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Center for Teaching and Learning

The Western New England Center for Teaching and Learning provides faculty with access to cutting-edge, empirically validated teaching strategies. Through workshops, faculty presentation, and consultation, the Center serves as a repository for teaching related information and gives students access to faculty who are well trained to be excellent in and out of the classroom. Founded in 2011, the Center continues to build and develop programs focused on teaching and teaching related activities.

Upcoming Events

January 23rd
Title: Oh, the Places You’ll Go!: Adventures in Backward Curriculum Design
Location and Time: Bear’s Den (Campus Center), 4pm
Presenter: Robert Kleine


Every adventure has a starting point, even the adventure of curriculum design.  When designing or revising a degree program, major, minor, course, concentration, or certificate, where do you start? Do you begin at the beginning? Or do you begin at the end?  Or do you begin in the middle and muddle about?  Join Dr. Robert Kleine, Dean of the College of Business, as he leads us in an adventure in backward curriculum design on Tuesday, January 23rd at 4pm in the Bear's Den.  

This event is sponsored by the Center for Teaching and Learning as part of its spring Faculty and Staff Workshop series.  Please R.S.V.P. Dr. Jonathan Beagle at jonathan.beagle@wne.edu to confirm your participation in advance, or simply join us on the day of the event.  Light snacks and beverage will be provided courtesy of the Center for Teaching and Learning. 

 

February 21st
Title: How Khan Can Work for Your Course
Location and Time: Bear’s Den (Campus Center), 4pm
Presenter: James Morgan, Director of the Math Center

 

This workshop will focus on how to (fairly) easily produce instructional videos in the style of Khan Academy with a minimum of investment of both time and money.  We will discuss the specific hardware items that need to be obtained, the types of software needed to illustrate and record the video, and the methods by which recorded videos can be made available to students.  As time permits, we will also discuss strategies for production and closed-captioning for students with disabilities.  Demonstration videos will be provided as part of the talk, and equipment will be on hand to try if you so wish.  For an introduction to the Khan Academy, please visit: https://www.youtube.com/user/khanacademy.

2017-2018 FACULTY & STAFF WORKSHOP SERIES

 

January 23rd
Title: Oh, the Places You’ll Go!: Adventures in Backward Curriculum Design
Location and Time: Bear’s Den (Campus Center), 4pm
Presenter: Robert Kleine


Every adventure has a starting point, even the adventure of curriculum design.  When designing or revising a degree program, major, minor, course, concentration, or certificate, where do you start? Do you begin at the beginning? Or do you begin at the end?  Or do you begin in the middle and muddle about?  Join Dr. Robert Kleine, Dean of the College of Business, as he leads us in an adventure in backward curriculum design on Tuesday, January 23rd at 4pm in the Bear's Den.  

This event is sponsored by the Center for Teaching and Learning as part of its spring Faculty and Staff Workshop series.  Please R.S.V.P. Dr. Jonathan Beagle at jonathan.beagle@wne.edu to confirm your participation in advance, or simply join us on the day of the event.  Light snacks and beverage will be provided courtesy of the Center for Teaching and Learning. 

 

February 21st
Title: How Khan Can Work for Your Course
Location and Time: Bear’s Den (Campus Center), 4pm
Presenter: James Morgan, Director of the Math Center

 

This workshop will focus on how to (fairly) easily produce instructional videos in the style of Khan Academy with a minimum of investment of both time and money.  We will discuss the specific hardware items that need to be obtained, the types of software needed to illustrate and record the video, and the methods by which recorded videos can be made available to students.  As time permits, we will also discuss strategies for production and closed-captioning for students with disabilities.  Demonstration videos will be provided as part of the talk, and equipment will be on hand to try if you so wish.  For an introduction to the Khan Academy, please visit: https://www.youtube.com/user/khanacademy.

 
March 12th

Title: An Introduction to Open Education Resources: Providing Low Cost and No Cost Materials to the WNE Community
Location and Time: Bear’s Den (Campus Center), 4pm
Presenters: Heidi Ellis, Professor of Computer Science and Information Technology, Vicky Ludwig, Collection Development Librarian/Reference Coordinator

 

With textbook costs always on the rise, as well as the cost of education, now is a good time to consider less expensive learning options for your students. Join us as we explore Open Education Resources. It is not true that you always get your money’s worth! We will look at  several platforms that offer free and low cost textbooks and supplemental materials, as well as hybrid OER in the form of databases  already available through the WNE D'Amour library  that provide access to books and media at no additional cost to your or your students. Restructuring curriculums and mindsets is always a challenge, but  even small changes can enhance  students’ education at little or no cost. If you already are making use of any OER material, please come prepared to share your experience with the rest of us.  

 

2017-2018 NEW FACULTY LUNCHEON SERIES

 

December 7th: New Faculty and Staff Luncheon
Time: 12:30pm to 2pm
Location: Welcome Center Conference Room
Topic: Supporting Student-Athletes at WNEU
Presenters: Drs. Sharianne Walker and Stephen Adamshick

 

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