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RSVP for CTEI's Fall 2017 Learn@Lunch Series

Posted 09/12/2017
Submitted by Jean McGivney-Burelle
Category: Campus Announcements

The Center for Teaching Excellence and Innovation is pleased to announce the Fall 2017 lineup for the Learn@Lunch series. Please read the titles and abstracts below and send an email to or to reserve a spot in one or more of these workshops. Lunch will be provided!


Moving Forward with Backwards Design

Thursday, September 28th12:15p-1:45p

Slobodkina Reading Room, Hillyer

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 Dr. Lisa Zawilinski and Dr. Sheetal Sood (Education, ENHP) to learn how to apply backwards design principles in an existing course. Participants will apply backwards 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.


Beyond Chalk and Talk: Active Learning in the Humanities

Wednesday, October 11th11:30a-1:00p

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, Dr. Bryan Sinche and Dr. 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.


Speak Up! Strategies for Improving Students’ Oral Communication Skills

Tuesday, October 31st12:15p-1:45p

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, Dr. Lynne Kelly and Dr. 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 8th 11:30a-1:00p

Woods Classroom, Harrison Libraries

Have you been hearing 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 Dr. Ivana Milanovic (Mechanical Engineering, CETA), Dr. James McDonald (Physics, A&S) and Dr. 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 participants to review!


Again, please send your RSVP to or if you would like to attend one or more of these sessions to ensure that we have enough space and a headcount for lunch!