July 2021

 

19. July 2021

Good afternoon! 

We have a week of workshops planned and are looking forward to launching our second Inclusive Excellence Course Redesign Institute next week . Enclosed here are links and descriptions to upcoming programming.

 

KEYNOTE: What Inclusive Instructors Do with Dr. Tracie Addy. 

Curious to know more about these campus-wide conversations surrounding Inclusive Excellence? Looking for some fresh ideas in inclusive pedagogy as we turn our attention to Fall 2021. Were you interested but unable to make our June keynote event? Join your colleagues for a presentation by Dr. Tracie Addy, Associate Dean of Teaching & Learning at Lafayette College as she discusses some of the whys and hows of inclusive teaching.

 

Monday, July 26 

3:00 to 4:00 pm 

We've talked a lot about creating inclusive classrooms over the last few years, but what do Inclusive instructors actually DO? This keynote kicks off the second round of our Inclusive Excellence Course Redesign Institute. You do not need to register for the institute to join us for Dr. Addy's talk

Although Dr. Addy's address will be geared towards the college classroom, we know that we are all partners in student learning. Staff are welcome to join us. Please register here for the Zoom link.

 

Inclusive Excellence Course Redesign Institute 

Dr. Addy's keynote kicks off the second round of our Course Redesign Institute. This is a hands-on, practical institute that will lead faculty through the redesign of a new or existing course with an eye towards equity and inclusion. 

Faculty who complete the institute will receive a copy of What Inclusive Instructors Do and a $100 stipend. Those who participate in a follow up workshop in August or September where they get feedback on their redesigned course will receive an additional $100.

Cohorts will meet:

  • Wednesday, July 28
  • Friday, July 30
  • Monday, August 2
  • Wednesday, August 4

There will be optional office hours on days in between.

Offered from 9:30 to 11:00 am - Register here or 1:00 to 2:30 pm - Register here.

 

Workshops for the Week of July 19-23

Research Project Clinic, Wednesday, July 21 9:30 to 11 am

Do you intend to assign a research project this fall and want some feedback from campus experts? Join us for help with everything from fine-tuning prompts to overhauling assignments. This workshop will be tailored to individual participants' needs. 

Register here

 

Exploring Advanced Tools in KATIE, Thursday, July 22 9:30 to 11 am

This session is an introduction to advanced KATIE tools, such as interactivity, tracking and reporting, and advanced Activities and Resources. We will give faculty hands-on time with these tools alongside best practices. Let us know what you'd like to explore!

Register here

 

12. July 2021

 

Good morning!

We've hit the quiet weeks of July. The June rush is behind us and the semester pre-work of August is still on the horizon. If you are like me, you are looking forward to some porch sitting, leisure reading, and river floating this week.

 

Social Hour Wednesday, July 14 -- 3:00 to 4:00 pm 

If you are looking for some conversation and fellowship -- join CELT and members of the Executive Committee for another Wednesday afternoon social hour. We'll be hanging out on the Valders Terrace with snacks and sodas from 3 to 4 pm on Wednesday July 14. Pop by for any or all of the time.

 

July Workshops

You might also be like me in that you might be feeling up to tackling something small and manageable for fall semester in these next two weeks  If that IS you here are the workshops we offer this week and next. I've organized them by topic. The full list is located on the CELT website.

 

Want to learn more about how to create better, more effective groups in your classes? Try these workshops:

  • How StrengthFinders Enhance Group Work - Monday, July 12 at 9:30 am   Working in groups is a skill. Let’s not rely on practice or ‘trial and error’, let’s teach them some basics. Step 1: Understanding and appreciating self. With greater confidence we can make more space for others. Step 2: Putting words to my needs and giving others the chance to show up for me. Step 3: Make personal offerings to enhance collaboration. Listen and get excited about others' unique contributions. Step 4: Foster open communication to both celebrate wins and problem-solve hiccups with greater empathy.  Here’s a group work intro video.This conversation will be hosted by Miriam Skrade, Assistant Director of the Career Center. Our Wednesday July 14th conversation will build on this session. Faculty are invited to join us for both or either session.Register here 
  • A Deeper Look at Leveraging StrengthsFinders for Student Group Work - Wednesday, July 14 at 9:30 am

    Imagine having group agreements before you tackle a project. Consider your most recent collaborative project. Did they understand your needs and contributions? Were you able to bring your full self? Did you feel safe to communicate in the moment when you started to disengage? Was there explicit permission to respond when a group member started to disengage? This workshop will give your team the time, space, and tools to hit reset and jump start your next project. By participating first hand, you’ll see the places Effective Team Dynamics can prevent conflict and enhance your students’ group projects as well.Here’s a group work intro video. Register here.

