- Office of the Provost
- Teaching and Learning
- Faculty Collaborative for Teaching Innovation
- 2017-18 Schedule
Welcome to the 2017-18 CAFÉ series.
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?
- Take a look at Karen Tilstra’s TED talks on Yes, And and Why I Created an Innovation Lab.
- Check out Stanford’s D-School free Crash Course on Design Thinking
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)"
- 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"
Monday, March 12, 11:45 am-12:45 pm, Lucas 126, "Making the Most of Classroom Technology"
Monday, October 9, 11:45-12:45 pm, Lucas 126, "Teaching (with) R"
- 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.
- USGS' visualizations of Hurricane Harvey with R
- More and varied R applications than you can possibly review in one sitting
- E-Learning blogpost about R applications
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.
- An overview from Vanderbilt
- A How-to video from Grand Canyon University
- Lots of ideas from Michigan State
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)---participant
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.