Creating a Classroom Environment for Student Learning (Spring 2018)
Friday, April 6: "Creating a Classroom Environment for Student Learning"
How do we create learning environments that acknowledge students as whole persons? Does doing so lead to better learning and student achievement? (Hint: yes!) What does teaching the whole student look like–in practical terms? Join us for this conversation with Ahmed Amer (Computer Engineering), Christelle Sabatier (Biology) and Chan Thai (Communication), where we invite you to reflect on classroom ethos, student learning, and teaching practices.
Find helpful resources from previous CAFEs or faculty development events you might've missed
Human-Centered Design Thinking (Winter 2018)
Wednesday, January 16: "Human-Centered Design Thinking"
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
Curricular & Pedagogical Change (Fall 2017)
Monday, November 6: "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.
Resources from Ed, Elizabeth, Christelle, and Tracy:
Teaching (with) R (Fall 2017)
Monday, October 9: "Teaching (with) R"
Michael Kevane and Bill Sundstrom (Economics), winners of this year’s Brutocao Family Foundation Award for Curricular Innovation, shared their work on techniques and approaches to teaching with R, a powerful open-source statistical software package. They talked 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.
Missed it, but you’d like to learn a little more? Check out these links:
- 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
Resources from Bill and Michael:
What Is Design Thinking, and How Does It Connect with Teaching? (Winter 2017)
Wednesday, January 25: "What is Design Thinking, and how does it connect with teaching?"
Design Thinking is described as a process, a strategy for innovation, problem-centered learning, and a pathway to change in higher education. Chris Kittts (Engineering) and Michelle Stecker (Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship) will talk about how they're applying principles from design thinking in areas as diverse as engineering, business, women's studies, first-year experience programming, and social entrepreneurship.
Resources from Chris:
Syllabus Design and Camino (Fall 2016)
Thursday, December 1: "Syllabus Design and Camino"
Want a little inspiration for next quarter before you put up your feet and enjoy a mug of something? (Don’t have the feet up and mug thing in your December calendar yet? Go ahead and do that. We’ll wait.) Join us as colleagues share practices and examples of syllabus design. We are pretty sure you’ll get some new ideas--maybe even inspiration--from colleagues talking about syllabus design, including graphic syllabi (and making the most of Camino). Who knows, you might even get your winter syllabi done early...
Missed it, but you'd like to learn a little more? Here are a few guides to writing a syllabus from colleagues at other institutions:
Faculty Panel on Teaching Online Summer Session Courses at SCU (Fall 2016)
Wednesday, November 2: "Faculty panel on teaching online Summer Session courses at SCU"
- Are you interested in hearing from your colleagues about their experiences teaching an online summer session course?
- Are you interested in how teaching online courses is different from, and similar to, face-to-face teaching?
- Are you interested in hearing how designing an online course can impact your face-to-face courses?
Please come and hear from Jackie Hendricks (English), Robin Tremblay-McGaw (English), Graeme Warren (OMIS), and Lisa Whitfield (Psychology), who have taught online summer session courses at SCU, bringing experience ranging from 1 year to many.
Co-Sponsored by Academic Technology, the Faculty Collaborative for Teaching Innovation, and the Summer Session Office in the Drahmann Center.
Resources from Jackie:
- Summary and student outputs from Jackie’s advanced writing course.
Making "Group Work" Work: Planning, Facilitating, and Assessing (Fall 2016)
Thursday, October 20: "Making 'group work' work: Planning, facilitating, and assessing."
Students come to SCU with many experiences with group work, but often without the skills to engage in collaboration effectively. What role can faculty play in designing collaborative learning experiences so that students not only deepen their learning of project content,but also develop accountability, interdependence, and the ability to give and receive constructive feedback? How do faculty fairly evaluate work produced in teams?
Faculty colleagues, Kathy Stoehr and Kathy Sun (Education) and Andrew Ishak (Communication) discuss their approaches and strategies for promoting effective group work.
Resources from Andrew Ishak, Kathy Sun, and Kathy Stoehr:
What I've Been Doing Lately in My Class and Why (Fall 2016)
Wednesday, October 5: “What I've been doing lately in my class and why."
Like many of us, you may have approached fall quarter thinking about what changes to make to your courses. Many of us are drawn to innovate to keep our teaching and the learning environment fresh. Rebecca Adler, an editor for Edutopia, commented, "We teachers are always looking to innovate, so, yes, it's essential that we try new things to add to our pedagogical bag of tricks. But it's important to focus on purpose and intentionality -- and not on quantity. So what really matters more than 'always trying something new' is the reason behind why we do what we do."
Come hear from Amy Eriksson (Communication), Leslie Gray (Environmental Studies and Sciences) and Amy Lueck (English) about changes they've made to their classes and why. There will be time to explore some of the innovations you're trying or considering.
Resources from Amy Lueck:
Why Is “Backward Design” so Useful When Planning Instruction? (Spring 2016)
April 20, 2016
How do you plan your courses or your class sessions each week? Here you'll find materials about how your colleagues are using the practice of "Backward Design" to design effective and engaging learning-centered experiences.
Stephen Carroll and Tonya Nilsson
Effective Use of Presentation Software (Winter 2016)
February 5, 2016
PowerPoint, Keynote, Prezi, Google Slides... whichever tools you use to convey information, we know from research and experiences here at SCU that there are many strategies and guidelines designed to prevent "death by PowerPoint." Here are some materials from your colleagues to help you keep your students engaged and help them learn better.
SCU Innovations in Teaching and Learning (Winter 2016)
March 8, 2016
Reports from Faculty Collaborative Grant receivers (colleagues from a variety of disciplines including Mathematics, Physics, Biology, Liberal Studies, and others) on their innovative projects designed to transform units of study or entire courses, with the common goal of enhancing student learning.
Maribeth Oscamou and Norm Paris
Natalie Linnell, Nicholas Tran, and Carol Gittens
Engaging Lectures, Engaging Students (Fall 2015)
October 22, 2015
Even as many of us move away from lecturing as the primary teaching approach we use in the classroom, the lecture can still fills an important role in student learning by helping frame an area, providing explanations and examples, and stimulating student interest in a topic. Here you can find resources from colleagues who describe how they design lectures to engage students.