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Supporting Students' Academic Success in Large Classes
Monday, March 11, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM, University Center Room 124

We know that connecting with students can help them succeed at UCCS. But what if you have 70, 100, or more students in the room? How can faculty who teach large classes help retain students?

Join us for a faculty panel to address these challenges. Panelists will share successful strategies they employ in large classes in Biology, Chemistry, and Health Sciences to facilitate students’ academic success.  Facilitated by Ann Amicucci, English Department, the faculty panelists include:

  • Sabine Allenspach, Biology
  • Jackie Berning, Health Sciences
  • David Weiss, Chemistry

RSVP frc@uccs.edu


Past Sessions:

Engaging Students in Community and Service Learning
Wednesday, February 13, 12:15 – 1:15, University Center Room 303

Join us for a mid-week refresher that includes a Colorado cheese board and dynamic discussions with your colleagues. You will have the opportunity to join two of the three roundtable discussions below:

  • An Educational, Interprofessional Approach to Community Health
    Paige Whitney, Director, Center for Active Living (CAL) and Health Sciences Clinical Instructor
     
  • High Impact Teaching through Service Learning Projects: Reflections from the Real World 
    Scott Kupferman, Assistant Professor, College of Education
     
  • Community-based Learning for Research Methods
    Kay Yoon, Associate Professor and Katie Sullivan, Assistant Professor, Department of Communication

Engaging a New Generation of Students

Wednesday, November 14, 1:45 – 2:45, University Center Room 303

Join us for a mid-week refresher that includes a Colorado cheese board and dynamic discussions with your colleagues. You will have the opportunity to join two of the three below roundtable discussions.

  • Death of the Lecture: Active Learning Essentials 
    Patrick McGuire, Associate Professor, Teaching and Learning
    David Weiss, Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry 
     
  • Teaching a Compass Course and Don’t Know What the Compass Curriculum Is?
    David Moon, Director of the Compass Curriculum
  • Flipping the Classroom to Increase Student Engagement and Promote Active Learning
    Farida Khan, Associate Professor, Economics Department
    Joe Craig, Assistant Professor, Economics Department

Designing for Accessibility and Inclusion

Wednesday, October 10, 1:50 – 2:50, University Center Room 303

Join us for a mid-week refresher that includes a Colorado cheese board and dynamic discussions with your colleagues. You will have the opportunity to join two of the three below roundtable discussions.

  • Making Learning More Accessible for Students with Disabilities in the Classroom 
    Leyna Bencomo, Office of Information Technology
     
  • Diversity in Practice: Classroom Activities Introducing Students to Diversity and Inclusiveness
    Max Shulman, Assistant Professor, Visual and Performing Arts
    Kimbra Smith, Associate Professor, Anthropology Department
    Stephen Suh, Assistant Professor, Sociology and Women's and Ethnic Studies Departments
  • Valuing Differences: Being Aware and Adaptive to Cultural Diversity and Individual Identity
    Sandy Ho,  Director of the Excel Languages Center

Relating to Students

As the fall semester begins, come and hear about opportunities to relate to students and engage them in the classroom. You will have the opportunity to join two of the three below roundtable discussions.

  • Fostering Inclusion and Preempting Conflict
    Abby Ferber, Associate Director of the Matrix Center for the Advancement of Social Equity and Inclusion
     
  • Integrating Communication Activities and Assignments into Your Course
    Erica Allgood, Director of the Excel Communication Center/Assistant Professor of Communication, Attendant Rank
     
  • Enhancing Academic Experiences with Movement and Mindfulness
    David Fehring, Associate Director Campus Recreation and Katie Gordon, Wellness Manager

Designing Assignments of Steel Returns

This popular workshop is back! Bring a copy of your writing assignment and Dr. Matthew Balk, Director, Excel Writing Center will help:

  1. Match your writing assignments with your course goals
  2. Account for your students’ writing processes
  3. Consider the types of thinking you want your students to showcase

If you came to the first round, come back again! If you missed the first one, join us! You are encouraged to bring existing writing projects used in your classes to the workshop.

