CTL Newsletter May 5, 2022

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Launch your summer with Teach Week! Looking for practical, evidence-based ideas to enhance your fall classes? During the week of May 23rd, CTL and the Instructional Design, Engagement and Support group (IDEAS) are offering a series of workshops and other events to help you generate and implement new course design ideas in a reflective and thoughtful way. See our Teach Week webpage for full details, or scroll down to the bottom of this email for workshop titles.  

CTL is pleased to announce the 2022-2023 cohort of Lilly Fellows. The eight fellows are: Seyram Avle (Communication), Forrest Bowlick (Geosciences and Environmental Conservation), Achsah Dorsey (Anthropology), Sarah Gonzalez-Nahm (Nutrition), Beatriz Lorenzo (Electrical and Computer Engineering), Lenore Palladino (Economics), Amy Springer (Biochemistry and Molecular Biology), and Remy Taghavi (Music and Dance). The Lilly Fellowship for Teaching Excellence enables promising early-career faculty to expand their expertise and leadership in teaching while pursuing the teaching and scholarly activity expected of faculty at a major research university.

We want to know what’s on your mind about teaching next year. As the semester wraps up, CTL is already starting to think about Fall 2022. We want to know your thoughts about teaching (and learning) next year, whether it’s questions, ideas, or half-formed musings. Share your thoughts anonymously in our one-question survey.  

It’s not too late to use Forward FOCUS! The Spring 2022 version of the Forward FOCUS (updated with minor revisions) is now available for use by all instructors who wish to use it. Follow our Moodle video guide for importing FOCUS, and find written guides for Moodle and Blackboard on the FOCUS home page. If your department is using FOCUS as a departmental option for course evaluations this semester, review steps for instructors on the departmental guidelines page.   


Want to learn from faculty at other higher education institutions who engaged in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) to systematically study changes in their teaching related to the pandemic? If so, the Pandemic Pedagogy Research Symposium: From Innovation to Transformation could be a great, free conference to attend. Hosted by Duke University on May 11, 2022, this online conference covers topics such as ungrading, rethinking asynchronous modules, and orchestrating collaborative hybrid learning. Register soon and come chat with us afterwards about what you learned. 



What Do Our Students Think about Flexible Learning?
Monday, May 23, 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm via Zoom or in person
Facilitators: Claire Hamilton (CTL), Mei Shih (CTL), and Sara Cavallo (CTL) 
Register nowTeach Week webpage with further details.

NEFDC Conference: "Learning Assessment, Evaluation & Grading: Are We Doing Justice?" 
Tuesday, May 24, 8:45 am – 4:00 pm, via Zoom
Facilitators: Susan D. Blum (Keynote Speaker) and faculty from colleges and universities in New England 
Register nowLearn more about the conference. 

Deepening Learning with Concept Maps 
Wednesday, May 25, 10 am to 11:30 am via Zoom or in person 
Facilitators: Colleen Kuusinen (CTL), Sharon Kearney (IDEAS), Brian Baldi (CTL) 
Register now. Teach Week webpage with further details

Tools and Techniques for Engaging Students in Flexible Courses 
Wednesday, May 25, 1 pm to 2:30 pm via Zoom or in person 
Facilitators: Dan Cannity (IDEAS), Sharon Kearney (IDEAS), Heather Sharpes-Smith (IDEAS)
Register now. Teach Week webpage with further details

Design Is Storytelling
Thursday, May 26, 10 am to 11:30 am via Zoom or in person 
Facilitators: Dan Cannity (IDEAS) and Beth Lisi (CTL) 
Register nowTeach Week webpage with further details. 

Preparing Your Lectures for the Digital Classroom
Thursday, May 26, 1 pm to 2:30 pm via Zoom
Facilitators: Tamarin Butcher (IDEAS), Dan Cannity (IDEAS), Xime Vicuña Cubillos (IDEAS)
Register now. Teach Week webpage with further details

Pedagogy Around the Pond 
Friday, May 27, 12 pm 
Interested in taking a walk around the pond with some gelatto and casually talk about teaching? Come join us for some fun conversation! We'll meet in front of the Old Chapel, make our way to the Blue Wall to grab some gelatto, and then take a stroll. No registration needed and we hope to see you there! 

Looking for more events or resources related to teaching?  Please visit our CTL website.  Want a consultation?  Just submit a Teaching Consultation Request Form, and we will set up a time to talk.