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Fall 2017 Learn@Lunch Series

The Center for Teaching Excellence and Innovation’s (CTEI) Learn@Lunch series is an opportunity for University of Hartford faculty to lead and engage in discussions about teaching and learning. The sessions (typically 3-4 each semester) are designed to encourage faculty to share and explore new teaching methods and are intended to foster collegiality, community, and peer support around teaching. Each semester the topics vary and are selected based on feedback from faculty and with the guidance of the CTEI Faculty Advisory Committee.


Moving Forward with Backwards Design

Thursday, September 28, 12:15 pm – 1:45 pm

Slobodkina Reading Room, Outside of Hillyer Hall

Do you sometimes wonder whether your graded assignments and tests get at the learning you really intend or desire?  Interested in breathing some new life into your assigned coursework?  If so, join Lisa Zawilinski and Sheetal Sood (Education, ENHP) as they utilize backward design principles in an existing course. Participants will apply backward design principles to a course of their choosing. This application will likely increase ideas for assignments both graded and ungraded that lead students to more explicit and specific learning outcomes.

Recap of the Event...


Beyond Chalk and Talk: Active Learning in the Humanities

Wednesday, October 11, 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

Woods Classroom, Harrison Libraries

The humanities classroom has long been moving away from the “chalk and talk” method of teaching.  But do all discussion-based seminars include active learning?  In this Learn@Lunch, Bryan Sinche and Erin Striff (English, A&S) will present methods of active learning such as flipping the humanities classroom and using student-generated media to encourage critical and creative thinking.  They will also show how educational technologies in or out of the classroom are most effective when combined with collaborative, hands-on learning, encouraging students to analyze and interpret the information they’ve learned.

Recap of the Event...


Beyond Hand-Wringing: How the Writing Fellows—people, resources, techniques—can help you get your students to write better!

Thursday, October 31, 12:15 pm – 1:45 pm

Woods Classroom, Harrison Libraries

William Major, professor of English, Hillyer and Warren Goldstein, Chair of the A&S History Department and Co-Coordinator of the Writing Fellows Program, will walk participants through resources available to them via the Writing Fellows Program and Library, including online resources curated by the DTH Writing Initiative. Also, Bill and Warren will demonstrate how to use one of those key resources, John C. Bean's Engaging Ideas to integrate writing into any course. Finally, they will offer some simple strategies to help teachers provide genuinely effective feedback to students on their writing. (Spoiler alert: heavy markup or close editing of student writing DOES NOT WORK!  What does? Come and find out!)


OER 101: The Basics and Benefits of Open Education Resources

Wednesday, November 8, 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

Woods Classroom, Harrison Libraries

Have you heard the talk about OER lately?  Do you want to learn more about OER and how you can be supported in integrating OER into your courses? If so, please come to this Learn@Lunch and hear from Ivana Milanovic (Mechanical Engineering, CETA), James McDonald (Physics, A&S) and Melinda Miceli (Sociology, Hillyer) –all faculty who are currently using OER in their courses. Jillian Maynard (Reference Librarian, Harrison Libraries) will cover the basics of OER and discuss how our participation in the OpenStax Institutional partnership program can support your work with OER. Sample OER materials will be available for your review!