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Noontime Conversations

The Center for Teaching, Research & Learning sponsors two or three conversational lunches per semester focused on topics of special interest to Faculty. Past Noontime Conversations have included Teaching First Year Students, Addressing Students' Stress and Mental Health Issues, Active Learning: Why It Matters, and Problem Based Learning. If you have a particular issue you would like to share with faculty in this venue, please contact Anna Olsson, at x6077.

Fall 2016

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Examining Classroom Dynamics: Responding to Students

We will look at the ways that students interact with faculty and with their peers and explore strategies to support the needs of both. The panel discussion will be moderated by Rob Hradsky, Assistant Vice President and Dean of Students in the Office of Campus Life. Additional panelists: Kevin Barrett (Police Captain, Public Safety), Andrea Brenner (Assistant Professor of Sociology & Director, American University Experience (AUx)) & Deborah DeMille-Wagman (Director, Academic & Disability Support Academic Support and Access Center)

Wednesday, September 21, 2016 | 12:00 - 1:30 PM | Butler Board Room

Free Speech and the Classroom: What to Consider

Thursday, October 20, 2016 | 12:00 - 1:30 PM | MGC 3 & 4


Previous Noontime Conversation Topics:

  • Teaching First Year Students: Challenges and Opportunities (3/31/2016) (watch the video-recording)
  • Transforming Courses through Open Educational Resources (3/22/2016) (watch the video-recording)
  • Dealing with Conflicting Political Ideologies in the Classroom (2/23/2016)
  • Addressing Students' Stress and Mental Health Issues: Strategies for Faculty (1/28/2016) (watch the video-recording)
  • Internships as a Pathway from Liberal Arts to Careers (10/21/2015)
  • Active Learning: Why It Matters (9/24/2015)
  • Reacting to the Past (3/30/2015)
  • Problem Based Learning (2/26/2015)
  • Combine Your iPad and iPhone To Teach, Present, Write, and Conduct Research (1/27/2015)
  • Doing the Reading: Is the Cost of Textbooks a Factor? (11/13/2014)
  • Student Voices: AU Undergraduate Curriculum (10/15/2014)
  • Ways To Help Students Improve Their Writing Skills (9/16/2014)
  • eBooks in Higher Education: Reading Between the Lines (3/27/2014)
  • Learning and the Brain: Cognitive Processes that Underlie Learning (with Daniel Willingham) (2/25/2014)
  • "Out of Print" Film by Vivienne Roumani (2/5/2014)
  • Where's Professor Waldo in the Lands of MOOCs (10/16/2013)
  • Connecting the Dots: Aligning Course Content in Undergraduate Curriculum (9/17/2013)
  • Teaching with Research (3/25/2013)
  • Student Voices: Lessons from Student Survey Data (2/27/2013)
  • Another Student Recommendation? (1/28/2013)
  • Beyond SETs: Continuing the Conversation (10/17/2012)
  • The Art of Teaching - Perils and Pleasures of Pedagogical Interdisciplinarity (9/18/2012)
  • Beyond SETs: Brainstorming the Possibilities (3/21/2012)
  • Teaching with Research (2/27/2012)
  • Can’t Get to Campus? How to Keep Your Class Going Anyway (1/24/2012)
  • Food for Thought - Using Gastronomy as an Incentive to Learn (10/19/2011)
  • Face time with the Teaching Coach: Tips and Tricks for Better Teaching (9/20/2011)
  • Measures of Good Teaching (4/6/2011)
  • How to Quantify Great Ideas (3/24/2011)
  • Facebook Startup - New Classroom Tools (3/16/2011)
  • Valentine's Luncheon: Researching Teaching and Teaching Research (2/14/2011)
  • Learning from Our Students: How Research on Our Teaching Informs Practice and Policy (11/18/2010)
  • Hybrid Courses: The Best of Both Worlds (9/21/2010)
  • Mobility Learning in Education: The Future is Now (4/12/2010)
  • Reflections on What We Learned from the February Snow and Class Continuity (3/18/2010)
  • Evaluating Capstones, Comps and Significant Research Papers (3/3/2010)
  • Teaching with Research (2/17/2010)
  • Reflections on "Inspired Teaching" (10/21/2010)
  • Making Your Own Film As a Learning Tool (9/23/2010)

See CTRL's Events Calendar for more details on all events.

Audio & video files of previous Noontime Conversations are available on iTunes U.