Fall 2015

For details about events, including abstract, bios, links to handouts, recordings, and other material, follow the links below. Event information gets updated on a regular basis. Please contact us at teachers@lmu.edu with any questions or suggestions.

 

DateEventSpeaker(s)/Presenter(s)
8/7/15 Part-Time Faculty Orientation Dorothea Herreiner, PhD, Director, CTE
8/10/15 Completing Core Course Design Dorothea Herreiner, PhD, Director, CTE
8/11/15 Designing Information Literacy Assignments Dorothea Herreiner, PhD, Director, CTE
8/12/15 Engaged Learning Dorothea Herreiner, PhD, Director, CTE
8/13/15 The Logic of Persuasion: Teaching Students to Identify, Critique, and Develop Appeals to Logos Suzanne Lane, PhD, Director Writing, Rhetoric, and Professional Communication, MIT
8/13/15 Assignment Design for Oral Communication Suzanne Lane, PhD, Director Writing, Rhetoric, and Professional Communication, MIT
8/14/15 Assignment Design Suzanne Lane, PhD, Director Writing, Rhetoric, and Professional Communication, MIT
8/14/15 Powerful Feedback: Strategies for Responding to Student Writing and Speaking Suzanne Lane, PhD, Director Writing, Rhetoric, and Professional Communication, MIT
8/17/15 Not that Post-Racial and Colorblind after all? Teaching and Race Dorothea Herreiner, PhD, Director, CTE
8/18/15 Course Design Workshop Dorothea Herreiner, PhD, Director, CTE
8/18/15 Active Learning Workshop Dorothea Herreiner, PhD, Director, CTE
8/22/15 Part-Time Faculty Orientation Dorothea Herreiner, PhD, Director, CTE
8/26/15 Part-Time Faculty Orientation Dorothea Herreiner, PhD, Director, CTE
8/31/15 New Faculty Meet-and-Greet Dorothea Herreiner, PhD, Director, CTE
9/3/15 Incorporating Desirable Difficulties to Make Learning Stick Veronica Yan, PhD
9/22/15 Digital Humanities at LMU?! Dorothea Herreiner, PhD, Director, CTE; Carla Bittel, PhD, History; Elizabeth Drummond, PhD, History; et.al.
9/28/15 CREATE-STEM: Who are we and what are we doing? Anna Bargagliotti, PhD, Mathematics; Jeff Phillips, PhD, Physics
10/1/15

Between Danger and Discomfort: Trigger Warnings, Academic Freedom, and How to Create Productive Spaces for Learning

Steven Volk, PhD, Professor of History, Director of the Center for Teaching, Innovation, and Excellence, Oberlin College
10/26

CREATE-STEM: Academic Excellence and Underrepresented Students in STEM

Ed Mosteig, PhD, Mathematics

Part-Time Faculty Orientation

Friday, August 7, 2015, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. in UNH 3030
Saturday, August 22, 2015, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. in UNH 3030
Wednesday, August 26, 2015, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. in UNH 3030

To help part-time faculty become successful teachers at LMU who contribute to LMU's goal of academic excellence, the Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE) organizes an orientation for new part-time faculty.

During the part-time faculty orientation, we will be covering topics such as

  • LMU's Mission + History
  • Getting Ready for Class
  • LMU's Students
  • Academic Rules and Procedures at LMU – Syllabus, Grading, Academic Honesty, Course Evaluations, ...
  • FERPA, What, Why, and How – Federal Law: Record Privacy and Security, PROWL
  • MYLMUConnect (Blackboard) – Communication, Collaboration, Document Sharing, Assessment, ...
  • Course Development, Teaching and Learning Strategies
  • Syllabus and Assignment Workshop

During lunch you will have the opportunity to meet representatives from several LMU offices that can support you in your teaching, such as (requested):

  • Academic Resource Center
  • Center for Service and Action
  • Disability Support Services
  • First Year Experience
  • Hannon Library
  • Human Resources
  • Information Technology Services
  • LMU Bookstore
  • Parking
  • Public Safety
  • Registrar
  • Student Psychological Services

Breakfast and light refreshments are available during the morning. Lunch will be provided.
Please RSVP at teachers@lmu.edu or x85866.

View the event in the LMU Events Calendar:
· Friday, 8/7/15
· Saturday, 8/22/15
· Wednesday, 8/26/15 to view the event in the LMU Calendar.

Completing Core Course Design

Monday, August 10 at 9:00am to 12:30pm

During this workshop, instructors will have the opportunity to receive feedback and suggestions on their core course design. Based on key course design aspects, we will consider all relevant aspects of the course, such as learning outcomes, overall structure, in-class activities, assignments, quizzes, etc. To participate in this workshop instructors should have a fully or almost fully developed course proposal and syllabus. Instructors should bring along a copy of the syllabus, all assignments, readings, and other material for the course so that they can discuss details of their courses with others and receive feedback and suggestions from other workshop participants.