 

Do you have a research project planned for your Fall 2021 courses but want to tweak it a bit? Come to this individualized workshop with our librarians!

  • Research Project Clinic - Monday July 12 at 1:00 pm and Wednesday July 21  at 9:30 am 

    Do you have a research project in your class that could use some revamping? Come join this session with librarians and instructors to get some ideas, advice, and feedback. Session content can be tailored to the participants and their specific needs. Some possible discussion topics include scaffolded assignments, alternative research projects, backward design, and embedded librarians. Everything from fine-tuning prompts to overhauling assignments. Let your friendly librarians know what you want, and we can help! Registerhere for the Monday July 12 session or Register here for the Wednesday, July 21 session

Is grading a drag? Do you want to try something new in terms of assessment in your fall 2021 courses? Try one of these workshops.

  • What if there weren't any grades? A Case for Ungrading - Monday, July 19 at 1:00 pm Join Lori Stanley  and Kate Elliott and they discuss the pros and cons of Ungrading, or the process by which letter grades are swapped for qualitative feedback, peer review and self-assessment. This discussion will use Lori's Spring 2021 Ungrading experiment in Linguistic Anthropology as a case study.Register here.

  • Creating Authentic Assessments - Thursday, July 15 at 9:30 am

    There has been a lot of conversation recently about the need to create more authentic assessments -- or measuring student learning through intellectual artifacts that are meaningful to both professor and student. In this 90 minute workshop, faculty will learn a bit more about the science behind authentic assessments, their role in creating inclusive classrooms, and some nuts and bolts on how to transform their current assessment assignments into ones that are more authentic. Register here. 

 

Are you ready to give Katie a try? OR are you ready to maximize Katie in your courses? Try one of these workshops with Holly White. 

  • Katie 101 - Monday, July 19 at 9:30 am

    Is it time for you to start using KATIE? Are your students clamoring to see their grades? This workshop will provide an introduction (or refresher!) of the KATIE gradebook, adding course documents, and using activities like assignments.

  • Exploring Advanced Tools in Katie - Thursday, July 22 at 9:30 am

    Join Holly White in this hands-on workshop. An introduction to the advanced tools within KATIE for student interactivity, tracking and reporting, and advanced Activities and Resources. This workshop provides hands-on work with these tools alongside recommended best practices. Hands-on work will be guided throughout this session. Prior to the session, faculty should share at least one idea or KATIE tool that they would like to explore in the session. Register here. 

 

By All Accounts: Pandemic 

Last note, did you see the ACM call for faculty stories about teaching through a pandemic? We have such creative folks here, maybe one of you would like to contribute? Here is more information 

Happy week ahead!

 

Kate

 

 

8. July 2021

 

Good afternoon!

 

We are in the middle of a nonprogrammed week in CELT as we catch our breath and look to the next month of workshops, social gatherings, and institutes. Below is a reminder of our July reading group, links and descriptions of upcoming July workshops, a reminder about our upcoming social hours, and registration information for Round 2 of our Inclusive Excellence Course Redesign Institute, starting the week of July 26.

 

July Reading Group - Navigating Difficult Moments in Teaching 

It is not too late to join us for an afternoon beverage and conversation about how to handle charged moments in the classroom. Storm Bailey is leading a reading group Navigating Difficult Moments in Teaching Diversity and Social Justice by Mary E. Kite, Kim A. Case, and Wendy R. Williams. We meet again on Tuesday, July 13 at 3:00 at Pulpit Rock Brewing. More books are on the way, so email Kate if you'd like to join us.

 

CELT Workshops (July 12 - 22)

How StrengthFinders Enhance Group Work - Monday, July 12 at 9:30 am

Working in groups is a skill. Let’s not rely on practice or ‘trial and error’, let’s teach them some basics. Step 1: Understanding and appreciating self. With greater confidence we can make more space for others. Step 2: Putting words to my needs and giving others the chance to show up for me. Step 3: Make personal offerings to enhance collaboration. Listen and get excited about others' unique contributions. Step 4: Foster open communication to both celebrate wins and problem-solve hiccups with greater empathy.  Here’s a group work intro video.This conversation will be hosted by Miriam Skrade, Assistant Director of the Career Center. Our Wednesday July 14th conversation will build on this session. Faculty are invited to join us for both or either session.Register here.

