Call for Proposals by 7/1/2013: Focus on Teaching & Tech Conference: University of Missouri-St. Louis
Below is a link to more information regarding the Missouri Teaching Symposium, which will be held Thursday and Friday, June 20th and 21st in Columbia Missouri. RSVPs may be sent to Rhonda Turner at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
With the spring semester quickly winding to a close, we here at FaCET would like to inform you about the Fall 2013 Symposium, which will be held Thursday August 15th from 9am-3pm at the Student Union, ( room 401A). Our keynote speaker for this event will be Dr. Herb Childress, Dean of Research and Assessment at Boston Architectural College. Dr. Childress has specialized research surrounding curricular design and outcomes assessment, and has participated in administration, teaching and research in higher education for twenty years.
More information will be coming as the date gets closer, so make sure to stay posted to the FaCET website, blog and listserv emails! If you would like to go ahead and RSVP for the 2013 Fall FaCET Symposium, your RSVP may be sent to: email@example.com
Thanks again, and we hope to see you all there!
This semester, FaCET experienced a outstanding turnout with applicants for the Teaching Enhancement Grants for 2013. We appreciate everyone’s contributions and would like to take a moment to congratulate all of the TEG recipients for this semester:
-Scott Baker, Assistant Professor of Foreign Languages
-Melita Belgrave, Assistant Professor of Music Therapy
-Susan Bennett, Clinical Instructor of the School of Nursing
-Brenda Bethman, Director of the Women’s Center
-Kelly Cochran, Clinical Assistant Professor of the School of Pharmacy
-Katherine Smith, Associate Professor and Assistant Dean-School of Nursing
-Lakshmi Venkitachalam, Assistant Professor of School of Medicine
-Laurel Watson, Assistant Professor of School of Education
-Daniel Weddle, Clinical Professor of the School of Law
-Henrietta Wood, Full-Time Lecturer of English
Thanks once again to all those who applied this semester, FaCET appreciates all of your hard work and dedication to teaching excellence!
Recording for Graduate Students in Distress: How To Recognize Warning Signs and Avoid Violent Results of Stress, Strain & Strife
A big thanks goes out to all that were able to attend the spring installment of the FaCET Symposium! For those of you who were unable to attend or would like to view this session again, please find the link posted below:
“Utilizing Experimental Software to Enhance Undergraduate Research Experiences” By: Megan K. Littrell-Baez, Ph.D. Psychology Department
Undergraduate students are always looking for more ways to engage in “high-impact” learning experiences. I recently developed a course titled “PSYCH 450: Guided Research in Learning and Memory” intended to serve this purpose. The course afforded undergraduate psychology students a new opportunity to experience the research process in a group setting. This experience is complementary to the currently available PSYCH 490 course in which students work directly with a faculty member on a research project. The specific learning objectives for the course, offered during Spring 2012, were as follows:
1) To gain in-depth knowledge on a topic within Cognitive Psychology with a special emphasis on the Psychology of Learning and Memory.
2) To develop professional skills necessary for research in psychology through participating in hands-on training in the creation of experimental materials, engaging in discussions of current research, conducting an experiment, and presenting the research in a formal poster.
3) To engage in an in-depth research experience guided by a faculty member.
What an exciting endeavor for the students! Psych 450 students began their research experience by forming two “research teams” that they worked with for the entire semester. As a team they engaged in small-group discussions, developed research materials, and conducted an experiment. As a class, we read and discussed several research articles focused on topics within the psychology of learning and memory. Through this process, the students began to gain a clear understanding of why and how their team’s study could potentially explain a specific cognitive phenomenon.
Prior to teaching the course, I applied for a Teaching Enhancement Grant (TEG) so that I could purchase a specialized research software package for the students to use in class. This software package, E-Prime 2.0, is often used by social scientists to create experiments that involve the presentation of visual and auditory stimuli. The software package also includes components that may be used for data collection and analysis. I held training sessions in class during which the students learned how to use E-Prime to create experimental programs, collect data, and organize and interpret the data. Furthermore, each team had the opportunity to use this software to run participants in an actual research study.
