Faculty Writing Retreats
Faculty Writing Retreats (in-person and virtual) will help you meet your writing goals for the year. Begin new articles, revise and resubmit, polish your book proposal, complete your last edits, and connect and collaborate with other faculty scholars.
For Fall 2021, in-person writing retreats are back! Register for any of the following dates. If you register, you may also choose to write along in your office or at home and join our lunchtime round table via Zoom.
Location: FCTL Conference Room, Meyer Library 204
Time: 8:30 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
- Friday, October 22
- Friday, November 19
- Mon–Tue Dec 20–21
Please register through My Learning Connection by searching for “Faculty Writing Retreats Program” and choose the sessions you wish to attend. If you sign up, you are not obliged to stay all day if you have other obligations.
Participants will be sent a form to log their goals and contacted prior to each event with a reminder.
Lunchtime workshops may feature special topics and/or guest presenters on writing and research productivity.
Morning coffee and catered lunch provided by the Office of the Provost.
For more information or to be put on the mailing list, please contact the Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning.
The programs in the Monday Morning Mentor series, presented by respected academic peers, cover timely and relevant topics in only 20 minutes—long enough to provide actionable insights, but short enough to fit anyone’s schedule. Each program becomes available online every Monday for 32 weeks (16 in fall and 16 in spring). For instructions on how to register, please go to the Academic Community in Blackboard.
Learn about upcoming Monday Morning Mentor sessions:
How Can I Encourage Students to Stay Connected with Course Content After Class?
Learn techniques you can use to deepen student understanding of course material—after class is over—that you presented in the classroom. These techniques include creating reflection videos and cartoon making, among others.
How Can I Effectively Move Peer Reviews Online?
For online teachers who need to engage students in a peer view of written assignments, this 20-Minute Mentor details specific instructions of how to accomplish this online, as well as what technology tools are best suited for this process.
The OLC offers an extensive online learning opportunities for education professionals. Below are just a few of the workshops offered in September. Check out all of the workshops available in September and beyond.
- Helping Faculty with New Course Development (ID1) — Sept 20–Oct 17
- Instructional Designer Certificate Program
Contact the FCTL for a free Professional Learning Pass to any of these workshops.
- Step-by-step course design from The Blended Course Design Workbook.
- Registered Faculty will have lifetime access to this online course.
Contact the FCTL to reserve a seat for this workshop.
Showcase Fridays are an extension of the annual Showcase on Teaching and Learning providing an opportunity to learn and discuss with colleagues a variety of topics and issues surrounding the science and art of teaching. These may include teaching with Zoom, service-learning pedagogy, strategies for assessment and student feedback, or inclusive teaching.
Sessions are easy to attend. Sessions will be held on Friday mornings from 11:00–11:50 a.m. and delivered mostly over Zoom (links will be emailed Monday morning for that week’s session). Some sessions will held in-person.
Upcoming Showcase Friday session:
- Oct 15: General Education Reports: Clear and Simple
Facilitators: Tracy Stout and Joseph Williams
Location: Glass Hall, Room 486
Gen Ed report due? Have questions about your role as general education coordinator? Curious about the reporting form and evaluation of your course? During this session, members on CGEIP will cover the latest changes to the online form, clear up any misconceptions about what is expected to be reported, plus you will have the opportunity to work on your report before you leave
The resources from the FCTL’s virtual online boot camps are available as a self-paced course development boot camp. This self-paced version will cover many of the same things as the virtual and on-campus boot camps, but you will be participating at your own schedule and can contact the FCTL Instructional Designers at any time during this process. Their contact information is listed in the meet your instructional designers area of the modules.
What’s included in the self-paced course development boot camp
- Best practices related to online courses and teaching
- Different assessment options available in Blackboard
- How to remove potential barriers for students with disabilities
- Strategies to foster community and engagement in the online classroom
- Strategies to prevent student cheating
- Copyright and fair use in distance education
How to find the self-paced boot camp
- Log into Blackboard and select the Community Tab at the top of the page
- Select Academic Community from the My Organizations module
- Once in the site, on the main menu, locate “self-paced course development boot camp” to access the boot camp materials
The FCTL Advisory Council is pleased to announce its call for proposals for curriculum innovation grant funding. The purpose of this grant opportunity is to support faculty in advancing teaching and learning practices at Missouri State University.
Curriculum Innovation awards provide funding of up to $4,000 per grant. An itemized budget of expenses is part of the application process. Proposals smaller than $4,000 are encouraged to apply.
Proposals are due October 31, 2021 and faculty will be notified in November if their proposal has been awarded.
There is now additional funding available for Curriculum innovation mini-grants. Awards are limited up to $1,200 per grant application.
Curriculum innovation mini-grants support faculty with ‘pivoting’ their courses during the ongoing Coronavirus.
Applicants must complete an application indicating:
- What one change do you want to make to your course? i.e., better engage students with the content, create more engaging video lectures, determine better strategies for blended instruction.
- What do you think might help you with this change? i.e., document camera or other video equipment, digital tools that will engage students, not sure.
- How will you know if you were successful in creating this change? i.e., I will see better scores, I will have more engaging course materials online, my students will be more satisfied with their learning experience.
Check out these resources:
- 100 Mistakes Academic Writers Make…and How to Fix Them
- Resources for Writers: Digital Writing Tools
- Teaching in Higher Ed
- The Scholarly Teacher
- Faculty Focus Home page
- The K. Patricia Cross Academy Techniques Video Library
The FCTL supports teaching excellence for faculty at all levels. Check out the many support services offered by the FCTL to see how you can benefit.
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