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Creating Realistic and Discipline Specific Writing Outcomes; Building an Effective Writing Assignment; Creating and Maintaining a Writing Conducive Class
January 15, 2014
Presented by:
Sarah Allen
Candelaria 1375
11:30 - 1:00

 

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Creating Realistic and Discipline Specific Writing Outcomes; Building an Effective Writing Assignment; Creating and Maintaining a Writing Conducive Class
January 16, 2014
Presented by:
Sarah Allen
Candelaria 1375
11:30 - 1:00

 

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What Would I Do in an Online Classroom
January 27, 2014
Presented by:
Dr. Nancy Matchett, Associate Professor Philosophy, Teaching and Learning Fellow - HSS
Candelaria 1375
11:30 - 1:00

Have you wondered about what a professor’s role would be in an online environment? Or are you familiar with the tools available on Blackboard, and yet still confused about how you might use things like discussion boards, wikis and blogs to mirror the activities in your face-to-face classes? This workshop is designed to help you think concretely about what it means to really teach online: not just to deliver content, but to interact with and engage your students, as a whole group, even in an asynchronous, online environment. Participants are encouraged to bring teaching plans (lecture notes, in-class activities, etc.) from a face-to-face course. Prior knowledge of Blackboard, while useful, is not required

Participants will learn how to:

  • Establish a personal presence in their online classroom
  • Translate their preferred classroom delivery techniques into meaningful online activities
  • Motivate and assess high quality student-instructor, student-student, and student-content interaction
  • Manage time spent teaching online

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What Would I Do in an Online Classroom
January 28, 2014
Presented by:
Nancy Matchett
Candelaria 1375
11:30 - 1:00

 

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SoTL Faculty Forum 1: Teaching as a Form of Scholarship: Designing/Conducting Research on Teaching or Learning  
January 30, 2014
Presented by:
Rob Reinsvold
Candelaria 1375
11:30 - 1:00

During this faculty forum we will explore how to get started in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL).  Faculty that are interested in discovering the steps involved in addressing practical questions about how to best teach specific subject matter and promote effective learning that is grounded in discipline-based outcomes should come and participate.  We will discuss how to convert an innovative teaching strategy into a research project worthy of publication.

Participants will develop:

  • An understanding of the SoTL projects that promote excellence in both scholarship and teaching
  • An understanding of how to design a research project to evaluate an innovative teaching strategy
  • An understanding of the resources available to help them conduct, complete, and publish their SoTL projects

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Grant Writing Workshop
January 31, 2014
Presented by:
Arlene Hansen, in partnership with OSP
Candelaria 1375
11:30 - 1:00

 

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Commenting on Drafts; Using Campus Resources for Further Student Support; Grading the Final Paper
February 12, 2014
Presented by:
Sarah Allen
Candelaria 1375
11:30 - 1:00

 

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Measurement Basics: Reliability and Validity Refresher
March 3, 2014
Presented by:
Susan Hutchinson
Candelaria 1375
11:30 - 1:00

Data come in many forms but are only useful to the extent that they provide valid and reliable information about variables or constructs of interest. This is true regardless of whether the purpose of collecting the data is for assessment, evaluation, or research.

If you use tests, surveys, or other quantitative measures of human traits and either haven’t taken a measurement course recently, or at all, consider attending this “lunch and learn” session to brush up on your knowledge of measurement.

            During the session participants will learn:

  • The distinction between reliability and validity
  • Interpretation of reliability estimates
  • Types of validity evidence
  • Factors that can affect reliability and validity
  • Implications of good versus poor measurement

This session will be presented by Dr. Susan Hutchinson, CETL Teaching & Learning Fellow, Department of Applied Statistics and Research Methods

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Planning and Leading a Faculty Led Study Abroad Program
March 6, 2014
Presented by:

Lauren Bruce, Director, CIE-Study Abroad Office
Karen Barton, Associate Professor in Geography, Faculty Director
Amber Kettman, Senior University Relations Coordinator, CISabroad
Michael Kimball, Faculty, Anthropology, Faculty Director
Jessica Lamb, Customized Faculty-Led Programs Manager, CISabroad
Stacy Stolen, Director of Professional Development, OES