 

Research Project Clinic - Monday July 12 at 1:00 pm

Do you have a research project in your class that could use some revamping? Come join this session with librarians and instructors to get some ideas, advice, and feedback. Session content can be tailored to the participants and their specific needs. Some possible discussion topics include scaffolded assignments, alternative research projects, backward design, and embedded librarians. Everything from fine-tuning prompts to overhauling assignments. Let your friendly librarians know what you want, and we can help! Register here


A Deeper Look at Leveraging StrengthsFinders for Student Group Work - Wednesday, July 14 at 9:30 am

Imagine having group agreements before you tackle a project. Consider your most recent collaborative project. Did they understand your needs and contributions? Were you able to bring your full self? Did you feel safe to communicate in the moment when you started to disengage? Was there explicit permission to respond when a group member started to disengage? This workshop will give your team the time, space, and tools to hit reset and jump start your next project. By participating first hand, you’ll see the places Effective Team Dynamics can prevent conflict and enhance your students’ group projects as well.Here’s a group work intro video.


Creating Authentic Assessments - Thursday, July 15 at 9:30 am

There has been a lot of conversation recently about the need to create more authentic assessments -- or measuring student learning through intellectual artifacts that are meaningful to both professor and student. In this 90 minute workshop, faculty will learn a bit more about the science behind authentic assessments, their role in creating inclusive classrooms, and some nuts and bolts on how to transform their current assessment assignments into ones that are more authentic. Register here.

 

Katie 101 - Monday, July 19 at 9:30 am

Is it time for you to start using KATIE? Are your students clamoring to see their grades? This workshop will provide an introduction (or refresher!) of the KATIE gradebook, adding course documents, and using activities like assignments.

Register here.

 

What if there weren't any grades? A Case for Ungrading - Monday, July 19 at 1:00 pm

Join Lori Stanley (Professor Emerita of Anthropology) and Kate Elliott (CELT, VPA) and they discuss the pros and cons of Ungrading - the process by which letter grades are swapped for qualitative feedback, peer review and self-assessment. This discussion will use Lori's Spring 2021 Ungrading experiment in Linguistic Anthropology as a case study.


Research Project Clinic - Wednesday, July 21 at 9:30 am

Do you have a research project in your class that could use some revamping? Come join this session with librarians and instructors to get some ideas, advice, and feedback. Session content can be tailored to the participants and their specific needs. Some possible discussion topics include scaffolded assignments, alternative research projects, backward design, and embedded librarians. Everything from fine-tuning prompts to overhauling assignments. Let your friendly librarians know what you want, and we can help!


Exploring Advanced Tools in Katie - Thursday, July 22 at 9:30 am

Join Holly White in this hands-on workshop. An introduction to the advanced tools within KATIE for student interactivity, tracking and reporting, and advanced Activities and Resources. This workshop provides hands-on work with these tools alongside recommended best practices. Hands-on work will be guided throughout this session. Prior to the session, faculty should share at least one idea or KATIE tool that they would like to explore in the session. Register here. 


ADA, Accomodations, and You, Thursday, July 22 at 1:00 pm 

Join Michelle Boike and Kate Elliott for a discussion about ADA and Classroom Accommodations.

Social Hour - Wednesday, July 14 at 3:00pm Hosted by the Incoming Executive Committee

Join friends and colleagues for some unstructured fellowship and afternoon snacks. Our hosts for next week's CELT Social Hour are members of the Executive Committee. Pop by the Valders Terrace for snacks, sodas, and conversation.

 

Round 2: Keynote Address and Inclusive Excellence Course Redesign Institute

We just wrapped up our first Inclusive Excellence Course Redesign Institute. Our second round will begin with a keynote with Dr. Tracie Addy on Monday, July 26. The institute will begin on Wednesday, July 28 and run through August 4. As with the first round, we will have a 9:30 to 11:00 session and a 1:00 to 2:30 session.

 

As always, reach out with questions and have a wonderful week!

 

Kate