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Varsi CAFE3



Open to all interested faculty, note times and locations. 

RSVP up to two days before and we'll provide you with a bag lunch in the CAFE3 spirit. Otherwise, BYOL. (, 554-2746)

Metacognition (huh?) and Reflective Learning

Monday, April 8
Research indicates that asking students to think about their own learning can help them engage the course material, work hard, think critically about course content and their own class contributions and actually perform better and learn more. Join Stephen Carroll (English) and Andrea Pappas (Art History) in a conversation about how to invite students to reflect on their own learning as the course progresses. Bring your own ideas, practices and questions.
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Flipping Your Class

Monday, April 15
What’s this about faculty “flipping” their classrooms--engaging students with activity in class as they displace traditional “content delivery” online/outside of class? In some ways this is a (really) old conversation with new technological possibilities. How do we ensure the usefulness of in-class activities? Will our excellent lectures work in an online environment? Join us in either or both of two conversations about these and other questions as we talk about flipping moments or courses including how to use existing web content (located and curated by faculty) or create original materials (captured and posted online).
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Electronic Content Development and Mobile Learning

Wednesday, April 17
Are you interested in developing teaching modules/textbooks for your courses on mobile devices? What are the advantages/disadvantages of mobile devices versus desktops/laptops as platforms for electronic content? Are you interested in hearing from faculty who are working on using gaming approaches in their teaching? Join Nicholas Tran (Math and Computer Science) and his colleagues from the Working Group on Developing e-Content as they talk about their work developing an iPad app for reinforcing key concepts taught in an introductory computer science course. Maria Pantoja (Computer Engineering) will give a presentation of this project and invite you to share your ideas about electronic content development in your own fields.
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Creating Online Content: Hands-on Workshops

Week of April 22, Learning Commons Faculty Development Lab, Room 142
Learn about a variety of applications for creating audio and video modules with screen capture.
  • Wednesday, April 24, 2:30-4:00pm 
  • Thursday, April 25, 10:00-11:30 am AND 2:00-3:30pm
  • And by appointment with Mike Ballen & Gloria Hofer

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Reimagining Student Assignments

Monday, April 22nd
How do students demonstrate their learning in your courses? Most of us were trained to value exams, researched papers, lab reports and analytical essays. Many faculty (including those who value and continue to use exams, reports and essays) have begun to make use of other opportunities, including websites, course blogposts, Wikipedia entries, discussion posts, public presentations, and e-portfolios. Join a conversation with faculty using a variety of approaches to student assignments as we consider these questions: What pedagogical values and assumptions inform your decisions about student demonstration of learning? Who is the audience for your students’ demonstrations of their learning? You? The class? A more public audience outside of your classroom? Why? What about the challenges of assignment design and evaluation?
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Getting Your Word Out: Reaching beyond the Academy with New Media

Monday, April 29th
How and why do academic writers use new media? Join a conversation with SCU faculty who reach out to readers in the public sphere via blogs/twitter/tumblr/facebook and more. Consider expanding your own audience beyond specialized academic readers. Let’s talk audience/s and purpose/s with colleagues who reach out via new media.
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Blogging and Tweeting: Hands-on Workshops

Week of May 6th, Learning Commons Faculty Development Lab, Room 142

Learn about applications for blogging and tweeting.
  • Monday, May 6, 10:30am - 12:00pm 
  • Wednesday, May 8, 2:30-4:00pm 
  • Thursday, May 9, 2:00-3:30pm 
  • Friday, May 10, 11:45am - 1:15pm 
  • And by appointment with Mike Ballen & Gloria Hofer

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ePortfolios: More Than a New Technology

Wedneday, May 15thth
Many SCU faculty use (e)Portfolios to support engaged, reflective and integrative learning. Join a conversation about the benefits of ePortfolio for teachers and learners. Explore new portfolio tools for teaching, learning and your own professional development.
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ePortfolios: Hands-on Workshops

Week of May 20th, Learning Commons Faculty Development Lab, Room 142

Learn to create an ePorfolio.
  • Monday, May 20, 10:30am - 12:00pm 
  • Wednesday, May 22, 2:30-4:00pm 
  • Thursday, May 23, 2:00-3:30pm 
  • Friday, May 24, 11:45am - 1:15pm 
  • And by appointment with Mike Ballen & Gloria Hofer

The Faculty Collaborative folks (Eileen Elrod, Chris Bachen, Sharon Merritt, Noel Radley, Nicholas Tran and Tim Urdan) look forward to hearing about your new ideas and interests as we build toward new sites for conversation about teaching at SCU: CAFE3 during 2013-14; one to two day Technology and Teaching Workshops with Information Technology this summer; a web repository of teaching resources (to deepen resources currently available on the Faculty Development site).

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Contact Us

Faculty Development Program

Eileen Razzari Elrod
Assoc. Vice Provost for Faculty Development
St. Joseph's Hall, #124

Administrative Associate
St. Joseph's Hall, #113

Fax: 408-551-1873

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