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ACT: Planning for Better Discussions (Elective)

Monday, Feb 3, 12 pm
CTE Innovation Lab -- O'Neill 250

Whether you’re faced with a sea of silent students or trying to get a runaway conversation back on topic, leading class discussion can be one of the most challenging – and enjoyable – parts of your work as an instructor. In this session, we’ll talk about strategies to help you and your students prepare for learning-rich discussions. Kim Humphrey will facilitate this session. Lunch will be provided. Enrollment is limited; please register as soon as possible, but no later than January...

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ACT: Creating Effective Learning Environments (Required)

Wednesday, Apr 15, 12 pm
CTE Innovation Lab - O'Neill 250

This seminar provides a practical discussion of how to foster a positive classroom climate that promotes student learning. ACT participants will discuss strategies for mitigating belonging uncertainty and stereotype threat in your classrooms through reflecting on your own and your students' social locations as well as considering course content. Francesca Minonne and Kim Humphrey will facilitate this session. Lunch will be provided. Enrollment is limited; please register as soon as...

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ACT Orientation

Wednesday, Dec 18, 11 am
O'Neill Library 250

This is an orientation slot reserved for those students who are planning to complete the Apprenticeship in College Teaching program. All students who plan to complete ACT must attend one of the orientations offered.

The Center for Teaching Excellence is committed to providing equal access to its events and programs. Individuals with disabilities who anticipate needing accommodations or who have questions about physical access may contact centerforteaching@bc.edu.

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ACT Orientation

Monday, Dec 9, 1 pm
O'Neill Library 250

This is an orientation slot reserved for those students who are planning to complete the Apprenticeship in College Teaching program. All students who plan to complete ACT must attend one of the orientations offered.

The Center for Teaching Excellence is committed to providing equal access to its events and programs. Individuals with disabilities who anticipate needing accommodations or who have questions about physical access may contact centerforteaching@bc.edu.

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ACT: Responding to Student Writing (Elective)

Tuesday, Feb 25, 12 pm
CTE Innovation Lab - O'Neill 250

When responding to student writing, it can be difficult to provide comprehensive feedback on an essay without overwhelming or discouraging your students. In this session, we will ask you to identify some writing norms in your discipline. We will also examine a number of approaches to providing targeted feedback and review strategies to help students respond effectively to their own and their classmates’ writing. Francesca Minonne and Megan Lease will facilitate this session. Lunch will be...

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Academic Integrity by Design

Friday, Jan 10, 10:30 am
O'Neill 250 - Innovation Lab

Addressing instances of academic dishonesty is often considered one of the most challenging — and frustrating — aspects of teaching. In this session, we'll share ideas for fostering a classroom culture of academic integrity that invites students to see themselves as responsible participants in larger disciplinary conversations. We'll also explore how assignment and course design decisions can create opportunities for deeper learning for all of our students while mitigating factors that can...

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Trans 101: Supporting Transgender Students

Thursday, Jan 9, 10:30 am
O'Neill 250 - Innovation Lab

Caroline Davis, BC’s Director of Student Outreach and Support Services, will lead this session meant to prepare instructors to understand and address the needs of transgender students. Designed to introduce participants to the spectrum of transgender, gender nonconforming, and gender questioning identities and expressions, this workshop will also address a wide variety of topics including: identity terminology related to sex and gender; common concerns faced by trans students; and ways to...

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Junior Faculty Conversations on Teaching: Teaching in an Era of Gun Violence

Tuesday, Apr 14, 12 pm
CTE - O'Neill 246

In our current national climate of frequent school shootings, our teaching and learning contexts are increasingly shaped by the threat of gun violence. For instructors, this reality also raises pedagogical questions: How, if at all, do faculty talk with students about safety preparedness? What does it look like to facilitate a fruitful classroom climate given this broader context? How do faculty understand “classroom safety” when their personal schooling histories may also have been shaped...

