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LEARN Center Workshops 2007-2008

Inspiring Inquiry
Undergraduate Research in the Humanities and Social Sciences

Date: Monday, April 14, 2008
Time: 12:00-1:00 PM
Location: UC 261
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Faculty from Social Science and Humanities departments will discuss the challenges and opportunities for mentoring students in undergraduate research. Among other topics, faculty will share their experiences in helping students design and carry out viable projects and the place of directed research in our programs.

Presenter: Seth Meisel, Department of History

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A Learn Center Luncheon Workshop And Discussion

Date: Tuesday, March 18, 2008
Time: 12:00-1:30 PM
Location: UC 266
Registration Deadline: March 7, 2008
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Advances in technology have made the manipulation and distribution of copyrighted material simple and easy. The numerous and very public legal actions taken by copyright holders trying to clamp down on infringing practices have resulted in a tangle of concepts and interpretations. In this environment, educators can easily become confused and frustrated as they try to develop appropriate and acceptable course material.

The primary focus of this workshop will be Copyright in the Classroom. We’ll look at the T.E.A.C.H. Act and the differences between the digital and the physical classroom. Considerable time will also be devoted to discussing the Fair Use exception.

By the end of the workshop participants will understand:

  • What must be considered when claiming Fair Use
  • Why VHS tapes can’t always be digitized for use

Participants are strongly encouraged to bring questions and share their experiences.

Presenter: Patricia Fragola, Circulation Coordinator, University Library

Growing a Wiki for Diversity Learning
A Learn Center Luncheon Workshop And Discussion

The same workshop is offered two different days

Date: Tuesday, March 11, 2008
Time: 12:30-1:30 PM
Location: UC 275A
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Date: Wednesday, March 12, 2008
Time: 12:00-1:00 PM
Location: UC 259A
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As UW-Whitewater faculty and staff, how do we teach effectively about sensitive issues such as race, power, discrimination, and diversity? How do we create a climate in classes that leads to honest discussion and how do we deal with conflict when it arises? How can we better understand the challenges that students who are members of ethnic minority groups face, and also our how our own identities, fears, and biases enter in as we teach in this area?

One way may be participation in the new Diversity Learning wiki. This wiki is an active collaboration of UWW faculty and staff, created with the goal of sharing our collective experiences and approaches to support student learning and enhance the college experience for students.

In this workshop, aspects of the wiki will be shared, including streaming video clips of UW-W minority students talking about their experience on campus. There will be the opportunity for discussion on how we can "grow" this wiki to benefit our students and ourselves.

Facilitator: James Winship, Chair of the Social Work Department.

To reserve a place, please contact the LEARN Center:
262.472.5242 or learn@uww.edu
Register online at:http://signup.uww.edu using your Net-ID.
The workshop is listed under LEARN Center.

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What Our Students Say About Their Student Experiences

Date: Tuesday, February 19, 2008
Time: 12:30-1:30 PM
Location: UC 275A

Have you ever heard of the National
Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE)
or the Voluntary System of
Accountability (VSA)?

This discussion over lunch, using spring 2007 feedback from UW-W seniors, will show how our students compare to a national peer group of respondents from public universities like ours along six dimensions of student involvement.

The presentation will include an exposition of the history of the administration of the National Survey of Student Engagement at UW-W (seven years of survey data are available to inform faculty research) and an opportunity to discuss the big picture issues of assessment and accountability in the higher education context.

Featured Presenter: Ed Furlong

Ed Furlong, Ph.D. (Political Science) is Associate Institutional Planner for Graduation and Retention Analysis at UW-Whitewater. He was previously with Purdue North Central and Northern Illinois University where he was responsible for Institutional Research and Assessment.

To reserve a place, please contact the LEARN Center:
262.472.5242 or learn@uww.edu
Register online at: http://signup.uww.edu using your Net-ID.
The workshop is listed under LEARN Center.

Hybrid Course Redesign

Wednesday, January 16, 2008 &
Thursday, January 17, 2008
8:30am - 4:00pm
McGraw 127

Successful hybrid teaching requires a significant course transformation. Faculty must rethink and redesign their courses and create new learning activities appropriate for an online community of learners.

