The Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL)
The Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) offers programs and services to enhance the quality of education at Clark University. These programs are designed to serve faculty and PhD students, are created in response to faculty-identified needs, and are guided by the CETL Steering Committee. The CETL website also serves as a resource for information related to pedagogy and the learning sciences.
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April 29, 2015
Lurie Conference Room
“Day of Faculty Development” on Wednesday April 29, 2015.
The Day of Faculty Development will cover a variety of topics related to student learning and engagement from first year to capstone.
The Day also will provide opportunities to interact with other faculty who will share lessons learned and creative ways of integrating the LEEP learning outcomes into faculty work.
We are also excited to have Dr. Kathy Takayama in the afternoon for a session on what it means to be an effective research mentor. Dr. Takayama’s current research extends across a broad spectrum, including ePortfolios and online learning; visualizations in learning; STEM education; and higher education assessment and professional development (full bio is in the newsletter).
A variety of resources will be shared with attendees about FYI planning, mentoring, and student learning.
Also, please join us for end-of-semester wine and cheese at 3:00 pm.
There is no need to RSVP to the afternoon sessions.
Here is the full schedule:
MORNING SESSIONS Coffee and Workshop on the Role of First Year Intensives (FYI) in the LEEP Initiative (Grace) (View Description of event and download flyer)
9:00-10:15 – Part I: General Session for All
For the Morning Sessions, please RSVP to: http://tinyurl.com/cetldevelopment
LUNCH SESSION: 12:45-1:30 (Lurie)
AFTERNOON SESSIONS: Mentoring and Student Learning (Lurie) (View Description)
1:30-2:00 – Mentoring LEEP Projects
3:00-4:00 – Wine and Cheese (Lurie)
MORNING SESSIONS: Coffee and Workshop on the role of the FYIs in the LEEP InitiativeAre you teaching an FYI in the Fall semester? Are you interested in learning more about the role that FYIs play in the LEEP initiative? Do you want to hear from faculty about how they integrated the LEEP Learning Outcomes into their courses?
Please join CETL for Coffee & Workshop on the role of the FYIs in the LEEP Initiative (Download flyer here)
Wed. April 29, 2015, Lurie Conference Room
The Undergraduate Task Force recommended FYIs as a core component of the LEEP curricular framework. With grant support from the Arthur Vining Davis Foundation, Clark faculty and the LEEP Center have considered ways to promote student progress on the LEEP Learning Outcomes by developing student pathways. Called the Exemplar Project, this work has led to a series of learning communities.
Last Spring, CETL hosted a session that focused on 9 exemplars from the first two learning communities which were focused on the Major and the LEEP Center. This year we are hosting a two-part CETL event drawing on a third learning community focused on FYIs.
Part I: General Session for All – 9:00-10:15
Come learn about the efforts of faculty from five different disciplines who worked together across of the year in a learning community to develop tools and resources for their own and others FYI courses, with a special focus on how to integrate the LEEP learning outcomes into their courses. Posters displaying the faculty work will be on view.
Part II: Hands-On Workshop for FYI Instructors: 10:15-12:30
Part II is a hands on workshop for faculty and staff working directly with students in the FYI courses or otherwise involved with FYIs. An introduction to how to get your course off the ground, resources available to support that work and mentoring by faculty who have participated in the prior FYI learning community will be available.
AFTERNOON SESSIONS: Mentoring and Student Learning (Room: Grace)
1:30-2:00 – Mentoring LEEP Projects
Faculty and staff mentoring LEEP Projects and other undergraduate summer projects are encouraged to attend this short session to learn about tips, tricks, and tools that can facilitate the mentoring relationship.
Facilitated by the LEEP Center and Michelle Bata
2:00-3:00 – Kathy Takayama: Mentoring and Student Learning
What does it mean to be an effective research mentor? Come learn about the principles that inform Brown University’s Research Mentorship Certificate Program, led by Kathy Takayama.
About Kathy Takayama
Kathy Takayama is the Executive Director of the Sheridan Center for Teaching and Learning and Professor of Molecular Biology, Cell Biology & Biochemistry at Brown University. Her current research extends across a broad spectrum, including ePortfolios and online learning; visualizations in learning; STEM education; and higher education assessment and professional development.
Dr. Takayama was elected President of the International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (ISSOTL) in 2014. Dr. Takayama serves on the National Steering Committee of the National Science Foundation Biology Scholars Program, which she co-founded in 2005. In 2008 she was named National Academies Education Fellow in the Life Sciences by the National Research Council. Dr. Takayama was selected as a Carnegie Scholar in 2003 by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning. Dr. Takayama has also directed major educational research initiatives funded by the Teagle Foundation, the National Science Foundation, the Association of American Universities, and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.
