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Attend the Study Away Fair and Luncheon

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The Study Away Fair will be held on Wednesday, September 9 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the PSU Atrium. Meet program providers and fellow faculty members who are leading short-term programs. Discuss your ideas and review the proposal process with Study Away Director Elizabeth Strong. Please encourage your students to attend as well. Make plans to attend other Study Away events throughout the semester.

As a reminder, the Study Away Fall Faculty Luncheon will be held on Thursday, September 17 at 12:30 pm in PSU 308. Please call 836-6368 or email the Study Away office to RSVP by Friday, September 11.


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FCTL Events


Instructor Training from Respondus

MSU has a campus-wide license for Responsus Exam Author, a useful tool for importing exams created in MS Word directly into Blackboard; and the LockDown browser and monitor tools which are designed to prevent cheating during online exams. Respondus will be offering free webinars for faculty wanting to learn more about how to use these applications with online tests. Each session provides a live demo plus tips for getting started.

View the upcoming schedule and register for webinars on the Respondus website. Additional dates will be posted, so check this website throughout the fall for updates!

“How Can I Connect the Common Reader With My Class?”

Dates/Times: Tuesday, September 15, 3:30–4:15 p.m.; Wednesday, September 16, 3:45–4:30 p.m.

Join us for a session introducing the common reader and its themes. We will cover how the common reader introduces first year students to the Public Affairs Mission and how we can help students see the connections between what they are learning in their classes and the common reader.

FCTL Open Fridays for Faculty

Time: 1:00–4:00 p.m.
Location: Meyer Library Rm 204

Dr. Eric Nelson, FCTL Faculty Fellow, and the FCTL instructional designers are hosting walk-in consultation sessions for faculty. No appointment necessary! Faculty may come and go at their convenience. All faculty are welcome to drop in and receive assistance with any course design, assessment, technology integration, or teaching needs. We look forward to seeing you Friday!

Keep Calm & Do Research: Clean up your Data Act

Dates/Times: Tuesday, September 22, 2:30–3:30 p.m.; Wednesday, September 23, 2:30–3:30 p.m.
Location: Meyer Library 205
Instructor: Todd Daniel
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Good research starts with good data. Before you begin your analysis, you should clean your dataset. The course will address each of the steps of proper data cleaning and ways to address potential problems by dealing with outliers, transforming variables, or imputing missing data. This course will teach you how to use graphs and tests to explore your data and make sure that they meet the assumptions of the tests you plan to run. Basic familiarity with SPSS is assumed.

Upon completing this course, students will be able to…

  • Graph a single variable and examine it for normality, skewness, and outliers.
  • Explore the relationship between two variables and examine them for linearity and non-monotonic relationships.
  • Test the assumptions of multivariate analysis including linearity, sphericity, missing data, and normality.
  • Identify and eliminate multivariate outliers with a Mahalanobis test.

Book Discussion: How Learning Works

Dates: Fridays, September 11 and September 25
Time: 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Location: Meyer Library 204
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Join other faculty in a book discussion on “How Learning Works” co-authored by Michele DiPietro this year’s Showcase keynote presentation. The book looks at the theory and research behind the science of learning and then offers seven instructional principles that enhance the practice of teaching and learning. Register for one of the ‘pick-up book’ sessions where you will receive a copy of the book along with some guiding questions for upcoming discussions. You will then have the opportunity to participate in the book discussion session that best fits your schedule.

Book Talk: The Other Side of the Wes Moore Story

Please join us to discuss this year’s common reader The Other Wes Moore: One Name Two Fates.  This book talk will look at the “other” Wes Moore within the context of American racial, social, political and economic constructs and realities.  Raising issues regarding the impact of institutionalized “isms” and how does cultural resistance seek to redefine the “other”.

Pick-up sessions (Choose one to receive book and reflection questions):

Wednesday, September 9, 2:30–3:30 p.m.
Thursday, September 10, 2:00–3:00 p.m.

Discussion Sessions:

Tuesday, October 27, 2:00–3:00 p.m.                                  
Wednesday, October 28, 3:30–4:30 p.m.
Wednesday, November 5, 3:30–4:30 pm

If you can’t attend one of these sessions please contact FCTL at 836-3059.

This event is co-sponsored by the Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning and Diversity and Inclusion.

Fall 2015 Digital Professor Academy Orientation

Tuesday, September 8, 2:00–2:50 p.m.
Thursday, September 10, 3:30–4:20 p.m.
Monday, September 14, 9:00–9:50 a.m.
Wednesday, September 16, 11:15 a.m.–12:05 p.m.
Location: Meyer Library, Room 204
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The Digital Professor Academy provides faculty with practical hands-on experience using new technologies and proven best practices for teaching blended and online courses.

Faculty teaching traditional face-to-face courses are also encouraged to participate since the program focuses on student engagement and enhancing learning through the use of technology.

During the orientation meeting, faculty will be introduced to Missouri State University’s course development guidelines and specific best practices for blended and online learning. The course development peer-review process will also be discussed.

For more information, email the Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning. Please register through My Learning Connection.


Monday-morning-mentor-cupMonday Morning Mentor Series

How Can I Measure My Faculty Development Center’s Impact?

A new program begins Monday, September 14

In an era of ever-tightening budget restrictions placed on universities and departments, no program or academic center is safe from cutbacks. This program prepares you to measure and articulate the value of your center in ways that matter to people who think about line items and dollar signs.

To access the Monday Morning Mentor programs, email the Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning or call 836-3059.


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