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Upcoming SUNY CPD workshops: faculty learning communities; wikis, blogs and FaceBook

August 20th, 2010 Comments off

SUNY Center for Professional Development is pleased to announce the following webinars as part of the SUNY TLT Cooperative:
The TLT Cooperative, by SUNY for SUNY, helping you think strategically about teaching and learning with technology.

Grassroots Professional Development: Faculty Learning Communities

Date: September 15, 2010
Time: 1:00 – 2:00 pm
Location: Online Webinar
Cost: FREE

A faculty learning community (FLC) is a group of faculty and professionals from various disciplines who meet over a defined period of time. The specific purpose of every FLC varies, but they all are based on the premise that the opportunity to work together in a supportive and collaborative environment contributes to successful faculty development.  For more information and to register click: (More info…)

Cooperative Contributor:
Christopher Price is the Director of the Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching and Instructor for the Department of Political Science and International Studies at the College at Brockport, State University of New York. He received his PhD in political science from the University at Albany in 2004. He conducts workshops on course design, discussion-based teaching, communicating effectively with students, facilitating faculty learning communities, and using critical reflection to improve teaching and learning. His current research looks at how the power-balanced classroom can serve as a means of citizen education.

Wikis and Blogs and Facebook…OH MY!

Date: October 13, 2010
Time: 1:00 – 2:00 pm
Location: Online Webinar
Cost: FREE

Are you intimidated in department meetings when colleagues go on and on about the wikis and blogs they use in their classrooms? What is a wiki? What is a blog? They sound like characters out of a Star Wars movie. And, Facebook in the classroom…NEVER! What’s happening to education today?  For more information and to register click: (More info…)

Cooperative Contributor:
Nancy Wozniak joined the TLT in Fall 2008 to become Stony Brook’s first Learning Architect in The Faculty Center where she consults with faculty on the planning and design of courses and effective course management methods.   She received her Masters of Arts in Education, specializing in Instructional Technology from the University of Akron.  She holds a B.A. in Business Administration from Hiram College and studied television production and communication at Lorain County Community College.

TO REGISTER:  http://www.cpd.suny.edu

Using Moodle to encourage student-faculty contact

September 28th, 2009 Comments off

The TLTC is hosting a series of weekly conversations on the use of technology (Moodle and other tools) to support Chickering and Gamson’s Seven Principles for Good Practice in Undergraduate Education.  These conversations will take place Thursday afternoons, from 3:30 to 4:30, in the TLTC conference room.  We are located in the lower level of the Library, across from the Media Resources Center.

Chickering and Gamson’s first principle is that good practice encourages contact between students and faculty.  Contact with faculty, both in and out of class, helps our students to develop a connection to Purchase College, can increase student motivation, provides scholarly role models to our students, and can make students feel that they have someone to turn to for advice when they are dealing with the academic issues of college.

Our first conversation will look at a variety of tools that can foster student-faculty contact.  Certainly, we can discuss how best to use the communication tools that Moodle provides: the News Forum, Moodle’s messaging system, chat activities.  I use a repeating chat activity in my Moodle courses for office hours, and have found I get better participation in the online office hours than I have experienced in a long time in face-to-face office hours.  But there are other tools as well.  Do you friend your students in FaceBook?  What about Twitter?  How can social networking tools foster student-faculty contact?  And how do you decide what boundaries to put up to student-faculty contact?