2008-2009 Events

Workshops, Fall 2008

New Faculty Workshops, August 11, 2008 (Closed Enrollment)

Teaching Fellows Seminar, September 9, 2008 (Closed Enrollment)

How to Promote Deep Learning, October 2, 2008 (OPEN Enrollment)

What are Students Learning When They Learn to Write, October 7, 2008 (Closed Enrollment)

Teaching Fellows Seminar, October  14, 2008 (Closed Enrollment)

CSAM Workshop on On-Line/Hybrid Courses, October 15, 2008 (Closed Enrollment)

CSAM Workshop on On-Line/Hybrid Courses Part II, October 17, 2008 (Closed Enrollment)

New Faculty Workshop, Part I, October 20, 2008 (Closed Enrollment)

Best Practices for New Student Seminars, November 10, 2008 (Closed Enrollment)

Teaching Fellows Seminar, November  11, 2008  (Closed Enrollment)

Exams as a Tool for Deep Learning, November 12, 2008 (OPEN Enrollment)

New Faculty Workshop, Part II, December 1, 2008 (Closed Enrollment)

Teaching Fellows Seminar, December 2, 2008 (Closed Enrollment)

Workshops, Spring 2009

Teaching Fellows Program Overnight Retreat, January 15 - 16, 2009 (Closed Enrollment)

Teaching Fellows Seminar, February 10, 2009 (Closed Enrollment)

Playing Games to Learn: The Reacting to History Model, February 11, 2009 (OPEN Enrollment)

Case Method Teaching: What is it and how do I do it?, February 18, 2009 (OPEN Enrollment)

Teaching Fellows Seminar, March 3, 2009 (Closed Enrollment)

Active Learning as Formative Assessment, April 8, 2009 (OPEN Enrollment)

Teaching Fellows Seminar, April 14, 2009 (Closed Enrollment)

Provost's Series on Univeristy Teaching and Learning

Is the Battle Over? The Conflict Between Teaching and Research October 31, 2008 University Hall Room 1060 10:00 am

Dr. Brian Coppola, Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Chemistry, Associate Chair for Curriculum and Faculty Affairs, University of Michigan In this talk, I will review some of the instructional development work we have done in the teaching program at the University of Michigan, as well as examples of the educational assessments that might indicate we have accomplished something interesting from these efforts. Perhaps more importantly, I will address how departments can focus on both teaching and research as we help develop future educators. Registration Required. OPEN Enrollment - Click Here to Register

Creating the Cosmopolitan Classroom Professor Cyrus R.K. Patell March 6, 2009 11:00 AM

Cyrus R.K. Patell Associate Professor, Director of Undergraduate Honors in the English Department, New York University,  Winner of the Distinguished Teaching Award, NYU

Abstract: This session will explore the pedagogical implications of recent theories of cosmopolitanism. Cosmopolitanism has emerged as an alternative not simply to nationalism but also to the kind of universalism that reduces all people to some common denominator in order make generalizations about humanity. For the universalist, difference is a problem to be overcome; for the cosmopolitan thinker, however, difference is an opportunity to be embraced. Cosmopolitan theory stresses the importance of being willing to engage in meaningful conversations across boundaries of identity and of disciplinary thinking. The session will address one concept that proves to be particularly useful in a classroom setting: “fallibilism,” the idea that we need to listen to others and to be willing to have our minds changed because we are all fallible.

About the Speaker: Cyrus R. K. Patell is Associate Professor of English. He is a specialist in nineteenth- and twentieth-century American literature and culture and is currently completing a history of twentieth-century U.S. multicultural literatures for NYU Press. His recent scholarship and teaching has centered on the literature and culture of New York City, and he is currently editing the Cambridge Companion to the Literatures of New York City (with Bryan Waterman; forthcoming, January 2010). Patell is a winner of New York University's Distinguished Teaching Award; a two-time winner of the College of Arts and Science's Golden Dozen Award for undergraduate teaching; a former Director of Undergraduate Studies for the English Department; and, since 2001, a Faculty Fellow-in-Residence at one of the NYU residence halls. His website it http://www.patell.org.

