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CTRL Faculty Summer Institute

May 15 - May 25, 2017

Monday, May 15 | 9:30am-3:30pm | Mary Graydon Center 247

Complex Problems Fellows Workshop

Cindy Bair Van Dam (Hurst Senior Professorial Lecturer and Complex Problems Pilot Faculty Director) and Laiko Quintero (Program Manager, University College)

This workshop will help faculty teaching in the Fall 2017 Complex Problems pilot program develop their syllabi and course assignments. Special attention will be given to best practices for working with living-learning communities, teaching critical reading and communication skills, and providing meaningful feedback.   


Monday, May 15 | 9:30am-3:30pm | Mary Graydon Center 245

Community-Based Learning Faculty Institute

Marcy Campos (Director of Center for Community Engagement and Service) and Harry Gilliard (Coordinator of Community-Based Learning)

This Institute provides an opportunity for AU faculty to learn about best practices in community-based learning pedagogy and to use this knowledge to revise and strengthen a course syllabus. Through the “CB” course designation, the Community Service-Learning Program (CSLP) add-on credit, and the Community-Based Research Scholars program, this pedagogy is gaining traction on campus and nationally. Faculty practitioners and community partners will serve as guest speakers. They will provide practical resources such as articulating learning outcomes, designing project-based vs. direct service approaches, tips on including reflection, and strategies for working with community partners.

This Institute, now in its fourth year, is relevant both for those who have experience with CBL but want to refine an existing course and those who are exploring this approach for a forthcoming class.  


Tuesday, May 16 | 9:30am-3:30pm | Mary Graydon Center 200

Intentional Course Design

Marilyn Goldhammer (CTRL Associate Director for Pedeagogy & Educator in Residence, SOE)

Most of us have been in the position of inheriting a course and syllabus from a colleague or being asked to create an entirely new course. It can be hard to know where to start as you weigh competing ideas, available resources, and curricular focus.How do you create cohesion and balance among course components — your goals, readings, assignments, lectures, and in-class exercises?Join us for an interactive session to explore ways to make course design decisions with intention.  


Thursday, May 18 | 9:30am-3:30pm | Mary Graydon Center 3-4

Leveraging Instructional Technology for Your Classroom

Anna Olsson (CTRL Assistant Director of Teaching and Learning Resources), Emily Crawford (CTRL Instructional Technology Consultant), Ben Dempe (CTRL Instructional Technology Consultant), Sarah Grace (CTRL Instructional Technology Consultant), Amanda Miller (CTRL Instructional Technology Consultant) & Nikki Lane (CTRL Instructional Technology Consultant)

At this workshop, you will be able to identify and learn to use the most beneficial instructional technologies for your classroom, and then get hands-on experience working with two new instructional technology tools of your choice. The day begins with a broad conversation about the role of technology in higher education and how it can most efficiently be used to align with course goals and learning outcomes, while being accessible to all students. Following the morning session, you will delve deeper into two tools of your choice by attending hands-on workshops that go into detail about their uses in your classroom.

Monday, May 22 | 9:30am-3:30pm | CTRL Lab, Hurst Hall 202

Using SPSS Software for Research and Teaching

Assen Assenov (CTRL Associate Director for Research Support) and Angel Bogushev (CTRL Academic Technology Applications Trainer)

SPSS is a user-friendly statistical package that easily performs data manipulation, analysis, and visualization. This full-day, hands-on workshop will introduce some fundamental topics utilizing the point-and-click interface over four distinct sessions. We will begin with an overview of the software, including simple data exploration and manipulation techniques. The aim of the second session is to help increase skills in creating and customizing graphics. The third session will introduce linear regression analysis and diagnostics. The workshop will be completed by bi-variate and regression analysis for categorical variables.

Monday, May 22 and Tuesday, May 23 | 9:30am-3:30pm | Kogod T58 and T59

Kickstarting Your Summer Writing Project: A Two-Day Write-on-Site

Naomi Baron (CTRL Executive Director)

Finding uninterrupted time to work on a writing project is often a challenge. Whether we are drafting a book proposal, an article, an op-ed, a fellowship proposal, or course redesign,
distractions tend to chip away at our best-laid writing plans.

Make the beginning of summer an opportunity to focus on your writing project by joining colleagues for a two day "write-on-site." CTRL will provide lunch, drinks, snacks, and a place for quiet, individual work. You bring your writing implements and emerging ideas.

This workshop is part of the year-long Partners in Writing Program (in collaboration with the Humanities Lab), which provides space each week for faculty to work on individual writing projects.


Wednesday, May 24 | 9:30am-3:30pm | CTRL Lab, Hurst Hall 202

Data Exploration and Visualization

Assen Assenov (CTRL Associate Director for Research Support), Angel Bogushev (CTRL Academic Technology Applications Trainer), and Bill Harder (CTRL Lab Manager)

Join us in this full-day, hands-on workshop to discuss the next steps of your research: finding, cleaning, and exploring data to search for patterns and insights which visualize your story. Please bring your research questions and hypotheses that we can work on. First, we will discuss how to conceptualize and organize your data broadly. Then, we will break into two groups.

The quantitative research group will discuss the process of variable identification, univariate and bi-variate analysis and visualization, and variable creation and transformation. The qualitative research group will focus on how to organize and analyze data, including interviews, field notes, archival sources, images, videos, and more. We will use tools like word clouds, word trees, cluster analysis, concept diagrams, and network maps.

Thursday, May 25 | 9:30am-3:30pm | Mary Graydon Center 245

Sustainability Across the Curriculum

Megan Litke (Director of Sustainability Programs)

Join us for a full-day workshop to integrate sustainability into an existing course. AU is committed not only to carbon neutrality by 2020, but also to educating our community about local and global sustainability issues. The goal of this workshop is to create an opportunity for faculty from all disciplines to engage with a diverse cohort to learn how to include sustainability concepts in any course.

Participants will be introduced to sustainability concepts and examples of sustainability concepts that have been included in courses across the curriculum, as well as to campus and community resources that are available to help faculty integrate sustainability into a course. Reflection opportunities and small group discussions will provide faculty participants with an opportunity to connect sustainability broadly to their discipline and then to a specific course. Participants will leave with a plan to integrate sustainability into a course. Faculty who edit a course syllabus for the next year will be recognized by the Office of Sustainability.