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  • Additions to the CTE Speaker Series: Webinars held at the ACCEL building, 1950 E. 54th St, Davenport:
    • Rubrics & Rigor on Oct. 23 1:30-3:00 p.m.
    • Accelerating Traditional Courses on Nov. 27 1:30-3 p.m.
  • Midwest Faculty Seminar at the University of Chicago will hold the following seminars. Two faculty may attend each seminar free of charge (lodging, meals, and registration) as part of SAUs institutional membership:
  • J.M. Coetzee's Disgrace (Nov. 8-10, 2012) - registration deadline Oct. 25
  • Mind, Brain, and World (Mid-January)
  • Islam in/and the West (Late February)
  • Climate Change Across Disciplines (April/May)
  • 2012-2013 Center for Teaching Excellence Speaker Series announced. Schedule as follows:
    • August 21, 2012 1:30-3 p.m. RC Ballroom: Guiding Student Success: A Diagnostic Checklist by Dr. Ken Sulfka
    • September 20, 2012 12-1 p.m. RC Ambrose Room: Today's Student by Steven Tendall
    • October 25, 2012 3:15-4:15 p.m. RC Ambrose Room: Working Effectively with Students with Disabilities by Ryan Saddler
    • November 14, 2012 12:00-1:00 p.m. Lewis Boardroom: Lessons from the Field: Active Learning by Barbara Wiese & Carla Stevens
    • December 5, 2012 1 p.m. RC Ambrose Room: Facilitating Student Research & Successful IRB Applications by Carol DeVolder
    • January 15, 2013 10:30 a.m. to noon The 5% Rule and 1-3 p.m. Teaching through Critical Thinking Tasks, both by Michael Palmer
    • February 20, 2013 4-5 p.m. RC Ambrose Room: Strategies for Faculty Stress Education by Steven Tendall
    • March 28, 2013 12-1 .m. RC Ambrose Room: Effective Use of Social Media in the Classroom by Donnie Ingram
    • April 25, 2013 3-4 p.m. RC Gottleib Lounge: Converting your Course to Online or Hybrid Learning by Donnie Ingram
  • Global Dimensions Teaching Circle provides a forum for faculty to discuss strategies for adding more global dimensions to their courses. Circle is facilitated by Ryan Dye at 1 p.m. in the RC Food Court on the following dates: August 31, 2012; September 28, 2012; October 26, 2012; December 7, 2012; January 25, 2013; February 22, 2013; March 29, 2013; and April 26, 2013.
  • Promoting Student Academic Success in the First Year discussions held the second Friday of each month at 3 p.m. in the RC Food Court. Discussions facilitated by Sherri Erkel on the following dates: October 19, 2012; November 9, 2012; January 11, 2013; February 8, 2013; April 12. 2013; and May 10, 2013.
  • Teaching with Technology teaching circle facilitated by Casey Attebery held in the Faculty dining room in Cosgrove Hall at noon on the following dates: September 19, 2012; October 17, 2012; November 14, 2012; January 23, 2013; February 20, 2013; March 20, 2013; and April 17, 2013.
  • The Teaching Professor conference will be held in New Orleans, LA on May 31 to June 2, 2013. The conference is designed to refresh, re-energize, and reinvigorate your teaching. Top price for individual registration is $579, but register as a group before Oct. 26, 2012 for significant savings. For more information on the conference, click here. Contact Christine Urish to register at the discounted rate.

Latest Publications in the Center for Teaching Excellence

  • College Teaching (April-June 2012) - Includes articles on the impact of student-faculty relationship in a highly challenged course, predicting student achievement in university-level business and economics classes, understanding and reducing faculty reluctance to improve teaching, assessing student perceptions of discussions in small-group, large-class, and online learning contexts, and silence in teaching and learning.
  • The Online Cl@ssroom (April 2012) - Currently being circulated to those who requested to see it. It includes brief articles on: supporting critical thinking in online class discussions, using frequent low-stakes grading, how temperament affects online learner success and retention, designing and teaching with returning adults in mind, and creating the perfect PowerPoint.
  • The Teaching Professor (April 2012) - Includes articles on: why students don't use teacher feedback to improve, maximizing the learning potential of exams, teaching grammar, and more. Back issues also available.
  • The National Teaching and Learning FORUM (March 2012) - Articles include: Contemplative Pedagogy, the twitter generation, online homework systems, a profile of lifelong teacher Brian Coppola, and much more.
  • Creating Significant Learning Experiences: An Integrated Approach to Designing College Courses by L. Dee Fink (book, 2003) - In addition to offering a chapter on a taxonomy of significant learning, it includes chapters on designing such experiences, changing the ways we teach and the human significance of good teaching and learning. The book concludes with two appendices: a decision guide for planning a new course using the book's principles and an eleven page list of suggested readings. 
  • Millennial Resource Collection - a collection of materials on methods of teaching millennial students.
  • COLLEGE TEACHING 60:1 (Jan-Mar 2012) - Includes articles on the use and abuse of cell phones, video as a metaphorical eye, assessment of textbook use and effects, using insults to illustrate the social construction of gender, student performance versus perception on exam question format, and two quick fixes-an interesting way of addressing students who sleep in class and a way of encouraging students to read what's assigned. Back issues also available.
  • Teaching At Its Best: A Research-Based Resource for College Instructors (third edition) by Linda Nilson (book) - This is a handbook of hundreds of practical teaching techniques, many of which are applicable to almost any class. It includes new information on the "millennial student," classroom activities and exercises, research from cognitive psychology, outcomes maps, etc. It is particularly good on matching teaching methods with projected learning outcomes. The overall focus is on promoting student learning and it is a valuable overview of many, many teaching techniques as they apply to college-level learning.
The Center's subscriptions are available in the three wall pocket locations (old snack bar, Cosgrove private dining room, Harrison St. Coffee shop, College of Business per Allison Ambrose, ACCEL via Ruth Soedt, and in the Health Sciences library where Alisa Rusch keeps them safe.