Spring 2011 Teaching Roundtable Series

Spring 2011

LEARNING THEORIES AND TECHNOLOGY

Brian Glibkowski
Thursday, March 3, 11:30 - 12:30

In his role as the Faculty Liaison for Instructional Technology, Brian Glibkowski (Business Administration) has had the opportunity to research the connections between teaching and technology--both in the learning theory literature and in formal interviews with Stonehill faculty. For this roundtable, Prof. Glibkowski will share his findings and lead a conversation about how technology can most effectively help us meet our teaching and learning goals.

COURSE PREPARATION ASSIGNMENTS

William Ewell & Rob Rodgers
Wednesday, March 9, 1:00 - 2:15

A common challenge faculty face is motivating students to do the work they need to do outside of class so that they are prepared to participate in class. Yet the options we have for encouraging preparation--reflection papers, quizzes, impassioned pleas--sometimes fall short. To provide a constructive perspective on this question, William Ewell and Rob Rodgers (Political Science) will share their experiments with a pedagogical technique known as "course preparation assignments" (CPAs).

This instructional tool provides students opportunities for significant guided learning beyond the classroom through low stakes writing assignments that emphasize critical thinking and analysis of assigned primary or secondary source materials. Profs. Rodgers and Ewell will explain the basics of CPAs and invite conversation about how they can be utilized in specific courses across the disciplines.

CREATING INFORMATION LITERATE STUDENTS

Heather Brodie Perry & Trish McPherson
Tuesday, March 22, 10:00 - 11:00

Today's students are "digital natives" surrounded by information, but do they know what to do with it? Independent research skills are an integral part of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education, but many faculty members find that students fail to meet their expectations when completing research assignments.

This roundtable discussion will address the challenges seen in assisting students in reaching the competencies, and will explore best practices for creating assignments that will give professors and opportunity to accomplish their curricular goals.

ENCOURAGING STUDENT AUTONOMY

Anna Ohanyan, Anna Lännström, & John Lanci
Friday, April 8, 11:30 - 12:30

For many of us, a primary goal of higher education is to empower our students as independent thinkers and self-motivated learners. Yet structuring our courses so that students can take some responsibility for their own learning can be a challenge-for faculty and students alike. In this roundtable, Anna Ohanyan (Political Science) and John Lanci (Religious Studies) will lead a discussion about the possible benefits and challenges of introducing more student autonomy into our courses, as well as practical strategies for better structuring student-led assignments and activities.

MAKING "GROUP WORK" WORK

Bonnie Klentz & Jim Lee
Thursday, April 14, 2:30 - 3:30 

We've all likely been encouraged to incorporate collaborative assignments into our courses, whether through small group in-class activities or long-term projects. Learning can be enhanced when students are given opportunities to learn together. However, the complex factors that influence group operations can mean that the potential benefits of collaborative learning can be overshadowed by the frustrations that students and faculty alike can share when group work just isn't working. For this roundtable, Bonnie Klentz (Psychology) and Jim Lee (Business Administration) will share their own experiences assigning group projects, discuss some of the research on group dynamics, and lead a conversation about how we can all make "group work" work.

UNLOCKING THE POTENTIAL OF RUBRICS

Stacy Grooters & Jan Harrison
Wednesday, April 27, 1:00 - 2:00

Rubics aren't a magic bullet, but they can be incredibly useful tools for clarifying our grading processes to ourselves and to our students. For this roundtable, Stacy Grooters (Center for Teaching and Learning) will give an overview of some of the different kinds of rubrics that faculty use--with specific examples from Stonehill faculty--as well as lead a discussion about the various ways they can be used. Jan Harrison (Information Technology) will also present briefly on the ways faculty have been taking advantage of the rubric options offered through eLearn.

THE PEDAGOGY OF GOLF

Lee McGinnis & Brian Glibkowski
Tuesday, May 3, 10:00 - 11:00

To wrap up this year's Teaching Roundtable series, we turn to a somewhat unexpected source of insight into teaching and pedagogy: the world of golf. Lee McGinnis and Brian Glibkowski (Business Administration) recently concluded a research project that examined expert golf instructors (most research participants were rated to be one of the 100 best in their profession as rated by Golf Magazine and/or Golf Digest). The research examines communication and teaching approaches used by these golf instructors. The results hold interesting connections to our own teaching environment. Profs. McGinnis and Glibkowski will share their research and then lead a conversation about how their findings might inform our own classroom practices.