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April 26, 2015

Spring Quarterly News

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About Now: Current Teaching Events and Topics

 

The Wally Cordes Teaching and Faculty Support Center hosted more events than usual this semester and we are taking the opportunity to provide you with further information on those events. We are also pleased to announce the opening of our new Technology Collaboration Room, which was funded by the Global Campus.

 

Winter Teaching Symposium

We began the year with our annual Winter Teaching Symposium on January 8th, focusing on student engagement Provost Gaber provided a presentation on its importance and Kate Mamiseishvili and Michael Hevel gave the keynote address, “Best Practices for Student Engagement.”  You can access their handout here as well.

We also featured a series of break-out sessions—John Pijanowski: “Attendance”; Suzanne McCray and Trevor Francis: “Retention and Graduation”; and Jennie Popp: “Service Learning.”

 

February Faculty Lunches

Our February Faculty Lunches were presented by our own Mark Boyer, who compiled and analyzed data collected at Winter Symposium and presented “Who We Are and Who We Want to Be,” detailing the challenges that faculty have identified as most important to overcome in order to continue developing.

 

March New Faculty Lunch

Our New Faculty Lunch in March was presented by Paul Calleja: “How Faculty Communicate What They Value to Students” in which he provided a variety of ways to let students know what it is that you as the faculty member values, whether in their assignments, participation, or behavior.

 

Special Lunch Program

We had a bonus lunch in March when Adnan Al-Rubaye and Theron “Greig” Roberts held a session on “Challenges of Teaching Large Courses and Suggestions for Improving Student Engagement.”

 

March Tech Workshop

March 12 was the debut of our new Technology Collaboration Room at the Teaching and Faculty Support Center, which was created in partnership with the Global Campus. To christen the room, Cheryl Murphy, Shelly Walters, and Ken Muessig presented the research that Cheryl conducted with a TFSC Research in Teaching Grant: “Blackboard Tools at the University of Arkansas- Aligning Student Wants, Faculty Use, and Tool Purpose.”

 

Faculty Enrichment Series

The Faculty Enrichment Series, co-sponsored along with the Office of the Provost and Global Campus Instructional Design & Support Services took on a new topic this semester, “Intellectual Property: In the Classroom and Beyond.” Participating units also included Academic Initiatives and Integrity, University Libraries, IT Services Research Data Services, the Vice Provost for Research and Economic Development, and the Graduate School.

We were also pleased to have from the School of Law Professor Uché Ewelukwa, who gave a keynote address both days: “Copyright Issues Facing University Professors,” “Trade Secret Protection for Universities and Professors,” and “Introduction to Patent Issues in the University Setting.”

 

Faculty Appreciation Event

April 9th capped off Faculty Appreciation Week with a reception and incoming Interim Chancellor Dan Ferritor Emceed “This is Your Life.” Don Johnson: “Creating the Future: All in a Day’s Work;” Lorraine Brewer: “Growing the Future: One Student at a Time;” Paul Calleja: “An Incomplete Journey: The Start of Something Good;” and Charles Robinson took a walk down memory lane and offered up inspiring stories of their own road to faculty superstardom, while TFSC Co-Directors Jeannie Whayne, John Pijanowski, and Mark Boyer tagged in with fun facts and figures about the incredible faculty here at the U of A.

 

Faculty Lunches

Our Faculty Lunch programs in April were presented by Mary Savin whose presentation “Mentoring Matters: The Value and Expectation of Being Mentored,” provided a great deal of insight to the mentoring process from both sides of the relationship for New Faculty and Not So New Faculty alike.

 

Coming Soon!

And we’re still going strong! Join us for our All Faculty Dead Day Panel when Neil Allison, Jim Gigantino, and Jennifer Webb discuss “Ways to Connect with Students,” moderated by John Pijanowski. May 1st, 11.30-1.30pm, in the Hembree Room, 203 Willard J Walker Hall

An open house at the TFSC Office in the Harmon Parking Garage (7th floor) will follow the Dead Day lunch. We will be featuring our new Technology Collaboration Room and serving cupcakes and coffee.

