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Co-Op Workshops

Co-Op Workshop Schedule

Past Workshops:

When the Flu Hits… 

What are your strategies for dealing with the dreaded “Classes Canceled” message?  Or a flu pandemic?  Plan now for when the flu hits or the snow flies! Facilitated by Marie F. Beardwood (FCTL) and Scott Badger (USS). 

Tuesday, January 27, 12:30-2:00pm

Wednesday, January 28, 4:00-5:30pm

FCTL—Adams Library 405


The Challenging Classroom: A Series

Join fellow faculty for conversation about the challenges we face.  Come to one, two or all three sessions.  

· “Dear Barista”: Teaching in a Service-Oriented Culture—Thursday, February 5, 4:00-5:30pm. The creative socioeconomic class is the key driving force for economic development.  University professors are part of this creative class, but sometimes millennial stu­dents assume professors are part of the service class.  Learn strategies for interacting with the millennial student.  Facilitated by Connie Milbourne (Management and Marketing) with Tom Lavin (Counseling Center).

· Dealing with Disruptions in the Classroom—Thursday, February 12, 4:00-5:30pm. This workshop will help you identify types of disruptions and ways of dealing with those disruptions.  You will learn about campus and other resources available to assist you.  Fa­cilitated by Robin Montvilo (Psychology) with Tom Lavin (Counseling Center).

· Helping the Troubled Student—Thursday, February 26, 4:00-5:30pm. Suicide is the second leading cause of death among college students in the United States.  This interactive session is designed to be a basic introduction to suicide prevention. You will learn to recognize at-risk students; develop techniques to respond appropriately; gain knowledge on resources available to help you and these students.  Facilitated by Prachi Kene (CEP) with Tom Lavin (Counseling Center).

FCTL—Adams Library 405


Giving Students Feedback

Do you find giving students feedback time-consuming and tedious?  There are several ways of making that process more efficient.  Blackboard, Camtasia and other tools can help.  Facilitated by Marie F. Beardwood, FCTL and Kyle Jackson, USS.

             Friday, February 6, 11:00-12:30pm

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

FCTL—Adams Library 405


Faculty Approaches to Writing: A Series

Join your faculty colleagues for varied conversations on all things writing! 

· Students Reading Students: How To Use Students’ Low-Stakes Writing to Generate Better Class Discussions—Tuesday, February 10, 12:30-2:00pm.  Why don’t students talk during class? What can faculty do to encourage greater class participation? If you have asked yourself these questions, this workshop is for you. Facilitated by Erik Christiansen (History) and Mike Michaud (English, Writing Board).

· What’s Blackboard Good For??? Teaching Writing!—Tuesday, March 24, 12:30-2:00pm.  This session will focus on using Blackboard to facilitate low- and high-stakes writing instruction.  Facilitated by Carolyn Obel-Omia (Elementary Ed) and Mike Michaud (English, Writing Board).

· What We Talk About When We Talk About Student Writing—Tuesday, April 14, 12:30-2:00pm.  What DO faculty talk about when they talk about student writing? Is it all griping? Is any of it productive? And how do these water-cooler and hallway conversations shape our collective understanding of students, their writing, and the purposes for assigning writing in the first place?   Facilitated by Carol Cummings (Health and Phys Ed) and Mike Michaud (English, Writing Board).

FCTL—Adams Library 405


Here’s What I’m Working On!

~Brown Bag Sessions~

We are pleased to present:
An occasional opportunity to hear the latest on your colleagues’ research. 

· Threshold Concepts—Wednesday, February 18, 12:30-2:00pm.  Threshold Concepts are concepts that are troublesome for students to learn, but when learned, they are unforgettable.  They tie together a variety of different concepts and they transform students’ views of their fields.  One of Kate Sanders’ (Mathematics and Computer Science) research groups has been investigating the possibility of empirically identifying threshold concepts in computing. She will briefly discuss the issues involved in this kind of empirical investi­gation and the results so far. 

· Take Two Oranges and Call Me in the Morning: Medicinal Plant Use by Capuchin Monkeys (Cebus capucinus)—Wednesday, April 22, 12:30-2:00pm.  Capuchin monkeys are known to vigorously rub pungent and physically stimulating substances over their bodies, many of which are used by humans to treat a variety of skin maladies.  In this talk, Mary Baker (Anthropology) presents field experiments that demonstrate the cues capuchins use to identify rubbing substances and explores why the monkeys engage in this quite odd behavior.

Bring a lunch and join us!  Coffee, tea, sodas and chips provided.



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, February 24, 4:00-5:30pm

Wednesday, February 25, 2:00-3:30pm

Horace Mann 140


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.  We will discuss why academic maps are beneficial to the student and to the College.  You will have some time to begin to build academic maps for your program major—bring information about your program. Facilitated by Bonnie MacDonald (FCTL and Communication).

Tuesday, March 24, 4:00-5:30pm

FCTL—Adams Library 405


Not Just for Honors Students: the Value of Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity for Student Engagement and Retention—A Roundtable Discussion

Undergraduate research and creative activity, mentored by faculty, are high-impact practices for increased student engagement and retention.  While opportunities have traditionally been available for honors students to engage in these activities, this roundtable discussion will provide a venue for interdisciplinary dialogue on the importance of expanding opportunities to a greater number and diversity of students, as well as the variety of ways in which this is possible across the campus at Rhode Island College.

Facilitated by Breea Govenar (Biology), Chris Lambert (Learning for Life Program), Chris Marco (Psychology), and the B-RIC (Building a Research Inclusive Community) committee.

Monday, March 30, 4:30-6:00pm

Fortes Room—Adams Library 409


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“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


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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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Page last updated: Apr. 28, 2015