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2013-2014 Events

Check back often for new events from the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning. We wish you a successful 2013-2014 academic year. For more information about an upcoming event, email cetl@uscupstate.edu.

CETL Spring Events 
CETL and Its Partners Calendar of Events: Spring 2014

Teaching and Learning Conversations (TLC) with CETL  

All TLC with CETL events are held from 12:30-2 p.m., in the Media 238 unless otherwise noted

Videos and presentation information for TLC with CETL are available to faculty and staff on the University's P drive.      

Lessons on Learning (LOL) with CETL  

Lessons on Learning is a CETL resource for students and faculty. Mark your calendar for the latest upcoming event.

Videos and presentation information for LOL with CETL are available to faculty and staff on the University's P drive.     

Fall 2013 Kickoff Event

Lisa G. Bullard"Changing the 'Sage on the Stage' to the 'Guide on the Side:' Strategies for Student-Centered Instruction
Dr. Lisa G. Bullard,
Director of Undergraduate Studies,
Department of Chemical and
Biomolecular Engineering

North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC

Wednesday, September 25, 2013
9 a.m. - noon, CLC Ballroom
Faculty, staff and students are encouraged to attend.

Since Alison King coined the phrase "from sage on the stage to guide on the side" in her 1993 paper (College Teaching, Winter 1993), educators in all disciplines and at all instructional levels have been grappling with the challenges and rewards of student-centered instruction. In this approach, the focus of activity is shifted from the instructor to the students, placing the student at the center of the learning process.

The workshop presenter, Dr. Lisa Bullard, Teaching Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, will discuss the motivation for student-centered instruction as well as typical student responses and faculty concerns. In particular, examples of active learning will be demonstrated, including: asking strategic questions, cooperative learning, think-pair-share, structured handouts, inclass demonstrations, writing assignments, concept tests, case studies, jigsaw, think-aloud pair problem solving (TAPPS), simulations and role-plays, and flipping the classroom.

Dr. Lisa G. Bullard received her BS in Chemical Engineering from NC State and her Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University. A faculty member at NC State since 2000, Dr. Bullard has won numerous awards for both teaching and advising, including the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) Raymond W. Fahien Award, John Wiley Premier Award for Engineering Education Courseware, NC State Faculty Advising Award, National Effective Teaching Institute Fellow and others. She is a member of the editorial board for Chemical Engineering Education and is Chair-Elect of the Chemical Engineering Division of ASEE. Dr. Bullard's research interests lie in the areas of teaching and advising effectiveness, academic integrity, process design instruction, and the integration of writing, speaking, and computing within the curriculum.

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 2012-2013 Events

Featured Spring 2013 Event

David Green"The Fig Leaf in the Mind: Uncovering Our Preconceptions of Students"
Dr. David Green, Director of CETL

Seattle University, Seattle, WA

Tuesday, March 26
9 a.m. - noon, CLC Ballroom
Faculty, staff and students are encouraged to attend.

We all have ideas about the typical stellar or not-so-stellar student, but we rarely have the opportunity to test these ideas. Our preconceptions may put us at risk of missing key evidence; more importantly, they may prevent us from noticing students in real need of our support and encouragement. This workshop is based on a study where professors’ preconceptions were compared with data from over a thousand of their students, including actual grades. So how can we short-circuit the natural desire to categorize and pigeonhole our students based on real or presumed behaviors, circumstances, and attitudes? Through the use of a four-part vignette approach, we will peel back the fig leaves in our minds, become conscious of our own preconceptions, and strive for an equitable environment in our classes.

David A. Green is director of the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning and affiliated faculty in International Studies at Seattle University, WA. Before becoming a faculty developer, Green was chair of Languages and International Business at Birmingham City University (UK) and has taught at the graduate and undergraduate level in foreign language, literature, cross-cultural management, communication and higher education. He publishes on academic identity and faculty perceptions of both student characteristics and the field of higher education pedagogy. 

Green is co-editor of the International Journal for Academic Development and co-author (with Celia Popovic) of Understanding Undergraduates: Challenging Our Preconceptions of Student Success, published in the USA and UK by Routledge (2012).

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Video and additional information from this presentation is available to USC Upstate faculty members on the P drive.

Featured Fall 2012 Event

In September, the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning welcomed Dr. Scott McDaniel, associate professor of mathematics at Middle Tennessee State University, to USC Upstate to discuss "Inverted Teaching: A Model for Any Discipline."  guest speaker Scott McDaniel

The inverted classroom, or the “flipped classroom“ moves the traditional in-class activities (e.g. the lecture) out of the classroom, and the activities typically done outside of the classroom (e.g. homework) inside the classroom (Lage, Platt, & Treglia, 2000).

As part of the event, USC Upstate faculty demonstrated how they enhance their fall courses with technology. Faculty presenters included the following: Angela Starrett (Mathematics & Computer Science) on College Algebra; Tasha Thomas (Languages, Literature & Composition) on English Composition; Andrea Davis (Fine Arts and Communication Studies) on Public Speaking; and Cassandra Jones (Languages, Literature & Composition) on Intro to African American Studies.

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