 

Update:

Our All Faculty Dead Day Panel was a huge success, thanks to all who joined us!

New Website, New Look

Along with all of the terrific faculty development programming, we launched our new website at TFSC@uark.edu. Stop by and check out our new look!

 

 

 

General Notes

December 18, 2014

2014-2015 Grant Applications Now Live

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The Teaching and Faculty Support Center is pleased to announce the 2014-15 Teaching Improvement Grant competition. There are two types of grants available this year:  Teaching Improvement Grants (up to $2,000 each) and Research in Teaching Grants (up to $5,000 each).  These grants are offered in order to fund activities to further enhance teaching excellence in support of the teaching mission at the University of Arkansas. Projects that leverage additional funding sources will be privileged.

 

TEACHING IMPROVEMENT GRANTS (up to $2,000 EACH):

These projects should focus on:

  • Developing, implementing, and evaluating teaching innovations
  • Procuring unique equipment to be used in pilot tests for possible expansion to wider student audience (could use pilot results to support future TELE fee request)
  • Developing unique learning materials for a unit, course, or program (i.e. gamification, software)
  • Improving the development of research and intellectual capacity of undergraduate students
  • Improving the learning process of students through improvement of teaching strategies
  • Broadly impacting students and/or other faculty across campus
  • Developing new models of teaching that could be adapted by faculty in other disciplines

Types of projects that will not be funded:

  • Faculty travel to discipline-specific/professional conferences
  • Summer salary for faculty
  • (Faculty with access to TELE fees) Projects otherwise eligible for funding with TELE fees
  • Projects that should be funded out of department maintenance budgets

 

Evaluation Criteria:

  • Need for innovation/project
  • Student population to be impacted
  • Innovation
  • Project plan (outcomes, activities, and evaluation methods)
  • Expected impact on student learning outcomes
  • Use of funds
  • Support of the department

 

Submission:  All proposals need to be submitted via application found at http://uark.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_8wyHa49vmTwUcQtno later than February 2, 2015. All persons submitting a proposal will receive notification of the decisions no later than March 2, 2015.

 

Dissemination:  Awardees will be asked to submit a written summary of their project and share the results of their projects by May 29, 2016.

 

RESEARCH IN TEACHING GRANTS (up to $5,000 EACH)

The Research in Teaching Grants are funded by Global Campus.  Examples of research projects that will be considered for funding include development and determination of best practices in teaching (including online, face-to-face, or blended courses), research pertaining to the use of effective teaching practices, assessment, technology in teaching, and other best practices. The successful proposal will focus on innovative ideas about learning technologies, that use our current infrastructure and connect to it at its fullest potential.Projects that leverage additional funding sources will be privileged

 

Evaluation Criteria:

  • The currently supported technology infrastructure is used to support pedagogy and student learning
  • Develops innovative curricular materials or laboratory experiences
  • Prepares opportunities in which students learn through complex problems and real-world challenges using problem-based and inquiry-based strategies
  • Results in a significant impact on the teaching mission of the university
  • Transfers best practices across courses and/or disciplines
  • Improves student learning outcomes
  • Has a high probability of resulting in journal publication
  • Supported by the department

 

Submission:  All proposals need to be submitted via application found at http://uark.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_1MP84RokFyk0M5fno later than February 2, 2015. All persons submitting a proposal will receive notification of the decisions no later than March 2, 2015.

 

Dissemination:  Awardees will be asked to submit a written summary of their project and share the results of their projects by May 29, 2016.