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Junior Faculty Conversations on Teaching: Teaching Intentionally with Technology

Monday, Mar 23, 12 pm
CTE - O'Neill 246

Beyond its potential for convenience and engagement as well as distraction, technology can have unexpected consequences for teaching and learning.  It can change our sense of ourselves, our communities, and what constitutes meaningful knowledge. We'll talk in this session about how instructional technology has changed both our practices in teaching, and the way we think about it.  We'll discuss how we make decisions around the use of technology in the classroom, and the values, costs and...

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Junior Faculty Conversations on Teaching: Tapping into Student Motivation

Thursday, Feb 13, 12 pm
CTE - O'Neill 246

Motivation for learning can be a complex mixture of forces, from pursuing extrinsic rewards (like grades) to exploring an interest for its own sake.  How can we maximize intrinsic forms of motivation, while being realistic in meeting students where they are? In this session we'll consider factors, some visible and some more hidden, that influence our students' attitudes to their work.  We'll share ideas for fostering student ownership of learning, across class levels and course...

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General Technology Support Drop-In

Friday, Jan 10, 1 pm
O'Neill 250 - Innovation Lab

Bring any questions you may have about Canvas, iClicker, Poll Everywhere or Zoom, etc. and CTE staff will be ready to work with you individually as you prepare for the new semester.

You are also invited to join us for lunch from 12:00 - 1:00.

The Center for Teaching Excellence is committed to providing equal access to its events and programs. Individuals with disabilities who anticipate needing accommodations or who have questions about physical access may...

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Active Learning in Every Setting

Thursday, Jan 9, 1 pm
O'Neill 250 - Innovation Lab

Hands-on activities such as problem solving and teamwork hold a lot of promise to transform learning, but they seem a better fit for some contexts than others.  This session will explore ways to apply active learning in any discipline, class setting and time frame. We’ll introduce practical strategies and general principles for structuring activities that will meet your learning goals for your students, and offer them the support they need to succeed.

Facilitated by Sarah...

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Responding to Student Writing

Wednesday, Jan 8, 1 pm
O'Neill 250 - Innovation Lab

When writing is not an explicit goal of your course but you assign your students a writing assignment, it can be difficult to know what kind of feedback to provide. In this workshop, we will explore some best practices for providing useful, targeted feedback to students as well as giving them opportunities to provide some of that feedback through self-assessment and peer review.  You’ll have a chance to consider a particular essay/writing assignment, so you’re welcome to bring a writing...

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Canvas Gradebook Drop-In

Tuesday, Jan 7, 1 pm
O'Neill 250 - Innovation Lab

Early January will bring updates to the gradebook in your Canvas course sites!  This drop-in will begin with a review of the main changes: new options for filtering grades and an assignment tray to facilitate entering them, and the new process that replaces muting, setting policies that determine when grades for each assignment are visible to students.  Then CTE and CDIL staff will be on hand to talk through individual questions about your use of the gradebook.

You are also invited...

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Introduction to Canvas

Monday, Jan 6, 1 pm
O'Neill 250 - Innovation Lab

This workshop prepares you to integrate BC’s learning management system, Canvas, seamlessly into your class. We’ll show you how to customize Canvas for your class’s needs; manage your syllabus online; create and grade assignments; organize the content you upload; and preview your course from a student’s perspective. Work on your own course while we work together!

Facilitated by Sara Suzuki and Megan Crotty. You are also invited to join us for lunch from 12:00 - 1:00.

The...

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Small Teaching

Wednesday, Jan 8, 10:30 am
O'Neill 250 - Innovation Lab

In his book by the same title, James Lang argues that there are modest changes we can make in our classroom practices that can have significant impacts on student learning.  This session will explore how small adjustments in course design and implementation informed by recent research from the learning sciences, can lead to greater motivation, more productive mindsets, and increased retention of material among students.

Facilitated by Sarah Castricum and Kim Humphrey. You are also...

