Kennesaw State University

Upcoming Events

Monday, January 7, 2019 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm
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Virtual
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Virtual

Participants in this webinar will identify ways to introduce and sequence activities in the first week of class that preview what students can expect throughout the semester. Participants in this webinar will identify and share approaches and activities that set the stage for the semester. Possible topics include setting ground rules, establishing an inclusive classroom climate, using content-based strategies to provoke student curiosity, and goal-setting for student success. Let’s get started in purposeful and productive ways!

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Friday, January 11, 2019 - 12:30pm to 1:45pm
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Workshop
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Location: 
CETL House #3211: Lab

CETL offers a competitive, peer-reviewed funding program that includes awards for travel to teaching-related conferences and the SoTL Writing Retreat. Attend this workshop to learn more about how to strengthen your application for funding.

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Monday, January 14, 2019 - 12:00pm to 1:15pm
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Workshop
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Location: 
Building H Room 202

Why is it that so many student teams fail to live up to their potential? How can we design a process to create and manage more effective student teams? This workshop will introduce the research-based CATME team-maker and peer review tools. This online platform can be used directly, or its ideas adapted separately, to help produce high-performing teams in the classroom. Participants will explore some of the factors that research has uncovered for forming and managing effective student teams, and we will utilize the CATME system to observe how these factors can be operationalized.

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Thursday, January 17, 2019 - 12:30pm to 1:45pm
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Workshop
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Location: 
CETL House #3211: Lab

In this workshop, author and fellow KSU faculty member Dr. Seneca Vaught will take us through the argument in his new book. We will consider the hidden costs of college and the shortcomings of considering education merely as a commodity, paying particular attention to groups of students who regularly shoulder more of that cost. We will broaden the definition of investment, moving from a guild mentality to considering long-term returns beyond financial earnings, so that we can have productive conversations with our students about the value of their education.

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Thursday, January 24, 2019 - 11:00am to 12:30pm
Event Type: 
Book Club
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Location: 
CETL House #54: Book Club Room

Many of us educators feel like they are walking on eggshells when they express their thoughts in the classroom and when they are faced with unsophisticated student comments. The discourse is rife with loaded terms such as “coddling," “trigger warnings,” “political correctness,” “safe spaces.” How do we balance the principles of academic freedom, freedom of speech and expression, and inclusive learning environments? How can we protect ourselves and our students? The authors (one the dean of the Law School at University of California Berkeley and the other the chancellor of University of California Irvine) provide a review of what schools can and cannot do, but, more importantly, discuss what’s at stake when we talk about censorship and hate speech. Come add your perspective to the discussion!

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Friday, January 25, 2019 - 12:00pm to 1:15pm
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Workshop
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Location: 
Building H Room 202

If your students often skip the readings in your class, or if they struggle to comprehend the content of text when they do read, this workshop is for you. In the workshop we will illuminate factors that make if difficult for students to comprehend what they are reading, discuss research-based approaches that support students’ comprehension of text, and plan strategies to help your students comprehend the readings for your course.

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Monday, January 28, 2019 - 11:00am to 12:15pm
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Workshop
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Location: 
CETL House #3211: Lab

NCUR is coming to Kennesaw State in April 2019! Encourage your students to take advantage of this opportunity to participate in a national conference by creating an assignment that they can complete at the conference. At this workshop, we will actively engage in the design and construction of assignments that will be relevant to your specific course and support your students' learning at the conference. We will apply the TiLT (Transparency in Teaching and Learning) framework to ensure that your students clearly understand the Purpose, Task, and Criteria for the assignment. Bring your ideas or existing assignments that you can revise and CETL faculty will be available to work with you one-on-one.

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Wednesday, January 30, 2019 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
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Workshop
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Location: 
CETL House #3211: Lab

What if there was a way to prevent or reduce those student meetings at the end of the semester on cheating and academic dishonesty? This workshop will explore strategies for creating an environment of trust in your course that can promote academic integrity and examine ways to design assessments that can reduce the opportunity for cheating. We will also discuss the process of addressing academic integrity issues if they do arise. CETL is partnering with the Department of Student Conduct and Academic Integrity to deliver this workshop.