Registration Required. OPEN Enrollment - Click Here to Register

Workshops, Fall 2008

New Faculty Program (Closed Enrollment) Monday, August 11, 2008 Ken Bain, Vice Provost for Instruction, Professor, History, Director, RAUL

Where: Sprague Library, Classroom 31 (downstairs)

A day-long discussion about teaching at Montclair presented by the Research Academy. Dr. Ken Bain, Vice Provost for Instruction, Professor of History, and Director, Research Academy for University Learning and Dr. James Zimmerman, Associate Director, Research Academy will focus on such issues as (1) what it means to learn, (2) how best to cultivate that learning, (3) how teachers and students can best understand the progress of that learning, and (4) how teachers can measure their contributions to that learning. It will be an opportunity to share experiences (both positive and negative) and to explore some of the implications of the research and theoretical literature on university learning. Tentatively, they are planning to explore cutting edge ideas about how to structure a syllabus, how to think about deep versus surface learning, and how to create a natural critical learning environment, but they also want to include other issues that are important to all educators.

Closed enrollment.

Teaching Fellows Program Mixer (Closed Enrollment) Tuesday, September 2, 2008 Ken Bain, Vice Provost for Instruction, Professor, History, Director, RAUL

Where: Sprague Library, Classroom 31 (downstairs)

As promised last spring, we are holding an informal reception on Tuesday, September 2, 2008 (Opening Day) at 4:15 PM for Fellows and Mentors from both last year and the new Fellows and Mentors in the Teaching Fellows Program (2008-09). It will be in the Library (same place where we held the final dinner last April) and will be catered with a selection of hors d'oeuvres and non-alcoholic beverages. We will introduce the new Fellows and Mentors to the program. We have also invited some of the new faculty members at MSU.

Closed enrollment.

How to Promote Deep Learning (OPEN Enrollment) Thursday, October 2, 2008 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm Ken Bain, Vice Provost for Instruction, Professor, History, Director, RAUL

Where: Sprague Library, Classroom 31 (downstairs)

Do your students take a surface or a deep approach to their learning? That is, do they simply try to remember information, or do they think about arguments and evidence, about ideas and concepts, about implications and applications? Research over the last thirty years has found that even many extremely bright and capable students will develop the "learning style" of taking a surface approach to their learning. That same research has found that many of our best students will simply become strategic learners. That is, they will take a surface approach if that's all the course requires, and take a deep approach only if the course demands it. Above all, they want to get a good grade. As a result, their education often has little sustained and substantial influence on the way in which they will subsequently think, act, and feel. Research has found, for example, that many "A" students never realize the problems they face in believing whatever they may believe, and many of them never adjust or even question their fundamental concepts.

How can we foster deep learning and avoid both surface and strategic approaches among students at Montclair? How can we do so for a student body with such diverse backgrounds and abilities? In this highly interactive workshop, we will explore and use some of the research on deep and surface learning to create deep learning environments for all of our students.

Registration required. Open Enrollment. Click here to register.

What Are Students Learning When They Are Learning to Write? (Closed Enrollment) Tuesday, October 7th, 2008 2:30pm - 4:00pm Ken Bain, Professor, History, and James Zimmerman, Associate Professor, Chemistry

Where: Sprague Library, Classroom 31 (downstairs)

How do we help students develop abilities to judge their own work. This highly interactive seminar will demonstrate and explore a classroom exercise that many students have described as the "best fifty minutes I spent in College learning to think and write."

Closed Enrollment.

Teaching Fellows Seminar (Closed Enrollment) Tuesday, October 14, 2008 Ken Bain, Vice Provost for Instruction, Professor, History, Director, RAUL

Where: Sprague Library, Classroom 31 (downstairs)

The program allows a select group of tenure-track but not yet tenured faculty members and an equal number of tenured mentors to attend a series of dinner seminars and a mid-year retreat in which they will explore some of the cutting-edge ideas and research about college teaching and learning. The program will emphasize practical and specific ways to engage students and to improve their learning, methods that have been used successfully at MSU and elsewhere. It will help participants explore ways to create better learning environments for their own students and to become campus and national leaders in the scholarship of teaching and learning movement.

