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Spring Highlight: Save the Date

PolyTeach 2017

Friday April 28, 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., plus stand-alone afternoon workshops until 3 pm

Ursa Major, BSC

This is the sixth annual PolyTeach event! PolyTeach is a campus conference which highlights the creative ways in which Cal Poly Pomona faculty use technology to enhance teaching and learning, and provides an opportunity for a campus conversation about the future of technology on campus. PolyTeach 2017 will feature the 2017 Wall of COOL awardees (the call for self-nominations will come out in late September!) and an array of faculty technology-and-learning work supported by various grant programs. Afternoon workshops will be hands-on, practical offerings to help you adopt some of the best technologies.

Although the day runs from 9:00 -- 1:00, please feel free to come and go to various parts of the program as you need to! A complete agenda will be available early in winter quarter. For questions, please email polyteach@cpp.edu.

See previous PolyTeach programs at http://www.cpp.edu/~polyteach/.

Reach Beyond the Classroom

How to Enhance Learning and Community Engagement through Service-Learning

Presented by the Center for Community Engagement

Tuesday April 4, 12:00 -- 1:00 pm

Faculty Center, 1-228

Service-learning is a “high impact practice” that enables students to comprehend class content and connect it to the world around them.

Come learn about this engaging pedagogy that has students apply what they learn in the classroom to community issues and collaborations. Hear about what resources are available to transform your course beyond the classroom.

Register for Reach Beyond the Classroom

Metacognition Workshop

Presented by the Faculty Center

Monday April 10, 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. OR

Tuesday April 11, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

ZOOM Videoconference -- info to be sent

Research has shown that METACOGNITION is one of the most important learning skills that students can cultivate. These skills are especially important for students who may be at risk for some reason. This workshop will offer ideas about how to help students gain metacognitive skills.

This workshop will take place over the easy-to-use Zoom videoconference platform, so you don't have to be on campus! You DO have to register, because we'll send the Zoom info to people the day before.

This is the third in a series of five separate workshops for Winter & Spring under the umbrella “Five (practically foolproof) ways to help your students succeed.” The topics are: Organizing your class, Transparency, Metacognition, Productive persistence, and Classroom learning communities. Watch the Faculty Center email for dates!

Special Feature: Anyone who attends at least 3 of the 5 workshops, or downloads electronic versions of all 5 and sends me an email about what you plan to do in your class as a result, will be entered into a drawing to win 5 books referenced in the workshops.

Register for Metacognition Workshop: MONDAY, April 10

Register for Metacognition Workshop: TUESDAY, April 11

Assignments across the Curriculum

Presented by Brian Stone

Wednesday April 12, 3:00 -- 4:00 pm

Bldg 5 Room 114

Writing is supposed to be one of the best ways to help your students learn -- but it all depends upon what you ask them to write! Brian Stone of the English & Foreign Languages department presents this practical workshop on best practices in creating effective writing assignments and writing assignment prompts.

Register for Assignments Workshop

Spark Your Course: From a Concept to a Compelling Animated Video

Presented by eLearning

Thursday April 13, 12:00 -- 12:50 pm OR

Wednesday May 10, 4:00 -- 4:50 pm

ZOOM Videoconference -- info to be sent

Grab your students’ attention through fascinating and engaging video storytelling.

Find out how this free and easy-to-use video editor, Adobe Spark Video, can bring complex concepts to life. By the end of the session, you will have confidence on taking your student learning experiences to the next level through compelling animated videos.

Register for Spark Your Course

The Truth about Time Management Workshop

Presented by the Faculty Center

Monday April 17, 3:00 – 4:30 p.m. OR

Thursday April 20, 12:00 – 1:30 p.m.

ZOOM Videoconference -- info to be sent

This workshop is open to everyone, but is especially created for faculty moving from Year 2 to Year 3, when a major uptick in teaching responsibilities often occurs. Since there’s no magic formula that adds another 10 hours to each day, you have to make some hard choices. This workshop will give you practical strategies for calendar planning and project planning that will help you protect time for what’s important to you while coping with increased responsibilities.

Register for Time Management Workshop: MONDAY, April 17

Register for Time Management Workshop: THURSDAY, April 20

Getting the Most Out of Mentoring Undergraduate Students in Research

Presented by Jill Adler-Moore & Winny Dong

Tuesday April 18, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

Faculty Center, 1-228

Jill Adler-Moore (Biology) and Winny Dong (Office of Undergraduate Research) discuss communicating with undergraduate research students and motivating them through the process. Lunch will be provided.

Register for Mentoring Undergraduate Students

Spark Your Course: Turning Your Content into Engaging Stories

Presented by eLearning

Thursday April 20, 12:00 – 12:50 p.m. OR

Friday May 19, 12:00 – 12:50 p.m.

