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Fall 2014

The Collaborative for Teaching Innovation and the Faculty Development Program invite you to a series of conversations. Join colleagues from the Faculty Collaborative, the Library, the Hub Writing Center and Instructional Technology Resources for these informal discussions of new resources and new ideas. Experiment with your own course; learn about what your colleagues are trying; get out of your office and eat lunch.

We welcome suggestions for additional topics for the Winter and Spring 2015 schedule.

Note this quarter’s CAFE locations: we are on the move.  Times vary with the teaching hours and days of the week.

                            MWF 11:45-12:45 
                                TR 12:15-1:15

Next Week:

Oct. 15th (Weds) 11:45-12:45 in Sobrato B&C

Not another term paper?  What to do if your alternative assignment is a bust.

Developing alternative assignments that provide students with creative ways to demonstrate their knowledge isn't always easy. Learn from colleagues about what they have tried and what they did when it didn't work perfectly the first time (or the second time).

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Coming this quarter: 

Oct. 23rd (Thurs) 12:15-1:15 in Library Taping/Viewing Room B

Free, Peer-Reviewed Textbooks? Really? Really!

Textbook costs have soared four times the inflation rate. Increasingly, students don’t buy textbooks. Free online textbooks, written and peer-reviewed by academics, offer a possible solution. Come hear Professor Barbara Illowsky, Open Educational Resources (OER) author and expert, talk about this growing movement.  We’d love to include SCU faculty voices. If you use OER texts, contact Michal Strutin, Co-sponsored with the University Library.

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Nov. 7th (Fri) 11:45-12:45 in Benson Conference Room 21

Deepening student learning through critical reflection.

Want to see your students go deeper in their learning, make connections, and integrate concepts from your course and others? Join colleagues in a discussion of the benefits of reflection on learning. Discussion topics will include faculty who have used electronic portfolios to encourage critical reflection within their courses. 

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Nov. 11th (Tues) 12:15-1:15 in Library Video/Taping Room A

Talk less, teach more

Talking for 65 minutes straight can be exhausting. Listening is even harder. Studies show that in most situations passive listeners retain remarkably little of what was said. Join us as faculty colleagues share some simple activities to mix in with lectures to improve student retention and comprehension.

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Faculty Development Program

Eileen Razzari Elrod
Assoc. Vice Provost for Faculty Development
St. Joseph's Hall, #124

Pam Cuilla
Administrative Associate
St. Joseph's Hall, #113
Fax: 408-551-1873 

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