Events calendar

The Faculty Professional Development Program offers numerous on-and off-campus enrichment opportunities, including:

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February

 

Spring Assessment Series:

How can I use my assessment activities to help my students really learn?

Wednesday, February 10
1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
(with an optional 30 minute follow up discussion until 2:30 p.m.)
Faculty Professional Development Program Teaching Commons
(Cline Library Room 169)
Co-sponsored with the Office of Curriculum, Learning Design, and Academic Assessment (OCLDAA)

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Do your students see the assessments they take in your classes as a way for them to learn? Or do they see them more as a task that must be done to complete the course? Join us for this workshop to explore how we might turn our assessments into real student learning experiences.

This session is limited to 20 participants.



Productive Beginnings Session 5

"How can I create engaging learning experiences for my students?
Strategies and techniques for active engagement, reflection and learning.”

Friday, February 12
2:00 - 3:30 p.m.
NOTE NEW LOCATION: duBois Conference Center, Fremont Room

(The Productive Beginnings series was created with the new faculty member in mind, but these sessions will contain information of relevance to all faculty. Please consider joining the session if the topic is of interest to you. Participation in earlier sessions in the series is not a pre-requisite.)

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Assignment Design Studio – Reimagining our Writing Assignments


Monday, February 15 and 29
10:20-11:10 (with an optional 30 minute consultation to follow)
Faculty Professional Development Program Teaching Commons (Cline 169)
Co-sponsored with Cline Library and the Interdisciplinary Writing Program

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Are you looking to enhance or transform the writing assignments in your courses? Are the writing assignments you are receiving not matching your hopes or expectations? Join us for this Assignment Design Studio session, the first of a two part series, where we explore writing, hear from students about their experiences with writing assignments and explore the principles of effective design for writing assignments in our courses.

Monday, February 29 session, 10:20-11:10 (with an optional 30 minute consultation to follow):

In this, the second in the two part series on designing effective writing assignments in our courses, we will extend the conversation about effective writing assignment design started on February 15th, share ideas and resources about writing within and across a curriculum and refine a writing assignment you want to incorporated into your course through peer feedback and consultation.

 

The Liberal Studies Capstone Refresh Process, session 1: 
Identifying Overlap with Degree Program Learning Outcomes


Monday, February 22
10:00 - 11:00 a.m.
Faculty Professional Development Program Teaching Commons (Cline 169)
Co-sponsored with Liberal Studies Program

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This first session in a series of five highlights how degree program learning outcomes can be used to identify overlap with the Liberal Studies program in the culminating capstone experience.
Before the session, please check out Capstone Refresh resources at: http://nau.edu/University-College/Liberal-Studies/Refreshing-The-Capstone/
Facilitated by Jeff Berglund, Director of Liberal Studies and additional faculty

Other sessions in this series:

February 24th, 3:30-4:30 p.m.
Integrating Distribution Blocks and Essential Skills
This session will discuss ways to integrate one Liberal Studies Distribution Block and two Essential Skills. We will talk about Block purposes, example outcomes, and definitions of skills.

March 3rd, 3:00-4:00 p.m
Aligning Course Purpose, Outcomes, and Assignments
This session will emphasize ways to align course purpose, outcomes, and assessments/assignments in the culminating experience.

March 4th, 9:30-10:30 a.m.
Creating Assignments/Assessments
This session will discuss a range of assignments and assessments that may be linked to Liberal Studies Distribution Block outcomes and Essential Skills in culminating experiences.

March 23rd, 3:00-4:00 p.m.
Problem Solving & Possibilities
This session will focus on working through specific challenges. Bring your examples to workshop.
Participants will be asked to submit some examples to share via Liberal.Studies@nau.edu by March 21st.