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October 29, 2014

October 2014

About Now: Current Teaching Events and Topics 

Faculty Enrichment Series

Our Fall Faculty Enrichment Series, “Teaching and Technology in the 21st Century” was another tremendous success. We had even more faculty members attend and participate than last semester. We also had some new partners this year, and one of our new offerings, the Global Campus Instructional Designers’ Media Production Team, was a big hit. Likewise, Karen Hodges and her crew from UASuccess also had quite a few visitors stopping by to see how that team could help our faculty help our students. Much thanks goes out to all of our presenting partners, as well as to all of the faculty who attended. Stay tuned for more information on our next offering.

 

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Cornell Note-taking System

We introduced the Cornell Note-taking system at our September lunches this Fall and had some great feedback, so we wanted to make that information available to everyone. Below, you will find the note-taking sheet we passed out, as well as the link to the U of A Enhanced Learning Center’s site for even more information on the system.

Cornell Lunch Series Notes

Enhanced Learning Center—Cornell Note-taking

 

Looking Forward:

Our last Faculty Luncheon Series of the year will be held in November. This month’s topic will be Constructivism and its effective use in the classroom. For more information on Constructivism, please see the September issue of “Relative to Teaching.”

 

2014-15 New Faculty Luncheons Arkansas Union, 12:00-1:15 pm

Tuesday and Wednesday, November 4/5, 2014 (Rooms 510-511)

Tuesday and Wednesday, February 3/4, 2015

Tuesday and Wednesday, March 3/4, 2015

Tuesday and Wednesday, April 7/8, 2015

 

2014-15 Not so New Faculty Luncheons Hembree (WJWH 203) – 12:00-1:15 pm

Thursday, November 20 and Friday, November 21, 2014

Thursday, February 19 and Friday, February 20, 2015

Thursday, April 16 and Friday, April 17, 2015

 

 

2015 All Faculty Dead Day Events Willard J Walker Hall, room 203 – 

Friday, December 12, 2014

Breakfast Keynote Speaker: Laurie E. McNeil, Bernard Gray Distinguished Professor of Physics, UNC

 

Friday, May 1, 2015

 

Newsletter

September 30, 2014

September 2014

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Meet our Newest Co-Director, Mark Boyer!

Mark joins the TFSC as Professor, as well as the Department Head of Landscape Architecture. He has sixteen years experience as an educator and teaches courses on landscape architecture construction materials and technologies, ecological design studios, and an interdisciplinary course related to alternative stormwater management techniques. In 2001, Mark was the recipient of the national Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture Award of Recognition He is a recipient of the Tau Sigma Delta Silver Medal for excellence in landscape architecture education and has also been selected to receive the department faculty teaching award.

 

His research focuses on green roofs and sustainable stormwater management technologies. He has presented papers at national and international conferences related to his interdisciplinary course and research in stormwater management.  Boyer is licensed in Louisiana and Arkansas. Boyer’s students have designed and constructed a wetlands observation deck, and an Environmental Center boat dock in Fayetteville and assisted in the installation of two green roofs on the University of Arkansas campus.

 

He can often be found conducting stormwater ‘research’ with a fly rod in hand on the famous trout rivers of Arkansas and beyond.

Source: http://architecture.uark.edu/larch/219.php

 

Q: What, in your opinion, makes a great teacher? 

MB: I think there are a number of characteristics that make a great teacher and probably enough that any number of combinations would put one into that category. Self-reflective, passionate, emphatic, being able to read students’ body language, flexible, adaptable, approachable, funny, engaging, inspiring, connected, caring, willing to invest in others, knowledgeable, teachable, self aware, confident, experienced, willing to take risks, willing to try another way and being a life-long learner are many of them.

 

Q: Is there a personal philosophy that is part of your teaching?

MB: Probably the one that comes quickly to mind is that my role is to invest my energies, skills, knowledge, empathy, etc. into my students so that they can become the best that they can be.

 

Q: How do you maintain a fresh teaching approach? 

