CIRTL's February 2015 Offerings

Kate Stuart
February 4, 2015
Posted in Announcements

All sessions are one hour unless otherwise noted and can be accessed from

CIRTLCast Series: Educational Innovation and the Active Classroom

February 5, 2015 - 2-3:30 ET/1-2:30 CT/12-1:30 MT/11-12:30 PT
Join us on Thursday for the first Teaching-as-Research Capstone Series session of 2015, featuring students across the Network who have recently completed teaching-as-research (TAR) projects. Our panelists will share their recently completed TAR projects, their advice for you as you embark on a TAR project and answer your questions about the TAR experience. This session is perfect for individuals interested in learning more about teaching-as-research and hearing examples of recent past projects. 

Elena Adjei, Howard University

Dev Crasta, University of Rochester

Kim Dill-McFarland, University of Wisconsin-Madison

CIRTLCast Series: Educational Innovation and the Active Classroom

February 10, 2015 - 12 ET/11 CT/10 MT/9 PT
This session will discuss the world of simulations and how they can be used as a teaching strategy in the educational setting.  Simulations, defined as an activity or event replicating real world practice, will be discussed highlighting this type of pedagogy’s purposes, design features, and ways to utilize this teaching strategy in your classroom, laboratory, or in a clinical education setting.  Join this session for ideas on how to engage simulation pedagogy, an experiential, immersive learning that allow students to apply their knowledge and skills in a safe environment, in your class.

Pam Jeffries
, Professor of Nursing, Vice Provost, Digital Initiatives, Johns Hopkins University

CIRTL Reads Journal Club
February 11, 2015 - 3 ET/2 CT/1 MT/12 PT

Join us for this month's session of CIRTL Reads Journal Club for scholarly discussion of articles about STEM higher education. February's selection is "Differentiated Overt Learning Activities for Effective Instruction in Engineering Classrooms" (Menekse, M., G.S. Stump, S. Krause, M.T.H. Chi, 2013). All are welcome! 

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Adam Bedford, 
University of Colorado at Boulder

CIRTLCast Series: Educational Innovation and the Active Classroom

February 17, 2015  - 12 ET/11 CT/10 MT/9 PT
Conducting Assessments During Your STEM Course
Instructors of large enrollment classes will learn about ways to conduct ongoing formative assessment in their classes. A range of time-sensitive assessment activities will be described, from gauging simple comprehension to formal evaluation of class concepts. A discussion of what to do with the feedback will follow.
Richard Shingles, Lecturer in Biology, Johns Hopkins University

CIRTLCast Series: Educational Innovation and the Active Classroom

February 24, 2015 - 12 ET/11 CT/10 MT/9 PT
"Size Counts" and Other Fallacies of Successful Active Learning Strategies
The most common statement that Dr. Hadingham hears from faculty regarding active learning is that it 'can't be done in a large class'. She's heard similar sentiments expressed about small and medium-sized classes, too. This begs the question: why not? What is it about active learning techniques that make them seem impossible? In this session, Dr. Hadingham will re-frame the fallacy that there is an 'ideal' size for effective active learning, and suggest strategies that can be used in classes of any size. In order to make this session as practical as possible, Dr. Hadingham invites your questions about active learning:
Jenny Hadingham, Assistant Director & Lecturer, Center for Excellence in Teaching & Learning, University of Rochester
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