Fall 2016 Workshops and Forums:

The 21st Century College Learner

Sarah Greene, Robert Machado, Ann Berger-Knorr
September 14th, 2016, 12-1 p.m.; Lynch 167

According to social science research, today's college students have different motivations, learning styles, characteristics, and social concerns than previous generations. Evidence further suggests they read and process information differently from students a generation ago. In this workshop, faculty will address effective pedagogies for the next group of 21st century learners: Generation Z.

Navigating Difficult Conversations in the Classroom

Olajiwon McCadney, Todd Snovel, Jeff Robbins
October 4th, 2016, 12-1:30 p.m.; BIS 125

On several occasions in 2015 - 2016, faculty expressed concern that they felt unprepared to address sensitive topics when they arose in their classrooms. Given the current state of affairs, both domestic and global, as well as the approaching presidential election, we might anticipate that difficult conversations will become the new norm. Using a case study approach, in this workshop, members of the faculty and Student Affairs focus on how one might navigate these conversations and allow for healthy, open discourse.

Mindful Teaching & Learning: Developing a Pedagogy of Well-Being

Carmen Garcia-Armero & Marianne Goodfellow
October 20th, October 27th, November 3rd, & November 10th, 4-5 p.m.; CETL

Mindfulness is the recovery and development of traditional contemplative practices which seek to enhance present moment awareness. This is a four-week session that will cover the theory and practice of a “pedagogy of well-being.” This series of workshops will help participates investigate mindfulness-based practices to assist students in the transition to higher education and beyond in relation to self-care and stress reduction.

Creating Online and Hybrid Courses: A Faculty Perspective

Beth Julian, Jen Kanupka, Yountae An, Andrew Hildebrand
October 25th, 2016, 12 - 1:30 p.m.; BIS 125

Is teaching online right for you? Given the rates of enrollment in summer online courses at the College, it is apparent that online courses align with students' needs. Faculty have expressed interest in developing online courses or exploring the opportunity to consider this option, but they aren't familiar with what this involves. In this session, faculty who have gone through the College's process for developing and teaching online courses will share their experiences. Lunch will be served. RSVP to by October 24th.

Going Deeper with Difficult Conversations: When Politics Enter the Classroom

Michelle Niculescu, Michael Schroeder, Bob Valgenti
November 10th, 2016, 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.; Chapel 117

This roundtable discussion will delve deeper into the topic of difficult conversations by focusing in on politics. The current presidential election can be characterized as, at best, tense. Are there instances when a faculty member should or should not reveal their political inclinations? How can faculty keep dialogue in the classroom productive? What happens when students feel silenced? What strategies can a faculty member use to keep the classroom as a learning environment? Light refreshments will be served. RSVP to by November 9th.

Going Deeper with Difficult Conversations: Working Through Faculty Experiences

Cathy Romagnolo, Mat Samuel, Teddi Sakellarides
November 14th, 2016, 3:30 - 5 p.m.; CETL Library