ZOOM Videoconference -- info to be sent

Transform your materials into impactful visual stories that promote learning retention. Join this session to learn more about a powerful, free, and easy-to-use tool, called Adobe Spark Page. Walk out from this session with ideas on presenting your content as polished professional webpages that can be read delightfully from any device.

Register for Spark Your Course

Full STE-A-M Ahead: Advancing the Arts and Humanities at Military and Polytechnic Universities

Presented by Dr. Liam Corley

Tuesday May 2, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

Faculty Center, 1-228

Dr. Liam Corley (EFL) presents a discussion on the use value of literary study to students’ mental, moral, emotional, and psychological maturation. He will discuss shifting the terms of assessment from content memorization (e.g. plot, context, and characters) and towards more universally applicable skills (e.g. judging character, navigating ambiguity, recognizing and managing diversity, and discerning the effects of cultural and historical contexts) which are necessary skills for all students including STEM majors.

Register for Full STE-A-M Ahead

Productive Persistence - Mindset Workshop

Presented by the Faculty Center

Tuesday May 9, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. OR

Wednesday May 10, 4:00 – 5:00 p.m.

ZOOM Videoconference -- info to be sent

Cultivating a “growth” mindset – the belief that if you work at something you can get better at it – has been shown to be a powerful force in students’ success in difficult classes. It’s fairly easy to help students to adopt this belief; get ideas from this workshop.

This workshop will take place over the easy-to-use Zoom videoconference platform, so you don't have to be on campus! You DO have to register, because we'll send the Zoom info to people the day before.

This is the fourth in a series of five separate workshops for Winter & Spring under the umbrella "Five (practically foolproof) ways to help your students succeed.” The topics are: Organizing your class, Transparency, Metacognition, Mindset and productive persistence, and Classroom learning communities. Watch the Faculty Center email for dates!

Special Feature: Anyone who attends at least 3 of the 5 workshops, or downloads electronic versions of all 5 and sends me an email about what you plan to do in your class as a result, will be entered into a drawing to win 5 books referenced in the workshops.

Register for Productive Persistence Workshop

Learning Communities Workshop

Presented by the Faculty Center

Tuesday May 16, 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. OR

Wednesday May 17, 4:00 – 5:00 p.m.

ZOOM Videoconference -- info to be sent

In the 1990s, a particular group of students at UC Berkeley were failing calculus at the horrendous rate of 60%. Berkeley created learning communities for this group, and the failure rate dropped from 60% to…FOUR percent. Without reducing the rigor of the classes. The value of having company in one’s learning journey is hard to overstate. Get ideas from this workshop about how you can create such communities in your own classroom.

This workshop will take place over the easy-to-use Zoom videoconference platform, so you don't have to be on campus! You DO have to register, because we'll send the Zoom info to people the day before.

This is the fifth in a series of five separate workshops for Winter & Spring under the umbrella "Five (practically foolproof) ways to help your students succeed.” The topics are: Organizing your class, Transparency, Metacognition, Productive persistence, and Classroom learning communities. Watch the Faculty Center email for dates!

Special Feature: Anyone who attends at least 3 of the 5 workshops, or downloads electronic versions of all 5 and sends me an email about what you plan to do in your class as a result, will be entered into a drawing to win 5 books referenced in the workshops.

Register for Learning Communities Workshop

Dr. Saundra McGuire: Teaching Students How to Learn

Presented by Engaging the Digital Student Summer Institute (EDSI) 2017, eLearning and the Faculty Center

Monday June 12, 8:30 – 12:00 p.m

Ursa Major, Bronco Student Center (BSC), Cal Poly Pomona

As part of Engaging the Digital Student Summer Institute (EDSI) 2017, eLearning and Faculty Center present you our keynote workshop by Dr. Saundra McGuire. Dr. McGuire is the author of Teach Students How to Learn: Strategies You Can Incorporate into Any Course to Improve Student Metacognition, Study Skills and Motivation. Her work helps students succeed in challenging quantitative courses by teaching them simple yet effective learning strategies which are based in cognitive science principles. Dr. McGuire will engage attendees in testing out strategies that significantly improve performance while transforming student attitudes about the meaning of learning.

All members of the campus community are invited to attend the keynote workshop on Monday, June 12, from 8:30 AM to 12:00 PM, followed by afternoon sessions:

  • 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM - Dr. Emiliano Ayala of Sonoma State University will discuss Universal Design for Learning, which supports students with diverse needs and challenges in acquiring and applying effective learning skills.
  • 2:15 PM to 3:30 PM - Cal Poly Pomona faculty will share their successful stories on helping students succeed.

Registration is currently open - sign up to save your seat now.


Register for Dr. Saundra McGuire, June 12