Spring 2016 Events

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Active Learning Strategies

February 5

This event will focus on providing you with a plan for implementing active learning strategies and evidence-based practices appropriate to the classroom you find yourself teaching in -- be it a large fixed-seat lecture hall, an intimate seminar room, or a virtual classroom online. During this event, you will design an active learning component one of your courses and have the opportunity to receive feedback on its implementation.

Creating and Using Rubrics

February 9

Evaluative rubrics are a great method of assessing learning. This event will introduce the concepts of evaluative rubrics, their development, and application. You will have the opportunity to develop a rubric to use in one of your courses and will be able to share it with other participants for feedback.

Tools of Engagement Project

February 10

Educators today face the daunting task of working with students who come from a world where smartphones, tablets, streaming videos and apps are second nature. With the traditional “sage-on-the-stage” model becoming a thing of the past, instructors must use new technologies to engage students who have grown up in a mobile-friendly world.

Binghamton University faculty interested in exploring these new teaching methods can take part in TOEP — the Tools of Engagement Project — a free, online professional development program implemented across 19 SUNY campuses. The aim of TOEP is to encourage instructors to adapt to this new learning landscape by seamlessly integrating instructional technologies to enhance course content and increase student engagement.

Creating Better Presentations and Presenting Them

February 19

What makes for a great presentation? How can you avoid “Death by Powerpoint”? Don’t know where to start in preparing a presentation for your class or conference? This event will introduce you to concepts and applications that can help you to create and deliver a powerful and engaging presentation.

Providing Feedback to Your Learners

February 23

What do learners expect in terms of feedback on their assignments? How does the feedback you provide your learners relate to student retention? This event is a co-sponsored by the Center for Learning and Teaching and the Binghamton University Writing Initiative. Robert Danberg (Writing Initiative) and Eric Machan Howd (CLT) will lead you through some concepts of providing feedback to your learner to keep them engaged and learning. Additional time will be spent on various feedback techniques that involve multimedia, rubrics and more.

Student Panel II: International Perspective

March 11

The CLT’s Fall 2015 Student Panel event was it’s most successful event for that semester, so much so that  we want to make this event a regular offering. In partnership with Multicultural Resource Center, the CLT will facilitate a panel-session where you will hear from the international students at Binghamton University. They will provide their feedback and insights on such topics as: the use of technology in teaching and learning, class size, study habits, and insights on how to engage our international students. You will also have the opportunity to ask questions of our panel.

PlayPosit (fka eduCanon) Demo

April 5

Turn any video into an accountable and engaging experience for your students in or outside of the classroom. Add interactions and feedback so that no student practices incorrectly and get real-time data to assess learning and allow for focus on teaching, not grading. Already partnering with over 100 schools, districts, and colleges (including Duke University and University of Manchester), PlayPosit can integrate with any LMS for SSO and gradebook syncs, custom content integrations, pedagogy and technological supports, and administrator options for flipping professional development.

Creating Engaging Discussions

April 8

Class discussions are a standard tool for most faculty, whether you are teaching a large lecture course, a small seminar, or an online course. However, many faculty report difficulty in engaging their learners in quality discussions that promote learning. This event will introduce you to various concepts and pedagogies for creating and facilitating discussions in a variety of learning environments.

The First 5 Minutes

April 15

The first moments of a class session provide multiple opportunities to engage your learners. The CLT invites you to this collaborative session on strategies for using those first five minutes of class to hook your learners. Participants will be encouraged to bring their strategies to share; the CLT will also provide additional ideas.

Accessibility by Design: Creating Inclusive Course Content with Nazely Kurkjian from Services for Students with Disabilities

April 19

The Services for Students with Disabilities office and the Center for Learning and Teaching presents a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) workshop to help you create accessible course content for a wide variety of learners. Specifically, you will learn how to use speech-to-text technologies as well as various accessibility features in Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Adobe Acrobat (PDFs)! Additionally, you will be provided with best practices for creating accessible document scans as well as accessible multimedia content. 

Summer Reading List

April 29

What better time to reflect on your teaching than the summer? This event will introduce you to various resources that you can use in your future course development and professional development. The CLT will provide you with a list of books, articles, sites and journals for summer reading and discuss other resources that have made an impact on participant’s learning and teaching. This list will cover concepts such as: managing large lecture courses, creating assessments, developing online courses and content, creating accessible content, promoting engagement and active learning, and creating and leading discussions and group activities.