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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...


Speak Up! Strategies for Improving Students’ Oral Communication Skills

Postponed Until Spring 2018

Woods Classroom, Harrison Libraries

When asked to assess the importance of candidate skills/qualities, employers rated oral communication as the most important, according to National Association of Colleges and Employers’ Job Outlook 2016 report. In a similar survey by CareerBuilder (2017) employers identified oral communication, along with teamwork, problem-solving and people skills as the top four skills, they found lacking in recent college graduates. In this session, Lynne Kelly and Robert Duran (Communication, A&S) will share their strategies for supporting students in developing their public speaking skills. This session will be particularly helpful to faculty thinking about how to teach and assess oral communication, one of the University’s four essential learning outcomes.


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!