 

Taming the Scheduling Monster:
Strategies for balance in work and life

Tuesday, February 23 (This session will be repeated on Monday, March 21)
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Faculty Professional Development Program Teaching Commons
(Cline Library Room 169)

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Are you feeling like your schedule has gotten out of control? Are you worried about forgetting deadlines or appointments as you balance your demanding work or life schedule? Many of us struggle to maintain control over our schedules as we seek to reach a balance in our work and life. Join us for this session in which we will explore some ideas about how to use our schedule to help us achieve this balance while still meeting our work and life responsibilities.
Facilitator: Larry Gallagher, Director, Faculty Professional Development Program
 

 

Spring Assessment Series:

It’s 10:00, do you know what your students know?
Formative Assessment of Student Learning 

Wednesday, February 24
1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
(with an optional 30 minute follow up discussion until 2:30 p.m.)
Faculty Professional Development Program Teaching Commons
(Cline Library Room 169)
Co-sponsored with the Office of Curriculum, Learning Design, and Academic Assessment (OCLDAA)

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You have just finished a key activity in your class. Do you know what your students have learned? Formative assessment techniques, designed to provide feedback and improve student learning, can help you to know what your students know (or don’t know) in real time without having to wait until the next test or quiz. They are also a good, low stakes way for student to be informed about their own learning so they are prepared for the higher stakes summative assessments later in the class. Join us for this workshop to explore some strategies you can use in your class tomorrow to find out what your students know (or don’t know) so that you can make timely instructional adjustments.

This session is limited to 20 participants.

 

The Liberal Studies Capstone Refresh Process, session 2: 
Integrating Distribution Blocks and Essential Skills


Wednesday, February 24
3:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Faculty Professional Development Program Teaching Commons (Cline 169)
Co-sponsored with Liberal Studies Program

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More information
This second session in a series of five will discuss ways to integrate one Liberal Studies Distribution Block and two Essential Skills. We will talk about Block purposes, example outcomes, and definitions of skills.
Before the session, please check out Capstone Refresh resources at: http://nau.edu/University-College/Liberal-Studies/Refreshing-The-Capstone/
Facilitated by Jeff Berglund, Director of Liberal Studies and additional faculty

 

BYOD: Bring Your Own Device
(Faculty Devices)


Thursday, February 25
12:30 - 2:00 p.m.
Cline Library, Room 200
Co-sponsored with e-Learning Center

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How many different devices do you see your colleagues bring to meetings? What about those that your students bring to class? In these two workshops we will explore the challenges and opportunities presented by the variety of devices we see in our classrooms. The first workshop is focused on the challenges we face as faculty with our own devices, while the second (on March 3) is focused on the challenges we face with the many devices our students bring. Come and join with us to collaboratively design device agnostic activities that engage and redirect the use of these devices as opposed to restricting them.

Workshop Intended Learning Outcomes

By the end of this session, you will be able to:

  • become more comfortable with your devices
    • Sharing content
    • Display screen
  • access needed materials on multiple devices
  • explore some NAU supported tools
  • explore some NAU classroom technologies to leverage your device

 

March

Book Chapter Discussion:
Make It Stick: The Science of Successful Learning
by Peter Brown, Henry Roediger, and Mark McDaniel

Chapter 3 “Mix up your practice” 

Tuesday, March 1
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Faculty Professional Development Program Teaching Commons
(Cline Library Room 169)

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Chapter 3 “Mix up your practice”
Rereading text and massed, repetitive practice are by far the most commonly cited learning strategies. Learn how using spaced practice and mixing practice with other tasks (interleaving) is more effective in learning something.

At our Teaching Day event this year, our keynote speaker talked about what we know about student learning from studies in cognitive psychology and learning research. To explore these ideas more thoroughly, we are offering four chapter discussion opportunities, each one organized around one of the main chapters of the Make it Stick book. You do not need to attend all sessions unless you would like to; rather, choose those meetings that discuss a chapter of interest to you. A copy of the chapter will be available to you through our BBLearn site for this Chapter Discussion Group.

 

BYOD: Bring Your Own Device
(Student Devices)


Thursday, March 3
12:30 - 2:00 p.m.
Faculty Professional Development Program Teaching Commons
(Cline Library Room 169)
Co-sponsored with e-Learning Center

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More information

How many different devices do you see your colleagues bring to meetings? What about those that your students bring to class? In these two workshops we will explore the challenges and opportunities presented by the variety of devices we see in our classrooms. The first workshop is focused on the challenges we face as faculty with our own devices, while the second (on March 3) is focused on the challenges we face with the many devices our students bring. Come and join with us to collaboratively design device agnostic activities that engage and redirect the use of these devices as opposed to restricting them.

