the work of others, demonstrate their membership in a scholarly community, contextualize and justify their own line of research, and to direct their readers to relevant resources. If researchers fail to achieve these goals in their writing, they--and their work--may be deemed irrelevant, unconvincing, and even unethical. Despite the importance of this complex literate practice, however, many students misunderstand it as a tedious collection and regurgitation of sources. Instructors frequently complain that students' literature reviews are mere "knowledge dumps," disconnected summaries of information. In this workshop, participants worked with professional and students examples, identifying the purposes, conventions and strategies of writing effective literature reviews. In doing so, they developed definitions and exercises for teaching literature review writing in their own classrooms.

Conversation About Teaching and Technology (Presenter: Alden Teaching Fellows)
Thursdays, March 13, 25 and 26, 2008 (times vary), ST-117.

An opportunity to join fellow faculty members to discuss teaching and technology. Members of the Alden Teaching Fellows were present to engage in conversation about this interesting topic and learn about faculty needs related to it.


A State College Perspective: Assignments and Course Content in Teaching Diversity (Presenters: Champika K. Soysa, Lori J. Dawson, Bonnie G. Kanner, Marc J. Wagoner, and Emily G. Soltano)
Monday, April 2, 2008, 11:30-12:30, Eager Auditorium

This symposium represented a sample of the teaching strategies used in the Psychology Department at a small four-year liberal arts state college in MA. The college has identified a need to enhance diversity initiatives and international perspectives in the classroom in its strategic plan, thereby demonstrating commitment to these issues. This symposium presented examples of in-class exercises, outside-class experiences, and broader discussions about engaging students in diversity issues and international perspectives in the undergraduate psychology curriculum.

The first presentation described a specific exercise used in teaching students about issues of diversity in a course on mental health. The second described a portfolio of activities developed for a course on diversity. The third addressed the perspective of the seminar in cultural psychology, which exposed students to the development of multiple cultures in order for them to understand that development takes place in culture. The final presentation discussed the conceptualization of a course on racism in the United States.

Working with PowerPoint To Create Effective Lessons, Intermediate Level (Presenter: Eihab Jaber)
Thursday, April 17, 2008, 3:00-5:00 pm, ST-406.

Tired of PowerPoint slides with just bulleted lists? Want to do more with your slides? Dr. Jaber’s hands on workshop demonstrated how to use special features such as: animations, video clips, sound clips and You Tube Videos.

Creating Video Files For Your Courses (Presenter: Don Vescio)
Monday, April 23, 2008, 2:30-3:30 pm, LRC Open Computer Lab.

This workshop focused on how to use technology to incorporate the video components of the multimedia pedagogies presented in recent workshops. Participants learned how to create video files (educasts) in their courses. Educasts could include lectures, summaries of course materials, interviews with experts, feedback for student work, or oral histories. Limited to 6 people.

An Open Conversation About Assessment with Scott Jaschik (Presenter: Scott Jaschik, editor/founder of Inside Higher Ed)
Friday, April 25, 2008, 1:00-3:00 pm, Blue Lounge

Jaschik directs the editorial operations of Inside Higher Ed, overseeing news content, opinion pieces, resources and interactive features. He is a leading voice on education issues, quoted regularly in national media. Participants joined him for a discussion on assessment and new directions in higher education.

How to Write Student Learning Outcomes (Presenters: Andrea Bilics and Maureen Erickson)
Tuesday, May 13, 2008, 10:00-11:00 am, North-South Auditorium

This workshop focused on the difference between departmental goals, learning objectives, and outcomes. Participants were asked to bring their own syllabi.

 
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