Most faculty also have to develop new teaching skills in order to successfully manage online interaction, incorporate new methods of assessment, and effectively use the interactive and organizational tools found in D2L, even though they may already be familiar with the platform.

The Winterim Hybrid Course Redesign workshop will be led by Dr. Alan Aycock, Associate Director of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Learning Technology Center and faculty in the UWM Anthropology Department.

The UW-Milwaukee hybrid faculty development model is nationally recognized and have received numerous awards and grants.

Dr. Aycock has led workshops on hybrid course design on more than 20 campuses across the nation.

Please note that to ensure the success of the workshop, you should plan to attend both days. Continental breakfast, lunch, and afternoon refreshments will be provided for both days.

Priority will be given to those who will be teaching in the hybrid mode in Spring semester 2008.


Register Online at: http://geturl.uww.edu/nl.

For Questions, contact Lorna Wong at: wongl@uww.edu or 262-472-7795.

Making The Old New
The Challenge of Teaching a Course 20, 40, or More Times

Thursday, December 6, 2007
Library 2254

  • What particular challenges face us when we are teaching the same course or material for the 20th or 40th time?
  • What is likely to go wrong when we have taught the same material many times? When good ideas become old ideas?
  • How do we keep our teaching fresh when we have taught a class more times than we can remember?
  • What have others done to punch new life into an old course?

A panel of faculty members from all four colleges will share their approaches to these and related questions. There will be ample opportunity for discussion.

Email LEARN@uww.edu or call X5242 to reserve a lunch.

Assessment of Students With Disabilities

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Tuesday, 20 November, 2007
12:30pm - 1:30pm (Lunch Provided)
Library 2254

  • Did you ever wonder why some students take their tests in a special setting (and whether or why that is necessary or appropriate)?
  • Do you want to know more about the accommodation process at UW-Whitewater?
  • Do you wonder what the research says about appropriate accommodations?

This lunchtime workshop will begin to answer those questions and explain the concept of "universal design." The workshop will be led by Tim O'Connor and Elizabeth Watson.

Tim O'Connor, Senior Student Services Coordinator of Testing and Evaluation Services at UW-Madison, has over 18 years of experience working with testing and evaluation both academic and standardized testing. Tim also has extensive experience working with students with disabilities.

Elizabeth Watson is the Director of the UW-Whitewater Center for Students with Disabilities and has over 20 years experience working with individuals and persons with disabilities. She is also an adjunct faculty in the Counseling Psychology Department at UW-Madison.

Email LEARN@uww.edu or call X5242 to reserve a lunch.

Geezer or Sage? Coping & Thriving In Your Last Decade on Campus

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Tuesday, 18 October, 2007
12:30pm - 1:30pm (Lunch Provided)
Library 2254

This luncheon workshop is designed especially for senior faculty and considers issues of particular relevance to those in their last decade or so on campus.

A panel of seasoned faculty will lead us in an exploration of the following questions:

  1. What issues and challenges are particularly salient for faculty and staff toward the end of their careers? That is, what potential problems are senior faculty likely to face?
  2. What strategies help faculty cope with or transcend these challenges?
  3. What are potential joys and benefits of being in late career? That is, how can one thrive in late career?
  4. Lastly, what can or should the institution do to assist faculty in their last decade on campus?

Email LEARN@uww.edu or call X5242 to reserve a lunch.

A Look at the Ties that Help Bind
First Year Students to Success at UW-W

Tuesday, 28 August, 2007
9:00am - 3:00pm (Lunch Provided)
Upham 142

Each September, this university enrolls 1800+ first-year students. About three-quarters of these students will return for a second year. This workshop will examine what UW-W does to teach, mentor, and engage new students in the classroom and campus.

Over the past two decades, the attention that colleges and universities including UW-Whitewater have paid to the first-year experience has grown exponentially.

Questions emerge:

  • Are we doing what really matters in our classrooms, curriculum, and programs to engage first-year students in the educational experiences that lead to success?
  • What evidence do we have about the effectiveness of our current efforts?
  • How might we move forward to improve or expand what we do with first-year students?