Candelaria 1375
11:30 - 1:00

Any faculty member interested in planning and teaching a faculty-led study abroad (FLSA) program during academic year 2014-2015 or wanting to know more information about what it takes to plan a faculty-led study abroad should plan on attending this workshop.  Get a good overview of faculty-led program planning, hear how a program provider can help you in your program logistics, and learn about lessons learned from previous FLSA faculty directors. The workshop will cover:

  • What is an FLSA program?
  • Benefits for faculty and students of this type of program
  • Roles & responsibilities of stakeholders,
  • Elements of successful programs
  • Key considerations when planning a program
  • FLSA program models
  • Proposal Process & timeline
  • Budgeting
  • Recruitment Strategies
  • Faculty perspectives

Learn how to integrate an education abroad into your curriculum through international research, community engagement, field work, or seminars abroad.

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SoTL Faculty Forum 2: The Mechanics of Conducting SoTL Research Projects 
March 10, 2014
Presented by:
Rob Reinsvold
Candelaria 1375
11:30 - 1:00

During this faculty forum we will explore some of the key steps in conducting research projects in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL).  Topics introduced will be 1) how to prepare an IRB, 2) elements of project design to consider, 3) what data to collect and how to analyze them, and 4) how to disseminate the results (i.e. avenues for publication).

Participants will develop:

  • An appreciation for the necessary steps to consider in the research design of SoTL projects
  • An overall understanding of the process of getting IRB approval for studies involving human subjects (such as SoTL projects)
  • An awareness of the possible venues to disseminate the results of these types of scholarly endeavors

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Centering Race in the Classroom: Engaging Faculty in Inclusive Pedagogy
March 12, 2014
Presented by:
Chayla Haynes
Candelaria 1375
11:30 - 1:00

This interactive workshop aims to: 1) expose faculty to teaching practices that promote more equitable educational outcomes among students and 2) equip faculty with the types of pedagogical tools that link inclusion to teacher excellence (Freire, 1997). Participants are encouraged to come ready to engage in the type of discussion and group activity that fosters deep learning, reflexivity, and the co-construction of knowledge.

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Assessing Growth in Student Writing; Representing the Work You've Done in Your Annual Evaluation
March 26, 2014
Presented by:
Sarah Allen
Candelaria 1375
12:20-1:50

 

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Assessing Growth in Student Writing; Representing the Work You've Done in Your Annual Evaluation
March 27, 2014
Presented by:
Sarah Allen
Candelaria 1375
12:30-2:00

 

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Reliability and Item Analysis Using SPSS
April 9, 2014
Presented by:
Susan Hutchinson, Ph.D., CETL Teaching and Learning Fellow, Department of Applied Statistics and Research Methods
Candelaria 1375
11:30 - 1:00

When collecting data, such as survey self-reports of attitudes or responses to exam questions, it is often of interest to create total or subscale scores by summing responses across items. Prior to aggregating item responses to create scores (e.g., for use as variables in statistical analysis), researchers or evaluators should determine if the responses to the items are internally consistent (e.g., via Cronbach’s alpha). This hands-on session will cover the basics of reliability and item analysis with an emphasis on conducting and interpreting analyses. Participants are encouraged to bring a laptop computer with access to SPSS.

Participants will learn how to:

  • Conduct and interpret internal consistency reliability and analysis (based on Cronbach's alpha) using the SPSS statistical program
  • Conduct and interpret analysis of individual items to detect "problematic" items
  • Summarize and report reliability and item analysis information

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Experiential Learning: Benefits and Challenges
April 17, 2014
Presented by: Dr. John Clinebell, Monfort College of Business & CETL Teaching & Learning Fellow, Dr. Susan Hutchinson, Department of Applied Statistics & Research Methods & CETL Teaching & Learning Fellow, and Dr. Nancy Matchett, Department of Philosophy & CETL Teaching & Learning Fellow
Candelaria 1375
11:30 - 1:00

Experiential learning has been defined variously as “learning through action,” “learning by doing,” “learning from experience,” and engaging “learners indirect experience and focused reflection.” Despite the inherent benefits of providing students with experiential learning opportunities, designing and managing this type of instruction can be challenging for instructors.

            During this session, the three presenters will share their experiences and insights regarding use of experiential learning in their courses. 

