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Plan to join us for Teaching and Learning Week events to learn how your DU colleagues are “teaching for impact.” The Unconference and Technology Fair on Tuesday, February 9, will be from 9:00-3:00 in the Special Events room in Anderson Academic Commons. Stop by to attend presentations and guided discussions led by DU faculty members as well as demos and presentations from some of our technology vendors. On Thursday, we have three different faculty panels that will share examples of how their classes are designed to address real-world problems and challenges and explore multiple perspectives. Visit the Teaching and Learning Week 2016 website for a full list of events.

Our theme this year is “Teaching for Impact: Conversations about Learning.” This week, we’re inviting faculty, staff and students to share an experience that had a positive or memorable impact on learning – either in a course you’ve taken, or an example from a course that you’ve taught. You can post your story (and read others’ responses) on our Teaching and Learning Week Padlet. We also encourage you to share this link with your students and ask them to add their responses as well. (Posts to the page are anonymous, and no login is required.)”

We also encourage participants to use the #DUTandLWeek hashtag to share your Teaching and Learning Week experiences on Twitter.

We look forward to seeing you this week!

Stop by Anderson Academic Commons to see what our students think great teachers do.

This display will Great Teacher Displaybe available for student comments through Wednesday, April 1, 2015 as part of Teaching & Learning Week (March 30-April 3, 2015) activities. Check out the full program and choose the topics that appeal to you and fit your schedule.

Registration is encouraged (and is required for James Lang’s sessions on Thursday and Friday) to help us ensure adequate seating.

We look forward to seeing you there!

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Mark your calendars for James Lang’s sessions during Thursday and Friday of Teaching & Learning Week. James is a professor of English and the Director of the Center for Teaching professor of English at Assumption College in Worcester, MA. He is also an author and columnist for The Chronicle of Higher Education.

Thursday, April 2, 2015 –  1:30 – 3:30 pm
Workshop: Cheating Lessons: Learning from Academic DishonestyPhoto of James Lang
Ruffatto Hall Commons Room (104/105)

Abstract: When students engage in academically dishonest behaviors, they may be responding to subtle pressures in the learning environment that interfere with deep learning and nudge them toward cheating. Hence if we can gain a better understanding of the reasons for academically dishonest behavior, we can use that knowledge to improve our course design, teaching practices, and communication with students.  This workshop will review current statistics on cheating in higher education, consider the role of the learning environment in influencing academic integrity, and discuss practical suggestions for how to design and teach courses that foster intrinsic motivation, facilitate mastery learning, and create a growth mindset in students. Reception immediately following the workshop.

Friday, April 3, 2015 – 9:00-11:00 am
Workshop: Becoming a ‘Quick Starter’: Challenges and Opportunities for New Faculty
Anderson Academic Commons Main Event Room (290)

This workshop will begin by communicating the findings of a large-scale research project that studied faculty who were “quick starters” on the job, and identified what work habits enabled them to begin their careers so effectively.  Faculty will then be asked to identify and articulate the primary challenges they are facing in their careers, and we will work together to brainstorm and analyze potential solutions.  The session will conclude an overview of resources that new and early-career faculty can use to maintain a successful career.

Friday, April 3, 2015 – 11:30 – 1:00 pm
Lunch Keynote: Small Teaching: From Minor Changes to Major Learning
Anderson Academic Commons Main Event Room (290)

Ongoing calls to revolutionize and revitalize higher education need balancing with the everyday work that many faculty do in educating their students in traditional classroom spaces or online environments.  A small number of key principles from the learning sciences seem to have the power to make a substantial impact on student learning in almost any type of course, from traditional lectures to flipped classrooms.  This lecture will introduce some of those principles, drawing from recent publications in the learning sciences, and focus especially on how to use three key moments of the class period or online learning session–the opening, closing, and midway marks–to provide powerful learning experiences for students of all levels.

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