Teachers Talking

Good Conversation. Free Lunch.


All Teachers Talking sessions are held from 11:30 a.m. to 12:20 p.m. and again at 12:30 to 1:20 p.m.

Free lunch at the Three Crowns Buffet.

Thursday, September 12, 2019
J-Term IEX Course
Join Hayley Russell and Scott Bur to discuss the nuts and bolts of submitting a proposal for a new J-Term (IEX) course. We will review the course proposal form and answer questions about the application process. Whether it's your first or twentieth J-Term course, all are welcome!

Wednesday, September 18, 2019  
Teaching Student Athletes
We will discuss how students balance academics and athletics, and the role of intercollegiate athletics at Gustavus. We will also share attendance policies and discuss issues regarding missed class time for athletes.

Wednesday, October 16, 2019
Understanding the College's Religion Requirement
"What is the college's graduation requirement in Biblical and Theological Studies? What are the different ways in which it is taught at Gustavus? What might future versions of these courses look like in the Challenge Curriculum? Join faculty who have taught this course for a time of sharing questions, stories, ideas."

Wednesday, October 23, 2019
Crash Course in Backwards Design
Unsure where to start thinking about designing a new course or revising an old one? Trying to figure out how to incorporate multiple student learning outcomes into a course? Overwhelmed by all the content you need to cover? This crash course will introduce you to backward design, a process that will help you align your course goals, assignments, and activities. Come for lunch, good conversation, and some helpful worksheets

Wednesday, November 6, 2019
Who are our Multilingual Gusties?
Faculty and staff are invited to come learn about who counts as "multilingual," how many MLL students we have on campus, and see stats on the students' linguistic backgrounds. Multilingual students will share their perspectives on campus and academic life in their own words. 

Tuesday, December 3, 2019
MAYDAY! 2020 - Highlighting Student Activism

Monday, January 13, 2020
J-Term Check In!
Join your fellow J-Term instructors to discuss how J-Term is going! This Teachers Talking will focus on problem-solving challenges and celebrating successes in J-Term and connecting with others who are teaching J-Term now, have in the past, or might in the future. All are welcome! 

Wednesday, February 20, 2020
The Nobel Conference 2020 focuses on recent advances in cancer treatment and how to make these treatments more accessible to all. Come learn more about the Nobel Conference 2020: Cancer in the Age of Biotechnology with conference co-chairs Laura Burrack (Biology) and Dwight Stoll (Chemistry). We will introduce the range of topics covered by our confirmed speakers and discuss ways to incorporate the conference into classes both this spring and next fall.

Tuesday, February 25, 2020
The standard method of viewing the results from the Student Evaluation on Instruction can be difficult to summarize and even more difficult to understand. I wrote a web application that reads in the results from the SRI and generates an easy to read report. Come and learn how to use the web application. Bring your laptop as there will be time for you to generate your own SRI report. 

Thursday, March 5, 2020
Helping Students with the Research Process
In this presentation, Gustavus librarians will facilitate conversations about patterns we observe when students are conducting research. The session will focus especially on how students work with secondary sources, both scholarly and non-scholarly. We will provide insights and tips for how to help students work better with sources. We also look forward to hearing from attendees about their methods for teaching students about the research process.

Wednesday, March 18, 2020  
Connecting Career Readiness to the Liberal Arts Classroom
Join the Center for Career Development as we work to strengthen our partnerships across campus. Career will briefly touch on a few examples of how academics and career discernment have partnered to support student growth, exploration and career readiness. Together, we are eager to learn from each other, share best practices and hear how we can create new opportunities for how best we can support your efforts in and outside the classroom. 

Workshops: Designing Courses Workshop

 October 2, 2019 and January 16, 2020

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