At the end of the semester, each research team worked with me to analyze the data they had collected. Each team organized their project in a poster that was presented at the annual Students Engaged in Artistic and Academic Research (SEARCH) symposium. After SEARCH, the students completed a final writing assignment, reflecting on their experiences in PSYCH 450. Their responses suggested that the course provided them with a rewarding experience. Below are some sample quotes from the students:
“This class was interesting in compared to other classes because it allowed us to ‘Learn by doing’, in that instead of learning through the traditional lecture format where information is largely second or third hand, we got to actually see what we were talking about in action and gain skills in the process.”
“By allowing students to gain first-hand, experience with research processes provides a unique set of tools for psychology students.”
“The most interesting and exciting part of this course was the collaboration. I really enjoyed working with my group and meeting new people. At the same time, it was really exciting to get the results, even if they were not what we wanted to see. I liked making the poster and presenting at SEARCH, and I really hope I will be able to do that again in the future.”
“I feel extremely grateful that I was able to be a part of this class for its ‘pilot’ run. I enjoyed doing hands-on work in the realm of learning and memory, which I have always found to be fascinating…It has been an excellent catalyst as an introduction to the world of research without feeling overwhelmed or overly pressured.”
Overall, I am confident that this was a great experience for the students, and they will benefit not only from their experience collaborating on and conducting a research study, but also from gaining training for a software package that they might not have had access to otherwise. I would like to thank FaCET for the TEG and the opportunity to engage students in an exciting learning and research opportunity!
I hope your semester is getting off to a great start! The Faculty Center for Excellence in Teaching would like to inform you all of the upcoming sessions that will be held every Wednesday from 2:30-4pm. A wide variety of topics will be covered at these sessions, and everyone that is able to attend is strongly encouraged! Attached below, you will find a schedule of these upcoming sessions for the fall, as well as presenters and topics covered. As usual, RSVPs may be sent to me: (firstname.lastname@example.org)
We hope to see many of you there, and please feel free to pass along the word to anyone you think may be interested. Thanks again for all of your support for FaCET, and we look forward to seeing many of you soon!
If you missed the opportunity to attend the From ‘Good to Great’ workshop this afternoon presented by Dr. Nathan Lindsay, you’re still in luck!
-Another opportunity to attend this workshop will be available Friday April 13th from 11-12pm in room 4302 of the Health Sciences Building.
-If you are unable to attend tomorrow’s session, you can still view the Tegrity video of this workshop through FaCET’s blackboard site. Simply log on to Blackboard, log on to the FaCET’s blackboard section, and click on the “FaCET Videos” link on the left hand column. If you have any trouble accessing this Tegrity capture, you can contact the FaCET GRA, Katie Willis for further assistance at email@example.com.
If you didn’t get to make it to our annual Symposium this year, you still have a chance to view the keynote address of Paul Hanstedt! To watch the video, just log on to the FaCET blackboard site, and click on “FaCET Videos” in the left-hand column. Click on the link “Keynote Address of Paul Hanstedt Jan. 6th, 2012,” and enjoy!
Need help with your programs’ assessment plans?
Schedule a Assessment Mentoring Sesssion
Drew Bergerson, Professor of History & FaCET Fellow for Assessment
Tuesdays from 2:00 to 4:30 PM at FaCET by Appointment Only
During these typically one-hour sessions, Drew Bergerson will work closely with one faculty group at a time to explain assessment (if you are beginners), solve practical problems with your assessment procedures, explain reviews from the University Assessment Committee, adapt your prose to the requirements of the reporting program (WEAVEOnline), or some combination of the above. Administrative Assistants are welcome, but these groups must be led by faculty.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to make an appointment.
Good morning all,
Attached you will find a copy of the handouts from the Faculty Senate 2013: Challenges and Opportunities webinar presentation that took place on April 25th.
Thanks again, and have a great weekend!
FaCET would like to thank all those who were able to attend this week’s session focused on Incivility in the Classroom. We had a great turnout, and our presenters did a fantastic job of presenting on a difficult topic that perhaps does not receive the attention it deserves. If you were unable to attend this week or you missed the handouts from this presentation, below you will find the pdf of the handouts from this fantastic presentation.
Thanks again to all, and have a fantastic weekend!