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Fall 2019

Faculty at FCTL workshop

Sept 11: Understanding Disability Accommodations

12:30-2:00 p.m. in Adams Library 406.

Develop a deeper understanding of how the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) applies to postsecondary courses, how to make reasonable accommodations for students’ disabilities, and ensure course content is accessible to all learners. (Keri Rossi-D’entremont, Assistant Dean of Students, Accessibility and Inclusion)

Sept 18: Open Books-Open Minds Roundtable Discussion

12:30-2:00 p.m. in Adams Library 406. 

RIC professors representing a variety of academic disciplines discuss ways to integrate the common book, Lab Girl by Hope Jahren, into your courses.

Sept 25 (Repeated Sept 27): Committee for Faculty Scholarship and Development

9/25 at 12:30-2:00 p.m.; 9/27 at 10:00-11:30 a.m. in Adams Library 406.

Q&A with the Chair of the Committee. Learn about the Committee for Faculty Scholarship and Development grants, including what they do and do not cover, and ways to improve your chances of getting funding. (Kieran Ayton, Chair of the Committee for Faculty Scholarship and Associate Professor Adams Library)

Oct 9 (Repeated Oct 11): Advising 101

10/9 at 12:30-2:00 p.m.; 10/11 at 10:00-11:30 a.m. in Adams Library 406. 

New to advising at RIC? Looking for a refresher? In this session, we’ll discuss basic approaches to advising RIC students, including the General Education program, FERPA, MyRIC’s Advising Center and Advising Module, and advising resources available to faculty. Bring a laptop if you can. There will be plenty of time for Q & A. (Michelle Brophy-Baermann, Director of Faculty Advising and Associate Professor of Political Science)

Oct 15: WEBINAR: Software for Peer Review

12:30-2:00 p.m.; Join the webinar from any location by going to this link: https://zoom.us/j/796878066. 

Eli Review (elireview.com​) is a peer review and revision technology that encourages students to reflect on the feedback they receive. A decade ago, writing professors Jeff Grabill, Bill Hart-Davidson, and their colleagues at Michigan State were frustrated by a lack of support for managing the workload for assigning frequent writing practice, especially in short terms. They built Eli Review to enact writing and learning theory: Students learn to write from other writers while giving, receiving, and using criteria-based feedback in a teacher-led, scaffolded writing process. The Eli Review team designed the app to facilitate evidence-based teaching in courses with 15 or 500+ students such that engagement data reveals trends about writing quality, highlights successful student work, and identifies struggling students. Eli users report clearer understanding of assignments, greater satisfaction with peer review, and lower DFW rates. Eli improves learning by making it faster and easier for teachers in any discipline to guide students in giving better feedback, doing better revisions, and becoming better writers.

Oct 15 (Repeated Oct 17, 22, 24, 30): Meet Our Instructional Designer & Share Your Online/Hybrid Design Needs

10/15, 10/17, 10/22 and 10/24 at 12:00-2:00 p.m.; 10/30 at 12:30-2:00 p.m. in Adams Library 406. 

Faculty are invited to meet Jiani Wu, the FCTL’s new Instructional Designer, and to share your challenges and needs for teaching an online or hybrid course. Jiani will use the information to plan consultations and workshops to better help faculty with course design needs. Feel free to bring your lunch – the FCTL will provide coffee, tea, and water.

Oct 22 (Repeated Oct 23): Look Again! Open Textbook Workshop & Textbook Review

10/22 at 2:00-4:00 p.m.; 10/23 at 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. in Adams Library 406.

Open Textbooks are more affordable for students and more flexible for faculty. In the three years of our Open Textbook Network membership ~100 textbooks per year have been added to the Open Textbook Library and are available for review. In these workshops, you will learn what open textbooks are and how they can help alleviate the burden of textbook costs for students, while providing faculty with content that can be highly customized for your courses. Open textbooks are full, real textbooks, used by many faculty across the country, and licensed to be freely used, edited, and distributed. Following the workshop, you will write a brief review of an open textbook from the Open Textbook Library, to be published on the OTL website: https://open.umn.edu/opentextbooks. Faculty who attend the workshop and complete the review are eligible for a one-time $200 stipend. Registration is required by October 16th, 2019:

10/22: https://open.umn.edu/otn/workshops/open-textbook-workshop-textbook-review

10/23: https://open.umn.edu/otn/workshops/open-textbook-workshop-textbook-review-10-23-19

(Dragan Gill, Rhode Island Open Textbook Initiative Steering Committee Co-Chair and Assistant Professor Adams Library)

The How To of Peer Review — Online Mini-Course

The campus Writing Board and the Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning are teaming up to offer an online mini-course, “The How To of Peer Review,” that will guide you through a critical element of getting high-quality writing from your students: peer review, a teaching practice in which students share and discuss their writing-in-progress with one another BEFORE they hand it in to you for a grade. “The How To of Peer Review” consists of a series of instructional videos (about an hour of content) that participants watch during the scheduled week of the mini-course and discuss with a faculty-colleagues and the designer/instructor, Mike Michaud (Writing Board). The videos and discussion will be available to participants via Blackboard. This mini-course will run during the week of 11/11-11/15/19. Registration is limited to ten faculty members, and spots will be given out on a first-come/first-served basis.​​​​​

Learn more about “The How To of Peer Review” by watching this brief video​ and click he​re​ for full details and registration information.

Nov 1: Overcoming Barriers to Teaching & Learning for Working Class Students

12:30-2:00 p.m. in Adams Library 406. 

This workshop will introduce faculty to the perspectives and habits that working class students bring to their college experience. These factors, which scholars consider working class culture, often don’t fit the culture of college, and pose unique learning impediments for working class students that are often frustrating for faculty. Faculty in this workshop will explore how to understand these cultural factors and how to address them to better promote student success. (Leslie Schuster, Interim Graduate Dean & Director of Gender and Women’s Studies Program). Feel free to bring your lunch – the FCTL will provide coffee, tea, and water.

Nov 20: CRCA: Using the Spring Expo to Increase Student Engagement in Your Courses

12:30-2:00 p.m. in Adams Library 406. 

Want to more fully engage students in your area of expertise by having them participate in research and creative activity? Learn how to integrate Spring Expo student presentations into assignments. The programs and resources available through the Center for Research and Creative Activity (CRCA) will be highlighted. (Michelle Crossley, CRCA Faculty Fellow and Assistant Professor of Mental Health Counseling)

Nov 22: Preparing an Application for a CRCA Integration Grant

10:00-11:30 a.m. in Adams Library 406 

Have you wanted to submit an Integration Grant Application, but didn't know where to start? Attend this session to learn about the application process and how to strengthen your proposal. (Michelle Crossley, CRCA Faculty Fellow and Assistant Professor of Mental Health Counseling) ​​​​​​​

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