Lunch & Learn Events

 

The CTE presents a series of Lunch & Learn events throughout the year.  This is a format of instructional development facilitated by faculty and staff for faculty. These events are hosted in the Presidential Dining Room and attendees are provided lunch in the Christian Cafeteria. Access to the Presidential Dining Room is found through the side entry under the black awning at the southwest corner of Christian Cafeteria.

Lunch & Learn Schedule: Tuesday/Thursday lunches begin at 12:15 and end around 1:20. Monday/Wednesday/Friday lunches begin at 12:00 and end around 12:50. You are welcomed to come early or stay late if needed.

Learning Mindsets: Setting Your Students Up for Success

Date: Thursday, September 6th at 12:15 p.m.
Instructional Theme: FYS, Pedagogy, Online Teaching
Facilitator
Amy Baldwin
Description: We have known for a long time that students’ effective academic strategies in and out of the classroom can have a positive effect on their learning. However, more recently, research is pointing to the impact of students’ views on learning, their sense of belonging, and their resilience on their success. In this session, participants will learn about noncognitive factors that prime students for success in addition to digging deeper into the latest research on cognitive strategies for learning. Additionally, participants will learn how to create the optimal conditions in the classroom to support students.

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Making Your Course Accessible for All: Strategies for Face-to-Face and Online Classes

Date: Wednesday, September 12th at 12:00 p.m.
Instructional Theme: Pedagogy, Online Teaching
Facilitator
: Anita Sego
DescriptionCreating an equitable learning experience through the use of accessible technology is not only critical to student achievement, it is also the law.  The focus of this session is to make that process less intimidating and more user-friendly through the use of helpful tips, examples, resources, and more.

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Experiential Learning Across the Disciplines Series: College of Education

Date: Tuesday, September 18th at 12:15 p.m.
Instructional Theme: Pedagogy, Online Teaching
Facilitator
College of Education Faculty Panelists
Description: Experiential learning includes a wide variety of pedagogical methods that involve students learning by doing and reflecting on their experiences (e.g., service-learning, internships, undergraduate research, etc.). Join the College of Education as we feature innovative approaches to experiential learning among our COE faculty colleagues. Ultimately, the purpose of this series is to highlight commonalities and experiential learning best practices across the disciplines at UCA.

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TILTing Your Class: Transparent Teaching Can Transform Learning

Date: Monday, October 1st at 12:00 p.m.
Instructional Theme: FYS, Pedagogy, Online Teaching
Facilitator
: Amy Hawkins
Description: “UNLV researchers demonstrated in a national study that transparency around academic assignments enhances students’ success – especially that of first-generation, low-income and underrepresented college students” (Winkelmes et al., 2016). Come learn how to make assignments more transparent for students by clarifying the purpose of each assignment, explaining both what and how to approach the assignment tasks, and making explicit the criteria by which success on the assignment will be evaluated. A few small changes to assignment descriptions could propel your students toward greater success!

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What is an Inclusive Classroom, and Why Does It Matter at UCA?

Date: Tuesday, October 16th at 12:15 p.m.
Instructional Theme: Diversity, Pedagogy
Facilitator: Angela Webster
Description: Together we will engage in reflective activities that help us to explore what makes diverse students feel unwelcome in classrooms, invisible in the curriculum, and alienated from their native communities. We will work to develop strategies to help diverse students feel visible, valued, and validated in our classrooms and as an integral part of our campus community.

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Experiential Learning Across the Disciplines Series: College of Business

Date: Thursday, November 1st at 12:15 p.m.
Instructional Theme: Pedagogy, Online Teaching
Facilitator: College of Business Faculty Panel
Description: Experiential learning includes a wide variety of pedagogical methods that involve students learning by doing and reflecting on their experiences (e.g., service-learning, internships, undergraduate research, etc.). Join the College of Business as we feature innovative approaches to experiential learning among our COB faculty colleagues. Ultimately, the purpose of this series is to highlight commonalities and experiential learning best practices across the disciplines at UCA.

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Lived Experience of Faculty of Color at UCA

Date: Tuesday, November 6th at 12:15 p.m.
Instructional Theme: Diversity
Facilitator: Angela Webster
Description: By interacting with a panel of faculty members of color, we will gain insight about their unique challenges such as confrontations from students, their invisible labor, and other demographic factors that affect student evaluations. We will also address barriers and build on success structures that have implications for tenure and promotion.

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Writing Strong Letters of Recommendation for Students

Date: Wednesday, November 7th at 12:00 p.m.
Facilitator: Allison Wallace
Description: Faculty get lots of training in their disciplines, but rarely do they receive any preparation for a part of university work that arises virtually every semester: writing student letters of recommendation.  In learning to write LORs that can be truly useful to the recipients, I have benefited greatly from the guidance of Joe Schall, author of several publications on professional writing. This workshop will introduce participants to some highlights from his latest work, Writing Recommendation Letters Online: A Handbook for Faculty.  Time permitting, we will read and discuss, roundtable fashion, some sample letters.  Feeling brave? Bring a letter of your own composition, with the student’s name redacted!

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