Join colleagues from across campus in this timely and thought-provoking examination of how we teach, mentor, and support our first-year students. This hands-on workshop will feature presentations by UW-W faculty and staff who will share their expertise experiences and data from their work with the New Student Seminar, Peer Mentor, and Learning Communities programs. And at the conclusion of the workshop, participants will have the opportunity to help plan new campus initiatives aimed at enhancing first-year students' academic expectations and engagement.

Session Leaders: Liz Hachten, Interim Assistant Dean, College of Letters and Sciences, and Associate Professor, History Department; Diana Rogers-Adkinson, Director, UW-W Learning Communities Program, Chair and Professor, Special Education Department; Kim Moistner-Bartlett, Asst. Dean of New Student Programs/First Year Experience.

email LEARN@uww.edu or call X5242 to reserve a lunch.

From "I'm a good teacher" to "I help students learn"
Difficulties, Suggestions and Strategies to Making the Transition

Thursday, 30 August, 2007
8:45am - 10:00am (Breakfast Provided)
McGraw 125

For more than ten years, postsecondary leaders and faculty development professionals have steadily promoted a shift from an "Instruction Paradigm" to a "Learning Paradigm." This shift has moved the emphasis away from what is taught to what students learn, understand, or discover.

This participatory workshop will focus on commonalities between exemplary teaching and successful strategies for promoting student learning. Attendees will examine the many challenges that make it difficult to shift from a focus on teaching to a focus on learning. Strategies for making the shift will also be examined.

Facilitator: Jim Winship, Associate Professor of Social Work, and former Director of the UW-W Teaching Enhancement Center

Grants 101
Available Resources, Supportive Services, and Useful Strategies

Thursday, 30 August, 2007
8:45am - 10:00am (Breakfast Provided)
McGraw 121

This workshop provides vital information that will increase your chances of writing and submitting successful grants. Topics include intramural grant opportunities (sponsored by UW-Whitewater, UW System, and UW-Extension), services offered by the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, and strategies for identifying and competing for grant funding.

Participants will learn to set and determine funding priorities, comprehend the diversity of intramural and extramural funding opportunities, research and identify potential funding sources, initiate contact with funding agencies, and develop strategic planning skills to improve grant seeking and grant writing skills.

Facilitator: Denise Ehlen, Director, Office of Research and Sponsored Programs

Sensible Assessment and Scratch-Off Fun

Thursday, 30 August, 2007
10:15am - 11:30am
McGraw 121

In this engaging, hands-on session, the facilitator will share an informal assessment technique that offers faculty a way to verify students' class preparation in a format that promotes learning. Attendees will participate in a hands-on demonstration of the IF-AT scratch-off multiple-choice testing technique. IF-AT is short for Immediate Feedback Assessment Technique; also "If at first you don't succeed."

It has several pedagogical advantages over standard multiple-choice testing procedures and, unlike an instant lottery ticket, the instructor can't lose.

Facilitator: Linda Reid, Associate Professor, Finance and Business Law Department


Commiserating and Collaborating
Introducing a UW-W Wiki Devoted to Academic Misconduct Issues

Thursday, 30 August, 2007
10:15am - 11:30am
Library BI Lab L2211

A natural by-product of the marked increase in student plagiarism is an increase in faculty anxiety. "The first reaction," notes Wilfried Decoo in Crisis on campus: Confronting academic misconduct (2002, Cambridge: MIT Press), "is often bewilderment, anger, or fear."

This hands-on workshop will introduce attendees to a new service sponsored by the University Library: a wiki restricted to UW-W faculty and staff, providing a platform for you and your colleagues to share your experiences and knowledge with other faculty via the wiki on topics such as designing plagiarism-resistant assignments, creating exams for online courses, and working with parents. Attendees of this workshop will learn how to:

  • access the Academic Misconduct Wiki; and
  • post questions and comments to the wiki directed to other faculty and teaching staff about academic misconduct matters.

Facilitator: Ronna Hoeper, Reference/Instruction Librarian, University Library