Please join us on the following Fridays for discussions focused on teaching and learning at Smith. Unless otherwise indicated, we will meet in Neilson Browsing Room from noon to 1 p.m., with lunch provided.
Pirate Parties, GPS Devices, Buses, and Elevators: Bringing the everyday into every classroom.
Bill Leonard (Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Massachusetts, Amherst)
This presentation will describe some everyday situations that may inform what teachers do in the classroom, in the hope of sparking a lively debate of what and why teachers do what they do.
Prof. Leonard was in the UMass Physics Department for 21 years, studying how people learn physics, before switching to ECE and engineering education three years ago.
**PLEASE NOTE: SEPTEMBER 19 IS A THURSDAY. THIS PRESENTATION WILL BE HELD IN THE CAMPUS CENTER CARROLL ROOM (208) AND WILL BE COMBINED WITH THE WEEKLY LIBERAL ARTS LUNCH.
Research and Teaching From A Growth-Mindset Perspective
Carol Dweck, PhD. (Lewis and Virginia Eaton Professor of Psychology, Stanford University)
Over the past decades, our research has shown that a growth mindset (the beliefs that abilities can be developed) promotes greater motivation and achievement than the belief that abilities are fixed. In this talk, Dr. Dweck will discuss key findings from research on students' mindsets, new findings on growth-mindset interventions, new work on women's achievement, and the implications of the research for teaching college students.
Jennifer Guglielmo (History)
Jennifer Guglielmo will share her experience at the Contemplative Pedagogy Summer Session, an intensive week-long conference organized by leaders in contemplative education that is held at Smith every summer. This will include what it means to incorporate contemplative practices into course design, classroom teaching, mentoring, and other aspects of higher education, and the ways such pedagogies can deepen the educational experiences of both students and teachers.
Link to the Center for Contemplative Mind in Society
October 18 - CAMPUS CENTER CARROLL ROOM (208)
Online Learning: Updates and Prospects
Joseph O'Rourke, Associate Provost
The Online Learning Study Group will discuss some of what they learned about the efficacy and variety of online-learning vehicles and their environments. We elicit an open discussion of possible paths forward for Smith in the online-learning landscape.
Online Learning: Possible Foci and Goals for Smith
Department Discussions About Teaching & Learning
Liberal Arts Advising
Lauren Duncan (Psychology)
Just in time for pre-registration and advising for spring semester, join us for an interactive lunch and discussion of common issues that come up in liberal arts advising. Using case studies derived from real advising experiences at Smith, participants will work with their lunch tables to develop promising solutions to problematic advising situations. Help solve the case of Sara, the pre-health student who’s doing poorly in her math and science classes, or Bridget, the English major who only seems to contact you when she needs her reg code.
Please feel free to contact Lauren Duncan, Interim Faculty Director of Liberal Arts Advising, with additional ideas for case studies you would like to discuss.
Emerging Technologies for Teaching & Learning
Yasmin Chin Eisenhauer (Education Technology Services)
Deborah Keisch Polin (Education Technology Services)
Whether you characterize yourself as a technology enthusiast or late-adopter or somewhere in between, one thing is certain--you teach, learn and, at this very moment, exist in the Connected Age. Join Smith's ETS instructional technologists for a hands-on demonstration of educational technology tools (including mobile apps) that enrich the teaching and learning experience and connect learners to content. They will also share a newly developed evaluation tool through which instructors may critically vet new, existing and emerging technology applications. Sure, there may be an app for that. But is it pedagogically appropriate for instructional design and delivery?
Educause Video: "Connected Age"
Advising for Study Abroad
Lisa Johnson (Assistant Dean for International Study)
Greg White (Faculty Co-Director, Lewis Global Studies Center)
Would you like more information about the resources available to help you with advising students who are interested in study abroad? Would you like to hear from colleagues about their “best practices” in advising for study abroad? As sophomores gear up to apply for study abroad approval in February, and/or first year students are considering which classes they need to take next year so they can study abroad during their junior year, this session will provide helpful information and generate discussion on how to have an effective interaction about study abroad with your advisees.