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Fall Seminar Series
SMU-in-Taos: The Advantages of Experiential Learning
Wednesday, September 23
12:00 - 1:00 pm, Hughes Trigg Student Center Portico BCD
SMU-in-Taos offers a venue for faculty to offer courses using the benefits offered by experiential learning. Research on teaching has shown experiential education can improve student understanding of course concepts. This session will examine the research supporting experiential education and how faculty can take advantage of the Taos campus to support undergraduate and graduate courses.
(NFTE) Be a Quick Starter
This event has been postponed. Additional details coming soon.
Few of us learn in graduate school how to balance the competing demands of teaching, research, and campus citizenship. Robert Boice identified a group of quick starters that successfully balanced these expectations. Participants in this session will receive research-based tips for improving the quality of their teaching, increasing research productivity, and maximizing their time.
Academic Freedom from Wisconsin to SMU
Academic freedom has long been a central tenet of higher education. From Wisconsin to Texas, critics question the need and importance of academic freedom in today’s universities. In this session, we will discuss the current landscape of academic freedom in U.S. higher education, the legal underpinnings, and how faculty can support academic freedom at SMU.
(NFTE) How Do I Motivate My Students?
2:00 - 3:30 pm
One of the biggest challenges when teaching is learning how to motivate students. Motivated students are excited to learn and more readily engage with course content. This session will examine motivation and techniques to improve student motivation. Register
Academic games provide a different approach to course material that help students apply content while having fun. In this session, we will discuss the research on teaching with games and test out a few games that faculty can use in class. Register