• Center for Teaching, Research & Learning
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    Hurst, Room 214

    Mon. - Fri. 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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Noontime Conversations

The Center for Teaching, Research & Learning sponsors two-three conversational lunches per semester focused on topics of special interest to Faculty. Past Noontime Conversations have included training on Endnote Bibliographic Software, Making Your Own Film as a Learning Tool, and Doing Justice to Ethics in the Classroom. If you have a particular issue you would like to share with faculty in this venue, please contact Anna Olsson, at x6077.

Spring 2015

Tuesday, January 27 | 12:00 - 1:30pm | MGC 5

Combine Your iPad and iPhone To Teach, Present, Write, and Conduct Research 

Brian Yates (Professor, Department of Psychology)

Combining your iPhone and iPad gives you both something to connect to a projector and a wireless remote control for presenting lectures, running meetings, and illustrating research findings. No WiFi needed.

Register for the January 27th Noontime Conversation


Thursday, February 26 | 11:30 am - 1:30 pm | MGC 5 

Problem Based Learning

Mark A. Serva (Program Director: Global Enterprise Technology; Associate Professor of Management Information Systems, University of Delaware)

This workshop will enable faculty to experience problem-based learning (PBL), a pedagogy that enables students to learn by doing. PBL is more than solving a specific problem: it structures the problem-solving process so that students learn how to learn. Faculty will first experience a PBL problem, then begin writing their own problem.

Register for the February 25th Noontime Conversation


Wednesday, March 25 | 11:30 am - 1:30 pm | MGC 5

Reacting to the Past

Patrick Coby (Professor of Government, Smith College)

This interactive workshop allows faculty to experience a dynamic pedagogy that allows students to experience an historical event. Students assume the roles of historical figures as they debate issues, negotiate compromises, and scheme against their faction opponents.


Previous Noontime Conversation Topics:

  • "Doing the Reading: Is the Cost of Textbooks a Factor?"
  • "Student Voices: AU Undergraduate Curriculum"
  • "Ways To Help Students Improve Their Writing Skills"
  • "eBooks in Higher Education: Reading Between the Lines"
  • "Learning and the Brain: Cognitive Processes that Underlie Learning" with Daniel Willingham
  • "Out of Print" Film by Vivienne Roumani
  • "Where's Professor Waldo in the Lands of MOOCs"
  • "Connecting the Dots: Aligning Course Content in Undergraduate Curriculum"
  • "Teaching with Research"
  • "Student Voices: Lessons from Student Survey Data"
  • "Another Student Recommendation??*!?"
  • "The Art of Teaching - Perils and Pleasures of Pedagogical Interdisciplinarity"
  • "Beyond SETs: Continuing the Conversation"
  • "Beyond SETs: Brainstorming the Possibilities"
  • “Teaching with Research”
  • “Can’t Get to Campus? How to Keep Your Class Going Anyway”
  • “Food for Thought - Using Gastronomy as an Incentive to Learn”
  • “Face time with the Teaching Coach: Tips and Tricks for Better Teaching”
  • Valentine's Luncheon: Researching Teaching and Teaching Research"
  • "How to Quantify Great Ideas"
  • “Facebook Startup - New Classroom Tools”
  • "Measures of Good Teaching"
  • "Evaluating Capstones, Comps and Significant Research Papers"
  • “Greening the Classroom”

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

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