CTL Events

February 2021

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  • Book Club: Stop Talking
  • Book Club: Stop Talking
  • Book Club: Stop Talking
  • Engaging Through Class Structure
  • Book Club: Stop Talking

March 2021 Anti-Racist Pedagogy Lecture

The CTL is committed to foregrounding the important anti-racist work being done by members of the Claremont Colleges community and encouraging all of us to develop anti-racist practices in our own classrooms.   There will be four lecture-workshops this spring semester, each focused on the intersection of anti-racist pedagogies and classroom practices in a variety of disciplines.

“Chican@ Artivistas at the Intersection of Hope and Imagination”

Tuesday, March 23 @ 4 PM PST via  Zoom
Facilitated by Dr. Martha Gonzalez, Claremont Colleges Intercollegiate Department of Chicano/a Latino/a Studies

Chican@ artivistas (artist/activists) in Eastside Los Angeles neighborhoods utilize art and creative expression to de-construct power, challenge multiple patriarchal systems, and build community. From renewed hope imaginaries erupt as Chican@ artivistas channel the power and practice of music, art, and theatre, as tools of convivencia (deliberate convening). This multi-media lecture draws directly from examples given in Chican@ Artivista: Music, Community and Transborder Tactics in East Los Angeles (UT Austin Press) authored by Gonzalez demonstrating the roots that give way to artivista identity and pedagogies that have developed as a result.

RSVP at the link and a zoom link will be sent to you 24 hrs in advance: https://forms.gle/7ozACb8QJrbzXpfy9

March 2021 Online Teaching Workshop

“Collaborative Group Work Across Time Zones”

Join Dr. Kathy Van Heuvelen (Chemistry, HMC) as she discusses the innovative practices used in Chem23B to address the need for collaborative spaces for student learning across time zones. This work was published in the Journal of Chemical Education.

March 16th, 2:30 – 3:30 PM via Zoom
RSVP at the link and a zoom link will be sent to you 24 hours in advance: https://forms.gle/6qsJyD9vQFyTzzF89

Previous Events

February 2021 Online Teaching Workshop

“Engaging and Energizing Students Through Class Structure” with Dr. Katrina Keil (POM).

In this workshop, Dr. Keil will discuss ways to structure synchronous online interactions with students to limit distraction and encourage engagement. The principles she discusses here are also valuable and applicable when we return to face-to-face instruction.

Tuesday, February 16th from 11:00-12:15 via Zoom

A video of the event is available here: https://youtu.be/0Rf15uGRfdQ

February 2021 Anti-Racist Pedagogy Workshop

Using the Sociology Perspective for Anti-Racism in the Classroom with Dr. Jessica Kizer (Pitzer College).  Jessica’s workshop had to be postponed last fall, and we are so grateful she is willing to bring it back to us this February!
Society impacts our individual experience, and we, in turn as individuals, shape the world we live in. Racism is one of those social forces. In this, talk Jessica outlines how taking this perspective in the classroom can help us as teachers employ anti-racist teaching strategies.
A video of this event is available here: https://youtu.be/OtPwNqgf4tg

January 2021 Online Teaching Event

Coping with Pandemic Burnout: You Aren’t Alone With Dr. Rebecca Pope-Ruark

Faculty burnout was a significant problem in higher education before COVID-19 arrived on the scene, but given the stress and uncertainty brought about by the pandemic, burnout among faculty, staff, and even students, is an epidemic of its own. In this workshop, we’ll explore the facets and features of burnout in its clinical sense, discuss ways to talk about it with colleagues and administration, and consider strategies for coping in the coming semester.

This workshop is being conducted by Dr. Rebecca Pope-Ruark, Georgia Tech CTL and author of _Agile Faculty: Practical Strategies for Managing Research, Service, and Teaching_ (University of Chicago Press, 2017).

