Register for the CAE’s Back-to-School Workshops, Jan. 10-14

Location: Zoom

Dear Colleagues,

As we begin the new year, the Center for Academic Excellence is looking ahead to how we can support all of you with your course-planning for the Spring semester. We've therefore put together a wide range offerings for our annual January Back-to-School workshops. We have five days, from Monday, January 10 through Friday, January 14, filled with our own sessions plus collaborations with our CAE liaisons, the Office of Research and Grants, the DiMenna-Nyselius Library, and Academic Computing. Due to the uncertainty surrounding COVID, we have decided to hold all of these workshops on Zoom; hopefully, that will allow even more of you to take advantage of what we have to share. 

Thanks as always for your hard work and your appreciation of our efforts to support all of you. Best wishes for a happy, healthy, and productive new year!

Carol Ann Davis
Jay Rozgonyi
Emily Smith
Debbie Whalley

Monday, January 10

9:30 to 10:45 a.m.: Overview of Anti-Racist Syllabus Design
Are you called to start integrating anti-racist pedagogy into your teaching practice? This session will introduce some best practices of anti-racist course design that can be applied to your syllabus right away, and create a familiarity with anti-racist approaches. Bring a syllabus to work with. 
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11 a.m. to 12 pm: Interpreting your IDEA Data and Dealing with Troubling Data
This session will help you to understand and interpret your IDEA data. We’ll also discuss ways of responding to troubling data, including difficult comments from students.
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12 p.m. to 1 p.m.: Mid-Career Faculty of Color Professional Learning Community (presented by Gwen Alphonso and the CAE)
Join us for the first meeting of a professional learning community focused on supporting the unique experiences and challenges of mid-career faculty of color in their post-tenure advancement towards promotion. Co-facilitated by Dr. Gwen Alphonso, CAE Liaison, and CAE Directors, the PLC will come together over a Zoom brown bag lunch to formulate its own agenda, goals and modalities. All mid-career, post-tenure, BIPOC faculty are encouraged to attend. 
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1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.: Community Conversation - Teaching in Our COVID World, January 2022
Join a collaborative brainstorming and discussion about how we can best address the COVID-borne pedagogical challenges we faced in the Fall, bringing our collective wisdom and ideas to problem-solve and prepare for our Spring courses.
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Tuesday, January 11

10:00 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.: Authentic Assessment and Information Literacy in the Disciplines (presented by Emily Porter-Fyke, DiMenna-Nyselius Library)
This presentation will share strategies for integrating information literacy and research concepts into authentic assessments, with examples drawn from disciplines and programs found at the university.
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11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.: Conducting Your Own Mid-Semester Assessments of Teaching (MAT) 
The CAE’s Mid-Semester Assessments of Teaching (MATs) have proven to be an incredibly valuable way for full-time and part-time instructors to gather feedback from students and make modifications that can improve the learning for those very learners. The CAE will continue to offer our facilitated MATs, but this spring we’re also introducing a “do-it-yourself” MAT process that will allow instructors to gather anonymous information from students on their own. In this workshop we’ll talk about the goals of MATs and how you can make sense of the feedback they provide, as well walk you through the process of using the same tools and templates that we employ to conduct our MATs.
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2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.: Blackboard Basics (presented by Toni Pennacchia, Academic Computing)
If you’re new to Blackboard - or if you’ve simply forgotten some of the basics - join Academic Computing/ITS and the CAE for this introductory session on getting starting with the Blackboard course management system. Learn how to create assignments, quizzes, and tests; manage and automate grading; and comment on papers and provide annotations directly. Get all of your courses set to go for January including video, publisher, and Zoom content.
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4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.: Blackboard Grade Center (presented by Toni Pennacchia, Academic Computing)
Take a deeper dive into Blackboard’s Grade Center with Academic Computing/ITS and the CAE. Learn about manual, automatic and calculated columns and how to organize them Also how to create grade weighting schemes, calculated columns and categories. You will also get tips and tricks for organizing your Grade Center from deploying Assignments and Tests for grading, to further managing columns, categories, and calculations.
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Wednesday, January 12

