PROVOST'S TEACHING &
Friday, September 12th, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
University Center, Ballroom
We are excited to announce the rescheduled date for the first Provost's Teaching and Learning Symposium here at UMBC on Friday, September 12th, 2014, from 9 am to 4 pm in the University Center (and assorted classrooms). As you may
remember, this event was snowed out in January. This symposium, part of
the Hrabowski Innovation Fund initiative, will bring together UMBC
faculty to present and discuss pedagogical innovations on campus and
plan for future directions. We will be recognizing innovators and
inviting faculty to serve on panels to share approaches that promote
student success. Groups that will be presenting include:
FALL WORKSHOPS & PROGRAMS
Art of Teaching with Discussion
September 4th, 12:00 - 1:30 p.m., Commons 329
Do you find that your class discussions often consist of a dialogue with one enthusiastic student? Or at best, a ping-pong conversation with a handful of students? Do you struggle to get students to prepare for a meaningful discussion in the first place? Do you find it difficult to get students to dig deeper into ideas? In this session, three faculty share their strategies for getting students to prepare for discussion and engaging them in ways that deepen and expand their understanding. Lunch is provided. Panelists include:
Rebecca Adelman, Media and Communication Studies
Robin Farabaugh, English
Tim Phin, Ancient Studies
Designing Effective and Engaging Writing Assignments
September 5th, 12-1:30 p.m., Commons 329
Are you frustrated with the quality of students’ output on written assignments? Bored with reading yet another uninspired, perfunctory term paper? Pulling your hair out over the fact that your students failed to address some of the most important elements of the course project in their written report? If you would like to create assignments that students can really sink their teeth into—assignments that not only give you a clear sense of their grasp of the material and their ability to apply key concepts, but will also engage them in a meaningful learning experience, then join us for this workshop. We will go through the process of designing and writing, then considering how to support and assess, a writing assignment. Completing this process should yield an assignment that will be clear and comprehensible to students and will enable you to evaluate their understanding of important course concepts. Please bring an assignment that you’d like to rework or ideas for some concepts/content that you’d like your students to write about. Lunch will be provided.
Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Discussion Group
September 16th, October 15th, & November 20th
12-1:30 p.m., Sherman 114 B
Do you sometimes find yourself wondering about how students learn in your class? Have you ever analyzed your students’ assignments/-conversations/emails looking for clues about that? Are you interested in finding out whether a change you make in your teaching improves your students’ learning? If so, then join your colleagues for a continuing discussion about all aspects of planning, executing, and disseminating a scholarship of teaching and learning project. The sessions will all include ideas for asking good questions, gathering meaningful evidence, and reporting results, though the emphasis on each of these topics will cycle through the semester. Sessions will also include brief presentations of faculty projects. Participants attending any session will receive a copy of the book, Engaging in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning: A Guide to the Process and How to Develop a Project from Start to Finish by Bishop-Clark and Dietz-Uhler, Stylus Publishing, 2012. Lunch will be provided.
In this workshop, you’ll gain insights into what makes a Hrabowski Innovation Fund proposal compelling to reviewers and begin to outline and draft your own proposal. We’ll share tips for what reviewers are looking for in a proposal, helping you to understand what constitutes an innovative idea to enhance teaching/learning. We’ll also break the proposal down into parts, discussing the purpose of each section of the proposal and the types of language to use to convey your ideas clearly and compellingly. You will have the opportunity to share and get feedback on your ideas, as well as draft an outline for your own proposal. Two selection committee members and FDC staff will facilitate this session.
FALL BOOK DISCUSSION
Engaging Imagination: Helping Students Become Creative and Reflective Thinkers, by Alison James and Stephen D. Brookfield, published by Jossey-Bass, 2014
Wednesday Section, September 17 & October 1,
12-1:30 p.m., Sherman 114B
Tuesday Section, September 23 & October 7,
12-1:30 p.m., Commons 329
From the publisher: “In Engaging Imagination, two leading educators help college instructors across disciplines engage students in nurturing creativity and innovation for success beyond the classroom. Alison James, an expert in creative arts education, and Stephen D. Brookfield, bestselling author, outline how creative exploration can extend students’ reflective capabilities in a purposeful way, help them understand their own potential and learning more clearly, and imbue students with the freedom to generate and explore new questions. This book:
• shows why building creative skills pays dividends in the classroom and in students’ professional lives long after graduation;
• offers research-based, classroom-tested approaches to cultivating creativity and innovation in the college setting;
• provides practical tools for incorporating “play” into the college curriculum;
• draws on recent advances in the corporate sector where creative approaches have been adopted to reinvigorate thinking and problem-solving processes; and
• includes examples from a variety of disciplines and settings.
Faculty are invited to participate in either Tuesday or Wednesday sections of this book discussion as their schedule allows. The first session of each section (either September 17th or 23rd) will deal primarily with ideas found in the first half of the book. The second session (either October 1st or 7th) will deal primarily with ideas in the second half of the book. All participants will receive a copy of the book ahead of time. Lunch will be provided.
PROVOST LUNCHEONS AND NEW FACULTY SEMINARS
Managing Time and Getting Things Done
Beth Wells, Assistant Vice Provost for Academic Affairs
October 16th, 12-1:30 p.m., Sherman 114B
Do you ever feel as if there are not enough hours in the day? Do you find that your plan for work during the day gets overtaken by routine tasks? Do you have a big project looming that will challenge your time management skills? Beth Wells, a Board Certified Coach, presents tips on how to manage your time effectively, plan projects for completion in the time that you have, and keep your stress levels under control. All faculty are welcome. Lunch will be provided.
The Faculty Development Center supports faculty and instructors in their teaching role at the University by providing a comprehensive program of services and resources.
All consultation services provided faculty are confidential and are not used by administrators or committees in making personnel decisions.