Events

Brave Space Coffee Hour

You are invited to attend the CTLE’s “Brave Space Coffee Hour” throughout the Spring. During this Zoom-based opportunity, you will practice tools, techniques, and terminology for facilitating discussions on potentially troubling topics in your classrooms. You’ll have the opportunity to explore research-based strategies for co-creating knowledge in inclusive classrooms in the company of your peers. These will be no-judgment, brave spaces, so bring your thoughts and questions and a cup of your favorite tea or coffee.

Each Friday, we will post a reading to provide a jumping-off point for the next week’s discussions. We have a growing list of timely topics, chosen to elicit conversation.

The Brave Space Coffee Hour will be available two times each week from January 26 to May 7 as below. You are welcome to attend one or both of the coffee hours each week.
• Tuesdays, 10-11 a.m.
• Fridays, 3-4 p.m.

Click here to join the session (if you are not logged into your SU Zoom account you will be prompted to do so).

Topic* for Tuesday, March 9 and Friday, March 12: Working with International Students in the Classroom
Guiding Question: If you were going to study for a degree in a place where English is not commonly spoken, what/who would you need?
o What/who would make you feel welcome?
o What/who would make you feel included?
This article on working with international students will inspire the discussion.
*Although this is the topic for the week, Brave Space Coffee Hour discussions tend to be wide-ranging.

Topic* for Tuesday, March 2 and Friday, March 5: “On Diversity: Access Ain’t Inclusion”
*Although this is the topic for the week, Brave Space Coffee Hour discussions tend to be wide-ranging.
This short video on Access, Inclusion, Hidden Curriculum, and First-Generation college students will inspire the discussion.

Topic* for Tuesday, February 23 and Friday, February 26: Facilitating Classroom Discussions on Sensitive Topics
*Although this is the topic for the week, Brave Space Coffee Hour discussions tend to be wide-ranging.
This document on Facilitating Classroom Discussions on Sensitive Topics will inspire the discussion.

Topic for Tuesday, February 16 and Friday, February 19: Inclusive Classrooms
This article on inclusive classrooms will be discussed.

Topic for Tuesday, February 9 and Friday, February 12: Privilege
This document on privilege will be discussed.

Topic for Tuesday, February 2 and Friday, February 5: Balancing Act
Two short readings will be discussed.
Reading 1
Reading 2

Topic for Tuesday, January 26 and Friday, January 29: What is a Brave Space?
This reading on brave spaces will be discussed. (*Note: Future readings will be much shorter in length.)


Focus on Teaching and Learning: Lunch and Learn Series

This series is a collaborative effort with Institutional Effectiveness and Assessment and aims to build your skills and knowledge while engaging in conversation and discussion with colleagues during a lunch and learn format. Connect your work with the workshop topic and leave with concrete ideas for incorporating it into your classroom experience.

Getting the Most Out of Mid-Course Feedback
Requesting and responding to student feedback are integral to creating engaging educational experiences. Students are best at voicing what it’s like to be a learner in your course, and what small changes you can make midway to deepen their learning. Learn more about how the CTLE can assist you in gathering and using student feedback, as well as how you can use the University’s new course feedback platform, EvaluationKIT, to gather input from your students.

Surveys can be created now through 3/14.

Asynchronous


Weekly Zoom Series with the Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence and Information Technology Services

This monthly “Lunch and Learn” session is an informal gathering designed to provide information to faculty about best practices and approaches to teaching and instructional technology. The session provides an opportunity for faculty members to ask questions and participate in discussion with Martha Diede from the Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence (CTLE) and Michael Morrison from the Online Learning Services (OLS) unit of Information Technology Services as well as invited guests.

Register for the Teaching and Technology Tuesdays online.

April 6, noon-1:00 p.m. – Alternatives to Traditional Assessments – LIVE SESSION
Join us to hear about alternatives to traditional assessments such as tests and research papers.

Previous sessions: visit the Teaching and Technology Tuesdays homepage for available recordings and resources from previous sessions.

DEIA Workshop Series

This series of workshops designed for faculty will heighten awareness of and provide worthwhile practice with issues of diversity, equity, inclusion, and access as they relate to the college classroom. Faculty who complete the five experiences will earn certificates of completion.

Identifying and Reducing Implicit Bias in Pedagogical Decision-Making

This workshop affords participants a chance to explore some common types of implicit bias as they relate to education and fosters opportunities to think through ways to reduce these types of bias in higher education courses. Please register online to participate.

Available online via BlackBoard

Establishing Civility and Positive Climate in Your Teaching Environment

This workshop affords participants a chance to explore strategies for fostering civil behavior and positive climate in their courses. Please register online to participate.

Available online via BlackBoard

Problematizing Identity and Intersectionality on the College Campus

Explore the topics of identity and intersectionality as they relate to college teaching and learning. Please register online to attend.

Available online via BlackBoard

Transparent Teaching: An Evidence-Based Inclusive Practice

Evidence shows that making assignments transparent can positively impact students’ course performance and remove barriers to student success. Transparent teaching practices help to make classrooms inclusive and to create equitable learning experiences. Please register online to participate.

Available online via BlackBoard

Navigating Challenges of Diversity in the Classroom

Work through reality-based classroom scenarios dealing with issues of diversity and inclusion using a framework designed to build equity literacy. Please register online to participate.

Available online via BlackBoard