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Friday, February 1, 2019 - 11:00am to 12:15pm
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Workshop
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Location: 
Building H Room 202

The most successful students take charge of their own goals for learning and are reflective about their learning processes. Attend this workshop to learn some simple ways to integrate metacognition and self-regulation—two research-based concepts that make a difference for motivation and learning--into your course.

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Friday, February 1, 2019 - 12:30pm to 1:00pm
Event Type: 
Virtual
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Location: 
Virtual

"Make it Stick" has been described as "the single best work I have encountered on the subject [of how students learn]" (Chronicle of Higher Education, April 2014). This informational webinar will share strategies based in cognitive psychology and the learning sciences that explore more efficient and effective ways to help students make it stick. Webinar link and information will be emailed to you a few days before the webinar.

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Thursday, February 7, 2019 - 12:30pm to 1:45pm
Event Type: 
Workshop
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Location: 
CETL House #3211: Lab

Our previous workshops on motivation have focused on creating a supportive environment, enhancing student self-efficacy, and establishing the value of the material. In this workshop we will address new research that reveals that student motivation can be further enhanced with the establishment of rapport and trust between the faculty member and the students. Join us to explore this new information and discover more and better ways to motivate our students to succeed.

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Thursday, February 7, 2019 - 3:00pm to 4:15pm
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Workshop
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Location: 
Building H Room 202

Multiple colleges at KSU have begun formally supporting the peer coaching process. This workshop is designed to support those efforts and expand participation across KSU. Peer coaching is a formative process conducted with another instructor to provide feedback about teaching in areas you have targeted for improvement in your classroom. It is specific, organized, constructive, collaborative, non-threatening, confidential, and focused on mutual benefits. The process generates valuable feedback on classroom performance, introduces participants to new educational practices, models the value of assessment to the learners in the classroom, and quickly propagates ‘best practices’ within a community of educators. In this workshop, participants will learn about successful peer coaching efforts from the literature, discuss the value of various steps in the peer coaching process, and practice providing peer coaching feedback for a case scenario and for the workshop context itself.

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Friday, February 8, 2019 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm
Event Type: 
Panel
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Location: 
CETL House #3211: Conference Room

Panelists discussing this timely topic will roundly explore how we employ, avoid, or confront discomfort in the college classroom. Topics will include teaching from a “pedagogy of discomfort;” student and instructor discomfort; the didactic benefits of making students comfortable; diversity and inclusion in the college classroom; safe spaces; trigger warnings, power dynamics, and more. Join us for a lively and much-needed discussion on the topic of discomfort in the college classroom!

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Monday, February 11, 2019 - 11:15am to 12:05pm
Event Type: 
Book Club
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Location: 
Building H Room 202

Join us for a book chat about Teaching University Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder: A Guide to Developing Academic Capacity and Proficiency by Kim Draisma and Kimberley McMahon-Coleman (2016). We will discuss how autism presents itself in our classes and strategies for teaching students who fall within the autism spectrrum.

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Tuesday, February 12, 2019 - 12:30pm to 1:45pm
Event Type: 
Workshop
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Location: 
Building H Room 202

This workshop addresses easily adaptable strategies for effective teaching in the lab classroom to improve student understanding. Participants will discuss and share ways to provide a clear overview, use a range of examples, create an inclusive climate, seek student feedback, assign or evaluate lab reports, and measure student understanding and other classroom assessment techniques.

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Monday, February 18, 2019 - 3:00pm to 4:15pm
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Workshop
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Location: 
Building H Room 202

Employing active learning techniques does not automatically produce high quality learning, nor does it necessarily contribute to a productive academic mindset in students. While a large body of research shows that incorporating active learning techniques into the classroom can significantly improve student achievement of learning outcomes, how can we use it to produce a productive academic mindset as well? In this workshop we will explore how we can create productive academic mindsets by engaging students in ways that really make a difference. Specifically, we will consider three components identified in the research that teachers can influence student mindset in the classroom: emotional engagement, cognitive-emotional engagement, and behavioral engagement.

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Friday, February 22, 2019 - 12:00pm to 1:15pm
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Workshop
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Location: 
Building H Room 202

Instructors are learning new ways to help students become resilient in the face of failures. Join us for a workshop that provides a framework for flipping the mindset on failure. We will explore strategies to integrate into your current course design. Additionally, we will provide some background on the Complete College Georgia and Momentum Year.