12 noon PST
January 19th, 2021

October 2020 Online Teaching Events

October 20th from 12:15 – 1:30 PM
”To test or not to test?”
Facilitated by Dr. Mary Hatcher-Skeers, and focused on alternatives to and equitable methods for online exams.
Recording available at: https://youtu.be/S2kaosr9MBA

October 22nd from 11 AM – 12:15 PM
“Learning Through Discussion: Games and Other Techniques”
Facilitated by Dr. Kathryn Wolford (History, formerly at Scripps) and Dr. Cory Davia (Philosophy, CMC).
Recording available at: https://youtu.be/_cBl2opKdMw

October 2020 Anti-Racist Teaching Workshop

Moving From the Downstream to the Upstream: Actionable Pedagogies From an Ethnic Studies and Feminist Studies Perspective

Facilitated by Dr. Kathy Yep of Pitzer College on Wednesday, October 7th

Video available here: https://youtu.be/zimRVrAi37I

October 29th, 3 – 4:30 PM:

Can We Have an Anti-Racist Shakespeare? Facilitated by Dr. Ambereen Dadabhoy of Harvey Mudd College

Video available here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sQt0O8mruOU

September 2020 Anti-Racist Teaching Workshop

Creating Equity Minded Classrooms

In September, we are honored to have Nick Daily, former 7Cs OBSA Assistant Dean and current Interim Dean for Equity and Inclusion at American River College,  facilitate a two-hour workshop on practices to create more inclusive and equity-minded classroom spaces.

Friday, September 25th, 2020
1-3 PM (PDT)

September 2020 Teaching And Learning Online Workshops

These workshops will be facilitated by faculty colleagues from across the 7Cs, and will focus on practices they are currently using in their online classrooms.

Community Building in Online Environments

How in the world can we help students to connect with one another (and with us?) when they’re faced with the distractions of online interfaces? This workshop will offer easy, practical methods to augment synchronous and asynchronous class meetings–no extra apps or technical training required. There will also be plenty of time for Q&A and sharing current methods of community-building in your classes.

Tuesday September 8th, 2020 @ 1 PM

Facilitated by: Michelle Decker, Scripps College

Incorporating Student-Centered Learning into Online Labs

This workshop will present for discussion various methods used to center student voices and provide students with choices in online organic chemistry labs. The big ideas and many of the specific methods will be broadly applicable to courses in any field. Topics will include determining course goals and community norms, student self-assessment, and collaborative assignments/projects.

Tuesday September 22nd, 2020 @ 10 AM

Facilitated by: Sadie Otte, Keck Science Program

Fall 2020 Pre-Semester Workshops

6 Ways to Build A More Inclusive Community Into Your Online Classes

Many faculty, especially those who have primarily taught in-person courses, are worried that the online experience this fall won’t lend itself to the kind of authentic and caring classroom communities they’ve experienced in the past.  However, there are promising practices out there that are easy to implement and have shown themselves effective at building inclusive and welcoming online classrooms. In this workshop, we will explore some of these practices, workshop ways to embed them in your courses from the very first day, and reflect on our own role in promoting antiracist, equitable, and accessible online classrooms. 

Tuesday, August 18th from 1 – 2 PM (PDT) via zoom.

Choosing and Using Sakai Templates

Over the summer the CTL, in collaboration with our colleagues at HMC, Scripps, and Pomona, developed four templates that can inform your course design in Sakai.  These four templates will introduce instructors to 1) a general design which could be applicable in many courses; 2) a design that utilizes the “syllabus” tool; 3) a design that primarily utilizes discussion forums; and 4) a design that uses the “lessons” tool to create a modular course.  In this short workshop, participants will be introduced to the basic features of these four templates, identify which might best meet the needs of their students and course, and learn how to get them imported into existing course shells.

Thursday, August 20th from 10 – 11 AM (PDT) via zoom. Anyone using Sakai for their courses is welcomed..

Online Course Design Institute

July 27-29, 2020 or August 5-7, 2020:  The three day institute walks you through the process of designing an entire course to best promote inclusive and accessible student learning no matter the learning environment this fall. Each day, synchronous sessions with the CTL will be complemented with small group breakout rooms based on discipline, learning goal, or assignment / assessment type.  Participants will also be expected to complete nightly homework toward the goal of building their course, with a total expected commitment of 4-5 hours per day over the 3 days.  Only 75 participants will be allowed per institute.

Building Community in Online Spaces

 A virtual conversation with Dr. Mellissa Eblen-Zayas, Director of the Perlman Center for Learning and Teaching at Carleton College (MN). Dr. Eblen-Zayas co-developed the highly successful CUBE summer bridge program at Carleton with Pomona’s own Janet Russell, which helped new students transition to college life through online community- building activities. The link to view this webinar is: https://youtu.be/hITkWZnefc0 

Looking for event descriptions from previous years?  Click on the Academic Year below to find them!