On February 8-9, the Division of Equity and Inclusion will host Dr. Joan Middendorf, the Director of the Faculty Learning Community at Indiana University for a series of four teaching workshops for faculty and administrators.
1. Faculty Workshop: Managing Hot Moments in the Classroom
Many instructors avoid controversial issues in the classroom because of the difficulty involved in managing heated discussions. Instructors who are willing to bring up such issues may face disheartening challenges in the classroom or low student ratings, in part, because of their identity‹their race, gender, accent, etc. Controversy can be a useful, powerful, and memorable tool to promote learning. Research has demonstrated that conflict or controversy during classroom discussion can promote cognitive gains in complex reasoning, integrated thinking, and decision-making. In this session we will discuss how instructors can successfully manage discussions on controversial topics. Participants will consider problematic scenarios and discuss approaches to avoid problems.
ED 176, Monday, February 8, 2:00pm 3:30pm
RSVP: space is limited. RSVP by Wednesday, January 27 at noon: http://tinyurl.com/j2fl66x
2. Faculty Workshop: Transformational Teaching and Learning
The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning has created a shift in higher education through evidence-based teaching. We can approach teaching not only from content or methods, but from a feedback loop established between teachers and learners. Working in cross-disciplinary groups we will examine evidence of student learning‹like x-rays of student understanding. We will consider the most essential learning in our fields and the places students tend to get stuck so that our students are not only more likely to learn to, but also gain an understanding of the underlying ways of operating in our disciplines. When we have a methodology at our disposal that produces real change our relationship to teaching is transformed.
Ford Alumni Center Board Room (4th floor), Monday, February 8, 10:00am 11:30am
RSVP by Wednesday, January 27 at noon:http://tinyurl.com/z7b8epz
4. Deans and Heads of Departments Workshop: Evaluating Teaching: Best Practices OR Research on Evaluation of Teaching
While student ratings can provide helpful and legitimate feedback, all things being equal, an instructor who teaches a challenging course will score lower than an instructor whose course is less rigorous. Research has shown implicit bias in student ratings. While student ratings are very good for measuring customer satisfaction, under the best of circumstances, there¹s only a mild correlation between student learning and an instructor¹s rating. Dr. Middendorf will explain the shift towards other tests and learning assessments that can serve as evidence of student learning to document teaching effectiveness along with student ratings. Learning assessments are not only are useful in the evaluation of teaching but are an important element in program review.
Ford Alumni Center Ballroom, Tuesday, February 9, 2:00pm 3:30pm
RSVP: space is limited. RSVP by Wednesday, January 27 at noon: http://tinyurl.com/j82ds7o
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NEW Leadership Oregon
NEW Leadership™ Oregon (NLO) is the award-winning women’s leadership development program housed at the Center for Women’s Leadership at Portland State University. Open to all women enrolled at any university/college in the state of Oregon, the six-day residential program educates and encourages outstanding college women to develop paths towards leadership.
NEW Leadership Oregon teaches leadership through action. Participants will:
- Practice public speaking, planning, organizing, and networking to address real social problems.
- Draw on the expertise of seasoned coaches and the experiences of women leaders in government, business, science, art and the community.
- Visit the Oregon capitol and learn about the legislative process from state policymakers.
- Learn a set of skills designed specifically to prepare college women for public leadership.
If you know of women who would be interested in participating in NLO, please encourage them to apply. Applications are due by February 3, 2016, and are available online here.
Undergraduate Research Symposium
For five years now, Undergraduate Studies has partnered with University Housing, the Robert D. Clark Honors College, UO Libraries, the Division of Equity and Inclusion, and the Office of Research and Innovation to support theUndergraduate Symposium
—a special, campus-wide opportunity for students to present their original contributions in the sciences, social sciences, arts, and humanities. Abstract proposals for student presentations at the 2016 event are due by 11:59 pm
on March 25
and are submitted via the Undergraduate Symposium website or this direct link
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