MB: I participate in TFSC events to be around other teachers and feed off of their energies and ideas, no really. Also, I read books about excellent teachers and watch movies about teachers that inspire their students, and interact with other great teachers to be inspired by their success. I also try to find relevant current real world events or situations that have application to my course work and weave those in, as I am able.

 

Q: What do you find is the most rewarding experience in teaching? 

MB: Two things; one is when after a student struggles with a concept or skill, the light bulb comes on and they finally get it; and two, when they finally believe in their ability and find success in whatever they are attempting.

 

Q: If I ask you to name three major goals in teaching a class, what would they be? 

MB: Be diligent to prepare my delivery, projects, etc. to maximize the chances that each student has a chance to be successful

Try to inspire them to catch the passion I have for the particular subject

Challenge them to attain a higher performance i.e. raise their bar.

 

Q: Does your job end at the threshold of the classroom?  Explain. 

MB: Absolutely not! That is where the seeds are planted, but the sprouts get tended to in my office, in the hall, at my house or at the coffee shop on campus as well as in the classroom. Of course, I also have lots of work to do outside of the classroom to be properly prepared for the short time in the classroom and often times I find things that are relevant to my teaching even when I am on a conference trip or vacation. I guess I never turn it off.

 

Q: What have your students taught you? 

MB: That they are all unique and I can’t treat them like they are all the same. They value and respond positively to being treated as an individual. Also, that there is much that I don’t know. They have also taught me that they don’t necessarily think like me or know how to distinguish the level of importance of information that I am sharing in my lectures.

 

Q: What one piece of knowledge or advice do you most want your students to take with them after they graduate? 

MB: What I often tell them in class, “what are you waiting for to do your best?,” and “be a part of the solution not part of the problem.”

 

Q: What do you want your students to remember about you when they graduate? 

MB: That I love teaching them, I love what I teach and that I challenged them to be their best.

 

Looking Back:

This year’s Teaching Camp was quite the adventure! Completely redesigned, we welcomed separate groups of New and Not So New Faculty to WinRock to work on Course Design and Redesign. Beginning with the concepts of Constructivism and Problems of Practice (see below), Campers were led through a day of intense focus on Engaging Students in their choice of topic areas: Assessment, Large Classes, Online, Real World Learning, and Students’ Own Curiosity, Connection, and Caring. Campers then got some hands on experience in creating poster presentations for all of the other groups.

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Constructivism

Constructivist learning is based on students’ active participation in problem-solving and critical thinking regarding a learning activity, which they find relevant and engaging. They are “constructing” their own knowledge by testing ideas and approaches based on their prior knowledge and experience, applying these to a new situation, and integrating the new knowledge gained with pre-existing intellectual constructs.

Source: http://otec.uoregon.edu/learning_theory.htm

Constructivism

 

Problems of Practice

A problem of practice is simply an aspect of your teaching that you wish to improve in order to facilitate student learning.

Problem Based Learning

 

Looking Forward:

Faculty Enrichment Series:

Last Spring’s inaugural offering was such a success that we are offering “Teaching and Technology in the 21st Century” again this Fall. The FES is a partnership of the Teaching and Faculty Support Center, the Instruction Design and Support Services in Global Campus, and the Faculty Technology Center in IT Services, and sponsored by the Office of the Provost.   Faculty are invited to drop in at any time during the event and bring (1) a teaching opportunity they want to explore in one or more classes, (2) a teaching challenge for which they are seeking ideas and/or solutions, or (3) a teaching question they would like to pose to the faculty and support services participating. We will have many of the same campus units participating, as well as some new faces. Faculty mentors will also be available for one on one sessions throughout the event. Lunch will be provided, but we do ask those that plan on attending during lunch to RSVP to tfsc@uark.edu no later than Friday, October 8.

When:  Wednesday, October 8, 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.

Where:  Arkansas Union, Rooms 509-511

Who will be there:  Teaching faculty you know (or should get to know), instructional designers, academic technologists, Blackboard administrators & help desk, librarians, and representatives from student services and the academic integrity office.

