Upcoming Events & Workshops



Blackboard Collaborate  Register!
Wednesday, February 4, 2015, 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Bannow 124

Whether you teach a face-to-face, hybrid, or online course, Blackboard Collaborate is a useful tool for you! Join Academic Computing and the CAE for this hands-on session. Learn about how you can use Collaborate to host a virtual class, hold office hours online, or record lectures. Never miss a class again because of a conference or snowstorm! Experience Blackboard Collaborate first-hand! Bring your laptop and a headset (if you have one). Sessions facilitated by Debbie Whalley, Manager of Academic Computing Support.

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Weatherproofing Your Class  Register!
Wednesday, February 4, 2015, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Library 114

Did Juno and class cancelations leave you scrambling to catch up in your courses? Join DiMenna-Nyselius Librarians, Academic Computing, and the CAE for a session on weatherproofing your class. Be proactive instead of reactive to weather-related course disruptions. No need to compromise student learning, plan ahead! Think about what you want to accomplish in your courses this winter, brainstorm strategies that will meet your learning objectives, develop a communication plan to connect with your students, and leave with a plan of action for weatherproofing your course. Bring your devices (laptop, tablet, phone). Light refreshments will be provided.

The Ins and Outs of Flipping a Class  Register!
Friday, February 6, 2015, 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Bannow 124

Are you curious about what a flipped class is and how one actually goes about flipping a lecture or an entire course? Join us for a panel discussion of Fairfield faculty (Mike Andreychik, Shawn Rafalski, Chris Staecker and Steve Sawin) who have successfully flipped their courses. The panelists will share why they flipped their classes and how it has changed their courses. They will also give practical advice about how they shifted their traditional lecture content outside of the classroom. While the panel consists of STEM faculty, the techniques used are applicable to a wide variety of disciplines and teaching styles. In addition, representatives from Academic Computing will be on hand to help faculty participants plan their next steps. Session moderated by Dr. Laura McSweeney, CAE Faculty Liaison to STEM.

Blackboard Collaborate  Register!
Friday, February 6, 2015, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Bannow 124

Whether you teach a face-to-face, hybrid, or online course, Blackboard Collaborate is a useful tool for you! Join Academic Computing and the CAE for this hands-on session. Learn about how you can use Collaborate to host a virtual class, hold office hours online, or record lectures. Never miss a class again because of a conference or snowstorm! Experience Blackboard Collaborate first-hand! Bring your laptop and a headset (if you have one). Sessions facilitated by Debbie Whalley, Manager of Academic Computing Support.

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Disability Support & Counseling and Psychological Services - Faculty & Staff Training  Register!
Friday, February 13, 2015, 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Library 107c

This informal training will provide faculty and staff with current trends at Fairfield University of students who present with disability and counseling needs. You will have the opportunity to review case studies of past situations with students, and discuss current concerns and questions. Session facilitated by Dr. Jennifer Claydon, Director of Disability Support, and Phyllis Weihs, psychotherapist of Counseling and Psychological Services.

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Flipping PowerPoint - and Your Class - with Explain Everything   Register!
Tuesday, February 17, 2015, 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Bannow 124

A lot publications, conferences, and colleagues are talking about flipping the classroom by creating narrated videos over PowerPoint files, virtual whiteboard apps, and annotated images, but can the average faculty member master the technical skills required to produce such material? If you have an iPad or an iPhone along with three dollars in your wallet, you can turn to the Explain Everything app to do most of the work for you. In this workshop, Jay Rozgonyi, Director of Academic Computing, will demonstrate how you can use this simple app to easily record narrated PowerPoint or Keynote presentations; make videos of online whiteboards as you write out and explain equations or draw diagrams to illustrate your lessons; and pull in your files and save your videos directly to Xythos, Blackboard, Google Drive, or Dropbox. Academic Computing will have some iPads available for attendees to play with, but if you have your own iPhone or iPad, you're strongly encouraged to bring it along.

Getting Started with Blackboard  Register!
Tuesday, February 24, 2015, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
TBA

This workshop is designed for faculty new to the Blackboard Learn course management system and will cover the basics on getting your course set-up, with demos of how to upload files to Blackboard, send emails to students, or any other functionality of interest to those in attendance. There will be plenty of time for Q&A. Sessions facilitated by Mary Kleps, Instructional Support Specialist, Academic Computing - ITS.

