This fall, the OFD’s theme for its events is Teaching and Learning out of the Box. We've put together a great series of events focused on teaching and learning in non-traditional ways given the needs of our campus (including sessions on flipping the classroom, service learning, alternative teaching practices, blended learning, and a program on differentiated instruction).
Workshop: Differentiated Instruction facilitated by Maureen Hall, 12-2:30pm, LIB 314 (see dates below)
1. Tuesday, 12-2:30pm, September 17, 2013 - What is Differentiated Instruction and why does it matter?
2. Tuesday, 12-2:30pm, October 15, 2013 - Differentiated Instruction and Assessment of Teaching and Learning
3. Tuesday, 12-2:30pm, November 5, 2013 - Reflective Practice and the Classroom Climate
Monday, September 16, 12-1pm, CCB 115 - Conducting Peer Observations (Cathy Smilan, Art Education and OFD Assistant Director)
Tuesday, September 24, 12:30-1:30pm, CCB 115 - Course Redesign for University Studies (Doug Roscoe, Political Sciences)
Tuesday, October 8, 12:30 – 1:30pm, Library 314 - Teaching Sensitive Topics in a Blended Learning Environment (Robin Robinson, Sociology)
Monday, October 21, 12-1pm, Library 314 - Teaching and Learning outside the Box: Flipping the classroom (Shannon Jenkins, Political Sciences)
Lightning sessions are events designed to present faculty with numerous ideas about improving their pedagogy. Each event will last one hour, and several faculty will present projects focused on a central theme. At the end of the hour, attending faculty will leave with several concrete ideas they can use in their own classes.
Wednesday, 12-1pm, September 11 – Library 314 - Teaching and Learning out of the Box: Blended Learning
Monday, 12-1pm, November 4 – Library 314 - Teaching and Learning out of the Box: Alternative Teaching Practices
Wednesday, 12-1pm, November 13 – Library 314 - Teaching and Learning out of the Box: Service Learning
These sessions are designed to connect faculty with common interests across departmental and college boundaries. The atmosphere is relaxed and the discussion tends to be quite lively. Attendees are encouraged to follow-up on issues raised during these conversations. The OFD will facilitate efforts to sustain interest in those issues.
Wednesday, 12-1pm, September 25, 2013- OFD lounge: Teaching and Learning out of the Box (Anna Dempsey)
Wednesday, 12-1pm, October 9, 2013 – OFD lounge: Junior Faculty (Tara Lyons)
Tuesday, 12:30-1:30pm, October 29, 2013, - OFD lounge: Taking the Publication Gamble (Cathy Smilan and Gláucia Silva)
Faculty Writing Workshop
September 11, October 2, 23, November 13, December 4 – 1-2:30pm in OFD Lounge
The Office of Faculty Development’s Writing Group for Faculty provides UMass Dartmouth faculty with a structured yet flexible forum for discussing and stimulating their ongoing writing projects. The group will meet every three weeks on Wednesday in the OFD Lounge. Lunch will be provided. Regular participation throughout the academic year is encouraged, but drop-ins are welcome.
The workshop series will be facilitated by Maureen Eckert, Associate Professor, Philosophy. Please contact Maureen Eckert at email@example.com with any questions.
OFD Grant Seekers’ Workshops
Tentative dates/times: October 22 from 12:30-1:30; November 5 from 3-5; November 19 from 3-5; December 5 from 12:30-1:30 in OFD Lounge
This semester, the grant seekers’ workshops will encourage interdisciplinary approaches to promising research areas. At each workshop, faculty will convene around a common research area or problem (e.g. public health; education) to meet other faculty who approach those same problems and areas from different disciplinary perspectives, and to pool project ideas and information regarding funding opportunities.
For each meeting, faculty who conduct related research but who have not yet pursued or are just beginning to pursue funding are especially encouraged to attend. Faculty interested in proposing a workshop on a particular research area or problem are encouraged to contact Chris Eisenhart (firstname.lastname@example.org) to have it added to the schedule.
Mentoring Writing for Science and Engineering Research Students
Faculty advisors face a constant challenge teaching their research students to write well. This group will meet twice monthly to discuss the challenges of mentoring our graduate students to become effective writers. The fall meetings will be structured as a discussion of the book The Craft of Scientific Writing by Michael Alley. The group will also share their own experiences, challenges and strategies for helping our advisees become better writers. The group meets over lunch on alternating Thursdays at 12:30 (9/12, 10/10, 11/7) and Wednesdays at 12pm (9/25, 10/23, 11/20). Please contact John Buck (email@example.com, x9237 to participate. The OFD will provide copies of the book to all participants.