 

2014-15 New Faculty Luncheons Arkansas Union, 12:00-1:15 pm

Tuesday and Wednesday, November 4/5, 2014

Tuesday and Wednesday, February 3/4, 2015

Tuesday and Wednesday, March 3/4, 2015

Tuesday and Wednesday, April 7/8, 2015

 

2014-15 Not so New Faculty Luncheons Hembree (WJWH 203) – 12:00-1:15 pm

Thursday, November 20 and Friday, November 21, 2014

Thursday, February 19 and Friday, February 20, 2015

Thursday, April 16 and Friday, April 17, 2015

 

2015 All Faculty Dead Day Events Willard J Walker Hall, room 203 – 

Friday, December 12, 2014

Breakfast Keynote Speaker: Laurie E. McNeil, Bernard Gray Distinguished Professor of Physics, UNC

Friday, May 1, 2015

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April 28, 2014

May 2014

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Faculty Enrichment: Teaching and Technology in the 21st Century

This first in our news series of Faculty Development programs was a tremendous success. Faculty at all levels of the teaching spectrum, with almost every college represented, joined us for this terrific event. The theme for this semester’s offering was “Teaching and Technology in the 21st Century” and faculty were invited to bring a question, issue or challenge to be solved by working with faculty mentors and representatives of different faculty support units on campus.

The TFSC was joined in partnership with units from across campus. Special thanks to Instructional Design at the Global Campus, the Faculty and Student Technology Centers of Information Technology Services, Mullins Library, the Center for Educational Access, UA Success, and Academic Integrity and the Office of the Provost for sponsoring the Faculty Enrichment Series.

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In our ongoing commitment to helping faculty with their own development, the faculty handout is linked below.

 

Website Update

We are continuing to seek and receive feedback from faculty on the website, but have begun some preliminary construction based on the early results. We are still on track to have a prototype by late summer or early fall.

 

Resource Links

We have had many requests for resources, and the National Education Association has provided a great starting point for Best Practices in Higher Education.

Higher Education Best Practices – Teaching & Learning

 

New Process for BlackBoard Grading Ease

Scantron exams processed by IT Services can now be imported into a Blackboard Learn course Grade Book for automatic grading. Instructions on importing exams are available at https://techarticles.uark.edu/342.

 

Faculty Lunch Series Recap

The April New Faculty Lunch Series, “And Just How Do I Do That? Practical Tips for Making a Large Class Feel Small,” featured Drs. Neil Allison, Lorraine Brewer, Jim Gigantino and Janine Parry.

Topics included:

The Not So New Faculty lunch for April featured Dr. Jeannie Whayne on “Mentoring Teaching at the University of Arkansas.”

Topics included:

  • What makes a mentoring relationship successful
  • Building relationships
  • Importance of pairing
  • Mentoring at the U of A

Spring Dead Day Symposium

This semester’s Dead Day Symposium will be held May 2nd, in the Donald W Reynolds Center, 9am-2pm.

Dead Day Symposium Program

 

2014 Teaching Camp

This year’s Teaching Camp will feature sessions on course design and redesign. The Camp will be split into two different sessions for New and Not so New Faculty. Camp attendees have been notified, a second message containing the pre-work for camp will be forthcoming.

 

Educause Learning Initiative

The TFSC took part in the Educause Learning Initiative Series, “Faculty Engagement and Development: Effective and Innovative Practice.” Individual Session audios and handouts will be available for you to “attend” at the center, through the end of July. We will schedule a few informal drop-in sessions with specific themes, stay tuned for details.

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March 20, 2014

March 2014

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About Now: Current Teaching Events and Topics 

VIRTUAL LEARNING OPPORTUNITY

The Teaching and Faculty Support Center, with funding from the Global Campus, will be hosting the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative series “Faculty Engagement and Development: Effective and Innovative Practice” via webcast April 1-3, 11-2.30pm. From the website:

“More than any other core mission in higher education, teaching and learning is the locus of change, innovation, and strategic reimagining at the institutional level. As new teaching and learning options proliferate almost daily, faculty engagement and development is of fundamental importance to institutional success.

