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Spring 2017 Programs Spring 2017 Programs

Information Literacy in a Post-Truth World with Garrett Eastman and Evelyn Ugwu-George - April 24

Researcher's Lunches

Interrupting Lectures: Infusing Discourse Opportunities to Build Student Ownership of Learning - April 3

Diversity of Professional Perspectives: Heterodoxy with Michael Bennett - March 27

Active Learning Models for Student-Centered Instruction - March 6

Recognizing and Confronting Micro-Aggressions with Sarah Augusto, Amanda Kennedy, and Sandra O'Neil - February 21

Courageous Conversations: Teaching race, class, gender and social justice with Kathy Morrison - February 15

Structured Student Engagement (101) - February 13


Consultative Planning for Massively Better Classrooms Consultative Planning for Massively Better Classrooms

Consultative Planning for Massively Better Classrooms

Don't know where to start?  Have an idea but don't know if it'll work?  Can't make it to a workshop?  Meet with Jen McNally to collaboratively plan your instructional innovation!

Jen is available Tuesdays 3:15-4:15pm and also by appointment.  Reach out to schedule a time.

Together, we can:

  • Grapple with a "problem of practice" that you face and identify new solutions to implement
  • Brainstorm and plan a new instructional technique
  • Design or redesign courses, class sessions, out-of-class assignments, and technology integrations
  • Model/practice an instructional innovation before implementing it with students
  • Schedule a time to observe Jen's classroom to see a technique in action
  • Plan a collaborative Massively Better Classroom workshop or Scholarship Showcase
  • Do anything it takes to support your efforts to build  Massively Better Classrooms!
Fall 2016 Programs Fall 2016 Programs

Classroom Renaissance: Reviving Ourselves for Spring - December 1

Inquiry Based Learning - November 21

Guiding Students' Learning: Using Zoom Recordings with Michael Bennett - November 21

Enhancing Student Participation through Classroom Discussions - October 19

Team-Based Learning and other Models for Student Collaboration - October 17

Student-Directed Learning with Jessica Fry - October 17

Extending the Classroom through Technology with John DiCicco - October 12

Outsourcing and Out-of-Class Assignments - September 28

Creating a Supportive Classroom Environment - September 21

Aligning Outcomes, Expectations, and Assessments - September 19

Structured Student Engagement (101) - September 19

Fall Gear Up Events - August 24-25

New Faculty Orientation - August 22-23


National Events: Potential Teachable Moments National Events: Potential Teachable Moments

National Events: Potential Teachable Moments

National events, including the election results of 2016, acts of prejudice and hate, and news of policy changes with sweeping implications have raised the opportunity for faculty to integrate current events with course topics in new and different ways. Several faculty members have raised questions about how to engage students with the various topics involved with these recent events.  The Faculty Center has prepared a resource page on the portal so that we may share the resources that our colleagues curate or create as they work with students around: engaging in difficult conversations in the classroom; facing incivility, intolerance, or hate events; understanding elements of the election process; what it means to participate in democratic decisions; among others.

Several of our colleagues have been offering to open their classroom doors to us so that we can see them model their engagement with students on these issues.  In addition, others have offered to present forums or sessions at the Faculty Center to continue the conversation about working with students during these important classroom moments.  Stay tuned for more!


Information Literacy in the Post-Truth World Information Literacy in the Post-Truth World

Information Literacy in the Post-Truth World
Led by Garrett Eastman and Evelyn Ugwu-George
Monday, April 24, 1:30-2:30pm


Responsibility and perspective-taking in a "post truth" world:  When "fake news" calls facts and information into question, how can we teach students to distinguish the true from the false? How can we work together to explore our own biases and motives in what we perceive as authoritative? As well as what constitutes a factual or reliable source, what mindset and conduct do we need to develop in our students and ourselves to navigate in this complex, information-ubiquitous environment.