Closed enrollment.

CSAM Hybrid/Online Learning Workshop (Closed Enrollment) Wednesday, October 15, 2008 1:00pm - 3:00pm Ken Bain, Vice Provost for Instruction, Professor, History, Director, RAUL , and James Zimmerman, Associate Director, RAUL, and Associate Professor, Chemistry

Where: Sokol Room, Science Hall Details: coming soon.

Closed Enrollment.

CSAM Hybrid/Online Learning Workshop Part II (Closed Enrollment) Friday, October 17, 2008 1:00pm - 3:00pm Ken Bain, Vice Provost for Instruction, Professor, History, Director, RAUL and James Zimmerman Associate Director, RAUL, and Associate Professor, Chemistry

Where: Sokol Room, Science Hall Details: coming soon.

Closed Enrollment.

Best Practices for New Student Seminar (CLOSED Enrollment) Monday, November 10, 2008 1:00pm - 2:30pm Ken Bain, Vice Provost for Instruction, Professor, History, Director, RAUL

Where: Sprague Library, Classroom 31 (downstairs)

Closed Enrollment.

Teaching Fellows Seminar (Closed Enrollment) Tuesday, November 11, 2008 Ken Bain, Vice Provost for Instruction, Professor, History, Director, RAUL

Where: Sprague Library, Classroom 31 (downstairs)

The program allows a select group of tenure-track but not yet tenured faculty members and an equal number of tenured mentors to attend a series of dinner seminars and a mid-year retreat in which they will explore some of the cutting-edge ideas and research about college teaching and learning. The program will emphasize practical and specific ways to engage students and to improve their learning, methods that have been used successfully at MSU and elsewhere. It will help participants explore ways to create better learning environments for their own students and to become campus and national leaders in the scholarship of teaching and learning movement.

Closed enrollment.

Exams as a Tool for Deep Learning (OPEN Enrollment) Wednesday, November 12, 2008 3:00pm - 4:30pm Yasemin Besen-Cassino, Assistant Professor, Sociology

Where: Sprague Library, Classroom 31 (downstairs) How can we integrate exams into the class? How could exams be central tools of deep learning? Traditional approaches see exams solely as a form of evaluation. Instead of seeing exams as separate from the learning activity, this talk focuses on the role of exams as a tool for deep learning and explores the ways in which we accomplish that.

Registration required. Enrollment Limited. Click here to register.

New Faculty Roundtable (Closed Enrollment) Monday, October 20, 2008 Tuesday, December 2, 2008 Ken Bain, Vice Provost for Instruction, Professor, History, Director, RAUL

Where: University Hall

Closed enrollment.

Teaching Fellows Seminar (Closed Enrollment) Tuesday, December 2, 2008 Ken Bain, Vice Provost for Instruction, Professor, History, Director, RAUL

Where: Sprague Library, Classroom 31 (downstairs)

The program allows a select group of tenure-track but not yet tenured faculty members and an equal number of tenured mentors to attend a series of dinner seminars and a mid-year retreat in which they will explore some of the cutting-edge ideas and research about college teaching and learning. The program will emphasize practical and specific ways to engage students and to improve their learning, methods that have been used successfully at MSU and elsewhere. It will help participants explore ways to create better learning environments for their own students and to become campus and national leaders in the scholarship of teaching and learning movement.

Closed enrollment.