How is the teaching and learning community rethinking its approach to this task? What innovations are we seeing in faculty engagement and development, given higher education’s reexamination of its teaching and learning mission?

In this focus session we’ll explore this changing landscape of faculty engagement and development.

Learn how to:

  • Manage faculty development programs
  • Demonstrate the connection and alignment of faculty development programs with core institutional needs
  • Promote faculty development in emergent areas: learning analytics, new instructional models, competency-based education, adaptive learning
  • Create faculty development programs for incoming faculty members and adjunct faculty members”

For those unable to join us for any or all of the days, the TFSC will be mining the program for useful content to include in future programming.

The University of Arkansas has an institutional membership to EDUCASE, so be sure to check their site for resources for this and their other offereings.

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WEBSITE/TEACHING PORTAL

After receiving wonderful early feedback from round one of the survey, as well as many additional teaching colleagues to include in our requirements gathering, we are now ready to move on to phase 2. We will be sending additional surveys, as well as scheduling small focus groups to work with everyone to build the website you need. Look for further announcements in your inbox.

 

EVENT NEWS

The March New Faculty Lunch series featured Dr. Charles Rosenkrans. “To Click or Not to Click” looked at the utility of classroom clickers and the various ways that technology can be used to enhance classroom learning. Topics included:

  • Active Learning through clicker technology
  • Facilitating discussion
  • Attendance Tracking
  • Assessment
  • PowerPoint for Clickers

For more information on other systems available, please check the following link. Many of these systems are free, and therefore ideal to use for more infrequent student-response situations.

FreeTech4Teachers

 

Faculty Enrichment Series: Teaching and Technology in the 21st Century

This inaugural offering in the Faculty Enrichment Series is a partnership of the Teaching and Faculty Support Center, the Instruction Design and Support Services in Global Campus, and the Faculty Technology Center in IT Services.   Faculty are invited to bring (1) a teaching opportunity they want to explore in one or more classes, (2) a teaching challenge for which they are seeking ideas and/or solutions, or (3) a teaching question they would like to pose to the faculty and support services participating.  The event does not require a registration.

 

When:  Thursday, April 17, 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.

Where:  The Hembree Room in Willard J. Walker Hall

Who will be there:  Teaching faculty you know (or should know), instructional designers, academic technologists, Blackboard administrators & help desk, librarians, and representatives from student services and the academic integrity office.

 

Winter Teaching Symposium

As you know, weather cancelled our Winter Teaching Symposium; but, fear not, we will be thawing it out for Dead Day, May 2nd, in the Donald W Reynolds Center, 9am-2pm.

Breakout sessions will include:

Pen & Paper/iPad/Smart Phone
Speakers: Susan Bristow and Jeff Mullins

A Look at Capstone Experiences
Speakers: Jim Gigantino and Ed Bengtson

Freshman Courses
Speakers: Kate Mamiseishvili, Moderator; Louise Rozier (University Perspectives); Carole Shook (Freshman Business Connections); and Heath Schluterman (Freshman Engineering Perspectives)

Course Design
Speakers: Rebecca Miles and Jeannie Whayne

Process of Learning, Probing Deeper
Speaker: Mark Boyer

On-Line Course Development – How Do I Get Started?
Speaker:  Vice Provost Javier Reyes

 

Upcoming Events

New Faculty Lunch Discussions

  • April 3 and 4, 2014 – Arkansas Union, rooms 513-514, “But I Can’t Do That! Practical Tips for Making a Large Class Feel Small.” Neil Allison, Lorraine Brewer, Jim Gigantino, and Janine Parry

Not-So-New Faculty Lunch Discussions

  • April 18, 2014 – Willard J. Walker Hall, room 203, The Teaching Academy on Mentoring

 

2014 Teaching Camp

As part of our commitment to review and renew programming to better suit the needs of our teaching partners, we have restructured the Teaching Camp for 2014. We will have the Not-So-New faculty arrive on Sunday, 3 August for their own program, which will last through Monday morning. Then we will have an overlapping session with all attendees when the New Faculty arrive Monday, 4 August. The New Faculty will then have their own dedicated set of programming through Tuesday morning.