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Designing Information Literacy Assignments

Tuesday, August 11 at 9:00am to 12:30pm

Contributions by: Susan Gardner, Elisa Slater Acosta, Lindsey McLean, Hannon Library
Elizabeth Drummond, History; Kirstin Noreen, Art History; Deborah Novak, Health and Human Sciences; Dean Scheibel, Communications

Based on a variety of examples of sequencing, scaffolding, and integrating information literacy assignments into different classes (First-Year Seminars to upper-level flagged classes), participants will have the opportunity to develop their own information literacy assignments for their classes in line with core requirements and receive feedback and suggestions from colleagues and librarians. During this workshop there will be the opportunity to explore the library's information literacy tools in a hands-on format and consider their integration into the class.

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Engaged Learning

Wednesday, August 12 at 9:00am to 12:30pm

During this workshop we will consider the different forms of Engaged Learning courses, what makes Engaged Learning classes successful, and the Core Course requirements. Based on a different examples of Engaged Learning classes, participants will have the opportunity to develop their own engaged learning modules for flagged core courses and receive feedback and suggestions from colleagues.

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Logic of Persuasion: Teaching Students to Identify, Critique, and Develop Appeals to Logos

Thursday, August 13 at 9:00am to 12:30pm

Moderated by: Suzanne Lane, PhD, Director Writing, Rhetoric, and Professional Communication, MIT

Of the three rhetorical appeals, logos can be the most difficult for students to analyze fully or develop effectively. In large part, this difficulty stems from the fact that most arguments do not fully spell out their logic; as Aristotle noted, rhetorical persuasion uses enthymemes that elide some of the premises on which the full argument rests. This workshop will delve into tools from contemporary rhetorical theory—argumentation schemes, Toulmin structures, persuasive definitions, and constitutive metaphors—that can help students identify the elements of enthymemes, recognize elided premises, and ask appropriate critical questions about the soundness of the logic.

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Assignment Design for Oral Communication

Thursday, August 13 at 1:30pm to 5:00pm

Moderated by: Suzanne Lane, PhD, Director Writing, Rhetoric, and Professional Communication, MIT

By learning the stages of developing, structuring, rehearsing, and delivering presentations, students can become comfortable with a live audience, and use the process of composing for a real audience as a tool to develop their thinking. This workshop will help instructors think through their goals for oral assignments, so that they can scaffold the steps involved in developing presentations and speeches. Workshop participants will be able to work on (re)designing assignments for their current or future courses by developing (i) a deeper understanding of fundamental oral communication concepts, (ii) strategies to integrate oral communication assignments into a class, and (iii) techniques and tools to provide feedback on student presentations. Participants should have a particular course and assignment[s] in mind to work on during the workshop.

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Assignment Design

Friday, August 14 at 9:00am to 12:30pm

Moderated by: Suzanne Lane, PhD, Director Writing, Rhetoric, and Professional Communication, MIT

A main goal of the First-Year Seminars is that students will learn to "engage critically and reflectively in scholarly discourse," but what kinds of writing assignments will promote this learning? What do assignment prompts need to explain for students to fully understand the task? How should assignments change and build on each other over the course of the semester? This workshop will help faculty consider the various concepts and contexts that shape student writing, and will offer strategies for constructing both individual assignments and the sequence of writing assignments over a semester. Working with examples from different disciplines, and with both formal assignments and informal, writing-to-learn prompts, participants will gain hands-on experience with thinking through modular, incremental, and cognitive sequencing, and will have the opportunity to apply these to courses and assignments of their own.

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Powerful Feedback: Strategies for Responding to Student Writing and Speaking

Friday, August 14 at 1:30pm to 5:00pm

Moderated by: Suzanne Lane, PhD, Director Writing, Rhetoric, and Professional Communication, MIT

By learning the stages of developing, structuring, rehearsing, and delivering presentations, students can become comfortable with a live audience, and use the process of composing for a real audience as a tool to develop their thinking. This workshop will help instructors think through their goals for oral assignments, so that they can scaffold the steps involved in developing presentations and speeches. Workshop participants will be able to work on (re)designing assignments for their current or future courses by developing (i) a deeper understanding of fundamental oral communication concepts, (ii) strategies to integrate oral communication assignments into a class, and (iii) techniques and tools to provide feedback on student presentations. Participants should have a particular course and assignment[s] in mind to work on during the workshop.

Click here to view the event in the LMU Calendar.

