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CTL Events, Fall 2010

Discussion Series

Integrating Service Learning into Your Course to Enhance Student Learning - Tuesdays 1:00-2:30pm, September 28, October 5, 12, and 19. A four-session discussion series co-sponsored by the Center for Teaching and Learning, the Center for Service Learning and Civic Engagement, and the LASC.

Integrative Learning - two parallel 3-session discussion groups, meeting Mondays at 3-4:30pm (Oct 18, Nov 8, and Nov 22) or Tuesdays, 8:30-10am (Oct 19, Nov 2, and Nov 23). Readings posted on the CTL website.

Brown Bag Series

Grants at WSU - six sessions,  Tuesdays 11:30am - 12:30pm, October 5 - November 16. Offered by Linda Crocker, Grants Coordinator.

Teaching (or Thinking of Teaching) WAC Courses - planned start in October, organized around these questions: Are you teaching a WAC course? Are you considering teaching a WAC course? What’s involved in teaching a WAC course? How is writing taught at Worcester State University? How can faculty support LASC through WAC courses? This series did not run; tabled until the Spring term.


LASC Advising Workshop - 6 sessions, Wednesdays October 13 - November 17, or a six-day option Mon-Thurs October 18-22 and Mon-Tues October 25-26.

Theme Semester 2012 Brainstorming Sessions - October 20 & 21, November 9 & 10, 2:30 - 4:00 pm. These sessions brought people together to plan for WSU Theme Semester 2011, "Worcester in the World," and for thinking towards Fall 2012's Theme Semester. For more information, see the Theme Semester website and the PowerPoint presentation given at All-College Day on September 1, 2010.

Other Events

Open House w/ Coffee & Tea - November 18, 2010 8:00-10:30 am.

Winter Session 2011

CTL Events, Spring 2011

Celebration Events

Alden Excellence in Teaching Award Lecture and Lunch - The 2010 recipients of the Alden Excellence in Teaching Awards each presented a talk at a celebratory luncheon in the Spring semester. Mary Fowler spoke on "Do You Know What they Know? Does it Matter?" 11:30 - 1:30 on Thursday, Feb 24th in the South Auditorium. Eihab Jaber spoke on "Is Technology-driven Pedagogy Really the Future of Education, Or a Distraction?" 11:30 - 1:30 Thursday, April 21st.

Discussion Series

The Learning Paradigm, Book Discussion Series & Speaker Learning Paradigm College Discussion Series - A book discussion group focused on The Learning Paradigm College by John Tagg, starting on February 23, 2011. The series was sponsored by the Center for Teaching and Learning and the LASC Program Area. Books were provided to participants. Tagg is a featured speaker on March 25, 2011 at the Colleges of Worcester Consortium Faculty Development event.

FacTech Series

FacTech: Respondus Workshop.
Thurs 1/20/11 @ 3 - 4:30 pm and again on Fri 1/21/11 @ 2:30 – 4 pm. Taught by Steven Oliver, this workshop offered an overview of Respondus with a hands-on tutorial on how to import documents from Word into Blackboard.

FacTech: Meeting Yourself in Cyberspace: Building an Online Professional Persona.
Tues, Feb 22 @ 2:30 - 4:00pm and again on Wed, March 9 @ 11am - 12:30pm
Tona Hangen conducted a hands-on workshop covering how (and why!) to build your own professional online identity, including discussion of tools for social networking for higher education professionals and how to create (and maintain) a vibrant online self for personal professional development, collaboration, learning, and scholarship.

Workshops and Brown Bags

Student Learning Outcome (SLO) Workshops
Tues 1/25/11 @ 2:30 - 4:30 pm and again on Thurs 1/27/11 @ 2:30 - 4:30pm
Wed 2/8/11 @ 23:30 - 4:30 pm and again on Thurs 2/17/11 @ 2:30 - 4:30. These workshops covered writing and evaluating student learning outcomes (SLOs), including looking at and discussing examples of SLOs from governance proposals. The workshop was designed for members of the UCC and LASC area subcommittees who evaluate proposals in governance, as well as for faculty preparing LASC proposals for governance review.

Teaching for Honors -
2 sessions, Monday Feb 28, 11:30 - 12:30 and Tuesday, Mar 1, 11:30 - 12:30pm. A brown-bag lunch and conversation with Lisa Krissoff Boehm, Honors Program Director.

Outcomes-Based Syllabus Design - Peggy Maki came to campus on 4/7/11 for three workshops on Outcomes-based Syllabus Design. Peggy Maki, PhD, is an internationally renowned scholar and higher education consultant specializing in assessment. Dr. Maki recently served as an assessment consultant for WSU working with individual departments on establishing course and program level assessments.

Designing a First-Year Seminar. A 3-part seminar series on designing a WSU First Year Seminar, co-sponsored by the Center for Teaching and Learning and the LASC Program Area. It especially welcomed new or contingent faculty planning to offer a First Year Seminar the next fall.

March 9, 2:30 - 4:30
Session 1: Writing and Aligning Course Level Outcomes, Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs) and Adopting the Syllabus of Record
March 23, 2:30 - 4:30
Session 2: Syllabus & Course Design cont., Aligning SLOs with Course Assessments and Learning Experiences
April 6, 2:30 - 4:30
Session 3: Syllabus and Course Design cont., Engaging First Year Students
Integrating Writing - The Center for Teaching and Learning, the Writing Center, and the LASC are co-sponsoring the Integrating Writing Program 2011. Two workshops by Lorraine Higgins, PhD, Director, Communication Across the Curriculum (WPI), were offered this year, April 8 and April 22, 2-4 pm. April 8th, "Designing Effecting Writing Assignments across the Disciplines" and April 22, "Responding Effectively to Student Drafts."
Integrating Information Literacy Into Your Courses - Today, information literacy is a necessity for our students. Integrating it into our courses is important for our students' development. This workshop series was an opportunity to imbed it in your course. Betsey Brenneman and Alison Majeau led this three session series Wednesdays, 2:30-4:40 (4/13, 4/20/, 4/27) or Thursdays 8:30-10:30 (4/14, 4/21, 4/28).
Summer Institute, May 17-19, 2011

The Center for Teaching and Learning's Summer Institute wasTuesday-Thursday, May 17-19. Topics included integrative learning (readings included), student learning outcomes and course development, FacTech sessions (Blackboard, PowerPoint, Cyberspace Persona, pedagogical use of technology, etc.), and learning communities. Download the program (PDF)


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