This will be a hands-on workshop focused on course design (or redesign) of a course you currently teach or one you will be teaching. You will have the opportunity to actually craft portions of your class while at camp and work with others for feedback and support, as well as to learn the skills to apply to your other courses. So start thinking now of which course you would like to work on!

Registration for the 2014 Teaching Camp, “Pre-Season Training: Back to Basics 2014 Style,” is open now! Save the date, August 3-5 and please click the following link to access the Teaching Camp application:

Teaching Camp Application

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February 19, 2014

February 2014

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New Website under Construction

The TFSC is in the early stages of building a new Teaching Portal, based on requirements gathered from faculty. We have a group of faculty helping us, but we want to get as many users involved as possible. If you teach and want to contribute to building your resource, please contact Associate Director Rebecca Miles (rmiles@walton.uark.edu)

 

EVENT NEWS

February New Faculty Lunch Series—Assessment

February’s New Faculty Lunch topic was “How do You Know Your Students are Learning?” and facilitated by TFSC Co-Director Dr. Jeannie Whayne and Associate Director Dr. Rebecca Miles. Topics included:

  • Purpose of assessment
  • Methods of assessment (not just exams!)
  • Challenges for large classes
  • Suggested Reading: Classroom Management Techniques, 2nd ed., Thomas A Angelo and K Patricia Cross
  • What-is-Classroom-Assessment (Handout from the session)

Winter Teaching Symposium

As you know, weather cancelled our Winter Teaching Symposium; but, fear not, we will be thawing it out for Dead Day, May 2nd, in the Donald W Reynolds Center, 9am-2pm.

Breakout sessions will include:

Pen & Paper/iPad/Smart Phone
Speakers: Susan Bristow and Jeff Mullins

A Look at Capstone Experiences
Speakers: Jim Gigantino and Ed Bengtson

Freshman Courses
Speakers: Kate Mamiseishvili, Moderator; Louise Rozier (University Perspectives); Carole Shook (Freshman Business Connections); and Heath Schluterman (Freshman Engineering Perspectives)

Course Design
Speakers: Rebecca Miles and Jeannie Whayne

Process of Learning, Probing Deeper
Speaker: Mark Boyer

On-Line Course Development – How Do I Get Started?
Speaker:  Vice Provost Javier Reyes

 

Upcoming Events

Wally Cordes Memorial Tribute

March 14, 1.30-3pm, Giffels Auditorium in Old Main, Refreshments to be served after the service

 

 New Faculty Lunch Discussions

  • March 6 and 7, 2014 – Old Main, Room 523, “To Click or Not to Click…” Charles Rosenkrans
  • April 3 and 4, 2014 – Arkansas Union, rooms 513-514, “But I Can’t Do That! Practical Tips for Making a Large Class Feel Small.” Neil Allison, Lorraine Brewer, Jim Gigantino, and Janine Parry

Not-So-New Faculty Lunch Discussions

  • April 17 and 18, 2014 – Willard J. Walker Hall, room 203, The Teaching Academy on Mentoring

 

2014 Teaching Camp

Registration for the 2014 Teaching Camp, “Pre-Season Training: Back to Basics 2014 Style,” will be open soon. Save the date, August 3-5.

 

General Notes

Welcome to the TFSC WordPress

The TFSC is Committed to Overcoming Obstacles to Effective Teaching and Learning.

As we begin this new endeavor, we hope that you will find this site both educational and helpful.