Assignments of Steel: Developing Stronger Writing Prompts

Would you like to learn how to:

  • Use writing to promote learning in your classes?
  • Scaffold writing goals throughout the semester?
  • Develop new, or revising existing, writing assignments for your Spring 2018 classes?
  • Create writing assignments that inspire papers that are fun to read? 

Dr. Matthew Balk, Director, Excel Writing Center and Dr. Michelle Neely, Director, Writing across the Curriculum will discuss elements of clear writing assignments and work with you to develop stronger writing prompts for your own classes. You are encouraged to bring existing writing projects used in your classes to the workshop.

Panel Discussion: Showcasing and Mentoring Undergraduate Research

  • Best practices for mentoring undergraduate research
  • Funding and showcase opportunities for undergraduate research on campus 
  • Ways to help students better understand scholarly genres

Join us as our panelists discuss how to mentor and showcase UCCS students' undergraduate research.

Panelists 

  • Tabatha Farney, Associate Professor, Kraemer Family Library, Undergraduate Research Journal Faculty Advisor
  • Eugenia Olesnicky Killian, Assistant Professor, Department of Biology
  • Margie Oldham, Undergraduate Research - Director of Community Relations, LAS
  • Michelle Neely, Director, Writing across the Curriculum, Faculty Advisor Undergraduate Research Journal 

Panel Discussion: High Impact Teaching for Student Engagement

Join us as faculty share their experiences with using high-impact practices (HIPs) in their teaching to increase student retention and student engagement. During this panel discussion, faculty will share different High Impact Practices including Undergraduate Research, ePortfolios, and Service Learning and how they integrated the practices into their courses and programs. 

Panelists:  

  • Tabatha Farney, Associate Professor, Kraemer Family Library
  • Margie Oldham, Undergraduate Research - Director of Community Relations, LAS
  • Michelle Neely, Director-Writing Portfolio Assessment
  • Eric Billmeyer, Department of Geography and Environmental Studies

Connecting Community and Environmental Issues Outside the Classroom

If a student has never been homeless, how do they connect with the issue of homelessness? If they never had to worry about paying their electric bill, how do you get them to be concerned about someone who has? If they never had to worry about drinking water poisoning their health, how do you get them to relate to a community that currently is? The answer is through civic engagement. 

Eric Billmeyer, Geography and Environmental Studies, will discuss how he integrated civic engagement activities to explore the issues described above through hands-on participation with three local non-profit organizations currently addressing these concerns. The use of in-class discussions and reflection papers have shown the students found the activities individually life enriching and that they have a better understanding of their civic identity and responsibility.

Reading Across the Curriculum

Dr. Michelle Neely, Director, Writing Across the Curriculum. Join us as we continue the conversation about reading! Whether this is your first Let's Talk Teaching conversation or you've been to others, you are welcome to join.

Our discussion about reading will center around these questions:

  • How might we use writing to promote deep reading in our courses?
  • What "insider knowledge" can we provide to students about reading practices and processes?
  • What are best practices around assigning reading at the college level?
  • How can we support students' reading in new or unfamiliar genres?

The Public Ethics Project

Community Engaged Teaching combines learning goals and community service in ways that can enhance both student growth and the common good. Dr. Edward Gray's students prepared an "ethics profile" of an approved community organization. They worked with staff and volunteers along with documentary evidence to see how the organization defined who was good, what acts were right, and what is just. Join Dr. Gray as he discusses how he generated high student participation and solid learning outcomes and how you can enrich your students' experiences through community engagement.

You've Thought About Flipping Your Classroom. How About Flipping your Syllabus?

Student questions that are answered in the syllabus make a lot of instructors want to tear their hair out! Learn how to make your syllabus work for you, your students, and your inbox, dramatically reducing the number of questions asked that you've already answered. You don't have to pay, prod, quiz, or cajole. Just deliver unexpected value and your students will read it, refer to it, and even love it!   

Come learn the tricks and secrets Dan "Lt Dan" Lykins, Biology, has learned that make a syllabus flip possible.


Last updated February 14, 2019

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