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

aUGUST 2018

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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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Join a Writing Group through the CAE!

The CAE will help you find a writing group to sustain your research projects during the academic year. Writing groups usually meet monthly and assist each other with goal setting, support, accountability and peer feedback. The CAE supports these groups with Lunch Money for Writing Groups, a mini-grant program which allows faculty to meet over lunch to discuss their writing. We aim for cross-disciplinary groups of faculty so that each writer may benefit from a variety of perspectives, and we also seek to blend faculty at various ranks and positions at the University.

Interested faculty—or faculty already in writing groups who may have room for one new member—should write to Carol Ann Davis at cdavis13@fairfield.edu or cae@fairfield.edu by September 14 to participate in this round of writing group matching. Watch for a subsequent announcement to apply for Lunch Money for Writing Groups if your writing group is already formed.

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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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