New Faculty Orientation and Fall Brown Bag Series
September 3, 2013, P113
This invitation-only program orients new full-time faculty members to the Simmons College community through fellowship, reflection on teaching, remarks from the provost, and lunch. New faculty will be invited to brown-bag sessions throughout the fall semester for support and to learn about key campus resources at Simmons. The fall 2014 orientation will be a more comprehensive program, and CET welcomes suggestions for its development.
CET Open House
September 2013, P113
Join us for refreshments and fellowship at an open house for the Center for Excellence in Teaching. Meet the new director, Jennifer Herman, and learn about new programs and opportunities for the Simmons community.
Publishing and Presenting on Teaching: Regional, National, and International Opportunities to Share SoTL or Classroom-Based Research
Early October 2013
This information session will introduce faculty members to the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) as an area of scholarship and research. Participants will receive information about both general and discipline-based opportunities for publication of SoTL or classroom-based research. They will also learn about other Simmons faculty engaged in researching, publishing, and presenting in SoTL. Finally, participants will learn about regional, national, and international teaching and learning conferences, such as the Lilly and Teaching Professor conferences, and current and upcoming proposal submission opportunities.
Diversity in the Classroom
Late October 2013 (Tentative)
CET plans to host a keynote speaker and workshop on strategies to meet the needs of diversity in the classroom, including both observable diversities such as age, gender, and race, as well as hidden diversities, such as learning disabilities and sexual orientation. Brown bag discussions on key readings related to this topic will be offered prior to the speaker —s visit.
Colleges of the Fenway (COF) Teaching and Learning Conference
November 14-15, 2013, Linda K. Paresky Conference Center
The theme is Facilitating Active Engagement: New Tools and Ideas. Colleen Macklin, Assoc. Professor in Department of Communication Design & Technology at Parsons The New School for Design in NYC, will speak on Thursday afternoon. Dr. Macklin is also director of PETLab (Prototype Evaluation, Teaching & Learning lab) focused on developing new games, simulations, and play experiences which encourage experimental learning and investigation of social and global issues. The keynote on Friday will be Dr. Chris Dede, the Timothy E. Wirth Professor in Learning Technologies at Harvard's Graduate School of Education. His fields of scholarship include emerging technologies, policy, and leadership. He is conducting funded research (NSF and Gates Foundation) to design and study immersive simulations, transformed social interactions, and online professional development. The conference will also include a reception and faculty technology showcase in a concurrent sessions format.
Innovative Teaching with Technology Day
Still under development, this "technology day" will feature a series of workshops, discussions, and lectures related to instructional technology and online teaching and learning. Possible topics include Tegrity, designing a flipped classroom, voiceover PowerPoint, and trends in educational technology from the New Media Consortium's Horizon Report.