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

aUGUST 2018

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The Magis Core: Social Justice Course Design Institute

August 21, 23, & 24

The Center for Academic Excellence and the Magis Core Leadership will host a Social Justice (SJ) Course Design Institute August 21, 23 & 24 in order to prepare faculty to pilot courses in Social Justice that will support the implementation of the Magis Core Curriculum in the academic year before its launch.

Applications are welcome from full-time faculty planning to design or revise a course that can be piloted in Fall 2018 or Spring 2019, and which integrates SJ pedagogy and outcomes. After designing the course during the August CDI, faculty will participate in a SJ Faculty Learning Community during the fall 2018 semester that will support them while they are teaching or preparing to teach the course. A stipend of $1500 will be provided to support this work in order to help develop a cohort of full-time faculty who can teach SJ courses in the coming years. Fifteen applicants will be accepted during this round of funding, with additional opportunities to learn about SJ in January 2019 if interest is great.

Please apply by August 7 at this link, and direct questions to cae@fairfield.edu.

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WRiting Retreat

Monday, August 27, 2018

10 am - 3 pm, Library 107C

Kick off the fall semester "write"! Join the CAE and a community of colleagues for a day-long retreat on Monday, August 27, 10 am - 3 pm, in Library 107C. 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.

Coffee/tea and lunch provided

Register here!

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Syllabus Consultations

Monday, August 27, 2018

10:30 – 12:00 & 1:00-2:30, Library 107B

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.).

No Registration Required

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Pencils, Crayons & Your New iPad

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

1:30 – 3:00 pm, Library 107C

This fall’s new faculty iPads offer all the great functionality you’ve grown accustomed to over the past three years, along with an exciting new feature: support for handwriting via the Apple Pencil and Logitech Crayon. In this hands-on workshop, CAE and Academic Computing staff will have iPads stocked with sample apps for faculty to test out, and both Pencils and Crayons to experiment with. In addition to featuring the all-new Blackboard Instructor app with its handwriting-annotation capability, the session will showcase a sophisticated drawing app, an extraordinary handwriting recognition app, a PDF annotation tool, and a virtual whiteboard app that allows you to write, save, and share your classroom-generated content. Stop by to explore these great new apps and see which ones might help introduce some new elements to your teaching.

Beverages provided

Register here!

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Quip: An Introduction

Thursday, August 30, 2017

10:00 am - 11:30 pm, Library 107C

Fairfield was the first university in the country to introduce the simple and exciting new software application known as Quip to all faculty and students. As a combination collaborative writing/commenting/communication tool, Quip – with its quick mobile access and phone notification features – has already brought a new level of student engagement and interaction to a wide range of courses across a number of schools as well as the College. If you’ve ever been frustrated with participation in online discussions, or wondered what portion of work each member of a student group reallydid, you’re going to want to come to this session and see how Quip can help.

Beverages provided

Register here!

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Zoom for Teaching and Learning

Thursday, August 30, 2018

12:00 am - 1:30 pm, Library 107C

Grab your laptop or iPad and head down to the CAE for this introduction to Zoom, a collaboration, screen sharing, and web conferencing tool that's available for all faculty, students, and staff to use. Perfect for sharing applications and presentations either in class or across the Internet, Zoom will also open up a new world of group collaboration for your students, with audio, video, virtual white boarding, and full desktop interaction available anywhere there's Internet access – including on a smartphone. CAE and Academic Computing staff will lead the session and be on hand to help you think about how you can integrate this exciting new technology into your class.

Beverages provided (Bring your own lunch)

Register here!

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Active Learning Pedagogies

Thursday, August 30, 2018

2:00 - 3:15, Library 107C

Looking for new ways to actively engage your students with the course material and increase learning and retention? Come learn about ways to engage students in active learning that will supplement and enhance your teaching. Covered topics include low-risk writing techniques, facilitating impactful discussions and group activities, online resources, and more!

Beverages provided

Register here!

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Blackboard Consultations (Drop-ins)

Thursday, August 30, 2017

2:00 - 4:00, Library 107C

Even if you’ve been using Blackboard for years, it’s a good bet that you have at least a few questions or frustrations that we may be able to help you with. This session will attempt to address as many of those issues as possible, as well as provide some ideas for how you might use features such as the Gradebook, streaming video, and the new Blackboard Instructor iPad & mobile app. Academic Computing staff members - Mary Kleps, Debbie Whalley and Heather Flinn - will be available to meet one-on-one with instructors and find the answers you need to be more successful with Blackboard. BYO Laptop! (Or borrow one if you need it).

Beverages provided

No registration required

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Online Course Development Grants Continue...

The Center for Academic Excellence is continuing to accept applications for Faculty Development Grants to develop online courses. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis as applications are received, and course development work will largely be done online, using the very tools that instructors will incorporate into the courses they're developing.

Both full-time and part-time faculty are eligible to receive grants - $500 at the start of the course development & training process, and another $500 once the course begins running. For more information, please contact Jay Rozgonyi at jrozgonyi@fairfield.edu.

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