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 around 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.
Vanessa Bond (Music Education, Hartt), Joshua Russell (Music Education, Hartt), and Jim Shattuck (Chemistry, A&S), will lead this conversation, describing their experiences conducting SoTL, employing a variety of qualitative and quantitative methods. They will discuss strategies for engaging in research on teaching and learning, including formulating questions, securing approval to work with human subjects, gathering data, and finding outlets for SoTL articles.
Mako Haruta (Math, A&S), Ed Gray (Chemistry, A&S) and Roger Desmond (Communication, A&S) will share their experience teaching a flipped classroom for the first time, discussing a range of topics, including: why they decided to flip their classes, what advice they would give to faculty considering teaching a flipped class, how students reacted and performed in their flipped class, and what kind of work is involved in teaching a flipped class.
Larissa Schroeder (Math, A&S) and Lisa Zawilinski (Education, ENHP) will present a range of instructional strategies, which require students to do more than simply watching, listening, and taking notes in class. These strategies can be as short as one-minute long, and help to reinforce important content, provide frequent and immediate feedback to students, and help foster a sense of community and collaboration in the classroom.