FCTL Co-Op Workshops

FALL 2014


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.


Past Workshops:

When the Snow Flies?!

What are your strategies for dealing with the dreaded “Classes Canceled” message?  Plan now for when the snow flies — or for when hurricane season arrives!  Facilitated by Marie F. Beardwood (FCTL) and Scott Badger (USS). 

Tuesday, September 9, 12:30-2:00pm

Wednesday, September 10, 4:00-5:30pm

FCTL—Adams Library 405

The “How To” of Teaching Peer Review Or, What Do You Do When You Put Students into Small Groups to Discuss Their Writing?

Peer review is one of the most effective ways to help students produce better writing — and it’s not just meant for writing courses.  These sessions will teach the "how to" of peer review, giving you sound advice on how to facilitate this practice in your own classes. This is a three-part series, but you may attend one, two or all three sessions!  Facilitated by Mike Michaud (English, Chair of the Writing Board). 

Workshop I: Imagining Peer Writing Groups as Part of Your Practice
Tuesday, September 16, 12:30-2:00pm

Workshop II: Faculty Training for Peer Review
Tuesday, October 21, 12:30-2:00pm

Workshop III: Student Training for Peer Review
Tuesday, November 18, 12:30-2:00pm

 FCTL—Adams Library 405

Effective Class Discussions

What are the characteristics of an effective class discussion?  What strategies can you use to ensure your discussions are rich and vibrant?  Facilitated by Marie F. Beardwood (FCTL) and Connie Milbourne (Management and Marketing).  If you can't attend in person, follow Outside Link@TheFCTL on Twitter—we’ll be tweeting during this workshop. Outside Link#FCTLCoOp

Thursday, September 25, 4:00-5:30pm

FCTL—Adams Library 405

Effective Advising Using MyRIC Advisor Center

In this hands-on workshop, faculty advisors will learn to use the Scheduler and Log features in MyRIC Advisor Center.  Facilitated by Michelle Brophy-Baermann (Political Science, Coordinator of Academic Advising). 

Tuesday, September 30, 4:00-5:30pm

Horace Mann 140—Computer Lab

A Midsemester Grade is a Terrible Thing to Waste

Midsemester is a busy time, and it is easy to treat midsemester grading as an administrative chore. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Join us for a discussion of ways we can use midsemester grading to enhance teaching and learning – and why we should. Facilitated by Randy DeSimone (Management & Marketing).

Thursday, October 9, 4:00-5:30pm

FCTL—Adams Library 405

Getting Students’ Feedback

This workshop explores the uses and abuses of student feedback on their instructors’ teaching, identifies different ways faculty can elicit feedback, and provides an opportunity for faculty members to share experiences and learn from one another.  Facilitated by Deborah Siegel (Social Work) and Bethany Lewis (Psychology).

Thursday, October 23, 4:00-5:30pm

FCTL—Adams Library 405

So, You Want to Send in a Curriculum Proposal!?!

There’s much to consider when preparing a curriculum proposal.  Bring your information to this session for advice and recommendations.  Facilitated by Sue Abbotson (English, Chair of the Undergraduate Curriculum Committee).

Tuesday, October 28, 4:00-5:30pm

FCTL—Adams Library 405


Blackboard claims that SafeAssign can be used “to prevent plagiarism” and that it can be “effective as both a deterrent and an educational tool.”  Is it effective?  And is it educational?  Or not?  Have you considered using SafeAssign, but are unsure why you should or shouldn’t?   Come to a well-rounded conversation where Mike Michaud (English/Writing Board Chair) and Mike Parsons (Communication) discuss the pros and cons of using this tool.  Stephanie Hijazi, USS, will address any technical questions.

If you can't attend in person, follow Outside Link@TheFCTL on Twitter—we’ll be tweeting during this workshop. Outside Link#FCTLCoOp

             Thursday, November 6, 4:00-5:30pm

FCTL—Adams Library 405

Getting Started With Academic Mapping

An academic map is a recommended semester-by-semester course schedule.  It lists courses students should take each year in their chosen major and includes milestones for each year.  Milestones are courses and/or special requirements for timely progress to complete a major.  We will discuss why academic maps are beneficial to the student and to the College and we will take a look at some exemplary academic maps.  You will have some time to begin to build academic maps for your program major.  In addition, we will look at ways to use an academic map to design curriculum check sheets for advising.  Bring current information about your program.  Facilitated by Bonnie MacDonald (Communication and Film Studies, Director of the FCTL).

             Thursday, November 20, 4:30-6:00pm

FCTL—Adams Library 405

Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning Adams Library 405



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