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Tuesday, February 26, 2019 - 10:30am to 11:00am
Event Type: 
Virtual
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Location: 
Virtual

If you find yourself wondering why your students' exam results are often worse than their homework and class activity results, this 30-minute informative webinar is for you. We will discuss strategies and tools to incorporate the use of purposeful knowledge network development throughout our teaching in order to help students transfer what they learn from lecture and practice to other contexts, including in exams and later in life. Registrants will receive a webinar link a few days before the event.

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Friday, March 1, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am
Event Type: 
Virtual
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Location: 
Virtual

This webinar addresses how performance criteria can be used to help learning objectives (which can sometimes seem static and impersonal in nature) come alive in the classroom. Performance criteria are the expectations given to learners before a performance that define the characteristics which make up a high quality performance related to achieving a learning objective. Participants attending this webinar will be able to articulate the value of writing and using performance criteria, practice using a methodology for writing performance criteria, and assess performance criteria to improve quality.

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Friday, March 1, 2019 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm
Event Type: 
Workshop
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Location: 
CETL House #3211: Lab

Exams are a helpful assessment tool if aligned to your course objectives and goals. However, they can present a challenge with issues of academic dishonesty depending on the structure and design of the exam. This workshop will explore strategies for creating test questions and an environment that can promote academic integrity. We will also discuss the process of addressing academic integrity issues if they do arise. CETL is partnering with the Department of Student Conduct and Academic Integrity to deliver this workshop.

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Tuesday, March 5, 2019 - 11:00am to 12:15pm
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Workshop
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Location: 
CETL House #3211: Lab

We must intentially think about where we want students to go in order to help them get there. Teaching with purpose requires us to first identify our course goals and objectives and create assignments that are aligned. Often we, as instructors, know why were doing certain things in our courses, but it might not be apparent to students. This workshop will explore the Transparency Framework (of purpose/task/criertia) developed by Mary-Ann Winkelmes, as it relates to assinment creation. We will introduce the framework and apply it to redesigning an assingment you currently use in your course.

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Wednesday, March 6, 2019 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Event Type: 
Virtual
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Location: 
Virtual

Employing interactions in the classroom is one way to improve student engagement. By getting student involved in class discussions, interactive classroom activities, and classroom assessment techniques, students can create a deeper connection to the content. Join me for this workshop to explore different options for creating engagement and interactions in the classroom.

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Tuesday, March 12, 2019 - 3:45pm to 5:00pm
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Workshop
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Location: 
Building H Room 202

Have you taught a class where students are highly engaged and are outperforming your expectations? What is so special about that class? How can you document what is happening so you can reproduce that impact in the future? In this workshop we will discuss the components of conducting scholarly action research in the classroom. We will also study several examples of successful applications for Institutional Review Board approval that you may be able to adapt to your own classroom research. Participants will leave with the beginning of an action plan to turn what started as a successful class into a scholarly paper as well.

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Thursday, March 14, 2019 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm
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Workshop
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Location: 
CETL House #3211: Lab

Midterms have passed and finals are coming up. These are two times in the semester when instances of academic dishonesty are at their highest. Do you feel comfortable and prepared in addressing academic dishonesty in your course? This workshop will provide you with step-by-step guidance on how to deal with occurrences of possible academic integrity issues. We will discuss what cheating might look like, how to deal with it, and provide guidance for discussion you may need to have with students. CETL is partnering with the Department of Student Conduct and Academic Integrity to deliver this workshop.

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Monday, March 18, 2019 - 2:00pm to 3:30pm
Event Type: 
Book Club
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Location: 
CETL House #54: Book Club Room

Even though the book is five years old, Selingo’s analysis is still relevant. From his experience as an editor of the Chronicle of Higher Education, he traces problematic administrative practices that took hold in the first decade of the millennium (building debt and promoting a customer mentality with regards to students). Together with unforeseen societal changes, such as economic crises and disruptive technologies, these practices have exacerbated the college dropout problem and made students question the value of a college degree. Join us for this chat to discuss what of his analysis resonates with your experience, the likelihood of the future he predicts, and the applicability of the strategies he suggests.

