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2009 AFTC Session Descriptions


Teaching and Learning Resources
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Teaching and Learning Resources
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Washington, DC 20016

Session I

9:30-10:45 am

Is AU “Juicy”? - Peer Aggression and Bullying on Campus
Marilyn Goldhammer (CAS-SETH)
This workshop will provide an overview of how peer aggression impacts students’ social/emotional and academic life on campus. Participants will explore ways to create a “pro-social” environment within dorms, classrooms and campus organizations.

Five Easy Things: Technology to Increase Interactivity
Nicole Melander (KSB)
Five easy things you can do now to use technology to enhance teaching and learning. Professor Melander will demonstrate using Skype, polls, blogs, and more to make your classes more interactive and to deepen student engagement. 

Introduction to Blackboard
CTE Staff
Learn how to upload a syllabus, post an announcement, request e-reserves, send out a group email, and use other basic features of Bb. 

Reboot Your Brain: Integrating Deep Breathing and Mindfulness in the Classroom
Sue Marcum (KSB), Deborah Norris (CAS-SETH; Exec. Dir., Science for Health and Energy, Inc.), Richard Brady (Consultant, Minding Your Life), and Steven Emmanuel (Virginia Wesleyan, Batten Professor of Philosophy)
Current research shows that mindfulness practice enhances learning and attention. Join us for a mindful experience and learn how members of this panel have integrated mindfulness into their classrooms to enhance
academic performance. 

Security for Using Restricted-Use Data in Research
Mary Eschelbach Hansen (CAS-ECON), Maria Ivancin (SOC), and Alison Jacknowitz (SPA)
Restricted-use data include information that must be secured to protect the privacy of the people observed in the data set. Learn about a faculty initiative for improving campus resources for obtaining and using restricted-use data in your work and in your students’ work.

Show Me the Money! -- Strategies for Effective Grant Writing
Sarah Irvine Belson (CAS-SETH), Pat Aufderheide (SOC), and Doug Fox (CAS-CHEM)
This session will provide insights from three faculty members on the behind-the-scenes process of finding external funding for your magnificent ideas! These include developing your proposal, networking with program officers, essential components of a grant proposal package, and what to do if your proposal is denied: don’t give up!

Teaching Classes Students Don’t Want to Take
Michael Keynes (CAS-MATH), John Hyman (CAS-LIT; Dir., College Writing Program), and Chris Tudge (CAS-BIO)
In the lingua franca of students, “required course” might translate as: “Why do I have to take this?”, “How am I ever going to use this?”, or “Is there any way to waive this?” In this workshop, the panelists will discuss ways to anticipate, address – perhaps even exploit – this challenging point of view.

Teaching Writing in the Disciplines: What We Value and How to Teach It
Lacey Wootton-Don (CAS-LIT), Kelly Joyner (CAS-LIT), Rose Ann Robertson (SOC), Teresa Larkin (CAS-PHYS), Bonnie Auslander (KSB), and Lyn Stallings (CAS-MATH)
In this session, a multidisciplinary panel of faculty members talks about how they teach writing. Participants will get a clearer picture of how writing is taught across the university in the disciplines as well as specific best practices for incorporating writing and writing assignments in their own courses and disciplines.

Textbook Horror $torie$: Can We Give Students a Break on Price$?
W. Joseph Campbell (SOC), Seth Cutter (Student Government President), Amanda Fulton (Student Government Chief of Staff), and a Campus Bookstore Representative
How can faculty help manage the ever-rising, often-exorbitant textbook prices that students confront? How much do AU students pay for course texts? The panel will explore those and related questions , and consider the required textbook from faculty, student, and Campus Store perspectives.

Session II

11:00-12:15 pm

Advanced Blackboard
CTE Staff
Learn how to set up the Gradebook, Assignment Manager, Discussion Boards and other features of Blackboard.

Bridging Classroom and Community: Bringing Community-Based Learning and Teaching to Your Syllabus
Anastasia Snelling (CAS-SETH), Salvador Vidal-Ortiz (CAS-SOCY), Gemma Puglisi (SOC), and Marcy Fink Campos (Dir., Community Service Center)
Community-based or service learning is a rapidly expanding phenomenon. Come hear about ways to incorporate it into your syllabus, allowing students to deepen their learning through hands-on experience.

Keep Them Awake: Effective Presentations
Katie Kassof (SOC, MFA Candidate) and Joe Grimme (CAS-SETH, MA Candidate)
Don’t use PowerPoint as a crutch, use it as an enhancement to your presentations. Learn what makes a presentation “good” or “boring” and brainstorm about creative ways to make your presentations interactive and better received.

Inspiring Students to Become Enthusiastic and Motivated Learners
Chris Palmer (SOC)
This workshop will provide opportunities to learn various techniques and ideas for inspiring students to become enthusiastic and motivated, including how to create an atmosphere of warmth and trust in the classroom.

Working with Students with Asperger’s: A Collaborative Approach
Joanne Benica (Dir.,Disability Support Services), Kathy Schwartz (Dir., Academic Support Center), and Rachel Somberg (Psychologist, Counseling Center)
The prevalence of students with Asperger’s Syndrome attending college has significantly increased. AU is no exception. This workshop provides information about the disorder, and strategies for working with students in the classroom. It will also familiarize faculty with AU resources and relevant university policies and procedures.

