Conversations in the Living Room: Brown bag luncheon series for the fall and spring terms, beginning August 30th. Join us for conversations with our Teaching Excellence Award winners, engaging in difficult classroom dialogues, the IRB process, information about our students, utilizing technology in the classroom, and more! Be sure to check our Calendar of Events for the most up to date offerings.
Reflective Pedagogy Academies for early career faculty (less than 5 years of full-time university teaching) and established career faculty (more than 5 years of full-time university teaching). The academies will be developed with input from faculty members across campus to include topics of interest, develop collegiality among educators and support renewal for faculty members through a community of learners. These academies will be offered during the Spring 2018 term.
Summer Academies: Our annual Course Design Academy is held in May over 6 half-days. We have added a follow-up Academy that focuses on course design in blended/hybrid classes. This is a life-changing experience! Work with colleagues across campus to design or re-design a course to provide significant learning experiences for your students. This year we will offer a third Course Design Academy for online teaching, a 4-day workshop on Teaching for Critical Thinking and our annual Academic Portfolio Workshop.
More information about summer programs will be available January 2018.
Most clubs meet for 4-5 sessions for informal discussions. All groups are led by a faculty member. Your personal copy will be provided by the Lucas Center. Registration for Spring 2018 is TBD and is limited. If you have an idea for a book club, send your idea to firstname.lastname@example.org.
(FLCs) are informal groups of faculty members who meet on a regular basis to explore topics of common interest. Groups may discuss relevant articles and classroom examples. Some groups may pose questions for the group to answer or seek problem solving help. Other groups may develop research projects or begin scholarly writing groups.
Student Response Systems: This Faculty Learning Community will focus on several popular electronic classroom response systems. Analyze and evaluate systems like Kahoot, TopHat, Poll Everywhere, and Socrative. Learn how to create and implement engaging activities with these response systems.
Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL): This group meets to discuss SoTL projects they are developing, share resources to support their work, and find ways to support scholarly writing. This year we will reference Engaging in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning by Cathy Bishop-Clark and Beth Dietz-Uhler.
STEM Professional Academy for Reinvigorating the Culture of Teaching (SPARCT): SPARCT began as an NSF grant-funded initiative through the Whitaker Center for STEM Education. This Academy strives to enhance SoTL, improve evidence-based practices, develop professional peer-observation strategies for STEM classrooms, and to enhance student learning in introductory STEM courses.
Gen Ed Thread: This group will explore issues related to teaching courses in the General Education Program. Participants will develop topics of common interest to facilitate development and improvement of teaching and learning in these classes.
Service Learning: Service-learning novices to service-learning experts are invited to take part in this new faculty learning community where “best practices,” resources, innovative ideas, and support will be shared. Enhance your teaching and student-learning and consider ways to integrate service-learning into your service and scholarship by engaging in Community Engaged Scholarship.
POGIL: This FLC will explore the student-centered learning approach called Process Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning (POGIL). This approach uses guided inquiry-- a constructivist learning cycle of exploration, concept invention, and application--to engage learners.
Consultations: Dr. Reynolds is available for consultations, help in finding teaching resources, advice on whom to consult with on specific topics and a listening ear.
Drop-in Visits: Stop by to talk, look at our resources, and have a soda and a snack! Located in Library 221.