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Co-Op Workshops

Spring 2016

The Co-Op Workshop Series will return during the Fall semester.  Watch this page for updates.


Past Workshops:

Quality Does Matter in Online Course Design

Quality Matters is a faculty-centered course review process that is designed to ensure the quality of online and blended courses.  Each of these workshops gives you an opportunity to see the different ways this tool can be used to improve online course design. 

· Monday, January 25, 12:30-2:00pm and Thursday, March 31, 12:00-1:30pm—Quality Matters: What is It and Why Does It Matter?

This workshop will give you an overview of the Quality Matters tool and instructions on accessing the resource.  Facilitated by Marie F. Beardwood (FCTL).

· Monday, April 11, 12:30-2:00pm—Quality Matters Peer Review

Your Blackboard course design can be reviewed against Quality Matters standards by a colleague within or outside of your discipline.  Nursing faculty members Jeanne Schwager and Debra Servello will discuss their experiences using this process.

· Tuesday, April 19, 12:30-2pm—Quality Matters FCTL-Facilitated Course Review

FCTL staff can help strengthen course design through the lens of Quality Matters.  See Quality Matters standards in action and view an improved Blackboard course shell.  Facilitated by Marie F. Beardwood (FCTL) and Constance Milbourne (Marketing).

FCTL—Adams Library 406


Research @ RIC:  Activism in the LGBTQ Community

RIC faculty are studying and writing about bringing political or social change to the LGBTQ community.  

· Thursday, February 11, 12:30-2:00pm—Queering Community-Based Research and Researching Queer Communities: Methods and Models in LGBT Activism and Empowerment

Academics, students, activists and/or community members can engage and support Queer and Trans-specific research that functions to meaningfully integrate, as well as empower, LGBT communities of practice.  International and local case studies will provide opportunities to brainstorm potential ways to shift or reformulate research practices.  Facilitated by Elijah Edelman (Anthropology).

· Tuesday, February 23, 12:30-2:00pm—Dissent as Discipline: Moving Queer Studies Beyond the Academic Fringe

This talk examines the emergence of queer studies programs in American colleges and universities.  Mikaila Arthur (Sociology) will explore the spread of queer studies across the educational landscape and present several case studies to show how faculty and student activists have successfully worked together to make queer studies programs a reality.

· Thursday, April 21, 12:30-2:00pm—Global LGBTQ Activism

Robyn Linde (Political Science) will discuss the global movement for LGBTQ rights and protections.  Drawing on her current research, she will discuss the emergence of LGBTQ transnational activist organizations, their role at the United Nations, and their efforts to expand LGBTQ human rights in the Global South.

FCTL—Adams Library 406


Recipe for Research:  Are Your Students Working From a Recipe or Learning to Cook?

A Series to Guide Faculty in Developing Student Research Skills

How do students master the technique of transforming a list of content ingredients into a delicious research project?  How do we, as faculty, guide them from apprentice to chef – expert in their own research kitchen?  How do we help students ultimately understand the subtleties of shiitake mushrooms over basic button? 

· Wednesday, February 17, 10:30am-12:00pm—Library I: Beginning Research Skills   

When you learn to cook, you start with a basic recipe.  What are the ingredients for sautéed mushrooms?  Workshop facilitators: Dragan Gill (Adams Library) and Gale Goodwin Gomez (Anthropology).

· Wednesday, March 23, 2:00-3:30pm—Library II: Emerging Research Skills 

Now that you’ve mastered sautéing mushrooms, how do you whip up some mushroom soup?  Workshop facilitators: Amy Barlow (Adams Library) and Magdalena Ostas (English).

· Wednesday, April 13, 2:00-3:30pm—Library III: Capstone

Now that you understand the subtleties of mushrooms and their complex flavors, can you successfully create your own recipe?  Wild mushroom risotto, anyone?  Workshop facilitators: Tish Brennan (Adams Library) and Michelle Brophy-Baermann (Political Science).

