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Focus on Teaching Seminars

The Center for Excellence in Teaching, through professional presentation exchange partnerships developed with other institutions in the greater Boston area, is pleased to offer occasional Focus on Teaching Seminars. These events are led by national experts who happen to live and work in our region; the seminars are often interactive, hands-on, discussion-based opportunities to interact with colleagues and learn about a variety of topics related to college teaching.

Upcoming Focus on Teaching Seminars:

Promoting Active Learning & Engagement through Classroom Assessment Techniques (CATs)

Tuesday, November 18, 1:30-3:00pm, MCB C-106

Guest Speaker: Dr. Kathryn (Katie) Linder, Director of the Center for Teaching & Scholarly Excellence (CTSE) at Suffolk University.

Classroom Assessment Techniques (CATs) are small, informal assessment practices that simultaneously engage our students and help us collect information about student learning. In this workshop, facilitator Katie Linder will share tips and strategies for how to incorporate meaningful assessment techniques into our classrooms as well as suggest best practices for how to use the information we can glean from CATs. Participants will see several CATs modeled and will also walk away with a range of ideas that can be immediately incorporated in their classrooms.

About the speaker: Dr. Kathryn (Katie) Linder is the Director of the Center for Teaching & Scholarly Excellence (CTSE) at Suffolk University where she collaborates with Suffolk administrators, faculty, and staff to ensure that the CTSE's mission supports the university's commitment to teaching and scholarly excellence. Prior to joining Suffolk, she worked at the University Center for the Advancement of Teaching and for the Writing Across the Curriculum program at The Ohio State University.Katie is also the author of Rampage Violence Narratives: What Fictional School Shootings Tell Us About the Future of America's Youth (Lexington Books, 2014).



Past Focus on Teaching Seminars:

Timing is Everything: Tips on Time Management for Faculty

Friday, March 28, 12:30pm, MCB C-105

Guest Speaker: Dr. Joanie Connell, daughter of Dr. Dan Connell in Communications, and an organizational and leadership coach.

Mindful Brain, Movement and Renewal in Teaching

Monday, February 24, 12:30-2:00pm, Kotzen Center

Guest Speaker: Roben Torosyan, Ph.D., Director of Teaching & Learning, Bridgewater State University

Research shows the harder the work, the greater the need to renew energy. Whether we quiet the brain and rest deeply, or conversely activate the body, embodied practices improve thinking and learning. This session provides an overview of the research behind kinesthetic teaching methods and four neural and conceptual mechanisms of mindfulness. Throughout, participants engage in experiences that include activators, renewal brain breaks, reinforcers, and summarizers that can be used in classroom teaching or facilitation. Gain freedom by broadening your sense of possibilities and building your repertoire of assets, while planning for understandably skeptical responses from others.

About the speaker: Torosyan, Ph.D., has held full-time appointments at Columbia University, Pace University, New School University, Fairfield University, and since 2012 has served as director of teaching and learning at Bridgewater State University. He has facilitated nearly 100 workshops or presentations at conferences and institutions including Harvard, Columbia, and NYU. He teaches courses in philosophy, education, psychology and leadership.

The Lively Discussion: Protocols that Improve Student Learning

Monday, March 24, 1:00-2:30pm, Special Functions Room

Guest Speaker: Dakin Burdick, Ph.D., Director for Teaching Excellence, Endicott College