Not that Post-Racial and Colorblind after all? Teaching and Race

Monday, August 17 at 11am-2pm

Charleston, Trayvon Martin, Ferguson, Baltimore, Sigma Alpha Epsilon, Rachel Dolezal, Eric Garner, Michelle Obama's Commencement Address are only some of the names and events that have brought questions about race, privilege, identity, profiling, segregation, prejudice, diversity, fear, representation, inequality, etc., prominently back into the public's mind. How have events of the last months and years changed race relationships? What do they mean for our teaching? What can and should we do as instructors? How can we incorporate and address them? What are approaches that work in different classes and that others have tried or are planning to try? Come and learn from each other – hear how others incorporate these events into their classes and discuss your ideas, questions, and concerns and get feedback on them.

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Course Design Workshop

Tuesday, August 18 at 9:00am to 12:30pm

During this workshop, participants will work on the design of their courses based on the basic learning outcomes and objectives of the course. At the end of the workshop, participants will have developed the main aspects of their course and received feedback and suggestions from others.

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Active Learning Workshop

Tuesday, August 18 at 1:30pm to 5:00pm

During this workshop, participants will work on assignments and active learning elements for their class based on a basic outline of their syllabus. At the end of the workshop, participants will have developed several assignments and/or class activities and received feedback and suggestions from others.

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New Faculty Meet-and-Greet

Tuesday, August 18 at 1:30pm to 5:00pm

Let's get together to celebrate the start of the new school year.

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Incorporating Desirable Difficulties to Make Learning Stick

Tuesday, August 18 at 1:30pm to 5:00pm

Presented by: Veronica Yan, PhD

We spend the entirety of our lives learning—first, as children exploring the world, then as school students throughout our youth, and then as lifelong learners beyond formal schooling. From our decades of experience, therefore, we should all be experts in how to learn. Yet, decades of cognitive research have shown that our intuitions about learning are oftentimes exactly wrong—leading us to choose suboptimal learning strategies over more effective and efficient ones. Despite the temptation to make learning feel easy, research has proven that durable and flexible learning results from more effortful learning. The strategies that enhance learning—through engaging learners in more effortful and elaborative processes—are referred to as "desirable difficulties". We will cover not only what these strategies are, but also discuss why they promote deeper learning and how they may be incorporated into classroom instruction.

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Digital Humanities at LMU?!

Tuesday, September 22 at 3:00pm to 4:15pm

Contributions by: Carla Bittel, PhD, History; Elizabeth Drummond, PhD, History; Other LMU Faculty

What are digital humanities? How can they influence and relate to our teaching and research? What (new) forms of investigations and approaches do digital humanities allow? What opportunities do they provide? What skills are needed to fully engage the digital humanities? Are digital humanities of interest only for scholars in the humanities? What interdisciplinary approaches do digital humanities allow?
Several BCLA faculty members were involved in a Learning Community on Digital Humanities this summer. They will speak about their projects and ideas as well as future avenues. We hope for a wide participation of faculty and others that have an interest in exploring the opportunities of Digital Humanities.

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CREATE-STEM: Who are we and what are we doing?

Monday, September 28 at 3:00pm to 4:00pm

Abstract TBD.

The CREATE-STEM series is organized by Anna Bargagliotti, Ph.D., Mathematics, and Jeff Phillips, Ph.D., Physics. Please contact them directly or via teachers@lmu.edu for details.

Click here to view the event in the LMU Calendar.

Between Danger and Discomfort: Trigger Warnings, Academic Freedom, and How to Create Productive Spaces for Learning

Thursday, October 1 at 11:45am-1pm

Presented by: Steven Volk, PhD, Professor of History, Director of the Center for Teaching, Innovation, and Excellence, Oberlin College

The conflict between "free" and "regulated" speech on campus has become increasingly heated. It has moved from a discussion of designing speech "rules" to protect the campus community from hate speech, to demands that certain speakers/ideas shouldn't be allowed on campus. On many campuses we have also seen requests that faculty "warn" their students of potentially traumatizing ("triggering") topics to be covered in class, and even a rejection of subjects or readings that might make some students, or their friends, uncomfortable. In this talk, I'll discuss a growing student "culture of safety" and how it has crashed up against a faculty culture of "academic freedom." I'll suggest that the way faculty can best acknowledge student concerns is by taking them seriously and helping them negotiate the uncomfortable spaces into which we must place them if learning is to occur. I'll focus in particular on class activities I have developed as part of this process. There will be ample opportunity for discussion of this difficult topic at the end of the talk.

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CREATE-STEM: Academic Excellence and Underrepresented Students in STEM

Monday, October 26 at 3:00pm to 4:00pm

Abstract TBD.

The CREATE-STEM series is organized by Anna Bargagliotti, Ph.D., Mathematics, and Jeff Phillips, Ph.D., Physics. Please contact them directly or via teachers@lmu.edu for details.

Click here to view the event in the LMU Calendar.