Do you value teaching and learning? Do you enjoy eating (free) lunch with colleagues? Do you want to connect with people from outside your discipline? If you answered “yes” to any of those questions, then you will want to participate in the University Center for Innovation in Teaching and Education’s (UCITE) First Fridays.
Join colleagues from 11:40 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Herrick Room, located in the Allen Memorial Medical Library on the first Friday of every month for an informal topic of the day, beginning Sept. 2.
This month will kick off with ideas for starting the semester successfully. Students entering college this fall learned in a variety of teaching formats over the past two years, with secondary school and higher education faculty working to meet their differing needs. As instructors reflect on their first-week encounters with students, UCITE’s Matthew Garrett and Jenny Hadingham will briefly share James Lang’s four principles to create and maintain engaging learning environments: curiosity, community, learning and expectations.
Lang is a fellow educator and learning center colleague, and he shared broad suggestions and discipline-specific ideas for a successful semester start in an article from The Chronicle of Higher Education. Faculty members and graduate teaching assistants are invited to participate in UCITE’s First Fridays to share ideas among one another to empower students to learn.
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