10 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.: Making Your Pitch: Writing Effective and Persuasive Research Impact Statements (presented by the Office of Research and Grants)
This session will provide you with the opportunity to better articulate the broader impact of your grant initiatives, and to write more persuasive proposals.  As experts in our own fields – used to communicating with other experts in our fields – it is not always easy to describe the significance of our work to more generalist audiences.  We will provide you with structured writing tasks, time to write your own “pitches” and engage in peer review, and also hear from a colleague who has served as a grant reviewer.
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1:00 p.m. to 3 p.m.: Building Your Toolkit: Learning and Using Institutional Research Supports (presented by the Office of Research and Grants)
This session will provide you with information about, and time to explore, institutional research tools and organizations, including GrantForward, Digital Measures (now known as Faculty Success), Zotero, the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity (NCFDD), and the Faculty Resource Network (FRN).  These tools allow you to seek out grant opportunities that fit your needs, log and disseminate your scholarly and creative work, and network to cultivate new research partners.
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Thursday, January 13

10:00 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.: Developing a Faculty Led Program Abroad(presented by Shannon Harding and Patricia M. Pivarnik)
A faculty-led program abroad is a terrific way to take your course “on the road,” using the location to enhance learning. This workshop will review:
  • the timeline for submitting a course proposal
  • tips for developing a successful program
  • COVID safety measures
  • the process of launching a program
  • what "personal style” is best for being a Faculty Leader
All first time faculty-led program faculty are required to have attended a “Developing a Faculty-Led Program Abroad” session. 
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11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.: Using Tech Tools to Support Active Learning
The value of active learning as an effective pedagogy has been widely established by studies across all types of colleges and universities, and many Fairfield faculty have long been applying this strategy to engage students in learning. In this workshop, we will explore a number of different tech tools and the ways they can be employed both in the classroom and in online/asynchronous settings to draw students into a less passive - and more integrated - way of learning. We also encourage faculty who’ve had success with active learning using tech tools to join the session so they can share their insights and practices.
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1:00 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.: Utilizing Padlet for Student Engagement
If you’ve ever wished you had a way to create an online board for class post-its, a virtual timeline that includes photos and videos, or a collaborative workflow creation tool, you’ll want to learn about Padlet. A simple-to-use tool that operates on its own or within Blackboard, Padlet offers all of the capabilities described above — and more. In this session we’ll present an introduction to Padlet and how it works; a pre-recorded video from Prof. Bryan Ripley Crandall (School of Education & Human Development) that illustrates how the tool has transformed his teaching; and a whole-group conversation and demonstrations that explore your ideas for using the software.
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2:30 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.: Introduction to Gradescope (presented by Gradescope and Fairfield faculty users)
Join our online workshop with Gradescope and the CAE and learn how you can use Gradescope to deliver and grade your existing assignments, whether online or in person. We will offer guidance on how to save time grading and get a clear picture of how your students are doing. In this workshop, you will learn how to:
  • Set up fully online and paper-based assignments including programming/coding assignments
  • Easily create flexible, dynamic rubrics to maintain grading consistency
  • Use assignment analytics to improve student learning outcomes
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Friday, January 14

10:00 a.m to 3:00 p.m.: Writing Retreat
Join the CAE and a community of colleagues for a day-long writing retreat on Friday, January 14th, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Plan, begin, revise, or complete writing projects (e.g., manuscripts, books, syllabi, reports, portfolios/dossiers). Share and report on your writing goals, consult with peers or CAE staff about any stage of your writing process, or use the time for some solo writing. Bring your writing materials and tools. 
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10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.: Syllabus Drop-in
Sign on via the Zoom link below for a one-on-one consultation with a CAE Director about any aspect of your syllabus (learning outcomes, assessment strategies, active learning activities, tech tools, etc.). We'll be available for one morning and one afternoon time slot to assist with your Spring 2022 course needs.
Zoom link for January 14

For more information, contact Jay Rozgonyi / 2416 /