Teaching and Learning Week 2015

March 30 – April 3, 2015

Here at the Office of Teaching and Learning, we get to hear all about the creative, engaging teaching that happens every day on the DU campus. We have a few videos, slides and handouts listed below for some of the workshops.  Stay updated via Twitter #DUTandLWeek

Monday, March 30

8:30 – 9:50 am
Office of Teaching and Learning Open House/Meet-and-Greet
Location: Anderson Academic Commons, OTL Conference Room 345

Please join the OTL Staff for breakfast refreshments and convivial discussions about our favorite topics (teaching and learning, maybe?). Plus, we’ll share the details of our upcoming “OneNewThing Mini-Grants” and “Peer Classroom Visit” programs.

10:00 – 11:30 am
Staying Inspired about Teaching Throughout your Career
Location: Anderson Academic Commons, OTL Conference Room 345

Sometimes we’ve been teaching a course or using a teaching method for so long we could do it in our sleep. How do we keep this teaching inspiring and energizing year after year? In this session we will hear from a few seasoned instructors about what keeps them inspired in their teaching, and provide an opportunity for you to reflect on your own teaching practice. We will discuss accomplishments, new challenges, methods to retool and re-energize, and share and learn from each other.
Presenters: Chip Reichardt, David Thomson, M.E. Warlick, and Bridget Arend

Follow up resources and links from this session.

12:00 – 1:30 pm
Encouraging Self-directed Learning: Brown-bag Lunch
Location: Ruffatto Hall, room 105

Last April, the OTL sponsored a day-long conference on self-directed learning. This session will continue that discussion, including how self-regulation processes and mindset thinking can help your students overcome the lure of distractions and strengthen their “focus muscles.” Bring your lunch and we’ll provide beverages, fruit, and cookies!
Presenter: Susan Zvacek

Follow up resources to this session

2:00 – 3:30 pm
What kind of teaching do we aspire to at DU?
Location: Ruffatto Hall, room 106

We often use student course evaluations as a measure of teaching quality. But these evaluations do not always capture all that we attempt to do through our teaching. What if we were to start with the question, “What kind of teaching do we aspire to at DU”, and then develop reflection and evaluation questions based on our collective answers? A group of DU faculty members have been exploring this question over the last few months. In this interactive session, you’ll hear about the work of this group, have the opportunity to contribute your voice to the conversation, and engage in some discussion around how our collective aspirations could potentially shape the kind of teaching that is valued and rewarded at DU.
Presenters: Bridget Arend, Alejandro Ceron, Chris Edwards, Carol Johnson, Kellie Keeling, Michelle Kruse-Crocker, Julie Morris, Virginia Pitts, Molly Smith

What kind of teaching do we aspire to at DU – Overview

Tuesday, March 31

9:00 – 11:00 am
Educational Technology Fair
Location: Anderson Academic Commons, room 290

Stop by to learn about some of the educational technologies available to support teaching & learning at DU. Staff will be on-hand to answer questions and share examples of how specific technologies are being used at DU to support teaching and learning. Take advantage of this opportunity to consult with DU’s educational technology experts about:

11:00 – 11:50 am
Elevate your Lecture: Embracing Engaging Teaching Practices
Location: Ruffatto Hall, room 204

This interactive workshop explores ways to link teaching strategies with student learning goals to enhance the learning experience in the classroom and online. This workshop will share specific examples to demonstrate ways instructors can engage, challenge, and energize their students. We will also provide a multitude of tactics, including activities and tools, that instructors can use to stimulate student interest in their ideas.
Presenters: Allison Friederichs, Michelle Kruse-Crocker, Paul Novak, Allison O’Grady, Chelsie Rugie, Molly Smith

Follow up resources to this session:

Visual’s in the Classroom
Using the Body to Enhance the Learning Experience
Using the Body Handout
How the Brain Learns
Pair and Share Handout


12:00 – 1:00 pm
Five Strategies for Promoting Diverse Students’ Sense of Belonging

The Center for Multicultural Excellence is hosting a live online webinar, 5 Strategies for Promoting Diverse Students’ Sense of Belonging. All students want to feel cared about, respected, connected, and safe in college—this is the core essence of sense of belonging. But not all students find a sense of belonging in college and many face barriers to belonging and success. In this webinar, Dr. Terrell Strayhorn, author of College Students’ Sense of Belonging: A Key to Educational Success presents core elements of his belonging theory and provides 5 key strategies for promoting belonging in college and steps for devising actions plans for improving belonging, campus climate, and student success for all.

