November Events



Date: November 4, 2011
Time: 3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Location: St. Paul: Room 102, O'Shaughnessy-Frey Library and Minneapolis Opus Hall Room 419

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Tom Hickson, professor of geology, will describe how knowledge surveys can be used to gauge student’s perceptions of what they actually learned in a class and to help students develop metacognition about their learning. Knowledge surveys consist of a large number of questions covering the entire content in a course, and are designed to capture different levels within the Bloom taxonomy, ranging from knowledge to comprehension, application, analysis, synthesis, and evaluation. Students do not answer the questions in the survey, but instead, indicate their perceived ability to answer them on a scale of 1-3, based on their confidence. Knowledge surveys are typically ungraded and are conducted at the beginning and end of a course; the difference in confidence level correlates well with actual student performance in the course. Knowledge Surveys can also be used to critically evaluate the effectiveness of teaching on specific content topics with a fairly high degree of granularity. The PowerPoint slide deck can be downloaded here.


Date: November 11, 2011
Time: 3:30 - 4:30
Location: Luann Dummer Center, Room 103, O’Shaughnessy Educational Center

As part of an ongoing collaboration between Faculty Development and LDCW we are hosting a series of conversations for female faculty on a variety of topics. Teresa Rothausen-Vange (Management, Opus College of Business) will facilitate a discussion of her presentation, “Work-Life Balance: Creating the Life We Envision.” Questions to be addressed include what work-life or work-family conflict is and why it exists, whether balance is possible, what factors within academe ameliorate or exacerbate conflicts, and possible solutions and ideas for creating a better balance. To indicate interest in attending the discussion email Dr. Corrine Carvalho.


Date: November 16, 2011
Time: 3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Location: Room 311, O'Shaughnessy Educational Center

Register for this event.(Registration closes November 14)

Dr. Stephen BrookfieldThere are many reasons students don't speak in discussion - a fear of looking foolish, mistrust of the teacher, racial and cultural suspicion, inadequate preparation and an introverted learning style are just some of these. This workshop will explore how to get students to participate in discussion by using a number of structured discussion exercises. Participants will be introduced to and practice some of these exercises and others will be contained in the workshop packet.

The workshop leader is Stephen Brookfield, Distinguished University Professor of the University of St. Thomas and co-author of DISCUSSION AS A WAY OF TEACHING: TOOLS AND TECHNIQUES FOR DEMOCRATIC CLASSROOMS (Jossey-Bass/John Wiley, 2005).


Date: November 22, 2011
Time: 3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Location: Room 155, Murray-Herrick Center

Register for this event.(Registration closes November 20)

Dr. Stephen BrookfieldPublishing a book represents, for many faculty, the ultimate scholarly challenge. In fact the prestige surrounding book publishing may be so intimidating that it prevents faculty from even drafting a proposal, let alone approaching prospective publishers. In this workshop Stephen Brookfield will draw on his experience as an author and editor of 15 books to outline the main elements of a book proposal.

Stephen will talk about the process of approaching publishers and writing a preliminary proposal. He will bring examples of some of his successful book proposals to distribute to participants and outline the chief steps in preparing a proposal. Faculty are encouraged to bring ideas or specific questions to discuss with Stephen.

Workshop leader: Stephen Brookfield is Distinguished University Professor at the University of St. Thomas. He has published 15 books with 5 different publishers and is a 5-time winner of the Cyril Houle World Award for Literature in Adult Education. His work has been translated into Chinese, German, Korean, Japanese and Finnish.

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