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Pockets of Privacy
I am at a Faculty Writing Retreat, cozily tucked in among my colleagues. I notice that their tap-tapping fills the air while my keyboard sits untouched. Quickly, I scroll to the bottom of my document and begin writing, first tentatively, then rapidly, about what has me stuck. (And yes, there is swearing.) Gradually, I write myself out of my knot, scroll back to the top, and continue on with my work.
Formative assessment: Not just for students any more
Though it seems as if we’re just getting started, midterm grading will be upon us before another issue of Synergia crosses your desktop. This feedback lets students see how they are faring in courses, activating, if need be, a network of support to help them get back on track before the semester’s end. But midterm grading can also provide faculty with a valuable opportunity for reflecting upon how they are faring as teachers.
A tradition to maintain in a time of change: Creating personal connection in the classroom
With all the flux and change happening in our community this year, and all the committee meetings and time pressures, it would be easy to let our focus slip and fail to build opportunities for connection in the classroom. I had this experience myself a few years ago and learned a lesson the hard way about the importance of getting to know my students (and especially learning their names early on), and it’s compelled me to collect strategies for doing that.
Resources for Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL)
Five St. Thomas faculty present research at the 2015 SoTL Commons Conference. Learn more about the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, including the wide array of publication venues for this kind of research.
Did You Know @ UST Libraries
Welcome to “Did You Know @ UST Libraries” where we’ll highlight a feature of UST Libraries of particular interest to faculty.
Professional Writing Services
Faculty Development expands professional writing services! We are happy to announce that Dr. Mary Reichardt has joined Faculty Development as Coordinator of Professional Writing Services.
Faculty Development adds instructional design support for faculty.
We are delighted to welcome instructional designers Cynthia Sarver and Michael Wilder to Faculty Development and to the St. Thomas community. Cynthia and Michael join a growing university-wide community of staff experienced in pedagogy, flipped, blended and online learning, and academic technology.Instructional design support is available to all faculty, Adjunct and full-time.
Features from Past Issues of Synergia Newsletter.
In case you missed it... here are the highlights from past issues of Synergia.
Professional Development On-Demand and in 20 Minutes
We've subscribed to on-demand 20 Minute Mentor videos to help you fit professional development into your busy schedule. The video programs deliver actionable insights in highly focused 20-minute presentations on topics including blended and online learning, classroom management, course design, grading and feedback, student engagement, and more.
UST Faculty Learning Communities
Watch your UST email for an announcement about the FLC topics for the 2015-16 academic year and for a call to join a community.