July 24, 2014
|Upcoming Guru Sessions
Sign up for a one-on-one training session to speak with an expert about your technology questions or your questions about writing assignments.
You can sign up to meet with Jule Thorsen or Sal Meyers about Scholar (the course management system), Camtasia (to capture your screen image and your voice to create mini lecture videos), Outlook, Word, or Excel. Jule is particularly skilled with Scholar quizzes, the Scholar gradebook, and Camtasia. Sal is particularly skilled with using Scholar forums for small group discussions or individual journals, creating scoring guides for assignments, and using the workshop tool for peer review. To sign up to meet with Jule or Sal, click on the week you want your appointment and then follow the instructions.
- July 21 through July 25
- August 4 through August 8 (Iowa Private College Week)
- August 11 through August 15
You can sign up to meet with Aaron Santos about Mathematica. Mathematica is a computational software program used in many scientific and computing fields, based on symbolic mathematics. It features packages for statistics, 2D and 3D data visualization, image processing, animation, linguistics, algebra, calculus, and many more. To sign up to meet with Aaron, click on the week you want your appointment and then follow the instructions.
Sign up to meet with Beth Beggs to visit about anything related to teaching writing. I recommend that you bring a draft of your writing assignment and/or rubric for feedback. Beth will help you discern where students might get confused, and offer suggestions of how you can increase the chances that students write the paper you really want them to write. Beth is happy to talk about any other writing topic. To sign up to meet with Beth, click on the week you want your appointment and then follow the instructions.
|Faculty Development during Iowa Private College Week
Each day during Iowa Private College Week, faculty development offers a different panel discussion or workshop about a teaching topic. We appreciate it if you RSVP so that we have the right number of copies of any handouts, but it is fine if you don’t. We’d love to have you come whether your have indicated you plan to come or not. All the sessions will be in Wallace 201. To RSVP, just send an e-mail to Shelly.Priebe@simpson.edu.
Great Ideas for Using Scholar and More
Monday, Aug 4, 10am-noon
Panelists will share examples of some of the interesting things they do with Scholar or with other online tools. Come get ideas of new things you can use in your classes and ask questions of the panelists. The panelists are Murphy Waggoner, Tracy Dinesen, Daryl Sasser, Heather Groben, and Liz Glodek.
Tuesday, Aug 5, 10am-11:30am
Come learn how to use some of the basic features of Scholar: post files, share links to websites, collect and grade assignments, and add labels to organize your course page. Please bring your laptop so you can practice what you learn. Sal Meyers and Jule Thorsen will facilitate this session.
Using Pre-Class Assignments to Determine What to Teach
Wednesday, Aug 6, 10am-noon
This panel discussion will identify ways different Simpson faculty members use pre-class assignments to determine what to do during class. Come get new ideas for making your students come to class prepared as well as ideas of ways of changing what you do during class based on what students know and what they are confused about. Panelists: Maeve Callan, Kate Lerseth, and more.
Teaching Diversity and Power
Thursday, Aug 7, 10am-noon
The theme for May Term 2015 is Diversity and Power. In this session, Tracy Dinesen will offer advice on creating and teaching a DP course, particularly with a May Term focus. She will also talk about how to make a DP course manageable and accessible for lower-level students. Whether you are planning to teach a DP course in May or during the regular semester, this session will help you design and teach a DP course.
Motivating Students to Work Hard and Study Right
Friday, Aug 8, 10am – 11:30am
Students’ mindsets influence how they respond to challenges. In this session, Sal Meyers will present research about the consequences of mindsets of both intelligence and willpower. We will then explore ways of increasing students’ motivation by fostering a growth mindset in our syllabi, comments we make in class, and feedback we give to students. Because motivating students to put forth more effort is not helpful if students are using poor study strategies, we will end the session by discussing learning strategies that are worth the effort.
|Scholar Tip: Grading Assignments with a Marking Guide
Did you know that Scholar assignments can be graded with a marking guide? The marking guide allows you to list and describe set of grading categories. For example, you might have a 50-point paper with four categories: explanation of issues (20 points), evidence (15 points), thesis (5 points), and organization (10 points). When you grade, just enter the number of points earned in each category; Scholar sums the points for you. Scholar will also provide you with space to add comments for each category and to add comments for the assignment overall. Scholar even lets you create a list of frequently used comments. When you grade, you just click on that comment to add it to the feedback for a specific student.
To learn more, sign up for a Tech Guru session with Sal Meyers (see above) or view this 8-minute video: http://youtu.be/iGA-n0Idi1w