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Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Discussion Group

February 14th, March 6th and April 16th, 12-1:30 p.m., ACIV A, Room 114 B

Join your colleagues for a continuing discussion about all aspects of planning, executing, and disseminating a scholarship of teaching and learning project. Participants may attend any and all sessions but must register for each session they attend. The sessions will all include ideas for asking good questions, gathering meaningful evidence, and reporting results. During sessions we may review papers of published SoTl projects as well as hearing reports from participating faculty on their own projects. Participants attending any session will receive a copy of the new book, Engaging in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning: A Guide to the Process and How to Develop a Project from Start to Finish by Bishop-Clark and Dietz-Uhler, Stylus Publishing, 2012.  Lunch will be provided.

February 14th Register
March 6th Register
April 16th Register

Best Practices in Working with International Students in the Classroom

February 15th, 12-1:30 p.m., Commons 331
Provost’s Lunch and New Faculty Seminar Series

During this interactive workshop UMBC faculty will learn simple strategies and techniques to help non-native speakers of English to succeed in their courses. Specifically, instructors from the English Language Institute will provide insights into cultural issues affecting student academic success and discuss challenges with students’ listening comprehension and academic writing. Participants are encouraged to email any specific challenges they have experienced with non-native students so that the speakers can address the specific needs of attendees. Lunch will be provided.


Conversation about Classroom Design

February 18, 12-1:30 p.m., ACIV A,  Room 114B

Faculty are invited to a conversation with Celso Guitian, Campus Planner, to talk about desired features of classroom design. This session will provide an opportunity for faculty to describe the kinds of spaces that best facilitate the teaching approaches they prefer. This information will help UMBC Facilities Management better understand the teaching and learning needs for spaces on campus. This session also provides an opportunity for faculty to share more about their teaching styles with each other. Lunch will be provided and space is limited so please register in advance.


Making Grading Efficient—Using Peer Response

February 19th, 12-1:30 p.m., ACIV A, Room 114B

As a faculty member, do you find that you assign less writing than you’d like because you know that you can’t keep up with grading it? Do you find that your students seem to ignore the feedback you do provide, making your commenting seem like a wasted effort? Effective peer response engages students as both writers and readers, enabling an assignment to have a double impact. At the same time, it can lessen your grading burden by asking students to do substantial evaluation. Join your colleagues for a discussion of the best ways to implement peer response in your classes. Lunch and resources will be provided.


Lunch with the Provost

February 25th, 12-1:30 p.m., ITE 456
Provost’s Lunch and New Faculty Seminar Series

All new faculty in their first and second years are invited to lunch with the Provost. This session will provide an opportunity to have an informal conversation with the Provost about your work as a faculty member in the context of the University. Lunch will be provided.