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Fall 2013 Schedule

Where: Charlotte Frank Classroom, 1203 Hunter East
When: Thursdays, 12 pm - 2pm. 
RSVP: to no later than 5 pm on the Tuesday before the event.

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Oct 3
Using technology to scaffold student research
In this Tech Thursday session, we will explore how technology can be used to help undergraduate students acquire research skills.  Wendy Hayden will discuss how blogs can be used to create scaffolded research assignments. Students in her class used blogs at different steps of an archival research project that stressed advanced research skills, collaboration, and conversation. Mark Hauber will talk about how he involved students in a large, introductory psychology course in a research project. Class members were asked to observe wild animals, to collect their own data, and to submit the data through an online survey portal, generating a large, class-wide database. (more...)
Mark Hauber (Psychology)
Wendy Hayden (English)
Oct 10
Using clickers to create community and support student engagement
Are your students engaged during lecture? Many of us have sought ways to move away from the traditional lecture-style model of the college classroom and toward more active, research and problem-based student learning. This type of change does not come lightly, and as we try, we often find that the difficulties associated with engaging our students are further compounded by the ever-increasing size of our classrooms. In today's presentation, Donna McGregor will discuss the use of clickers to actively engage students in classroom learning. (more...)
Donna McGregor (Chemistry)
Chris Braun  (Psychology)
Kenneth McLaughlin (Economics)
Oct 17
Special event: Virtual Educause Conference

Oct 24
Connecting to students in online classes
Many of us have thought about the potential for students to feel isolated in online courses.  Is it possible to cultivate a sense of social presence and interpersonal connection in this context?  In this presentation, two faculty members who have successfully engaged with students in online courses will share their strategies, which can be applied to any class that makes use of online technology. (more...)
Laura Baecher (Curriculum & Teaching)
Diane Berman (Special Education)
Oct 31
DIY electronic textbooks
Aine Zimmerman + students (German)
Shiao-Chuan Kung (ICIT)