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Writing Across the Disciplines: Writing By Design I  Register!
Wednesday, February 25, 2015, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Library 107c

Do you ask students to complete writing assignments in your courses? Then this session is for you! Faculty across disciplines have been asking about strategies for supporting students in their writing across disciplines. In this session, we will explore writing assignment design, consider some initial ways to help students combine reading and writing, and brainstorm ways to foster the development of effective writing assignments. Bring a writing assignment that you have found really effective, and one that you would like to work on. Learn strategies to help your students use writing to learn, to synthesize learning, and to demonstrate their developing knowledge. Come join this campus-wide conversation about writing across disciplines. Session facilitated by Dr. Cinthia Gannett, Faculty Consultant on Writing, Director of Core Writing, and Associate Professor of English.

Supporting Students' Devices by Teaching Computer Applications from the Cloud  Register!
Wednesday, March 18, 2015, 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Bannow 124

In recent years, students everywhere have increasingly expressed their preference for using their own computers and mobile devices in and out of the classroom. This trend has created a challenging situation for both IT departments and instructors, especially when it comes who to teaching expensive software or Windows-only applications that students can't install on their Mac laptops. One option that Academic Computing has introduced to deal this dilemma is a cloud-based application environment - in essence, a full Windows operating system running out of hosted data centers in Pennsylvania - that allows students to connect and run any standard Windows application from whatever device they may own. In this informative brown bag session, Jay Rozgonyi, Director of Academic Computing, will explain and demonstrate how this service, called CloudMyOffice, operates and how it can be used across all schools to deliver applications such as SPSS or Microsoft Excel to students in any location, on campus or off. Faculty who have made extensive use of computer classrooms and public labs to teach with specialized applications may find this session of particular interest, as the flexibility offered by this cloud service can provide students with much more of an opportunity to work with this type of software.

Teaching Students How to Learn  Register!
Wednesday, March 25, 2015, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Library 107C

How does learning work? How can you help your students be better learners in your courses and beyond? Learn about what neuroscientists and cognitive psychologists have found regarding how the brain learns best. Join the CAE and colleagues for an informal conversation and brainstorm sessions. Share strategies you use in your courses to create productive and self-directed life-long learners.

Academic Integrity in Quantitative Fields and Science: What Can We do?  Register!
Thursday, April 9, 2015, 2:00 PM - 4:30 PM
TBA

Join the conversation about academic integrity! Given that science is fundamentally about replication, how does that change the way we think about the definition of “originality” in technical and science writing? How can we help students to understand that there are many ways to solve a single problem? Join us for a panel discussion on integrity in quantitative fields and science, and to share ideas and solutions to your classroom challenges. Session moderated by Dr. Kathy Nantz, CAE Faculty Liaison to Social & Behavioral Sciences, Business, and Education.

Faculty Book Publishing Workshop: “From Proposal to Bookshelf…and the Cloud”   Register!
Monday, April 13, 2015, 2:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Library Mulitmedia and Library 107C

How can you write a proposal that will survive the trip from the mail room to the editor's desk? Did you ever wonder what editors look for when reading proposals? What factors are the most important when editors decide to acquire a book? How do you know what press would be best for you? How do you find an editor who will appreciate your work? What questions should you ask about the production and marketing of your manuscript? What are the different factors you should think about when writing your first, second, or tenth book? We will address these and other questions from the audience in this talk about getting your book published with a university press.  Session facilitated by Beth Bouloukos, Ph.D., Senior Acquisitions Editor of SUNY Press. Introduction by Mary Ann Carolan, Ph.D., Department of Modern Languages & Literatures, and SUNY Press author of The Transatlantic Gaze: Italian Cinema, American Film (2014). Light refreshments provided.

Blackboard Assessment Tools  Register!
Wednesday, April 15, 2015, 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Library 114

This workshop is designed for Blackboard users who would like to learn more about assessment tools available through Blackboard Learn. Topics to be discussed with include creating assignments and tests and setting up the grade center. Note: this session is designed for users with previous experience using Blackboard Sessions facilitated by Mary Kleps, Instructional Support Specialist, Academic Computing, Information Technology Services (ITS).

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Blackboard Grade Center  Register!
Thursday, April 16, 2015, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Library 114

During this workshop we will take an in-depth look at the Blackboard Grade Center and setting up your grade book. You will learn how to create columns and categories, enter grades, calculate final grades, monitor student progress, and communicate information to students using the Grade Center. No previous experience using Blackboard required. Session facilitated by Mary Kleps, Instructional Support Specialist, Academic Computing – ITS

Writing Retreat  Register!
Tuesday, May 19, 2015, 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Library 107c

Start your summer "write"! Join the CAE, Dr. Cinthia Gannett - Faculty Consultant on Writing, and a community of colleagues for a day-long writing retreat. Plan, begin, revise, or complete writing projects (e.g., manuscripts, books, reports, portfolios/dossiers). Coffee/tea and lunch provided.


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