Tracy Seeley Center for Teaching Excellence

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Upcoming Events

OpenStax and Open Educational Resources Webinar

Oct. 30 | 2:30–3:30 p.m. in Gleeson Library Electronic Classroom Room 139
Join Gleeson Library | Geschke Center and CTE for this Open Acccess Week 2018 event. Learn more about free textbooks with OpenStax. Read more and RSVP to the webinar.

Teaching Cafe: Teaching Controversial Issues: Framing Issues and Choosing Pedagogical Approaches

Oct. 30 | 11:45 a.m.–12:45 p.m. in Malloy 230
Oct. 31 | 12–1 p.m. in UC 402/403
Ready to renew and re-energize your teaching? Conflicts in the U.S. and abroad are making educators pay increasing attention to how we teach controversial issues in ways that cultivate inquiry, critical thinking, and political consciousness. This teaching cafe grows out of last year’s Faculty Learning Community on the same topic. The cafe will focus on how to frame controversies we want to explore with students, and how to choose pedagogical approaches to teach them. Read more and RSVP to the cafe.

Pedagogy Trick & Treat

Nov. 1 | 3–4:30 p.m. in Malloy 230
Celebrate the fall holidays at the Pedagogy Trick & Treat, where faculty convene to cultivate and conspire ... all around teaching, of course! This energizing session is about sharing our best tips, tricks and treats of teaching and will be rowdy and informative, fun and inspiring all at once. Present at the Pedagogy Trick & Treat! Is there an activity or method that you've found particularly helpful or successful in a class? Are you interested in sharing this activity or technique with your peers? We invite you to give a mini-presentation (5-10 minutes) at the Pedagogy Trick & Treat. Read more and RSVP to the Trick & Treat.

Host Your Canvas Course in the Annual Open Canvas Program

Begins Nov. 5 and lasts through Nov. 21
Calling all faculty to host one or more of your Canvas courses for faculty visitors! This program is modeled after the original CTE Open Classrooms, in which we invite faculty to explore the classrooms of their peers. The twist is that the visit is virtual. It does not matter if the course is live, hybrid, or online. The purpose is so other faculty can garner a better idea of how Canvas can be used effectively for different courses. To participate as a host, please fill out our quick Open Canvas Host form by Tuesday, Oct. 30. Read more and sign up to host.

Call for Spring Reading Circle Proposals

Submit your proposal for a CTE Reading Circle by Nov. 1
Is there a book you want to share with colleagues or a book you've been hoping to read in a group setting? If so, consider proposing a CTE Reading Circle! CTE Reading Circles are small (between 6-12 participants), short-term (meeting around three times in the semester) reading groups focused on a specific book (or other text) proposed by a faculty member or librarian. The book may be on any topic, but should open conversations about teaching and learning. Read more and propose a spring reading circle.