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Upcoming Events

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Peer2Peer Series on Teaching and Technology

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Facilitating communication and collaboration in your course using free online tools: Canvas Discussion Boards and Piazza

Tuesday, Mar 26, 2019 | 3:00-4:00 PM (Gleeson 236)

Join us for an hour of presentation and discussion on two approaches to supporting student and instructor communication and collaboration. Sophie Engle (Computer Science) will share how she uses Piazza, a free online Q&A platform that integrates into Canvas. Melissa Dale (Center for Asia Pacific Studies) will share how she is using Canvas’ Discussion Boards to facilitate graded, asynchronous, communication with students. Coffee/Tea and light snacks will be provided.

Incorporating Industry Interviews into the Classroom via Zoom

Wednesday, March 27 | 3–4 p.m. in Gleeson 213

In this session with Courtney Masterson (School of Management), participants will learn how to incorporate experiential learning as a means to increase student knowledge and engagement. In Courtney’s course Research Design and Analysis for Organization Development, students participated in an IRB approved research study, The State of Organization Development, which involved conducting in-depth interviews with OD executives via Zoom. The aim was for students to participate in a research study to determine how OD is understood and practiced within Bay Area and global organizations.

During the Zoom interviews, students collected qualitative data which they later analyzed and reported on, telling evidence-based stories that were filled with rich insights. Zoom interviews were also recorded, transcribed, and shared with other students so that students had the benefit of access to multiple interviews and expert advice.

Annual Provost's Lecture in Teaching & Learning

Thursday, April 11 | 4:30–6 p.m. in Fromm Hall 115 – Berman Room

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Join Provost Don Heller and the Tracy Seeley Center for Teaching Excellence for the 2019 Annual Provost's Lecture in Teaching and Learning with Dr. Sha Xin Wei (Arizona State University). Dr. Sha is Professor and Director of the School of Arts, Media + Engineering and the Synthesis Center for responsive environments and improvisation.

How can we create environments that are richer but not more complicated, and how can we create worlds that we would want to live in? These questions, from the Synthesis Center's website, frame Dr. Sha's work and invite us to cultivate imaginative approaches to knowledge-making and science.

In Cathy Davidson's book The New Education: How To Prepare Students for a World in Flux, the selection for the 2018 CTE Summer Book Club, Dr. Sha describes his approach to teaching and learning as a synthesis. He asks students to call upon multiple strands of expertise in the intersection of disciplines to find solutions to modern, complex problems.

This event is open to all members of the USF community.