With respect to experiential learning, participants attending this forum will gain a better understanding of:

  • Potential benefits
  • Structure and organization of projects/activities
  • Challenges and strategies for overseeing and monitoring activities
  • Outcomes or products
  • Challenges with grading

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SoTL Faculty Forum 3: Informed Teaching: Using student learning measures and assessment data to shape teaching
April 22, 2014
Presented by:
Rob Reinsvold
Candelaria 1375
11:30 - 1:00

During this faculty forum we will explore various methods of measuring student learning and linking this data to student learning outcomes of assessment plans.  The emphasis of this forum in making how to collect meaningful data that can help shape continued improvement of specific courses and whole programs.  We will discuss how to make informed decisions on how we teach and how we facilitate the learning of our students.  As with other SoTL faculty forums, we will also discuss how to transform this process into projects that can be disseminated to a broader audience via formal presentations and publications.

Participants will have an opportunity to:

  • Share their own methods of measuring student learning and learn of other methods
  • Link student learning outcomes to the collection of meaningful student data
  • Discuss how to use the data to make informed decisions on how to teach or design learning environments that promote student learning

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UNC Sustainability: What is it? Where is it going? Why am I Involved Already?
April 30, 2014
Presented by:
Richard Jurin and Karen Barton
Candelaria 1375
12:00 - 1:30

This workshop provides a definition of sustainability and a framework for understanding sustainability initiatives at UNC and other post-secondary institutions.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Introduce faculty to the various sustainability initiatives at UNC including Student LEAF and the Sustainability Council.
  • Examine campus sustainability initiatives elsewhere in the Big Sky Conference.
  • Create a faculty and student vision for campus sustainability.

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From Study Hall to City Hall: Town Bus Tour
September 11, 2014
Presented by:
City of Greeley and UNC
Candelaria West Side
11:00 - 1:00pm

Hop on board for a special ride and learn what Greeley has to offer you and your students. Whether you're new to Greeley or an established resident, there's plenty to discover. City of Greeley staff will point out the special places and sites that you will want to learn more about! Explore the potential for engaging students in ccommunity based learning. Connect and discover possible partnerships, and opportunities for engaged research and scholarship. A box lunch is provided in the tour. The Downtown Development Authority is providing special discount coupons to the tour group to make your visit that much more enjoyable!

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Know your UNC Student
September 15, 2014
Presented by:
Randy McGrath, Office of Assessment
Candelaria 1375
11:30 - 1:00pm

Think you know what UNC students are like? The Office of Assessment conducts ongoing research into the academic preparation, life circumstances, study habits, and other characteristics of both entering students and graduating seniors. Come test your hypotheses against the available data, and share strategies with other faculty for overcoming student weaknesses and building on student strengths. You'll also be able to let the assessment office know what additional kinds of information would help you teach and advise more effectively. Participants can expect to walk away with a more accurate understanding of students'

  • reasons for choosing UNC
  • academic preparation and study habits
  • commitments outside of school
  • academic and personal growth over the course of their degree

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Becoming Culturaly Responsive and Socially Just Educators
September 15, 2014
Presented by:
Sonia Nieto
Candelaria 1375
7:00 - 8:30pm

 

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Combating Student Apathy about Writing
September 23, 2014
Presented by:
Sarah Allen, Associate Professor of Rhetoric and Composition, English Department
Candelaria 1375
2:00 - 2:50pm

Do you find that too many students are apathetic about the writing tasks assigned to them in your courses? Would you like to learn strategies for addressing student apathy about writing? Then, please join the conversation at one of the workshops listed below (each will cover the same content). We will discuss strategies for helping your students to more intensely and productively invest in and work through writing assignments in your courses.

Note: this is the first of a three-session workshop! Save the date for:

  • Session 2: Teaching Clarity in Student Writing (10/14 and 10/15)
  • Session 3: Cultivating Critical Thinking in Student Writing (11/4 and 11/5)

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Combating Student Apathy about Writing
September 24, 2014
Presented by:
Sarah Allen, Associate Professor of Rhetoric and Composition, English Department
Candelaria 1375
2:30 - 3:20pm

Do you find that too many students are apathetic about the writing tasks assigned to them in your courses? Would you like to learn strategies for addressing student apathy about writing? Then, please join the conversation at one of the workshops listed below (each will cover the same content). We will discuss strategies for helping your students to more intensely and productively invest in and work through writing assignments in your courses.

