Teachers Talking

Good Conversation. Free Lunch.


All Teachers Talking sessions are held from 11:30 a.m. to 12:20 p.m. or 12:30 to 1:20 p.m. Free lunch at the Three Crowns Buffet.




Thursday, September 17, 2015
Topic: Teaching With Nobel Conference 2015. Join us for a discussion about ways to incorporate this year’s Nobel conference theme of addiction into your classes. This year’s topic is particularly suited to our being a college campus. Presenter: Peg O’Connor

Thursday, October 8, 2015   PDR
Topic: Making Your Classes Accessible. Instead of panicking over your syllabus and class when you suddenly find you have a student who needs accommodations, wouldn't it be great to have your class already be accessible and inclusive? Join Kelly Karstad and Thia Cooper to discuss ways to craft courses to be universally accessible and inclusive. We will primarily consider students with disabilities but also consider course designs that would also be helpful for MLL and International students. Bring your experiences with previous accommodations and we will provide strategies for inclusion.
Presenter: Thia Cooper

Wednesday, October 14, 2015   Heritage Room
Relational learning encourages professor—student relationships that go beyond traditional classroom interactions, such as mentoring, one-on-one coaching, or serving as a confidant. Forming such rich relationships is something colleges like Gustavus publicize as a distinctive learning feature. Relational learning, however, is complex and engenders ethical lines that need to be explored. Join your colleagues for a lively conversation sharing our own experiences with forming those relationships with students and where potential trouble spots might lie.
Presenter: Kathy Lund Dean.

Thursday, November 5, 2015    St. Peter Room
Let's Get Digital!: Digital Humanities at Gustavus
Presenter: Glenn Kranking

Tuesday, November 10, 2015   Heritage Room
Topic: Keeping Students Engaged.  Meyers and Jones (1993) wrote "Active learning involves providing opportunities for students to meaningfully talk and listen, write, read, and reflect on the content, ideas, issues, and concerns of an academic subject." Sometimes, though, our efforts to provide exactly those opportunities seem to be met with reluctance or even resistance from students. Join us for a discussion of teaching strategies that help to transform the learning environment (both inside and outside of the classroom) from a passive learning experience centered around the faculty member to an active learning setting in which students feel responsible for their own learning.
Presenter: Alisa Rosenthal

Thursday, January 21, 2016         Heritage Room
What does a globally engaged community look like  - Stories of cultural experiences  
co-sponsored by Global Engagement Committee
Presenters: Roger Atkins and Michele Risinko     

Tuesday, February 16, 2016     Heritage Room
A panel presentation on experiences in NEH institutes/seminars.
Presenters: So Young Park, Yurie Hong, and Greg Kaster     

Thursday, February 25, 2016    Heritage Room
Facilitating Classroom Discussions.  A session on effectively engaging and assessing students in discussion.
Presenter: Leila Brammer 

Thursday, March 10, 2016    PDR
Course Makeovers!Are you planning to design a new course, redesign an existing one, or adapt a course that someone else has taught in the past? Would you like to, but the task seems overwhelming? It doesn't have to be (really!). Join us for a brief introduction to a manageable approach to course design, using a tool designed by SERC to get your new or existing course on-track. Although originally designed for instruction in the sciences, SERC has adapted the course design tool to be applicable to any discipline. Come with a blank slate or an existing syllabus and we'll talk about tractable approaches to course (re)design. Presenter: Julie Bartley

Wednesday, April 7, 2016    Heritage Room
What does a globally engaged community look like  - Research based evidence  
co-sponsored by GEC (Global Engagement Committee)
Presenter: Deb Pitton

Tuesday, April 12, 2016     Heritage Room
Digital Humanities-related
Presenter: Denis Crnkovic 


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