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2017-18 Schedule

Welcome to the 2017-18 CAFÉ series.

It's a new academic year and the CAFÉ is back! 
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.

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.