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Faculty Learning Community: Alternative Grading Methods to Support the Learning Process for STEM Faculty

Tuesday 12:30pm-2:00pm EST | Multiple (see below) | Online via Zoom

February 14
March 7
April 4
April 25

Presenter: Dr. Santiago Toledo, Associate Professor, CAS-Chemistry | Multiple Dates

Grading is an underutilized tool of course design. It has the potential to change the narrative of how students perceive and utilize feedback to grow in their learning process. Additionally, grading is a powerful tool to provide faculty with insights on the actual progress students make during a course. In the past few years, STEM faculty have started to embrace alternative grading methodologies that emphasize learning centered feedback and de-emphasize point systems. This faculty learning community will introduce the methodologies of specifications and mastery-based grading. The facilitator will launch this topic with a workshop based on his prior experience with these methodologies and continue with a semester-long opportunity to re-think how we structure grading in our courses.

Faculty Learning Community: Accessible Classrooms 101

Wednesday 1:00 p.m – 2:30 p.m. EST | Multiple (see below) | Online via Zoom

February 15
March 8
April 5
April 26

Presenter: Dr. Tanja Aho (they/them), Professorial Lecturer, American Studies

This faculty learning community will offer practical tools to make your classrooms more accessible. We will use universal design principles to expand our knowledge of and practice in building accessible learning spaces. Based on disability justice principles, we will think through how to create access intimacy that cherishes disabled and neurodivergent students and faculty. We will cover various components of teaching, from syllabi and reading materials to classroom practices and testing strategies. Each session will offer concrete strategies as well as a space to ask questions and discuss access-related concerns.

Adjunct Faculty Research Experience | March 20 or March 22

Two iterations: 
Monday, March 20 | 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. | Mary Graydon Center 200
Wednesday, March 22 | 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. | Online via Zoom

Presenter: Chuck Sturtevant (Department of Anthropology)

Many adjunct faculty maintain an active research agenda. Ongoing research is one of the best ways for faculty to stay current on advances in our fields and contributes to our capacities as teachers and mentors for students. [CTRL] would like to invite you to share your experiences as a researcher and adjunct professor. The purpose of these workshops is to begin to gather information about how our research agendas improve our teaching and to think through steps that AU could take to support that research.

Discussing Hate Incidents with Students | March 23

Thursday, March 23 | 12:55 p.m. – 2:10 p.m. | Online via Zoom

Presenters: Shed Siliman (Teaching & Learning Specialist, CTRL) & Mac Crite (Teaching & Learning Specialist, CTRL)

How should we respond in our classrooms to distressing events that occur on and off campus, given our own expertise and the content of our courses? This session aims to cultivate confidence among instructors in addressing hate-based events with students. Participants will discuss the importance of acknowledging and processing hate-based events in class, review strategies for responding, and plan responses based on their goals and teaching context.

"Brain Fuel” Lunch Series: Supporting Metacognition & Self-Regulated Learning | March 29

Wednesday, March 29 | 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. | MGC 200 or Online via Zoom

Presenters: Hannah Jardine (Teaching & Learning Specialist, CTRL) & Mac Crite (Teaching & Learning Specialist, CTRL)

How can I apply the science of learning to enhance my teaching? In this in-person, brown bag lunch series we will explore principles that span disciplines including psychology, cognitive neuroscience, and anthropology to dig deeper into how humans learn. This session will focus on strategies to support metacognition and self-regulated learning in students, and yourself. The session will begin with a short presentation, followed by casual and collegial discussion. Bring your lunch and additional light refreshments will be provided!

This session will be held in-person with the option to attend virtually.

Great College Teaching: Where It Happens and How to Foster It Everywhere | March 30

Thursday, March 30 | 12:55 p.m. – 2:10 p.m. | MGC 200 or online via zoom

Presenter: Corbin Campbell (Associate Dean, Academic Affairs and Associate Professor SOE School of Education)

In this Book Talk, Dr. Corbin Campbell, will discuss her forthcoming book with Harvard Education Press. The book draws from a multi-institutional observational study covering more than 700 higher education courses in a range of contexts, from regional public universities to highly ranked private universities, from small liberal arts colleges to large flagship universities. In mapping the terrain of teaching in higher education across these institutions, the book describes the best practices of exemplary teaching institutions, in which evidenced-based practices such as equity-based and culturally relevant teaching support student learning, and teaching-supportive institutions, in which policies and cultures prioritize teaching and promote faculty development. We will also discuss whether and how AU is an exemplary teaching institution and/or a teaching-supportive institution; and the steps for improving teaching at AU.

Ungrading and Alternative Grading: Emboldening Students and Instructors to Improve | April 5

Wednesday, April 5 | 3:00 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. | Online via Zoom

Presenters: Mac Crite (Teaching & Learning Specialist, CTRL), Adam Tamashasky (Department of Literature) & Kathryn Grossman (Teaching & Learning Graduate Assistant)

Alternative grading methods, such as ungrading and contract grading, have gained traction in recent years as a response to both the pandemic and broader equity-based shifts within higher education. These alternative grading methods can help instructors begin to address systemic inequities within our traditional grading systems, as well as student and instructor concerns and anxieties around grades. In this workshop, participants will become familiar with various alternative grading methods, discuss their benefits and challenges, and consider how to implement alternative grading within their own assessments and courses. 

Teaching Do-Over Workshop: Learning From Mistakes, Goofs, and Happy Accidents | April 12

Wednesday, April 12 | 2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. | Hall of Science T07

Presenters: Tabitha Kidwell (AU Core Fellow, Department of World Languages & Cultures)& Chuck Cox (AU Core Fellow, Department of Literature)

Did an activity, session, assignment, or entire course not go as planned this academic year? This session offers an opportunity to learn from instructional disappointments in collaboration with colleagues.  Participants should come ready to discuss one aspect of their teaching that they would like to improve upon – as small as an awkward class discussion, or as large as a course that didn’t meet its learning objectives. Feedback, discussion, and input from colleagues will offer insight into strategies for improvement and professional growth.  Light refreshments will be served.