Please register separately for this event by emailing stefanie.cowan@du.edu by Wednesday, March 25

12:00 – 12:50 pm
Scholarship of Teaching and Learning – brownbag session
Location: Anderson Academic Commons, OTL Conference room 345

With the development of the Teaching Professor designation, many departments are looking at the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning as an important area of scholarship for rank promotion. Come to this brownbag discussion to find out about resources for SoTL and how the OTL can help you develop a program of research in this area.
Presenter: Rob Flaherty

1:00 – 2:00 pm
Portfolios and Reflective Learning
Location: Anderson Academic Commons – Center for Statistics & Visualization, room 152

For nearly two decades, professors have used student portfolios as teaching and learning tools in writing courses. Students cull examples of their work, revise and design it for presentation, and write a reflective introduction. Our workshop will explain and illustrate the practices and virtues of portfolio learning for any class that includes writing. Even if a full-blown portfolio isn’t appropriate, student self-analyses and reflections are a useful learning tool in any course—and they have the added virtue of facilitating professor response and grading.
Presenters: Jennifer Campbell and Richard Colby.

Wednesday, April 1

8:00 – 8:50 am
Coffee and Conversation: Learning-Centered Education
Location: Anderson Academic Commons, OTL Conference room 345

What is learning-centered education? How does this approach change the way we think about teaching? How might our pedagogy change? Is this a good thing? Come have a conversation about effective teaching in the context of a learning-centered perspective.
Facilitator: Rob Flaherty

9:00 – 9:50 am
Do Honor Codes Still Work? Strategies for Promoting Honest Work in the Classroom
Location: Anderson Academic Commons, OTL Conference room 345

Cheating rates among US University students range from 30-70%. Whereas the vast majority of cheaters know the act is wrong, their dishonest behavior is justified by the perception that everybody does it and few get caught. As educators, we inherently see the value of honest work in College and believe a strong Honor Code benefits students and the greater academic community. Fifty years of data, however, suggest our message may be falling on cynical and deaf ears. In this presentation, Dr. Kerwin investigates the importance of Honor Codes in the 21st Century and alternative approaches to promote Academic Honesty.
Presenter: Michael W. Kerwin

Follow up resources to this session

10:00 – 11:00 am
Deepening Student Research Skills: Integrating Library Information Literacy Sessions into Courses Across the Disciplines
Location: Anderson Academic Commons, The Loft room 340

Research is a much more difficult process for today’s college students, due mainly to the exponential proliferation of information that characterizes the twenty-first century academic library. The intellectual and practical skills that students need to be successful researchers and lifelong learners are extensive, sophisticated, and expanding. Through collaboration with DU librarians, faculty can incorporate innovative research assignments, resources, and workshops into their courses to help students acquire the skills to effectively analyze, use, and critique information. This panel presentation will feature faculty from a variety of disciplines who will share how they have infused library services and resources into their courses to improve the information literacy and critical thinking skills outcomes of their students.
Presenters: Carrie Forbes, Melissa Akaka, Dores Cruz, Eleanor McNees, Julie Morris, and Aimee Reichmann-Decker

1:00 – 2:00 pm
Community-Engaged Learning: An Introduction to the What, Why, and How of Service Learning
Location: Ruffatto Hall, room 106

This workshop provides an introduction to service learning, a teaching pedagogy that ties community-engaged work (e.g., direct or indirect service, community-based research) to academic course learning objectives. Through examples of different approaches to service learning classes, the workshop will illustrate key concepts, such as how faculty tie service learning to course goals and objectives, create reciprocal community partnerships, develop assignments, and incorporate critical reflection.
Presenters: Cara DiEnno, Liz Drogin, and Anne DePrince

3:00-5:00 pm
Mentoring Undergraduate and Graduate Students in Research
Location: Anderson Academic Commons Loft

The DU Undergraduate Research Center is planning a faculty workshop (seminar and faculty panel) focusing on the topic of Mentoring Undergraduate and Graduate Students in Research. This workshop is for DU faculty in all disciplines across the DU campus. We are pleased that Dr. Kathy Partin from Colorado State University will join us to give a presentation and provide her insight on this topic. Dr. Partin is the Director of the Research Integrity & Compliance Review Office (RICRO), a Professor in the Department of Biomedical Sciences, and the Assistant Vice President for Research at CSU. Following the seminar, we will also host a panel of DU faculty to briefly talk about their mentoring experiences at DU in particular and to answer questions.

