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32nd Showcase on Teaching and Learning

Register now on My Learning Connection to reserve your spot!

Date: Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Showcase Highlights:

  • 8:00–8:50 a.m.—Breakfast Plenary—Accessible by Design: Simple things you can do to make your class more accessible Join Dr. Eric Nelson, as he discusses accessibility issues in the classroom.
  • 9:00–11:30 a.m.—Faculty workshops and interactive poster sessions
    Participate in 50-minute faculty expert sessions and interactive poster sessions presented by MSU Curriculum Innovation award winners.
  • 11:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m.—Luncheon and keynote address with Dr. Dee Fink
    Dr. Fink will present “5 High Impact Teaching Practices.” If we want our teaching to have a major impact on student learning, what are some ideas that can help us do that? Since 1990, the scholars of teaching and learning have been generating new ideas every year about college-level teaching. All of these ideas are good, but which ones have the most potential to have a high impact on student engagement and student learning? In this presentation, Dr. Fink will offer his list of five high impact teaching practices. Implementing any one of these can improve almost anyone’s teaching; implementing two or three of them will provide an amazing experience—an experience that is as exciting for the professor as it will be for the students.
  • 1:30 p.m.–3:30 p.m.—Special showcase workshop with Dr. Dee Fink
    Dr. Fink will facilitate a workshop “TEAM-BASED LEARNING: A Special Way of Using Small Groups.” Many college teachers are now using small groups in their courses. While this generally makes a course more active, students and even teachers also frequently feel that these efforts do not result in experiences that students value. In fact, some students say they “hate small group work.” This happens when teachers don’t manage the dynamics of group work properly. In this workshop, Dr. Fink will introduce team-based learning (TBL) as a special way of using small groups. TBL uses a specific sequence of activities that (a) accelerates the transformation of “groups” into “teams” and then (b) directs the dynamic energy of teams in a way that results in high levels of student engagement and high quality student learning. During this workshop, participants will not only learn about team-based learning, they will experience it.
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Last Call – Order Regalia for Summer Commencement and New Student Convocation

Order deadline is Friday, June 30

You are invited to participate in the Summer 2017 commencement ceremony to be held on Friday, August 4 at 10:00 a.m. in JQH Arena. In order to facilitate your participation, the University will assume the cost of renting your gown. Our contract allows each participant to keep his or her cap and hood for use in future commencement ceremonies.

If you plan to participate in the Summer 2017 commencement, please complete and return the faculty regalia order form. (Note: form will work correctly with all browsers except Firefox). However, if you own your regalia and will be participating, please send a note to Karen Foster.

We would also like to invite you to hold onto your regalia and attend the New Student Convocation Sunday, August 20, 2:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m. in the JQH Arena. If you cannot attend the summer commencement, you are welcome to attend just the convocation. If you need regalia for New Student Convocation, please fill out the same form as for summer commencement. Send your completed form to Karen Foster by campus mail, email, or fax it to 836-5886.

The deadline for ordering faculty regalia is Friday, June 30. It is difficult to process late requests. If you have questions, please contact Karen Foster (ext. 6-5886).

The line-up for both events is located in Hammons Student Center south entrance. Please plan to arrive no later than 45 minutes prior to the event. You may pick up your regalia during commencement week, Monday–Wednesday, at Maroon Nation (9 a.m.–4 p.m.) in the Plaster Student Union; or your regalia will be available at the south entrance, the day of both events.

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