Note: this is the first of a three-session workshop! Save the date for:

  • Session 2: Teaching Clarity in Student Writing (10/14 and 10/15)
  • Session 3: Cultivating Critical Thinking in Student Writing (11/4 and 11/5)

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To reserve your seat contact cetl@unco.edu
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Know your UNC Student
September 30, 2014
Presented by:
Randy McGrath, Office of Assessment
Candelaria 1375
11:30 - 1:00pm

Think you know what UNC students are like? The Office of Assessment conducts ongoing research into the academic preparation, life circumstances, study habits, and other characteristics of both entering students and graduating seniors. Come test your hypotheses against the available data, and share strategies with other faculty for overcoming student weaknesses and building on student strengths. You'll also be able to let the assessment office know what additional kinds of information would help you teach and advise more effectively. Participants can expect to walk away with a more accurate understanding of students'

  • reasons for choosing UNC
  • academic preparation and study habits
  • commitments outside of school
  • academic and personal growth over the course of their degree

 

Lunch provided for REGISTERED participants; to reserve your seat contact cetl@unco.edu
Include your name, email address and the Forum title

Teaching Clarity in Student Writing
October 14, 2014
Presented by:
Sarah Allen, Associate Professor of Rhetoric and Composition, English Department
Candelaria 1375
2:00 - 2:50pm

Are you continually frustrated by unclear and/or unedited student writing? Would you like to discover ways of addressing these issues in student writing with your students? Then, please join us for one of the workshops listed below (each will cover the same content). We will identify the most common errors in student writing and talk about why those errors recur. In addition, we’ll talk about practical, in-the-classroom strategies for addressing error---in particular, how to teach students to identify grammar and mechanics problems in their prose and how to strengthen their prose style.

Note: this is the second of a three-session workshop! Save the date for:

  • Session 3: Cultivating Critical Thinking in Student Writing (11/4 and 11/5)

To reserve your seat contact cetl@unco.edu
Include your name, email address and the Forum title

Teaching Clarity in Student Writing
October 15, 2014
Presented by:
Sarah Allen, Associate Professor of Rhetoric and Composition, English Department
Candelaria 1375
2:30 - 3:20pm

Are you continually frustrated by unclear and/or unedited student writing? Would you like to discover ways of addressing these issues in student writing with your students? Then, please join us for one of the workshops listed below (each will cover the same content). We will identify the most common errors in student writing and talk about why those errors recur. In addition, we’ll talk about practical, in-the-classroom strategies for addressing error---in particular, how to teach students to identify grammar and mechanics problems in their prose and how to strengthen their prose style.

Note: this is the second of a three-session workshop! Save the date for:

  • Session 3: Cultivating Critical Thinking in Student Writing (11/4 and 11/5)

To reserve your seat contact cetl@unco.edu
Include your name, email address and the Forum title

Cultivating Critical Thinking in Student Writing
November 4, 2014
Presented by:
Sarah Allen, Associate Professor of Rhetoric and Composition, English Department
Candelaria 1375
2:00 - 2:50pm

Would you like to see more substantial and/or critical analysis rendered in your students’ written work in your courses? Then, please join the conversation at one of the workshops listed below (each will cover the same content). We will talk about what we mean by “critical thinking” in our courses and what we expect it to look like in student writing. We will also talk about how to encourage critical thinking in student writing through the construction and use of reading and writing assignments that ask students to adapt and hone their critical thinking skills in dynamic and productive ways.

 

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Cultivating Critical Thinking in Student Writing
November 5, 2014
Presented by:
Sarah Allen, Associate Professor of Rhetoric and Composition, English Department
Candelaria 1375
2:30 - 3:20pm

Would you like to see more substantial and/or critical analysis rendered in your students’ written work in your courses? Then, please join the conversation at one of the workshops listed below (each will cover the same content). We will talk about what we mean by “critical thinking” in our courses and what we expect it to look like in student writing. We will also talk about how to encourage critical thinking in student writing through the construction and use of reading and writing assignments that ask students to adapt and hone their critical thinking skills in dynamic and productive ways.

 

To reserve your seat contact cetl@unco.edu
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Community Engaged Scholar Symposium
November 11, 2014
Presented by:
Candelaria 1375
11:15 - 2:30pm

 

 

Lunch provided for REGISTERED participants; to reserve your seat contact cetl@unco.edu
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