· Thursday, April 14, 2:00-3:30pm—Library I: Beginning Research Skills

When you learn to cook, you start with a basic recipe.  What are the ingredients for sautéed mushrooms?  Workshop facilitator: Dragan Gill (Adams Library).

FCTL—Adams Library 406


Submitting a Curriculum Proposal

This workshop will provide tips and recommendations on submitting a strong proposal to the Curriculum Committee.  If you have a proposal to prepare, bring the information with you for feedback.  Facilitated by Sue Abbotson (Curriculum Committee and English).

Friday, February 19, 12:00-1:30pm

Friday, April 1, 10:00-11:30am

FCTL—Adams Library 406


Teaming Up to Talk About Writing and Pedagogy with Faculty in the Disciplines

How do faculty from different disciplines teach writing?  Design writing assignments?  Give students feedback?  Hear how your colleagues from across the content areas discuss their strategies. 

· Tuesday, February 23, 4:00-5:30pm—Didn't They Already Learn That?: Teaching Writing to Graduate Students

· Join Michelle Crossley (CEP), Deborah Siegel (Social Work) and Elizabeth Holtzman (CEP) for a discussion about the ins and outs of working with graduate students on writing and research.

· Tuesday, March 22, 2:00-3:30pm—At the End of My Rope: Finding New, More Effective, More EFFICIENT Strategies to Respond to Student Writing

Edwin Calouro (History) shares what works and what doesn’t when responding to and grading student work.  Come prepared to share your experience and strategies for success.

· Tuesday, April 12, 2:00-3:30pm—I Have to be THAT Direct?: Writing Writing Assignments Across the Disciplines

Brian Knoth (Communication) talks about ways to create formal writing assignments that anticipate students’ questions and concerns and give them everything they need to know to write the kinds of papers you want to read.

FCTL—Adams Library 406


Faculty as Writers

As faculty, we spend a good deal of time looking at, thinking about, and responding to student writing.  But what about our own writing?  How do RIC faculty identify writing and research topics?  What is the writing process like?  How do you get writing done?

Wednesday, February 24, 12:30-2:00pm—Facilitated by Mike Michaud (English) and Kay Kalinak (English). 

Wednesday, March 16, 12:30-2:00pm—Facilitated by Mike Michaud (English) and Tom Malloy (Psychology).

FCTL—Adams Library 406


What Advisors Need to Know

Each student population has unique advising needs.  How does that impact your advice to your advisees? 

Monday, February 29, 12:00-1:30pm—Advising Students with Disabilities, Students of Color, and Transfer Students
Facilitated by Keri Rossi-D’entremont (Disability Services), Maria Muccio (Preparatory Enrollment Program), and Susan McAllister (OASIS).

Thursday, March 3, 12:00-1:30pm—Advising Veterans, First- and Second-Year Students, and Student-Athletes
Facilitated by Micaela Black Estrella (Veteran Resource Center), Susan McAllister (OASIS), and Dolores Passarelli (Department of Athletics).

Pizza and cookies! 

FCTL—Adams Library 406


Facilitating Peer Assessment

How can a faculty member effectively use peer assessment to further student learning?  Tanni Chaudhuri (Sociology) leads this discussion and offers strategies you can implement in your classroom.

Tuesday, March 15, 12:00-1:30pm
FCTL—Adams Library 406


Dialogue on Diversity

Barbara Jensen, Founder of the Working Class Studies Association and author of Reading Classes: on Culture and Classism in America will conduct a faculty in-service focused on the effects of unintentional classism on pedagogy and the success of working class students.  Faculty will explore approaches that are mindful of class cultures and creating opportunities for working class students to have increased success in the academy. 

