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Workshops and Professional Development


The following is a list of upcoming workshops.  We hope you can join us.  Faculty trainingWe are also happy to arrange a time to meet one-to-one to discuss any of these topics.  Just contact us!  You are also welcome to peruse past workshops.

 

To register for the workshops, follow this link to Survey Monkey

Winter Quarter Professional Development Opportunities

It’s not too late to sign up for professional development courses offered through the Center for Scholarship and Faculty Development and its Educational Technology and Media Services.  


Teaching and Learning Essentials I

January 10 – Cremona 102 from 9AM – 3PM 

Instructor: Margaret Diddams, Ph.D., Professor of Industrial / Organizational Psychology and Director of the Center for Scholarship and Faculty Development

Steven Covey wrote that successful people begin with the end in mind. The same is true for designing and delivering effective courses. This workshop will focus on the 10 essentials elements of student learning, designing appropriate course theme, objectives and learning outcomes, syllabus development, informal and formal student assessment strategies (including grading) and course evaluation.

Open to full-time, part-time and adjunct faculty. Participants will receive a $100 honorarium.


Flipping the Classroom

January 24 – Cremona 102 from 10AM – 2PM

Led by David Wicks, EdD, Associate Professor of Curriculum and Instruction and

David Denton, PhD, Assistant Professor of Teacher Education

New approaches to instruction have captured the imagination of many educators. Online, hybrid, collaborative, and flipped are a few of the terms used to describe non-traditional systems. Various technologies have made these new styles possible including learning management systems (Blackboard) and digital video (YouTube). However, effective instruction includes carefully authored objectives, engaging activities, aligned assessments, and opportunities for metacognitive thinking, among others. Flipped instruction replaces typical in-class activities such as lecture with discussion, analysis, and problem solving by moving the content delivery online. This allows students greater control of their learning as they control the playback and pacing of the digitally delivered content (YouTube, podcast).

In this interactive workshop, faculty will identify characteristics of effective teaching and learning, in the context of adapting course materials to the flipped classroom approach. Specifically, faculty will learn how to:

  • Author flipped content using tools such as Camtasia Relay, Camtasia Studio, and YouTube
  • Design effective instruction for online delivery
  • Hold students accountable for interacting with flipped content
  • Engage students in the classroom with active learning strategies for discussion, analysis, reflection, and assessment.

Open to full-time, part-time and adjunct faculty. Participants will receive a headset to use with their flipped courses.


Calling and clarity: Offering vocational guidance to students

January 31 – Cremona 201 from 9AM – 3PM

Instructor: Doug Koskela, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Theology & Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies, School of Theology

When college students seek vocational guidance, they often receive mixed messages from various influences in their lives. These different voices give rise to a number of questions: should I look for the one path God has called me to take, or are there multiple possible paths on which I might live out God’s calling for my life? Will my vocation make use of my gifts and passions, or—like Moses—will I be called to a task I neither want nor feel equipped to do? Why do so many characters in the Bible experience a dramatic and unmistakable calling from God, whereas I’m not feeling any direction from God (and could really use some)? In this course, we’ll explore an approach to calling and discernment that addresses these questions and prepares you to give helpful vocational guidance to students. Open to full time faculty; staff (with supervisor’s permission) and adjunct faculty as space permits.

Open to full-time, part-time and adjunct faculty and staff (with permission of supervisor). Faculty will receive $75 honorarium as well as Dr. Koskela’s book.


Teaching and Learning Essentials II

February 7 – Cremona 102 9AM-3PM

This mini-course continues building on the foundational strategies in T&LE 1 by focusing on creating significant learning experiences in and outside of the classroom to enhance student learning and attainment of learning outcomes. The workshop will start with a review of student learning principles and map them to active learning techniques and the stewardship of precious classroom time.

Instructor: Margaret Diddams, Ph.D., Professor of Industrial / Organizational Psychology and Director of the Center for Scholarship and Faculty Development

Open to full-time, part-time and adjunct faculty. Participants will receive a $100 honorarium. Prior participation in TLE I is recommended but not required.

Applying Metacognition to Teaching Writing


 March 7 – Cremona 102 9Am – 3PM

Instructor: Christine Chaney, Ph.D., Professor of English & Interim Director of Campus Writing

We have been talking a lot about writing at SPU this fall!  Come learn more about how the latest writing pedagogy research can support your own classroom practices for any of your classes requiring writing as a tool for research and scholarship. Join Chris Chaney for an exploration on how to create writing assignments  that help develop students’ critical thinking skills, impacting how they approach your subject matter and making your own time spent on feedback and grading that much easier, too.  Moving beyond surface errors and grammar, Dr. Chaney will work with faculty to develop rhetorical frameworks that enhance critical thinking, and metacognition skills as well as mastery of course material.

Open to full-time, part-time and adjunct faculty and staff (with permission of supervisor). Faculty will receive $50 honorarium as well as course materials.

 

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