Workshop Intended Learning Outcomes

By the end of this session, you will be able to:

  • leverage the devices the students have to increase engagement (when appropriate)
  • overview of some of the devices students have
  • overview of some of the NAU supported tools available
    • Google Drive
    • Microsoft Onedrive / Office 365
    • Blackboard
  • overview of some other tools used in some classes

 

 

The Liberal Studies Capstone Refresh Process, session 3: 
Aligning Course Purpose, Outcomes, and Assignments

Thursday, March 3
3:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Faculty Professional Development Program Teaching Commons (Cline 169)
Co-sponsored with Liberal Studies Program

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More information
This third session in a series of five will emphasize ways to align course purpose, outcomes, and assessments/assignments in the culminating experience.
Before the session, please check out Capstone Refresh resources at: http://nau.edu/University-College/Liberal-Studies/Refreshing-The-Capstone/.
Facilitated by Jeff Berglund, Director of Liberal Studies and additional faculty

 

The Liberal Studies Capstone Refresh Process, session 4: 
Creating Assignments/Assessments

Friday, March 4
9:30 - 10:30 a.m.
Faculty Professional Development Program Teaching Commons (Cline 169)
Co-sponsored with Liberal Studies Program
Detailed information coming soon.

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More information
This fourth session in a series of five will discuss a range of assignments and assessments that may be linked to Liberal Studies Distribution Block outcomes and Essential Skills in culminating experiences.
Before the session, please check out Capstone Refresh resources at: http://nau.edu/University-College/Liberal-Studies/Refreshing-The-Capstone/.
Facilitated by Jeff Berglund, Director of Liberal Studies and additional faculty

  

Taming the Scheduling Monster:
Strategies for balance in work and life

Monday, March 21 (Repeat of the February 23 session)
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Faculty Professional Development Program Teaching Commons
(Cline Library Room 169)

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The Liberal Studies Capstone Refresh Process, session 5: 
Problem Solving & Possibilities

Friday, March 4
9:30 - 10:30 a.m.
Faculty Professional Development Program Teaching Commons (Cline 169)
Co-sponsored with Liberal Studies Program
Detailed information coming soon.

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Hold the Date!

14th Annual NAU Assessment Fair


Wednesday, March 30
High Country Conference Center
More information here

  

April

Spring Assessment Series:

How can I move assessment from my classroom into my curriculum?

Wednesday, April 6
1:00 - 2:00 p.m. 
(with an optional 30 minute follow up discussion until 2:30 p.m.)
Faculty Professional Development Program Teaching Commons 
(Cline Library Room 169)
Co-sponsored with the Office of Curriculum, Learning Design, and Academic Assessment (OCLDAA)
Details about this session coming soon.

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Book Chapter Discussion: 
Make It Stick: The Science of Successful Learning
by Peter Brown, Henry Roediger, and Mark McDaniel

Chapter 4 “Embracing Difficulties” 

Friday, April 8
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. 
Faculty Professional Development Program Teaching Commons 
(Cline Library Room 169)
(Detailed information on this chapter coming soon.)
 
Productive Beginnings Session 6

“Looking back and looking forward.
Reflecting on your year and planning for the next one.”

Friday, April 8
2:00 - 3:30 p.m.
NOTE NEW LOCATION: University Union, Havasupai A/B

(The Productive Beginnings series was created with the new faculty member in mind, but these sessions will contain information of relevance to all faculty. Please consider joining the session if the topic is of interest to you. Participation in earlier sessions in the series is not a pre-requisite.)

Register here

Series information here

 

 

Book Chapter Discussion:
Make It Stick: The Science of Successful Learning
by Peter Brown, Henry Roediger, and Mark McDaniel

Chapter 5 “Avoid the Illusions of Knowing” 

Wednesday, April 27
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Faculty Professional Development Program Teaching Commons
(Cline Library Room 169)
(Detailed information on this chapter coming soon.)

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*Programs will be added to the calendar as dates and times are confirmed. Please check back frequently.