Wednesday, March 16, 3:30-5:00pm
Alger Hall 110


Summer Seminar for the Teaching of Writing Panel Presentations

Please join members of the campus Writing Board and the Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning for our annual Summer Seminar for the Teaching of Writing (SSTW) Panel Presentations. At this event, faculty from across the disciplines who participated in this year’s SSTW will share and discuss their experience learning about and implementing evidence-based practices for the teaching of writing. A light lunch will be served.

Wednesday, March 23, 12:30-2:00pm

Reinhardt Room—Adams Library


Faculty Book Series

RIC faculty have a distinguished track record of publishing.  Hear some of your colleagues discuss their latest books.   

· Thursday, March 24, 12:30-2:00pm—Boundary Issues and Dual Relationships in the Human Services. Columbia University Press, 2012.

All professionals throughout their careers make decisions about whether to share personal information with clients, patients, or students; accept gifts and invitations; engage in personal relationships after the formal relationship ends; or correspond on social networking websites.  Professor Frederic Reamer (Social Work) will discuss his research on these issues and evolving ethical standards.

· Monday, March 28, 12:30-2:00pm—The Globalization of Childhood: The International Diffusion of Norms and Law against the Child Death Penalty. Oxford University Press, June 2016. 

How does an idea that forms in the minds of a few activists in one part of the world become a global norm that nearly all states obey?  How do human rights ideas spread?  In this book, Robyn Linde (Political Science) tracks the diffusion of a single human rights norm: the abolition of the death penalty for child offenders under the age of 18.

FCTL—Adams Library 406


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Did you miss a workshop?




“The best thing I can say about FCTL programs is that they’re invariably useful in practice.  I’ve never attended one that I didn’t leave without thinking, ‘I can use this, here’s where, and here’s how.’

I also appreciate the way you reach out to adjuncts as well as full-time faculty members.  I’ve taught, both full-time and as an adjunct, at several other schools.  It’s nice to be somewhere that doesn’t treat adjunct faculty as second-class citizens.  I know many adjunct faculty members don’t have my schedule flexibility to attend daytime programs, but they should be aware that they’d be welcome and that they’re missing out on something good.”
E.M., Accounting and CIS

“I’ve enjoyed the opportunities the FCTL offers to confer with my faculty colleagues about issues in teaching.  There are genuine commitment and expertise among the RIC faculty, and the collegiality, idea swapping, and practical and emotional support that occur around the FCTL table have been valuable.  I appreciate my colleagues at RIC; they’re invested in teaching well, being lifelong learners, challenging themselves and lending one another a hand.  In the past year I’ve found this to be true in both of the FCTL sponsored workshops I attended, one on plagiarism and the other on students’ evaluations of courses.” – D.S., School of Social Work

“I enjoy attending and leading Co-Op workshops at the FCTL. What you find, when you attend, is that we are all hungry to talk about teaching, about our students, about our struggles, about our successes. And we are hungry to talk about these things with people with whom we are not necessarily departmental ‘family members.’

This is the real usefulness of the FCTL. You sit at a table with faculty members and you talk about teaching and learning and share stories and advice and consolation. Some of these people you know. Some you will come to know. But often, the people you meet and interact with are not the same people you will see in department meetings. The FCTL provides an alternative outlet for pedagogical discussion and the opportunity to build networks of collaboration and colleagueship beyond one’s departmental unit. These are two really important and useful things. 

The best part of the co-op workshops—well, maybe not the best part, but a really good part—is that you don’t even have to allocate much more time other than showing up. You can assume that if you do, there will be others there who will be hungry to share and listen. If you are a co-op leader, you can spend a lot of time putting together a slick presentation, but you should probably expect that once you get in the room, the conversation will go in places you didn’t expect. And that’s one of the best things, actually.” – M.M., English Department


Co-Op Workshop Archive:


The Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning is here to support your professional growth and development. The Co-Op Workshops are designed to bring RIC faculty together and to encourage the sharing of our expertise across disciplines, while also inviting us to become more reflective about what we do as teachers.


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