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Thursday, March 21, 2019 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm
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Workshop
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Location: 
CETL House #3211: Lab

Paradoxically, role-play is an authentic activity to improve long-term learning and prepare students for future coursework or careers. Role play activities encourage students to identify solutions to case studies, resolve problems in representative scenarios , interpret theories, analyze literature and visual arts, or practice empathy by taking another person’s point of view. Through role play, students can engage in research, build “think-on-your-feet” skills, and reflect upon alternative solutions. Participants in this research-based, interactive workshop will examine the effectiveness of role-play across disciplines, analyze guidelines and resources for role-play activities, and practice how to design and implement role-play in college classrooms.

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Friday, March 22, 2019 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm
Event Type: 
Virtual
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Location: 
Virtual

The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) focuses on investigations of teaching practices and student learning within a discipline or across disciplines in higher education. If you are curious about your students’ learning and want to explore the intersection of teaching and scholarship, join us for this interactive webinar, where you’ll gain practical suggestions for any stage of the SoTL research process, from generating initial ideas to presenting or publishing the research. Webinar link and information will be emailed to participants a few days before the webinar.

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Monday, April 8, 2019 - 8:30am to 9:45am
Event Type: 
Workshop
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Location: 
Building H Room 202

This workshop is designed to help participants choose and use a variety of tools and techniques for assessing student learning in STEM courses that can help us better understand our students’ performance in the classroom, and also contribute to assessment needed for specialized accreditation such as ABET or NAAB. We will discuss important concepts underpinning successful classroom assessment of student learning, describe a variety of tools and techniques for STEM courses, and note connections to helpful literature. During the session each participant will have an opportunity to select several potential new assessment tools or techniques for their own course, and plan for potential initial implementation for one or two of those tools and techniques.

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Wednesday, April 10, 2019 - 10:15am to 12:00pm
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Workshop
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Location: 
CETL House #3211: Conference Room

Course design is one of several important elements of teaching for student success. This interactive workshop will provide a framework for self-reflection about opportunities for course redesign through the lens of student success. The framework will emphasize three research-based elements: mastery, metacognition, and motivation. Join us to reflect on the framework and to strategize and set priorities to improve student outcomes.

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Tuesday, April 16, 2019 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm
Event Type: 
Virtual
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Location: 
Virtual

What do we want students to remember from our courses? This interactive webinar prepares us to think about our goals for the last class of the semester. Perhaps we want to reinforce the course goals, create opportunities for reflection, connect student learning to future classes or employment, affirm the value of continuous learning, or inspire our students. Join this webinar to share and to learn about purposeful strategies to wrap up our last class in a meaningful way for ourselves and our students.

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Friday, April 19, 2019 - 8:30am to 9:45am
Event Type: 
Book Club
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Location: 
Building H Room 202

Using small group collaborative learning can be a transformative experience for our students, but how do we ensure it is transforative in a good way? In the seminal text Team-Based Learning: a Transformative Use of Small Groups in College Teaching, Michaelsen, Knight, and Fink provide a comprehensive set of guidelines for incorporating formal teamwork into college courses. Topics addressed include specific procedures to help form groups and turn them into high-performng teams, to the "4S" rules for desiging effective in-class activities, to discipline-specific recommendations and lessons learned, and more. Come and share your thoughts about how techniques from this book can help crank up learning in your course.

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Wednesday, April 24, 2019 - 10:10am to 12:05pm
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Workshop
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Location: 
CETL House #3211: Lab

This interactive workshop will identify how mental health disorders present themselves in the classes we teach. Best practices in teaching in this context will be presented and faculty will work together to consider how to apply these practices to multiple cases.

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Thursday, April 25, 2019 - 12:30pm to 1:00pm
Event Type: 
Virtual
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Location: 
Virtual

In this webinar, we will discuss how we can grade student work and give feedback that they can use to improve their performance in class. This webinar is geared toward part-time faculty who have a limited amount of time to spend on their courses, but all faculty can benefit from thinking critically and refelctively about their grading practices. Topics that will be covered include rubrics, checklists, minimal marking, and targeted feedback and how to apply them in all disciplines.

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