Check back often for new events from the Center for Teaching Excellence. We wish you a successful 2012-2013 academic year. For more information about an upcoming event, email email@example.com.
Featured Spring 2013 Event
"The Fig Leaf in the Mind: Uncovering Our Preconceptions of Students"
Dr. David Green, Director of CETL
Seattle University, Seattle, WA
Tuesday, March 26
9 a.m. - noon, CLC Ballroom
Faculty, staff and students are encouraged to attend.
We all have ideas about the typical stellar or not-so-stellar student, but we rarely have the opportunity to test these ideas. Our preconceptions may put us at risk of missing key evidence; more importantly, they may prevent us from noticing students in real need of our support and encouragement. This workshop is based on a study where professors’ preconceptions were compared with data from over a thousand of their students, including actual grades. So how can we short-circuit the natural desire to categorize and pigeonhole our students based on real or presumed behaviors, circumstances, and attitudes? Through the use of a four-part vignette approach, we will peel back the fig leaves in our minds, become conscious of our own preconceptions, and strive for an equitable environment in our classes.
David A. Green is director of the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning and affiliated faculty in International Studies at Seattle University, WA. Before becoming a faculty developer, Green was chair of Languages and International Business at Birmingham City University (UK) and has taught at the graduate and undergraduate level in foreign language, literature, cross-cultural management, communication and higher education. He publishes on academic identity and faculty perceptions of both student characteristics and the field of higher education pedagogy.
Green is co-editor of the International Journal for Academic Development and co-author (with Celia Popovic) of Understanding Undergraduates: Challenging Our Preconceptions of Student Success, published in the USA and UK by Routledge (2012).
The breakfast will be held from 7:15-7:30 a.m., and presentations will be held from 7:30-8:30 a.m. Please RSVP by January 18 to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Teaching and Learning Conversations (TLC) with CTE
All TLC with CTE events are held from 12:30-2 p.m., in the Media 238:
Lessons on Learning (LOL) with CTE
Lessons on Learning is a new CTE resource for students and faculty. Mark your calendar for the latest upcoming event:
21st Century Skills and USC Upstate Stepping Up
Featured Fall 2012 Event
In September, the Center for Teaching Excellence welcomed Dr. Scott McDaniel, associate professor of mathematics at Middle Tennessee State University, to USC Upstate to discuss "Inverted Teaching: A Model for Any Discipline."
The inverted classroom, or the “flipped classroom“ moves the traditional in-class activities (e.g. the lecture) out of the classroom, and the activities typically done outside of the classroom (e.g. homework) inside the classroom (Lage, Platt, & Treglia, 2000).
As part of the event, USC Upstate faculty demonstrated how they enhance their fall courses with technology. Faculty presenters included the following: Angela Starrett (Mathematics & Computer Science) on College Algebra; Tasha Thomas (Languages, Literature & Composition) on English Composition; Andrea Davis (Fine Arts and Communication Studies) on Public Speaking; and Cassandra Jones (Languages, Literature & Composition) on Intro to African American Studies.
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