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Special guest Dr. Todd Zakrajsek, North Carolina State University Chapel Hill

Overcoming Distraction, Disengagement, and Apathy in the Classroom

Todd Zakrajsek

Friday Feb. 27, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm, Ursa Minor, BSC

This is our "flagship" workshop for the year!  Dr. Zakrajsek is co-author of The New Science of Learning: How to Learn in Harmony with Your Brain, and is the organizer of the classic Lilly West teaching conference.  This is a fantastic opportunity to learn how your students are thinking and why it's so hard to get their attention!

Register early!

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Creating ADA Compliant Teaching Materials with MS Word & PowerPoint – It’s Pretty Easy

Tuesday Jan. 20 and Wednesday Feb. 18, 12:00 – 12:50 pm. Faculty Center 1-228

This hands-on workshop demonstrates how easy it is to create materials that are accessible to students with disabilities.  Please register since we want to make sure to have enough laptops available.

Best Practices in Creating Video Lectures

Tuesday Feb. 3 OR Wednesday Feb. 4, 12:00 - 12:50, Faculty Center 1-228

Dr. Kristine Fish (Kinesiology & Health Promotion) will discuss the ins and outs of creating video lectures to place online for your students. Kristine coordinates the largest online course at Cal Poly Pomona, so she pretty much has this down!

Please register!

Wall of COOL speaker Dr. Jenny Bahn (EWS):  “Anthro-Woman!” Ethnic Identity & the Arts

Thursday Feb. 5, 12:00 – 12:50 pm., Faculty Center 1-228

The Wall of COOL recognizes faculty members who have created exemplary online, hybrid, or technology enhanced courses.  Jenny worked closely with eLearning to create amazing animations for this online course created for the bilingual credential program.

Bring your lunch; snacks and drinks provided.

Checking PDF's for Accessibility

Thursday Feb. 5 OR Wednesday Feb. 25, 12:00 – 12:50 pm. Bldg 8-48 (Feb. 5) and Bldg 1-228 (Feb. 25)

This hands-on workshop demonstrates how to ensure that pdf documents you create or scan will be accessible to students with disabilities -- it's not hard, you just gotta do it in a certain way!  Please register since we want to make sure to have enough laptops available.

"The textbook costs WHAT?!"  Affordable Learning Materials Brown-Bag

Tuesday Feb. 10, 12:00 – 12:50 pm., Faculty Center 1-227

Ruth Guthrie, Laurie Starkey, and Emma Gibson present ideas and resources for identifying high-quality, low-price learning materials for your students.  

Bring your lunch; snacks and drinks provided.  No need to register.

Teaching Happy Hour:  "Follow up on Todd's workshop"

Tuesday March 3 or Wednesday March 4, 12:00 – 12:50 pm. Faculty Center 1-228

Bring your lunch; snacks and drinks provided (sadly, not the kind that gives you a buzz!).  Share ideas with other faculty, following a short informal presentation.  No need to register.

Reading Group:  "Cheating Lessons:  Learning from Academic Dishonesty"

Meetings TBD.  Facilitated by Nicholas Von Glahn & Sara Langford, Psychology & Sociology

How do you stop cheating...before it starts?  This practical book, written by the popular Chronicle of Higher Education columnist James Lang, explores why students cheat and how to structure assignments to reduce the temptation.  

Reading group limited to 8 participants; you will receive a copy of the book.  Please register.

Faculty Writing Institute:  Just Write!

Monday -- Tuesday March 23 & 24

In the Faculty Center, Bldg 1-228

Spend part of spring break making progress on articles, grant proposals, book chapters -- or whatever else you're writing!  Writing in the company of other faculty can be energizing.  You bring your laptop and your ideas.  We provide tables, coffee, wireless internet, power strips, and food.  Register for one or two days, as fits your schedule.

Registration required!