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Academic Affairs Newsletter, Week of January 29


Textbook Orders for Spring: DUE FEB. 5 (please do not be late!)
A2E2:   (proposals due to Chairs 2/16/18)

1. From Faculty Development:

a. 3rd, 4th, & 5th year faculty dossiers final deadline to add or edit material in the dossier Thursday, 2/1. Faculty submitting e-dossiers, please check links prior to end of day Wednesday. Remember to submit your Index to the PAF as well.

b. OFD Workshops
NEW DATE: Difficult Conversations: Inclusion and Diversity in Class Discussion, Part II
(Postponed: Tuesday, January 30) Tuesday Feb. 13,  1-2:30 pm
SF 328

In this workshop we will view short video clips from the University of Victoria Critical Incidents series on difficult conversations during class discussion. We will brainstorm responses and strategies and think about their applications in interactions we and our students have had or may have in the future. It is hoped interested faculty will attend all Difficult Conversation sessions but the material in each stands alone. CI: II, 2, III, 4, 5, V, 1, 7, 8.

Facilitator: Jessica Weiss, Faculty Development

Teaching on Semesters: Redesigning Assignments
Wednesday, January 31, 10:00-11:30 pm
SF 329

Engage your students in the real world applications of your discipline! Learn how to align your activities, assignments, and assessments to your goals and learning objectives, from university and program outcomes to professional standards. This workshop provides a brief overview of Authentic Assessment & Alignment followed by a hands-on activity. Bring a current syllabus, lesson plan or assignment to revise for semesters during the session. Participation in this workshop counts towards the Teaching on Semesters certificate.

Presenters: Sweety Law, Marketing & Margaret Harris, Educational Leadership *Teaching on Semesters Certificate

Group Projects: Tips and Strategies
Thursday, February 1, 12-1:30 pm
SF 314

As instructors we know the value of student collaboration in theory. But the challenges of group projects in practice give us, and our students pause. Partially a preview of the more experiential and extensive HIPS Collaborative Learning workshop in Spring and mostly a deep dive into the nuts and bolts of projects themselves, this workshop will provide an overview of tips and strategies for assigning, supporting, and assessing group projects.

Facilitator: Jessica Weiss, Faculty Development
Responding to Learner Resistance
Wednesday, February 7, 2017, 12-1:15 pm
SF 466

If you’ve ever enthusiastically introduced a new activity that fell flat or wondered why your efforts meet student apathy or even antipathy, this workshop is for you. We’ll look at recent research on learner resistance and models to help students overcome it.

Presenter: Jessica Weiss, Faculty Development

Tips for Revising your Online Courses for Semester
Thursday, February 8, 12:00-1:30 pm
SF 328

With semester conversion less than a year away, have you converted your quarter course yet? Join a panel of recent QM certified course instructors who have converted their courses to a semester format. Faculty will share their experiences on using basic design principles to develop or enhance their courses in preparation for semester conversion. Participation in this workshop counts towards the Teaching on Semesters certificate.

*Teaching on Semesters Certificate
Designing Collaborative, Interactive & Experiential Learning
Friday February, 9th, 10:00-11:00 am
SF 466

Millennial students are a diverse, tech-savvy group that expect (perhaps even demand) to be engaged in the learning process. Their preference for collaborative, interactive, and experiential learning often clashes with traditional lecture-based teaching strategies. As digital natives with instantaneous access to virtually any information they seek, millennial students find little value in passive approaches to knowledge acquisition.. In this presentation, we will overview challenges associated with teaching millennials and explore strategies for transforming traditional lectures to meet the needs and preferences of millennial students. Further, we will examine opportunities for using technology to engage students as collaborators in the teaching and learning dynamic. Recorded webinar viewing.

Facilitator: Jessica Weiss, Office of Faculty Development

RSVP for workshops at Bay Sync

2. From ORSP: 

ORSP Research Speaker Series, Tuesday Feb. 14 11:30-1:00 Oakland/Concord Room
The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs invites faculty, staff, administrators and students to the first installment of our new monthly speaker series featuring two outstanding faculty presenters.  On Feb. 14, Prof. Derek Kimball Jackson (Physics) and Prof. Lettie Ramirez (Teacher Education) will be our speakers.  Lunch will be provided and begins at 11:30.  The program will begin at noon.  Please RSVP to Anne Wing so that we can get an accurate count for lunch. Come and learn more about your colleagues’ activities and show your support for their work. 

3. From Thomas Padron:

Professionalism and Etiquette Seminar: March 7
2 sesssions (10 am-12 pm or 3-5 pm) in Multipurpose Room A

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