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Maximizing Canvas

Tuesday, Jan 7, 10:30 am
O'Neill 250 - Innovation Lab

There are many ways the advanced features of Canvas can help you achieve your course objectives. In this workshop, we will introduce you to tools such as: embedding media in your Canvas course, setting up group assignments, creating discussions and quizzes, and using a rubric to grade assignments. We will also go over how to move content from a prior course into a new course, and introduce external tools that can be integrated with Canvas.

Facilitated by Francesca Minonne and...

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Canvas Gradebook Drop-In

Friday, Dec 13, 1 pm
O'Neill 250 (Seminar Room)

Early January will bring updates to the gradebook in your Canvas course sites!  This drop-in will begin with a review of the main changes: new options for filtering grades and an assignment tray to facilitate entering them, and the new process that replaces muting, setting policies that determine when grades for each assignment are visible to students. Then CTE and CDIL staff will be on hand to talk through individual questions about your use of the gradebook. Light refreshments will be...

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Clearer Grading

Monday, Jan 6, 10:30 am
O'Neill 250 - Innovation Lab

Ideally, grading is a straight-forward process for instructors and grades are easily understood by students. However, this often isn’t the case. This workshop will consider ways to make the entire grading process clearer and more equitable, with a focus on defining grading criteria and creating a rubric for an assignment. We’ll also discuss strategies to make grades more transparent to students, including opportunities for them to reflect on their assignment grade and use your feedback to...

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ACT: Facilitating Difficult Dialogues (Elective)

Thursday, Apr 2, 12 pm
CTE Innovation Lab - O'Neill 250

The term “difficult dialogues” has come to be used to describe a range of charged interactions in the classroom, often focused on questions of diversity and social justice. Whether resulting from students’ reactions to course materials or to each other, these heated moments can leave teachers scrambling to regain control of the discussion. In this workshop, participants will discuss the factors that can lead to difficult dialogues and learn strategies both to prepare for and facilitate...

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ACT: Grading for Learning (Required)

Monday, Mar 23, 12 pm
CTE Innovation Lab - O'Neill 250

Grades can be a significant source of feedback, both evaluating performance and guiding future learning. They can also be a source of doubt and anxiety -- for both students and instructors. In this session, we will consider how learning science and psychology encourage us to think differently about how we approach grading. And we’ll talk about practical strategies -- including the use of rubrics -- for grading more consistently, effectively, and efficiently. This seminar will cover some of...

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ACT: Active Learning (Required)

Wednesday, Mar 18, 12 pm
CTE Innovation Lab - O'Neill 250

Hands-on activities such as problem solving and teamwork hold a lot of promise to transform learning, but they can also seem challenging to develop and evaluate. This session will explore ways to structure activities that will meet your learning goals for your students and offer them the support they need to succeed. We will consider how to use active learning in any discipline, class setting and time frame. Sarah Castricum will facilitate this session. Lunch will be provided. Enrollment...

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ACT: Course Design (Required)

Thursday, Feb 13, 12 pm
CTE Innovation Lab - O'Neill 250

At the heart of every successful classroom is a well-designed course. In this seminar, we will consider the basics of a “backwards design” approach to course development that seeks to align course goals, assessments, and instruction. We’ll also talk about how course structure can impact student learning and classroom climate. Stacy Grooters will facilitate this session. Lunch will be provided. Enrollment is limited; please register as soon as possible, but no later than February...

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ACT: Assignment Design (Required)

Tuesday, Jan 28, 12 pm
CTE Innovation Lab - O'Neill 250

Working from a very broad definition of “assignment,” this seminar invites participants to think through the qualities of an effective assignment as well as strategies for structuring assignments that are meaningful and motivating to students. We’ll also consider how learning science research can inform our thinking about assignment design. Stacy Grooters will facilitate this session. Lunch will be provided. Enrollment is limited; please register as soon as possible, but no later than...

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