Let Your Students Make Movies! An Experiment in Critical Thinking
Bill Leap (CAS-ANTH) and Kelly Donnellan (CTE-NMC)
For the past 5 years, Bill Leap asked students to “make movies” rather than “write term papers.” This session explores reasons for such a favoring of visual over print literacy, and identifies the campus resources that students can use when creating these projects.

Online Education: Not just for Techies
Meg Weekes (SPA), Amy Eisman (SOC; Dir., Writing Programs), Kelly Joyner (CAS-LIT), Jim Lee (SIS), Nicole Melander (KSB) and students
Learn the secrets to online teaching (hint: you’re already doing it your classroom). Hear from faculty who developed online classes, from students who took them, and about research on both sides. Panelists will share the three best benefits of teaching online, the four skills you need to start and the five steps to distance teaching in a real emergency.

Teaching Meets Scholarship
Cosponsored by the Committee on Faculty Development
Environmental Studies: Kiho Kim (CAS-ENVS) and Larry Engel (SOC); Human Rights: Rick Stack (SOC) and Julie Mertus (SIS)

Come share your research and teaching interest in one of two areas (Human Rights or Environmental Studies) with other colleagues whose work may intersect with your area of scholarship or teaching.

Writing Across Borders: Working with International Student Writers
Angela Dadak (CAS-LIT); Alex Hodges (University Library); Shari Pattillo (Counselor for International Students, Academic Support Center), and Michael Roehm (International Student and Scholar Services)
This session begins with the documentary film Writing Across Borders, which addresses some of the most significant challenges international students face when writing for US colleges and universities. Participants will discuss their own experiences and ideas about working with multilingual writers at AU.

Session III


All Stressed Out and No Time to Think: Stress Relief for Faculty and Students
Mary-Ellen Rose (CAS-SETH) and Erin O’Neill (CHES, CSCS)
This is an interactive workshop regarding the impact of stress on one’s ability to retain and recall information. The connection between stress and cognition presents a fascinating journey into the mind of the learner. Join us as we discuss stress relief and attempt a few stress reduction tips of our own!

The Promising Syllabus
Ken Bain (Vice Provost for Instruction and Dir., Research Academy for University Learning, Montclair State University)
Learn how to create a syllabus that stimulates deeper and more enthusiastic learning. Ken Bain draws upon his examination of the syllabi used by highly effective teachers.

Using Social Networks in Teaching and Maintaining Contact
Jack Child (CAS-LFS), Naomi Baron (CAS-LFS), and other panelists from across the disciplines
This workshop begins with a demonstration of the main features of Facebook as a social network. A group of faculty will discuss how they use Facebook (and other social networks). They will also explore possible ways of using it in teaching and keeping in touch with students.

Blackboard: The Ultimate Tool for Green Teaching
Anna Olsson (SPA-PhD Candidate)
Get to know the most convenient tools available in Bb to make your courses more sustainable. Topics include posting and grading assignments; making online quizzes; holding online office hours; and creating groups for online collaborative student work.
(Earn one bonus point towards your Green Teaching Certificate by attending.)

Teaching Tips for New Teachers
Cathy Crocker (CAS-SETH)
How do you teach the 10, 20, 30 or more students who are registered for your class? This round-table discussion is an opportunity for participants to share their teaching tips, to ask questions of other participants, and to start the spring semester with a new outlook on teaching.

AU Classrooms and Research Projects in the Web 2.0 World
Dave Swartz (Chief Information Officer, OIT), Bill Mayer (University Librarian), Nicole Melander (KSB), Julie Little (Dir., EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative), and Chris Simpson (SOC)
Practical initiatives to bring high speed, flexible networking, teleconferencing, and computing tools to AU’s classrooms, library, and faculty research projects. Bring your brightest ideas and toughest questions. Also on the agenda: improving academic computing budgets in the midst of a global meltdown.

Fighting the Slump: Effective Pedagogy for Reinvigorating the Mid-Semester Classroom
Alison Thomas (CAS-LIT), Darrell Hayes (SOC), Alex Hodges (University Library), Jocelyn McCarthy (CAS-LIT), Michael Keynes (CAS-MATH), and Tony Ahrens (CAS-PSYC)
In the middle of the semester, we watch as our students’ fading enthusiasm begins to change the classroom dynamic we’ve been trying to establish since August. This panel will talk about how teachers across disciplines approach the issues these changing rhythms create, and ways of turning them into pedagogical opportunities.

Making Better Use of Office Hours
Mary Eschelbach Hansen (CAS-ECON), Michael Manson (CAS Dean’s Office), and Karen Froslid Jones (Dir., Office of Institutional Research and Assessment)
The National Survey of Student Engagement provides new evidence of the importance of the role of teacher-student interaction outside the classroom. We will explore why we should define a role for office hours in our pedagogy and provide models for influencing student learning outcomes through more effective use of office hours.

Diversity in the Classroom: Creating an Inclusive Atmosphere
Caren Goldberg (KSB) and Tiffany Sanchez (Dir., New Student Programs)
Find out the results of student surveys on discrimination and interactions with other groups on campus. Through exercises, discussion, and participant input, we’ll define what diversity is and explore ways that we, as educators, can be more inclusive in the classroom.