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Brown Bag Lunches Archives

Recordings of CTE brown bag lunch sessions can be accessed below. Please click the  “Access Session Archive” link to listen to the conversation.

  • September 3, 2010
    “Don’t ask much of me, and I won’t ask much of you:” An Unspoken Social Contact Between Students and Faculty?
    It has been suggested by a number of independent sources that an implicit social contract exists today between students and faculty—one that is driven by low expectations from students in terms of workload on the one hand, and the fear of low student ratings of instruction from faculty unless they comply with these expectations on the other. Is there any truth to this observation? If so, what can we do about it?
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  • September 10, 2010
    Instructional Uses of “Clickers”…Good, Bad and the Ugly.

    Faculty members at VCU have used clickers for more than 5 years now. As with most instructional technologies, their value in supporting learning is derived from meaningful use. So what have faculty learned from using this technology in the classroom? Please consider joining us for a conversation about clickers at VCU. We plan on addressing the current range of instructional uses, the potential for novel applications, as well as some of the pitfalls and how to avoid them.
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  • September 17, 2010
    Mentoring in Higher Education: Issues and Perspectives

    Higher education is in the midst of a considerable demographic transition, with senior faculty members retiring in greater numbers and making room for the next generation of scholars. As this occurs, access to valuable institutional and organizational knowledge can become lost. What role can mentoring play in supporting the next generation of scholars? Should mentorship opportunities be deliberately fostered in order to support the transmission of the norms and values that have defined America's institutions of higher education? Join us for this session as VCU faculty members who have participated in the CTE's mentorship program explore issues about the role of mentoring in higher education.
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  • September 24, 2010
    Reaching and Teaching all Students Through a Universal Design for Learning (UDL)

    The framework of universal design for learning (UDL) offers faculty a way to design their courses with instructional strategies and digital technologies that can have a broader reach to all learners. What does UDL include? How do the guiding principles support good instructional design? How does this benefit all students? Join us for this brown bag session to explore these questions and discuss ways you can integrate UDL practices into your teaching.
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  • October 1, 2010
    Google – Beyond Search

    While Google is synonymous with search it is also a vast collection of other tools and services that have potential value in an educational setting. Moderator, Scholar, Maps, Reader, Sites, Custom Search, Sets, Docs, Forms, Translate…to name just a few. Join us for this session to learn more about what is "under the hood" of Google and share your own experiences using these tools to support teaching and learning.
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  • October 8, 2010
    Demonstrating Excellence in Teaching: Faculty Perspectives

    In many cases in higher education, course evaluations and student ratings of instruction are often the primary way in which faculty members are evaluated on their teaching. While the information gathered from course evaluations can be helpful, they can also be limited in demonstrating growth and the development of excellence in teaching. What other means are there for demonstrating teaching excellence? What is needed to encourage and support faculty members to engage in new ways of demonstrating growth in teaching practice? Join us for this session as a panel of VCU faculty members share their ideas about ways to demonstrate excellence in teaching.
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  • October 15, 2010
    Publishing 2.0: Open Access, Digital Scholarship and Other Modern Forms of Public Intellectualism

    There was a time when professors needed a publisher to disseminate their knowledge. Now, publishing is as simple as sending an e-mail. Yet, for the most part, knowledge produced by scholars in institutions of higher education continues to be disseminated mostly in the form of written narrative published in private journals locked behind a proprietary database accessible to only a few. In this session, Dr. Jonathan Becker, assistant professor in the Department of Educational Leadership, will lead a conversation about new and old ways of conceptualizing scholarship and how we disseminate it.
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  • October 22, 2010
    World Class Quality in University Coursework

    Government officials, employers, accrediting agencies, university administrators, institutional researchers, faculty, and faculty development specialists all have something to share concerning quality in higher education, but what really defines it? One standard that ranks above the rest is the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award. Last year, more than 1.75 million copies of the Baldrige Criteria were downloaded by organizations. While only three colleges and universities have actually won the award in the past decade, this has not deterred many campuses from exploring how the criteria could be applied at a local level. How would the application of high standards and expectations of excellence impact classroom instruction and student success? Are these standards aligned with our vision of the University as espoused in VCU 2020? In this session, we will examine the criteria behind the award for nuggets that can be applied in individual classes and the university as a whole.
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  • October 29, 2010
    Mobile Computing @ VCU

    Accessing the Internet with mobile devices like smartphones and netbooks continues to grow. As students and faculty use these devices in greater numbers, new opportunities and challenges emerge for their use to support the teaching and learning experience. This session will demonstrate two new apps (Blackboard Learn and VCU Mobile) each with specific applicability for the VCU community. In addition, we hope to generate discussion of the potential impact of mobile computing in education, and raise questions about the meaningful use of mobile technology.
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  • November 5, 2010
    Diversity in the Classroom

    At VCU, we pride ourselves on having a diverse student population, and in how we prepare students for a multicultural environment in which they will live and work. As educators, we are often faced with decisions about how to manage issues of diversity and oppression in our classes, both in terms of content and process. For example, we may find ourselves challenged by how to stimulate open and authentic classroom discussion about diversity related issues, or we have our own strong feelings or reactions to student dialogue. Members of a VCU faculty learning community (FLC) that addressed issues of diversity and oppression in the classroom will facilitate a discussion about challenges and successes in this area. They will also share some of their learning from their work together in the FLC, and invite session participants to share their ideas and experiences.
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  • November 12, 2010
    iPads in Education: Innovation or Hype?

    Some have heralded the iPad as a device that will transform the way we use computers, while others have labeled it as little more than a gimmick to spur consumption of digital media. What might be the value of devices like the iPad to support teaching and learning? Join us for this session as a group of VCU faculty members share their experiences exploring potential uses of the iPad.
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  • November 19, 2010
    Moving Online: Shifts in Practice and Course Design

    As VCU continues to engage in a broader conversation about the role of online education, it is important to consider the changes in teaching practice and course design that faculty experience as they transition to the online environment. In this brown bag session, faculty members who have participated in the Provost's Online Course Development Initiative will share their experiences developing online courses, share ideas for online program development, and reflect on changes in their own teaching practice.
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  • December 3, 2010
    Supporting Student Veterans in the Classroom
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