Other EventsCHSS Teaching Research Discussion Group - Wednesday, October 15, 2008 - 2:30pm - 3:30pm (open to all), Dickson Hall Room 436CHSS Teaching Research Discussion Group - Tuesday, November 11, 2008 - 4:00pm - 5:00pm (open to all), Dickson Hall Rom 436CHSS Teaching Research Discussion Group - Monday, December 8, 2008 - 4:00pm - 5:00pm (open to all), Dickson Hall Room 436

 

Workshops, Spring 2009

Teaching Fellows Overnight Retreat January 15 & 16, 2009 Ken Bain, Vice Provost for Instruction, Professor, History, Director, RAUL

Where: Sprague Library, Classroom 31 (downstairs)

The program allows a select group of tenure-track but not yet tenured faculty members and an equal number of tenured mentors to attend a series of dinner seminars and a mid-year retreat in which they will explore some of the cutting-edge ideas and research about college teaching and learning. The program will emphasize practical and specific ways to engage students and to improve their learning, methods that have been used successfully at MSU and elsewhere. It will help participants explore ways to create better learning environments for their own students and to become campus and national leaders in the scholarship of teaching and learning movement.

Closed enrollment.

Teaching Fellows Seminar (Closed Enrollment) Tuesday, February 10, 2009 Ken Bain, Vice Provost for Instruction, Professor, History, Director, RAUL

Where: Sprague Library, Classroom 31 (downstairs)

The program allows a select group of tenure-track but not yet tenured faculty members and an equal number of tenured mentors to attend a series of dinner seminars and a mid-year retreat in which they will explore some of the cutting-edge ideas and research about college teaching and learning. The program will emphasize practical and specific ways to engage students and to improve their learning, methods that have been used successfully at MSU and elsewhere. It will help participants explore ways to create better learning environments for their own students and to become campus and national leaders in the scholarship of teaching and learning movement.

Closed enrollment.

Playing Games to Learn: The Reacting to History Model (OPEN Enrollment) Wednesday, February 11, 2009 Leslie Wilson, Associate Professor, History

Where: Sprague Library, Classroom 31 (downstairs)

Details and registration information coming soon.

Registration required. Enrollment Limited. Click here to register.

Teaching Fellows Seminar (Closed Enrollment) Tuesday, March 3, 2009 Ken Bain, Vice Provost for Instruction, Professor, History, Director, RAUL

Where: Sprague Library, Classroom 31 (downstairs)

The program allows a select group of tenure-track but not yet tenured faculty members and an equal number of tenured mentors to attend a series of dinner seminars and a mid-year retreat in which they will explore some of the cutting-edge ideas and research about college teaching and learning. The program will emphasize practical and specific ways to engage students and to improve their learning, methods that have been used successfully at MSU and elsewhere. It will help participants explore ways to create better learning environments for their own students and to become campus and national leaders in the scholarship of teaching and learning movement.

Closed enrollment.

Active Learning as Formative Assessment (OPEN Enrollment) Wednesday, April 8, 2009 2:30pm - 4:00pm Ken Bain, Vice Provost for Instruction, Professor, History, Director, RAUL

Where: Sprague Library, Classroom 31 (downstairs)

Do you want to know more about how your students are learning so you can help them learn more deeply? Do you want to create more active learning environments in your classes? We know that people are most likely to take a deep approach to their learning if they have plenty of opportunity to try, come up short, and try again. We also know that active involvement in learning is more likely to promote deep approaches to learning than is passive learning. In this highly interactive workshop, we will explore ways to engage students actively and use those active learning exercises to provide students with formative feedback. That formative feedback then becomes part of the student motivation for deep learning. Bring your ideas and experiences and help us build a community of ideas about how to do this most effectively.

Registration required. Enrollment Limited. Click here to register.

Teaching Fellows Seminar (Closed Enrollment) Tuesday, April 14, 2009 Ken Bain, Vice Provost for Instruction, Professor, History, Director, RAUL

Where: Sprague Library, Classroom 31 (downstairs)

The program allows a select group of tenure-track but not yet tenured faculty members and an equal number of tenured mentors to attend a series of dinner seminars and a mid-year retreat in which they will explore some of the cutting-edge ideas and research about college teaching and learning. The program will emphasize practical and specific ways to engage students and to improve their learning, methods that have been used successfully at MSU and elsewhere. It will help participants explore ways to create better learning environments for their own students and to become campus and national leaders in the scholarship of teaching and learning movement.

Closed enrollment.