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Active Learning in Quantitative Courses

January 26, 2018, 12:00pm -- 2:00pm

Location: College of Agriculture, Bldg 2-214

Research over the last decade is solid: students in quantitative courses learn more when the class period frequently has them actively involved in the material, rather than spending the majority of class time listening and writing notes. But some activities are better than others, so what kinds of activities are most effective? How do instructors plan the class agenda? What do you do about lost time for content? This workshop offers a plethora of strategies to consider, plus time for actual planning and creation of effective activities.

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"I Can't Drop This Class"

February 12, 2018, 12:00 pm -- 12:50 pm

Location: Faculty Center, 1-228

Have you ever had a student or advised a student and you could see that the person was going to crash and burn, so you advise them to drop a course they are in danger of failing.  The student says, "I can't drop this class because I need it for financial aid eligibility."  This Q&A session with a financial aid counselor will provide answers about the constraints and academic issues that students face due to financial problems.  

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Creating Effective Multiple Choice Tests

February 15, or February 16, 2018, 12:00pm -- 1:00pm

Zoom Videoconference

With semesters will come larger classes. With larger classes comes a dilemma -- how to assess higher-order thinking skills without being crushed by the grading. Although multiple choice tests can't do everything, effective multiple choice questions can test surprisingly complex ideas. They can be one tool in your box.

This presentation, offered via the Zoom videoconference app so you can attend even if you're not on campus, talks about best practices in effective question construction and writing multiple choice questions to test learning objectives above the "apply" level on Bloom's taxonomy. Presented by Victoria Bhavsar.

You will get a link to Zoom when you register. We'll also send out an email reminder.

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Saddle Up for Semesters: Spring Break Special
Semester Conversion Camp

March 19-21, 2018, 9:00 -- 4:00 each day

Location: TBD

This is a 3-day guided agenda program to convert quarter courses to semester courses using best practices. There will be short presentations about best practices, and also plenty of time to work on your own courses. We are hoping to have a budget for small stipends (no promises yet, stay tuned!). Both tenure line and lecturer faculty are welcome.

Semester Conversion Camps are limited to 15 participants. We ask that you register for ONLY ONE Semester Conversion Camp! Because these are limited access, we ask that you register only if you are making a firm commitment to attend. Thanks for understanding!

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Saddle Up for Semesters: More Semester Conversion Camps!

Well, our Early Bird Special Semester Conversion Camp filled up fast, so we're putting all our cards on the table! You can go ahead and register for more Conversion Camps:

This is a 3-day guided agenda program to convert quarter courses to semester courses using best practices. There will be short presentations about best practices, and also plenty of time to work on your own courses. We are hoping to have a budget for small stipends (no promises yet, stay tuned!). Both tenure line and lecturer faculty are welcome.

Semester Conversion Camps are limited to 15 participants. June 11, the special guest speaker day, will be open to everyone. We ask that you register for ONLY ONE Semester Conversion Camp! Because these are limited access, we ask that you register only if you are making a firm commitment to attend. Thanks for understanding!