April 24, 2015
University of New Hampshire
SAVE THE DATE: Teaching and Learning with Multimedia
The conference will feature presentations on current work on applying science of learning into multimedia commonly used in colleges and universities (good source: R. E. Mayer, Multi-media Learning, 2nd edition, Cambridge University Press, 2009). The conference will be free to registrants, with continental breakfast and lunch served. In addition, complimentary parking on campus will be provided as needed. Your only expense will be getting to and from the conference.
Morning keynote presentationsJan L. Plass, Ph.D. Emotional Design for Multimedia Learning
Afternoon kenynote presentation: Marsha C. Lovett, Cognitively Informed Learning Analytics with Multimedia Instruction
Mid-morning Presentation and Panel: Applying Psychological Science to Learning With Multimedia.
Wed. March 18, 2015
Winton Dining Room
Inclusion as Teaching Excellence Series: Students with DisabilitiesThe Office of Disability Services, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, and the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning are pleased to host a workshop for faculty on Wednesday, March 18th, from 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm in the Winton Faculty Dining Room. Emily Tarconish, Director of Disability Services, will provide an overview of the types of disabilities college students may experience, how to best accommodate students with disabilities and how to ensure that classes are universally designed and accessible. In addition, the workshop will include a panel of students who identify as having disabilities to answer questions and to explain what resources have been most helpful to them during their college careers.
Please RSVP to Heidi Morton at email@example.com by 5pm on Wednesday, March 11th, if you plan to attend. Please include any food allergies as lunch will be provided.
This event is part of the Inclusion as Teaching Excellence Series and is sponsored by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion and the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning.
|March 13, 2015
8:30 AM to 3:00 PM
University of Massachusetts Amherst
Tenth Annual Dialogues: A Discourse to Inform Teaching and Learning
Keynote: Charles Blaich, Director, and Kathleen Wise, Associate Director,
We will follow the keynote with two working sessions and participants will have an opportunity to attend both sessions.
* Charlie Blaich and Kathy Wise will discuss their findings to demonstrate the primacy of teaching quality in effecting student learning. The workshop will allow participants an opportunity to interact with them and the data and discuss how this information can assist them at their institutions.
* Donna Qualters, Director for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning and Associate Professor of Community Medicine and Public Health at Tufts University will discuss a faculty change model and outline strategies to enhance instruction and engage faculty on your campus.
NEEAN Member: $110, Non-Member: $190, Grad Student: $50
The NEEAN Dialogues are intended for faculty and administrators. Experienced professionals share their assessment tools and best practices via interactive workshops designed to help make the link among learning, pedagogy and assessment.
To register for NEEAN Dialogues: A Discourse to Inform Teaching & Learning you can access online at
Questions email above or call Carol Bailey Leigh at 207-833-5362. Fax 207-833-5377
Feb 20, 2015
|The Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) is pleased to launch a bi-weekly newsletter! (Download Link)
Attached is first issue containing information about LEEP, Upcoming Events, Faculty Development Opportunities, and a list of noteworthy websites, blogs, and other reseources on teaching.
This semester, CETL has been tasked to review teaching evaluations at Clark. While we realize that this is a conversation that has taken place in the past, in light of LEEP’s implementation in the curriculum, CETL would like to solicit faculty’s feedback about their experiences and thoughts about the current system. We will synthesize this information, review what other schools are currently doing, and review the general literature on student evaluations. We will present our findings and recommendations to the administration at the end of the spring semester.
To obtain faculty’s input, we will be setting up a confidential and anonymous form that faculty can use to give us their feedback.
We will present the preliminary results from the survey in this newsletter. Stay tuned!
We would appreciate your feedback on the newsletter!
All the best,
Marianne Sarkis, Coordinator and CETL Steering Committee
Fri. Nov. 14
9:30 am-10:30 am
McCann Resource Room (Dana Commons)
Shaping the Spoon: Maximizing Your Education Through Faculty Mentorship will feature a panel of faculty and graduate and undergraduate students from Clark and Middlebury College. Learn more about the ways that mentorship can unfold, and get advice on successful mentoring practices. This workshop would be particularly beneficial for those faculty considering serving as a LEEP Project mentor or host.
This event is sponsored by the Strassler Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, the Graduate School of Geography, CETL, the HERO program, and the LEEP Center.
Please direct questions about this event to Sarah Cushman at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Teaching Resources at Clark
Have a question about teaching about writing, how to design and implement community-based and service learning courses at Clark, how to integrate technology in the classroom? Or do you know where to refer students who are dealing with personal or social issues, have learning or writing difficulties?
Check out the new teaching resources guide! Download Teaching Resource file
ICPSR for Starters: An Introduction to a New Resource for Social Scientists and Historians
This year for the first time Clark has decided to join the other 700 universities and research institutes that constitute the Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR). Clark’s membership in the ICPSR opens the door to a treasure trove of data and other resources, and this workshop helps take you across the threshold. Since 1962, the ICPSR has provided unique services to the social science research community. This one-hour workshop offers a brief introduction to these services and then provides an introduction to using the data archive for teaching and research.