Focus on Teaching and Learning: Lunch and Learn Series

This series is a collaborative effort with the Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence and aims to build your skills and knowledge while engaging in conversation and discussion with colleagues during a lunch and learn format. Connect your work with the workshop topic and leave with concrete ideas for incorporating it into your classroom experience.

Spring 2021 Sessions

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Prior Session Materials

No Google, No Guessing: Designing Authentic Assessments

Featuring Jonathon French, Assistant Professor, Chemistry and Jason Wiles, Associate Professor, Biology

On October 16, 2020, Jason and Jonathon discussed the challenges associated with transitioning into mixed-delivery instructional mode, and how designing assessments for student work can be even more challenging for mixed-delivery and online than for face-to-face instruction. The presenters shared authentic assessments examples that they have developed and deployed for students and ways to encourage strong performances and academic honesty. A Zoom recording of the session is here:

Being a “Responsible Employee”: Supporting Our Students

Featuring Christina Percoski, Training and Development Specialist, Office of Equal Opportunity, Inclusion, and Resolution Services

On September 1, 2020, Chris discussed roles and responsibilities of faculty members when becoming aware of sexual or relationship misconduct in our campus community. The discussion included helpful suggestions to navigate discussions with students in a supportive way and recent changes to the Title IX federal regulations and policy. A Zoom recording of the session is here:

Chris shared her presentation slides and handouts as well:

Creative Assignments and Alternative Assessment

Featuring Meredith Martin, Assistant Teaching Professor, Psychology

On April 7, 2020, Meredith shared how she engages in creative design and how she considers the needs of all the students in the classroom. She and participants both offered strategies to welcome all students to the classroom and make a big class feel small. A Zoom recording of the session is here.

Meredith shared her presentation slides and a number of her assignments as well:

Dialogues on Diversity: A Panel Discussion on Inclusive Classroom Practices

On March 6, 2020, faculty engaged in a panel discussion with colleagues, Shiu-Kai Chin, Megan Elizabeth Cartier, and Mona Eikel-Pohen about what they have tried, what worked, and what they will try next in relation to inclusive classroom practices.

How to Make Group Work “Work” 

On February 4, 2020, faculty engaged in a world café to experience the benefits of dynamic group interaction from a student perspective.

The Fast and the Formative: Strategies to Gauge Learning in the Moment

On October 29, 2019, faculty explored various strategies for finding out what students are learning as they learn it.

Teach the Students You Have

On September 25, 2019, faculty explored strategies for designing course objectives with current students in mind.

Ready, Set, Rubric

On March 26, 2019, faculty engaged in conversations about the benefits of rubrics, different types of rubrics, and how to evaluate the quality of rubrics.

Design, Align, Save Time

On February 26, 2018, faculty learned how to think through their course design to align your program outcomes, course objectives, activities, assignments, and assessments.