Throughout the year, CTE offers a series of timely programs open to the entire SMU teaching community. Topics range from the theoretical to the practical, from time-tested to ripped from the headlines. The programs are presented by recognized experts from within the SMU faculty, and are designed to foster discussion about teaching and learning issues. Watch your email for announcements and opportunities to register.
One Size Does Not Fit All:
Success in Courses with Online Components
Thursday, October 31, 2013
Tour of Distance Learning Facilities 2:30 – 3:30
Foyer, Caruth Hall
Guest Speaker & Discussion 3:30 – 5:00
406 Caruth Hall (Palmer Conference Room)
The use of online components in higher ed runs the gamut from handouts on Blackboard to the flipped classroom to blended courses to fully online courses and even MOOCs. There is no one-size-fits-all model for all students and all disciplines. Rather, faculty members should strategically consider which online techniques and technologies could best help their students succeed.
Reflecting both on the speaker’s day-to-day teaching experiences and on his empirical studies of online outcomes, this session will explore the challenges and opportunities presented by various models, and will give attendees the opportunity to discuss these cutting-edge issues.
Special Guest Speaker: Gerd Kortemeyer
Michigan State University, Associate Professor of Physics and Physics Education
Prof. Kortemeyer is a project director of an e-learning network, LON-CAPA, that was initially deployed at Michigan State University in the 1990's. It is now supported by more than 160 institutions worldwide, and provides a key component of numerous online courses in natural sciences. Besides his accomplishments in theoretical nuclear physics, Prof. Kortemeyer is known for many publications on web-based learning, predictive data mining algorithms in education, and correlations between students' attitudes and learning. Under his leadership, the LON-CAPA project received the 2003 ComputerWorld Honors 21st Century Achievement Award, and the 2004 Sloan-C Award for Most Outstanding Effective Practice.
Condensed Teaching Environments
All the Content, Fewer Calendar Days
HELD: Monday, September 9, 2013
Noon to 1:30 (lunch provided)
Carr Collins Hall, Godwin Gruber Lawyers Inn, Private Dining Room
Normally our courses are a full semester long, but SMU provides opportunities for faculty members to teach and students to learn in settings in which the entire course may unfold in a matter of two to three weeks. This presents both challenges and opportunities, as faculty use innovative methods to engage students in that intense environment. Come hear from colleagues who have successfully taught in Taos, May Term, J Term, and summer school: what creative teaching methods did they adopt? How did what they learned in the short-form environment give them ideas that opened up new possibilities for full semester courses?
This panel discussion, followed by Q&A, will provide ideas that we can all use. And those who are inspired to want to try "condensed" teaching will have the opportunity to visit with representatives of SMU-in-Taos, May Term, J Term, and summer school about proposing new courses.
Olga Colbert (World Languages & Literatures)
Sandra Duhe (Communications)
Matt Hornbach (Geology)
David Son (Chemistry)
Don Vandewalle (Cox)
The Road to Tenure
HELD: Wednesday, October 23, 2013
131 Dedman Life Science Building
3:30 - 4:50
SMU’s tenure policy provides that "tenure should be awarded only to those who are outstanding in either teaching or research . . . and whose performance in the other is of high quality." Departments and schools have policies that supplement these standards, but it is always clear that both teaching and research must be strong before tenure will be awarded. This program provides information about tenure standards and processes. It also shares important time management advice to help you be sure that short term deadlines don’t overwhelm longer term requirements for excellence in research as well as teaching.
Presenters: Wayne Woodward, Chair, Department of Statistical Science
Altshuler Distinguished Teaching Professor
Beth Thornburg, Professor, Dedman School of Law & Director, Center for Teaching Excellence
2013 University Scholar/Teacher Award Recipient
Panelists: Paige Ware (Simmons), Ben Voth (Meadows), Lynne Stokes (Dedman), and Suku Nair (Lyle)
Why Attend CTE Programs?
Sheila Somebody and Bob Bombast consider the options in the exclusive video, CTE: No Excuses.