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Up Next at the Center for Academic Excellence... Fairfield University

January 2019

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Magis Core: Interdisciplinary and Social Justice Course Design Institutes

Social Justice: Wednesday, January 16 at the CAE, Library 107C

Interdisciplinary: Thursday, January 17 at the CAE, Library 107C

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Back-to-School Workshops

Writing Retreat

Monday, January 14, 2019

10 am - 3 pm, Library 107C

Coffee/tea and lunch provided

Kick off the Spring semester "write"! Join the CAE and a community of colleagues for a day-long retreat. Plan, begin, revise, or complete writing projects (e.g., manuscripts, books, reports, portfolios/dossiers). Consult with peers or CAE staff about any stage of your writing process, or use the time for some solo writing. Bring your writing materials and tools.

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Blackboard Drop-In Hours

Monday, January 14, 2019

10 am - 12 pm, Library 233

Whether you're a Blackboard newbie who doesn't know where to turn or an old pro who is just looking for a new angle to engage your students, you can take advantage of these informal meetings with ITS/Academic Computing staff members. It's a great way to get feedback on the practices you're already using, or to glean some new ideas to implement in the coming semester - wherever you are in your Blackboard use, we guarantee you'll come away with something new and valuable to implement.

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Syllabus Drop-In Hours

Monday, January 14, 2019

10:30 am - 12 pm & 1 – 2:30 pm, CAE Directors’ Offices, Library Lower Level

Drop in for a one-on-one consultation with a CAE Director about any aspect of your syllabus (learning outcomes, assessment strategies, active learning activities, etc.). And new this spring: Get some help from ITS/Academic Computing in understanding how well your syllabus meets ADA Accessibility standards - and what you can do to make it better!

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Weatherproofing Your Class

Monday, January 14, 2019

1 – 2:15 pm, Library 233

Have our recent winters’ storms and class cancelations left you scrambling to catch up in your courses? Join ITS/Academic Computing and CAE staff for a session on weatherproofing your class. We will help you brainstorm ways to use tools such as Blackboard, Quip, and iPad apps to develop specific strategies that will meet your learning objectives, develop a communication plan to connect with your students, and leave with a plan of action for weatherproofing your course.

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Why You Don’t Know that You Want an iPad Stylus

Monday, January 14, 2019

2:30 – 3:45 pm, Library 233

With the distribution of new iPads this past September, all full-time faculty now have mobile devices that support a new and highly sophisticated level of stylus. Anyone can request a stylus from Academic Computing, but if you've never used one before you probably don't know why it can be such a useful tool. In this session, ITS/Academic Computing staff will demonstrate a wide range of iPad apps that can take advantage of the Logitech Crayons they're distributing - from marking up PowerPoints as you present them, to commenting on digital versions of student papers, to achieving a remarkable level of handwriting recognition. Note: Please bring your iPad to the session if you register.

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Providing Accessible Content with Blackboard Ally

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

9 – 10 am, Library 107C

Blackboard Ally is integrated in Blackboard at Fairfield and assists faculty with making digital course resources more accessible. Blackboard Ally helps you approach accessibility in a way that is beneficial to all students. In this workshop we take an in-depth look at Ally's 3-step model for improving accessibility. We will explore what Ally is, how it works, how it scores digital course content within Blackboard and its positive impact on students.

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Technology to Enhance Active Learning In and Out of the Classroom

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

10:30 – 11:45 am, Library 107C

Over the past few years, the ITS/Academic Computing has been introducing faculty to a number of easy-to-use, mobile friendly presentation and collaboration technologies that provide students with new ways to engage in their learning. In this session, CAE and Academic Computing staff will showcase some of these new tools and highlight specific practices and strategies for easily employing them to reinforce existing face-to-face teaching activities. From flipping your classroom to assigning new types of multimedia publication assignments, this workshop is sure to provide new ideas and approaches to reaching our students.

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New Quip Tools (slides, videos, advanced searching)

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

1:30 – 2:45 pm, Library 107C

A couple of years ago Fairfield University rolled out Quip – A collaborative writing/commenting/communication tool with mobile notifications that has brought a new level of student engagement and interaction to a wide range of courses across our schools. This fall Quip introduced new features such as slides, charts and advanced searching. We have also been working with ShareStream to integrate videos into Quip. Come learn about the new features and learn about how Quip can help you energize your online discussions and see who really did what in group work.

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Academic Writing for Publication Workshop (co-sponsored with The Writing Center)

Friday, January 18, 2019

9 am - 4 pm, Alumni House

Coffee/tea and lunch provided

Want to make the most of limited research and writing time during the semester? Join us for this Writing for Publication workshop, led by Dr. Mary Jane Curry (University of Rochester), an expert on academic writing for publication. This workshop will cover publishing strategies such as Target Journal Evaluation; developing and participating in Academic Research Networks; and understanding and responding to reviewer feedback. Bring a project you’d like to work on (any stage welcome). Dr. Curry is co-editor of Global Academic Publishing: Policies, Perspectives, and Pedagogies and series editor of Multilingual Matters (Channel View Publications). (Workshop co-sponsored by The Writing Center and The Center for Academic Excellence.)

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Online Course Development CONTINUES...

The Center for Academic Excellence is continuing to support the development of online courses through our new Online Course Design Institute — a six-week, fully online “class” for full-time and part-time instructors. Staff from the CAE and Academic Computing closely lead each cohort of faculty members through the process of designing and building a highly engaging online class, all while learning about Fairfield’s recommended set of modern tech tools as well as our comprehensive Curricular Guidelines specifically developed to bring the unique characteristics of Fairfield’s face-to-face courses to an online environment.

The next Online Course Design Institute is scheduled to begin in the last week of January, 2019. For more information, or to reserve a spot in the class, visit http://faculty.fairfield.edu/online or contact the CAE at cae@fairfield.edu.

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