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Faculty Development Day

8:30 am Breakfast in the Carver Atrium

9:00 – 10:15 Choose one of the following

Online Tools for Student Engagement, Rm 231

According to students, Brian Steffen makes great use of social media platforms in his courses.  Sharon Wilkinson uses FlipGrid so students can have video-based, threaded discussions outside of class. Brian and Sharon will share how they have used these online tools and facilitate a discussion about how others might use these tools in their own classes.

Peer Review: An Instructor’s Secret Weapon, Rm 205

Peer review might seem counterintuitive. Asking inexperienced writers to give each other feedback might seem like a waste of time, but as a step in the writing process, peer review can result in more thoughtful reflection on content, better development, and increased attention to sentence-level errors. In this session, CoryAnne Harrigan will offer ways of incorporating peer review and provide samples of peer review documents.

The Supportive Syllabus, Rm 233

The syllabus contributes to students’ first impressions of instructors. Does your syllabus create the impression you want it to create? Will students be motivated to succeed or afraid of being penalized? In this interactive session, Sal Meyers and Sarah Davitt will discuss four ways of making your syllabus more motivational and supportive.

10:30 – 11:45 Choose one of the following

Low Stakes Writing in 100-level WC Courses, Rm 205

Simpson Writing Across the Curriculum (SWAC) is introducing scaffolding for WC-designated courses. The emphasis for the 2018-2019 academic year will be teaching and learning in the 100-level classroom.

This workshop, conducted by Beth Beggs, will help faculty brainstorm and design low-stakes writing assignments for writers to practice the desired 100-level writing outcomes:

Developing a thesis or main point Developing paragraphs with evidence and analysis Developing an analytical conclusion.

Diverse Learning Environments: Infusing Diversity Throughout the Curriculum, Rm 231

Last year, students completed the Diverse Learning Environments survey and indicated how many courses they have taken that included materials/content about gender, race/ethnicity, socioeconomic class, privilege, sexual orientation, and/or disability. In this session, Maeve Callan and other members of the 2017-18 Committee on Academic Diversity and Inclusion (CADI) will share the results of this student survey and the CADI survey of faculty. As a group, participants will then brainstorm ways we can better infuse diversity throughout the curriculum.

Using the Scholar Gradebook, Rm 233

Students benefit from having access to an up-to-date gradebook on Scholar. In this session, Manda Gibson will demonstrate how to set up the gradebook and how to get it to calculate your grades for you. The quality of the Scholar gradebook has improved over time. If you have been frustrated by the gradebook in the past, now is the time to reconsider using it.

11:45 – 12:30 pm Lunch

12:30 – 1:45 pm Choose one of the following

Discover it First: New Online Access to Academic Resources, Rm 231

In this interactive session, we will explore new online access to academic resources available through Dunn Library. You can then facilitate use of these key web resources with your students. Please bring your laptop and Simpson ID card. Librarians will highlight features of WorldCat Discovery, including off-campus login and use on multiple devices. They will guide you in setting up accounts to The Chronicle of Higher Education and New York Times with focus on specific tools on these websites. You will also be introduced to Credo InfoLit Modules, ACRL-aligned instructional materials that deepen student learning on research strategies. With videos, tutorials, and quizzes, InfoLit Modules are a great addition to IL embedded skills courses, research courses, and SC 101 classes for plagiarism and academic integrity topics.

Introduction to Panopto: A Video Management Tool in Scholar, Rm 233

Over the summer, Simpson obtained a license for Panopto “a single tool for video management, recording, live streaming, inside-video search, quizzing, analytics, mobile, and more.” In this session, Manda Gibson will introduce us to the basic features of this powerful tool and facilitate a discussion of how to use Panopto to enhance student learning.

 Please RSVP to Jodi Eubank at jodi.eubank@simpson.edu no later than Thursday, August 16th.  Be sure to include all sessions you would like to attend in addition to lunch participation and dietary restrictions.

Wednesday, August 22, 2018 at 8:30am to 1:45pm

Carver Science Center
200-298 W Clinton Ave, Indianola, IA 50125, USA

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