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2017-18 Schedule

Welcome to the 2017-18 CAFÉ series.

The CAFÉ lunch series is a welcoming space for faculty to share their insights and teaching practices in a collegial, interdisciplinary environment.
CAFÉ  is one of many programs coordinated by The Faculty Collaborative for Teaching Innovation, a joint program of Faculty Development, Academic Technology, and the Office of Assessment. The Collaborative works across program boundaries to support imaginative teaching informed by new technologies, deliberate course design, reflective teaching practices, and meaningful assessment of student learning. 
Please join us for one or more of our fall quarter sessions. Times and locations for CAFÉs vary, so be sure to note the place, date and time.  Lunch is served at all  CAFÉs. Please RSVP below to help us with food planning.
Winter 2018 Events

Wednesday, January 16, 11:45 am-12:45 pm, Lucas 126, "Human-Centered Design Thinking"

RSVP (includes lunch)

What's the magic sauce behind Design Thinking, and how can it help you improve your teaching and your students’ learning?  Join us for this special CAFE to hear Design Thinking expert Dr. Karen Tilstra, Co-founder and Director of the Florida Hospital Innovation Lab (FHIL) and co-designer of the nation's first undergraduate degree in Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship (Rollins College). Karen's most recent project is founding the San Diego State University’s Design Thinking Innovation Lab. She specializes in helping business professionals, university professors, students and others learn how to use design thinking to remain relevant in disruptive times. 

Can’t make it but you’d like to learn a little more? 


Wednesday, February 7, 11:45 am-12:45 pm, Learning Commons 205, "Let's Talk about your SETs Life (or How I Learned to Learn from my Scores)"

RSVP (includes lunch)

Student Evaluations of Teaching. Love them, hate them, they aren’t going away. So let’s talk.
  • How are they used, exactly?
  • How can you put them in perspective (for yourself, for your evaluators)?
  • What can you learn from them?
  • How do you read them? (With a colleague? With a glass of wine? Obsessively, Anxiously? Not at all, ever?)

Join us for this special CAFE as we discuss SET scores and what they tell us (and don't tell us) about our teaching abilities. Tim Urdan (Psychology) will facilitate a discussion about how to use student evaluations of teaching to help us improve our practice without letting the numbers dictate pedagogy. Bring your questions, concerns, and experiences.


Monday, February 12, 3:30-4:30 pm, Alameda Hall 103, "Engaged Learning in Liminal Spaces: Threshold Concepts and Disciplinary Learning"

RSVP (light refreshments will be served)

How can naming and recognizing our "threshold concepts" help us design more effective courses, programs, and extracurricular learning opportunities? This talk introduces the notion of threshold concepts, concepts critical to participation in fields and disciplines, and describes how to use them in the classroom. 

Join us for an interactive talk with Elizabeth Wardle--Howe Professor of English and Director of the Howe Center for Writing Excellence at Miami University—who will draw on her co-edited book Naming What We Know: Threshold Concepts in Writing Studies and her experience working on threshold concepts with faculty across the disciplines. (Co-sponsored with the English Department.)


Monday, February 26, 11:45 am-1:00 pm, Learning Commons (Library) 203, "Collaborating with Students on Research/Writing/Publication/Creative Work"

Faculty/Student Collaboration has become an outstanding feature of SCU undergraduate teaching, but faculty approach this work in a range of ways across the disciplines. Join colleagues Brody Sandel (Biology), Amy Lueck (English), Michelle Burnham (English), Grace Stokes (Chemistry/Biochemistry), and Bruno Ruviaro (Music) along with some of their students from the natural sciences, humanities and the arts to learn more about the what, how and why of student-faculty collaborative projects.


Monday, March 12, 11:45 am-12:45 pm, Lucas 126, "Making the Most of Classroom Technology"

RSVP (includes lunch)

Between the technology in our classrooms and the tools we can borrow from Academic Technology, faculty have many options to draw upon technology in support of their teaching.  Hear how faculty are using wacom monitors instead of writing on boards, document cameras, the collaborative pod style classroomsclassroom captureclickers and other available technologies to engage their students and help them learn. There will be time for you to share what you've tried, and what's worked (or not). 
Fall 2017 Events

Monday, October 9, 11:45-12:45 pm, Lucas 126, "Teaching (with) R"


Michael Kevane and Bill Sundstrom (Economics), winners of this year’s Brutocao Family Foundation Award for Curricular Innovation, will share their work on techniques and approaches to teaching with R, a powerful open-source statistical software package. They will talk about:
  • why R has become a particularly marketable skill for students;
  • what they have learned in discussions with faculty across the disciplines who have begun to incorporate R in their courses;
  • how you can get started using R and find campus and online resources to make it easy.
Can't join us but you'd like to learn a little more? Check out these links:


Wednesday, November 1, 11:45-12:45 pm, Lucas 126, "Are They Getting It?" 


Are they getting it? And how do you know? Join Angela Holzmeister (Classics), Graeme Warren (OMIS), and Atom Yee (Chemistry & Biochemistry) as we discuss a range of in-class activities and techniques to check on students’ learning long before the midterm or project due date. Let's talk about informal and formal strategies across the disciplines that help us find out whether our students are learning what we want them to learn.

Can't join us but you want to read a little more? Check out these links to resources on Classroom Assessment Techniques (known as CATS in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning):


Monday, November 6, 11:45-12:45 pm, Viewing & Taping A Learning Commons, "Curricular & Pedagogical Change"


Lots of us who have been around a while have weathered down-to-the-roots pedagogical and curricular revision (new core, anyone?). Even when faculty are entirely committed to such ambitious undertakings, it’s typically not pretty, not easy, and not fast. Join us as we talk about the process with Ed Shaefer (Math/CS), Elizabeth Dahlhoff (Biology), Christelle Sabatier (Biology) and Tracy Ruscetti (Biology) as they reflect on the process of upending and rebuilding pedagogies and curricula.


Thursday, November 16, 12:15-1:15 pm, Lucas 126, "Teaching for Ethical Impact" 


Teaching for ethical impact is a foundational part of our Jesuit tradition at Santa Clara. But how are we actually doing it? Join us as Alison Benders (JST) and Julia Scott (Bioengineering)---participants in last year’s faculty learning community on this topic---share with us their approaches and strategies for teaching for ethical impact.

Can't join us but you'd like to learn a little more? Check out this article on teaching ethical reasoning from the AAC&U (American Association of Colleges and Universities).


Thursday, November 30, 12:15-1:15 pm, Lucas 126, "Pedagogy and Technology" 


Join us as faculty colleagues share ideas and examples of how they have used technology to reimagine course content and student assignments. Consider how you might incorporate new digital content and activities into your course plan as you hear how some of your SCU colleagues are using technology to enhance their teaching and their students' learning.