Teaching Center sets fall calendar

Center for Teaching and Learning logoThe Center for Teaching and Learning at the University of the Incarnate Word has several events lined up on its fall calendar for faculty development, said its director, Dr. Susan M. Hall.

The scheduled topics include:

Sept. 14: “Informal Writing,” 1-2 p.m., Gorman 119. Presenter: Dr. Amanda Johnston, director of the Writing and Learning Center. Description: Short writing tasks can help students think more deeply about material they are learning. Participants will explore writing prompts that can be used in many disciplines but that do not require extensive grading.

Sept. 19: Open House, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., AD 212. Description: Drop in for snacks. Meet Sonia Jasso, director of the Directions and Connections Center. Learn how to submit “Early Alert” grades. Instructors in 1000- and 2000-level courses will submit these grades in late September to provide early and realistic feedback to all students in lower-division courses. All faculty members who attend this Title V-funded session will receive a thank-you gift.

Sept. 25: “Blackboard Announcements: Best Practices,” noon-1 p.m., Room 230 at J.E. and L.E. Mabee Library. Presenter: Jessica Martinez-Palacios, an instructional designer. Description: In addition to welcoming students, announcements can help them navigate the course. Participants in this hands-on session will learn to use Announcements to direct students to specific resources, such as YouTube, Flicker and SlideShare.

Oct. 8: “Organizing your Blackboard site with Folders and Modules,” noon-1 p.m., AD 212.

Presenter: Jessica Martinez-Palacios. Description: Learn some strategies for making a Blackboard site more user-friendly for both students and instructor. Martinez-Palacios will illustrate possibilities with before-and-after versions of a site. The design suggestions, based on the “Quality Matters” rubric, work for traditional, blended and online formats.

   Oct. 11: “Hope and Student Success,” 4:30-5:30 p.m., Tilton Room (Joyce 106). Facilitator:  Dr. Pat Lonchar, assistant dean and professor of English in the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences. Description: Participate in the first CTL “journal club” meeting. Think of it as a book club with no continuing commitment — for a discussion of “Here’s Hoping.”

Oct. 31: “Researching Student Learning,” noon-1:15 p.m., Special Collections Room in Mabee Library. Facilitator: Dr. David Fike, senior research statistician. Description: This session on the scholarship of teaching and learning (SOTL) will consider framing a researchable question from both quantitative and qualitative perspectives. A panel of UIW faculty engaged in SOTL projects will also discuss research projects in several disciplines.

Nov. 5-6: “Writing Your Teaching Statement,” 4:30-5:45 p.m., Room 478, Nov. 5, in Feik School of Pharmacy, and noon-1:15 p.m., Nov. 6, Room 1107 of School of Physical Therapy. Presenter: nationally known expert Barbara Millis will lead participants as they begin to write their own teaching statements. Description: Writing a philosophy of teaching helps instructors to identify what they most value about learning and to consider ways to make their practices consistent with those values. Additionally, statements of teaching philosophy are often needed for faculty self-inventories, promotion files, or teaching awards.

Except for walk-ins and open houses, reservations are requested, Hall said, because they make it easier to send reminders and do other planning.

“If you forget to make a reservation, please attend the event anyway,” Hall said, adding participants may reserve a spot by going online at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/CTLevents or by calling or e-mailing her – (210) 283-5030 or hall@uiwtx.edu

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