Beyond the Hype: Responding to and Evaluating Students’ Writing Using New Technologies
Chris Anson, North Carolina State University, University Distinguished Professor and Director, Campus Writing & Speaking Program
February 26, 12-1:30 p.m., UC 310
While responding to students' writing can be time-consuming, difficult, and even frustrating, it's also among the most effective ways to help students to develop their writing abilities and engage them more fully in the development and expression of their ideas. But is writing in the margins and at the end of print texts the most efficient and helpful way to provide that response? This presentation will describe and demonstrate some digitally-enabled strategies for responding effectively to student writing, both formatively (during the drafting and revising stages) and summatively (as part of the evaluation process). Participants will find out how emerging technologies such as screencasting, voice recognition, and text expanders are providing new modes and media for response and strengthening what students learn about their writing. Lunch will be provided. Please Register for this session to insure adequate materials and lunch for all participants.
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Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Discussion Group
February 4th, March 7th & April 8th,
12-1:30 p.m., Sherman 114B
Join your colleagues for a continuing discussion about all aspects of planning, executing, and disseminating a scholarship of teaching and learning project. Participants may attend any and all sessions. The sessions will all include ideas for asking good questions, gathering meaningful evidence, and reporting results. During sessions we may review papers of published SoTl projects as well as hearing reports from participating faculty on their own projects. Participants attending any session will receive a copy of the new 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. Please register for each session individually.
Creating Meaningful Exam Questions with the Help of Bloom’s Taxonomy
March 4th, 12-1:30 p.m., Commons 329
Generating exam questions that really test what we hope students have learned can be challenging. And how can we create questions that not only assess student learning but also promote that learning? One very helpful tool is Bloom’s taxonomy. This hierarchical list of cognitive demands describes learning tasks as ranging from knowledge acquisition through comprehension, application, analysis, synthesis, and evaluation. This gives us a framework to work from as we design exam questions. In this session we will analyze some of our exam questions and, as needed, suggest ways to reframe them to pose the kind of cognitive challenge we want students to address. And we will generate some principles to use as we design new questions. Participants are asked to bring some sample exam questions to work on. Lunch will be provided.
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NEW DATE TO BE ANNOUNCED
Hrabowski Innovation Fund
Wednesday, January 22, 2014
9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
University Center Ballroom
Join us for a day of intellectual excitement and exploration centered on pedagogical innovation at UMBC! In this Symposium the UMBC community shares ways to promote UMBC student learning and success. Morning and afternoon panels highlight work of some organized innovation projects on campus, including representatives from:
Hrabowski Innovation Fellows and Awardees
Course Redesign Leaders
iCubed Grant Representatives
Digital Humanities Innovators
Breaking Ground and Civic Engagement Leaders
First Year Seminar Representatives
Team-Based Learning Leaders
A general poster session showcases additional best teaching practices. The afternoon roundtable discussion addresses the critical question, “What’s next? What resources do we need to advance further student learning and success at UMBC?” Don’t miss this opportunity to share good ideas, good conversation, and good food with colleagues from all across campus!
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