Update: April 26, 2011


The Ryan C. Harris Learning Teaching Center announces it will be offering again the CAP Faculty Institute, a series of faculty learning workshops on Approaches to Teaching & Learning. Piloted during January’s intersession, these workshops are designed to explore issues and approaches that are central to CAP. We are building on what we learned in January, and are reducing the length of the workshops from three to two hours each. These workshops are open to all faculty and may be of special interest to those planning to or already creating courses for the Common Academic Program (CAP). Participation in at least 2 of the 5 workshops will make you eligible for forthcoming CAP Crossing Boundaries grant opportunities.

So take a break from grading during finals week and join us for collegial conversations and a boxed lunch during May 2 – 5. The workshops will be offered again in early August, and regularly thereafter.

We will also be piloting for the first time the Crossing Boundaries Institute, a series of workshops and a parallel reading group to be offered in May and June and again in early fall These workshops will provide support for developing grant proposals related to the creation and piloting of new courses for the Crossing Boundaries component of the CAP. While participation is not required for grant proposal submission, these workshops will be a resource for those interested in learning more about Crossing Boundaries courses, and will focus on hands-on work to prepare for grant submission. We all do summer reading, so why not add curricular considerations to your reading list?

A description of each workshop is provided in the schedule below. A boxed lunch will be provided to participants of each workshop to enable you to “grab and go.” Register for the workshop(s) that you will attend by contacting Lora Butcher at Lora.Butcher@notes.udayton.edu or by responding directly to this email. You can also register by calling 229.3309.

Details on the Crossing Boundaries competitive grant process will be announced soon.

Again, register for a session by contacting Lora Butcher at Lora.Butcher@notes.udayton.edu or call 229.3309.

CAP Faculty Institute

Workshop 1: Exploring the Learning Paradigm
Facilitator: Elizabeth Harrison
Location: LTC TeamSpace
Date (select one):
Monday, May 2, 10:00 – 12:00 OR
Monday, August 8, 10:00 – 12:00

Last year’s CAP discussions addressed a shift from the teaching to the learning paradigm. What does this mean? Come explore this shift and what it means for your courses.

• Overview of teaching and learning in higher education
• From the teaching paradigm to the learning paradigm
• Implications for us today

Workshop 2: Creating & Using Student Learning Outcomes
Facilitators: Molly Schaller & David Wright
Location: LTC TeamSpace
Date (select one):
Tuesday, May 3, 10:00 – 12:00, OR
Tuesday, August 9, 10:00 – 12:00

At the center of CAP work is the articulation of seven core student learning outcomes. How does one use these as a guide to course design and delivery? Come work with others to find out.

• The assessment cycle and student learning outcomes
• Taxonomy of learning
• Constructing student learning outcomes
• “Backwards design” as a starting place in course design/redesign

Workshop 3: Learning & the Brain
Location: LTC TeamSpace
Facilitators: Elizabeth Harrison & David Wright
Date (select one):
Tuesday, May 3, 1:00 – 3:00, OR
Tuesday, August 9, 1:00 – 3:00

Breakthroughs in neuroscience provide important context for us as educators. Come learn how the brain works and how you can apply that knowledge to your work in the classroom and beyond.

• What is learning?
• How does memory work?
• The learning cycle and implications for teaching

Workshop 4: Course Design & Assessment
Facilitators: Sawyer Hunley & Steve Wilhoit
Location: LTC TeamSpace
Date (select one):
Wednesday, May 4, 10:00 – 12:00, OR
Wednesday, August 10, 10:00 – 12:00
Central to improving our teaching and student learning is an understanding of what works in our classes and what doesn’t. Assessment is key to developing this understanding. In this workshop, we will review useful methods of assessment and offer hands-on practice applying them in classes you teach.
Workshop 5 (NEW!): Designing for Integrated Learning
Facilitators: Molly Schaller & Sawyer Hunley
Location: LTC TeamSpace
Date (select one):
Thursday, May 5, 10:00 – 12:00, OR
Thursday, August 11, 10:00 – 12:00

What is integrated learning? “Developing the ability to make, recognize, and evaluate connections among disparate concepts, fields, or contexts is what integrative learning is all about.” (Huber, Hutchings, Gale, Miller & Breen, 2007)

• Integrative Learning: the Concept Map
• Connections within major, between curriculum and co-curriculum, between academic knowledge and practice
• Pedagogical approaches that support integration
• Assessment for integrative learning

Crossing Boundaries Institute

Introduction to Crossing Boundaries
Facilitators: Sawyer Hunley & Others
Location: LTC TeamSpace
Date (Select one):
Monday, May 16, 10:00 – 2:00 OR
Tuesday, May 17, 10:00 – 2:00 OR
Also offered in early fall (TBA)

One of the unique components of the CAP is Crossing Boundaries. The Crossing Boundaries component includes four courses intended to challenge students and faculty to link aspects of their own lives, majors, and careers to a broader world within and beyond academia. Participants in this session will receive a copy of Maryellen Weimer’s Learning-Centered Teaching.

• Gain an understanding of the Crossing Boundaries component
• Faith Traditions course development
• Practical Ethical Action course development
• Inquiry course development
• Integrative course development
• Generate ideas for creating new courses

Crossing Boundaries Course Building Workshops
Facilitators: Beth Harrison and Sawyer Hunley
Location: LTC TeamSpace
June Sessions (attend as many as desired):
Tuesdays, 6/7, 6/14, 6/21, 6/28, 10:00 – 12:00
Also offered in early fall (TBA)
These sessions are intended to provide participants with opportunities to actively work on course development as well as to learn more about pedagogy and course design. The workshop facilitator(s) will provide assistance and feedback.
Book Discussion: Learner Centered Teaching
Facilitators: Beth Harrison
Location: LTC TeamSpace
Date (attend as many as desired):
Wednesdays, 6/8, 6/15, 6/22, & 6/29, 1:00 – 3:00
The author of Learner-centered Teaching (LCT) says that LCT “focuses attention on what the student is learning, how the student is learning, the conditions under which the student is learning, whether the student is retaining and applying the learning, and how current learning positions the student for future learning.” Join us to explore what this means—for your teaching, your courses, and for CAP. Participants will receive a copy of Maryellen Weimer’s book.