Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning Announces Spring Semester Professional Development Schedule
The Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning (FCTL) at the School of Information Studies (iSchool) has released its schedule for spring semester professional development opportunities on campus.
All FCTL sessions have been designed to support the entire Syracuse University faculty and are open to instructors from all schools and colleges, full time, adjunct and Ph.D. students, unless otherwise indicated.
The professional development opportunities will take three forms–15-minute quick-hit sessions, large-group session topics and ICE Box lunchtime talks.
Most FCTL programs are led by Peggy Takach, director of the FCTL, and Jeffrey Fouts, director of instructional technology at the iSchool. This semester, four iSchool faculty members–Ingrid Erickson, Yun Huang, Megan Oakleaf, and Bei Yu–will also lead sessions.
“We are so pleased to announce that all of our sessions are open to all University instructors,” Takach says. “We offer many different session formats to fit instructor schedules, but more importantly we create an atmosphere in our sessions for networking and sharing of ideas and best practices.”
Quick Hit Mondays – 15-Minute Sessions
Throughout the semester, Quick Hits will be held in 15-minute sessions on Mondays (unless otherwise noted). These sessions will be held in 206F Hinds Hall with a maximum of eight people attending. Session times are from noon–12:15 p.m.
Monday, Feb. 6
Monday, March 6
“5 Databases in 15 Minutes, Library”–featuring Natasha Cooper
Monday, April 3
Monday, May 1
Large-Group Session Topics
These large-group sessions allow faculty members to come together for discussions, to share ideas, and be able to walk away with tools that can be used to enhance the quality of teaching. Some of the sessions are hands-on workshops where instructors can bring their own device to be actively engaged while learning.
Wednesday, Feb. 8, 5–6:30 p.m.
“Reading Across the Curriculum” (Katzer Room–347 Hinds Hall)
Monday, Feb. 13, 2–3 p.m.
“Giving Voice in a Loud World–Using FlipGrid.” Featuring Ingrid Erickson. (018 Hinds Hall)
Monday, Feb. 27, 3:30–5 p.m.
“Questioning Techniques: Construct, Deliver and Facilitate”
Tuesday, April 18, 5–6:30 p.m.
“Blackboard: Unleashing Analytics in the Classroom”
This series, new for the spring semester, features iSchool faculty member Megan Oakleaf, who oversees instructional quality at the iSchool.
Tuesday, March 7, noon–1:30 p.m.
“Part 1: Backwards Design, Rubrics First.” Featuring Megan Oakleaf.
Wednesday, March 22, 5–6:30 p.m.
“Part 2: Backwards Design, Imagine Your Classroom”
Tuesday, April 4, 5–6:30 p.m.
“Part 3: Backwards Design, Finally Blackboard”
ICE Box Talks
The ICE Box collaboration space on the second floor of Hinds Hall serves as the venue for faculty to participate in an engaging session on various topics. ICE Box Talks are intended for an open discussion on whatever comes to mind in an informal setting to learn and share great ideas. All ICE Box Talks are held from noon–1 p.m.
Thursday, Feb. 23
“Diving Beneath the SURFACE, Library.” Featuring Natasha Cooper and Taylor Davis-Van Atta.
Monday, April 10
“Group Learning Techniques.” Featuring Bei Yu.
Detailed session descriptions, as well as registration for all offerings, is available on the FCTL website’s “Upcoming Events” page.