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How Research on Learning Can Inform our Teaching

Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2-3:30 p.m.—OTL conference room (AAC 345)
(Oct. 18, 2016) In this interactive workshop, we'll discuss some key research-based perspectives on how people learn that can be used as "tools to think with" when it comes to designing and facilitating learning experiences for our students. An initial 30-minute presentation on these research-based perspectives will be followed by an opportunity for faculty to reflect upon and discuss the ways in which these perspectives might apply to their own work with students. Register


Friday, Oct. 14, 10-11:30 a.m.—OTL conference room (AAC room 345)
(Oct. 11, 2016) Do you know what to do if a student displays concerning behavior? Are you interested in discussing different strategies for classroom management? This workshop will explore some general classroom management strategies and advice for dealing with students of concern in the classroom through an overview of DU policies and participation in case study examples. Facilitated by Jacaranda Palmateer, director of counseling services. Register

OUCampus web editing workshops

Wednesday, Oct. 19, 10 a.m.-noon—UTS Building room 102 (2100 S. High St.)
(Oct. 11, 2016) UTS is offering a web editing workshop for people who maintain DU webpages with OUCampus. This workshop is great if you are new to OU, or if you just need a refresher. Bring your specific questions! To register, log in to PioneerWeb. From the Employee tab, look for the Training heading and select Desktop Applications. Contact with questions.

Creating Inclusive Learning Environments Speaker Series: Radical Honesty and Emotional Wellness in the Classroom

Thursday, Oct. 20, noon-1:30 p.m.—The Loft (AAC room 340)
(Oct. 11, 2016) Stemming from Black Feminist Anthropology and Africana studies teachings, "radical honesty" is a pedagogical practice that encourages students and professors to utilize truth-telling, counter-narratives, and critical reflection as tools for understanding how systems of oppression influence emotional wellness. In particular, this pedagogical method is useful for working through the shame that often emerges as experiences of racism and sexism are discussed in academic spaces. More information and to register

Writing a Teaching Philosophy Statement

Monday, Oct. 24, 2-3:30 p.m.—OTL conference room (AAC 345)
(Oct. 11, 2016) Have you written a teaching philosophy yet, or do you have one that could use some fresh thinking and renewed attention? A statement of teaching philosophy is a simple document that represents a complex set of beliefs about teaching. The statement reflects how a teacher's personal ideas and values impact their interactions with students and the way they teach. In this session, participants will explore their own values and attitudes towards teaching, construct some language around how to represent their teaching beliefs, and use a rubric to evaluate the essential aspects of a teaching philosophy statement. Bring your statement of teaching philosophy if you have one.

Faculty Showcase series

(Sept. 13, 2016) Please join the Office of Teaching & Learning for the upcoming Faculty Showcase sessions designed to share best practices in teaching among the DU faculty. Nancy Sasaki will kick-off the series on Sept. 21 to talk about Peer Learning Opportunities in the Classroom. The following week, Bruce Uhrmacher and Paula Adamo will share strategies for Turning Ordinary Classrooms into the Extraordinary. Visit the Faculty Showcase Series web page for more details and to register!

Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) Research Group continues in 2016-17

Kick-off and info session: Monday, Sept. 19, 1-2:30 p.m.
(Sept. 13, 2016) The SoTL learning community is dedicated to helping faculty members develop and implement SoTL research projects suitable for presentation or publication. Faculty members do not need an initial research idea to join the group, and modest compensation is available for those who complete a SoTL project. Interested in joining or just learning more about SoTL? Register for our kick-off session to learn more and hear about some recent projects developed by DU faculty.

Faculty Learning Community focused on teaching international students

Once a month on Thursdays in the fall, noon-1 p.m.—OTL conference room
(Sept. 13, 2016) The OTL continues to offer Faculty Learning Communities (FLC) as a way to discuss and reflect on your teaching in collaboration with other faculty members across campus. This new Faculty Learning Community will explore ideas and best practices for teaching in internationally-diverse classrooms and maximizing international student contributions to the curriculum. The FLC is offered in collaboration with the English Language Center, the Writing Center, and the Office of Teaching and Learning. Sign up for the first meeting on Sept. 22.