Guest speaker: Dr. Kathy Partin, Director of the Research Integrity and Compliance Review Office (RICRO); Professor, Biomedical Sciences; Assistant Vice President for Research at Colorado State University
DU faculty panel:
Dr. Rick Barbour, Associate Professor and Chair, Theatre
Dr. Anne DePrince, Professor, Psychology, and Faculty Director, CCESL
Dr. Matt Rutherford, Associate Professor, Computer Science
Dr. Mark Siemens, Assistant Professor, Physics and Astronomy
Dr. Ingrid Tague, Associate Professor, History; Associate Dean, AHSS

Please RSVP to Sarah.Hoffman@du.edu to make sure we accommodate all interested faculty.
Contact Dr. Nancy Lorenzon at Nancy.Lorenzon@du.edu for more information.

Thursday, April 2

9:00 – 9:50 am
Instructional Videos That Engage Students
Location: Ruffatto Hall, room 106

Done right, video can be a powerful instructional tool. You will see examples of creative instructional videos that engage students learning happening here at DU. Chuck Wilson and his graduate students created a series of engineering lab videos to demonstrate complex lab experiments. Don McCubbrey and his advanced students produced videos for first year business students. Zulema Lopez had her students research Latin American cultural and produced video skits to creatively demonstrate their knowledge. Attend this workshop if you are interested in creating effective video assignments for your class.
Presenters: James “Chuck” Wilson (Engineering), Don McCubbrey (Business), Zulema Lopez (Spanish) and Alex Martinez

10:00 -10:50 am
Connecting Science and Society in the Classroom
Location: Ruffatto Hall, room 106

While people aren’t always the topic in STEM courses, integrating social implications of science into the curriculum can lead to many positive outcomes, including motivating and engaging students in the classroom, cultivating more inclusive communities of scientific practitioners, and training scientists to communicate with the general public. This session explores these and other motivations; we will discuss course design and classroom practices for engaging the social aspects of STEM study, applications, and practice.
Presenters: Thomas Walker, Rebecca Powell, and Julie Morris

Follow up resources to this session

11:00 – 11:50 am
Habituated to Distraction: Learning in a Digital Age
Location: Anderson Academic Commons, OTL Conference Room 345

Looking beyond the rhetoric surrounding the alleged high-tech prowess of “digital natives” reveals some less-than-wonderful news: not only does the average undergrad lack extensive technological skills, but his or her ability to manage information could use some work, to boot. Let’s look at some of the myths (“Hey, I’m GREAT at multitasking!”) and share ways to overcome the distractions inherent in our always-connected world.
Presenters: Susan Zvacek

Follow up resources to this session

1:30 – 3:30 pm
Cheating Lessons: Learning from Academic Dishonesty
Watch Video

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.
Presenter: James Lang, Assumption College

3:30 – 4:30 pm
Reception: Social hour with refreshments
Location: Ruffatto Hall, room 105

Friday, April 3

9:00 – 11:00 am
Becoming a ‘Quick Starter': Challenges and Opportunities for New Faculty
Location: Anderson Academic Commons, 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.
Presenter: James Lang, Assumption College

11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Lunch Keynote: Small Teaching: From Minor Changes to Major Learning
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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.
Presenter: James Lang, Assumption College

1:30 – 3:00 pm
Sustainability Forum: Dialogue Across Disciplines
Location: Driscoll Underground

The DU Center for Sustainability and Sustainability Council invite faculty, students and staff to creatively envision possibilities for interdisciplinary research and teaching related to four potential project: Metropolitan Greenspaces Alliance, Multimodal Transportation Hub, Farm-to-Table Network and Social Partnerships.

James Lang

professor of English and the Director of the Center for Teaching Excellence at Assumption College in Worcester, MA,

Professor of English and the Director of the Center for Teaching Excellence at Assumption College in Worcester, MA,

James M. Lang is a Professor of English and the Director of the Center for Teaching Excellence at Assumption College in Worcester, MA. He is the author of four books, the most recent of which are Cheating Lessons: Learning from Academic Dishonesty (Harvard University Press, 2013), and On Course: A Week-by-Week Guide to Your First Semester of College Teaching (Harvard UP, 2008). Lang writes a monthly column on teaching and learning for The Chronicle of Higher Education and his book reviews and public scholarship on higher education have appeared in a wide variety of newspapers and magazines, including the Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune, and Time. His new book, Small Teaching: From Minor Changes to Major Learning, will be published by Jossey-Bass in 2016. He is a member of the Fulbright Senior Specialist roster, and has conducted workshops on teaching at more than fifty colleges or universities in the US and abroad.

Professor Lang’s Presentations:

  • Thursday 1:30 – 3:30 Cheating Lessons: Learning from Academic Dishonesty Location: 106 Ruffatto
  • Friday 9:00 – 11:00 Becoming a ‘Quick Starter': Challenges and Opportunities for New Faculty Location: 290 Anderson
  • Friday 11:30 – 1:00 Lunch Keynote: Small Teaching: From Minor Changes to Major Learning Location: 290 Anderson
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