CTEVirginia Commonwealth UniversityCenter for Teaching ExcellenceCTE
CTE HomeAbout the CTEProgramsWorkshopsResourcesWhat's New
Bookmark This Site CTE Site Map Printer Friendly Text Size:SmallNormalLargeExtra Large

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.

  • Jan. 27, 2012
    BYOD: Coming to the Classroom or Already Here?

    Recent business surveys have found that "bring your own device" (BYOD) is becoming an accepted business practice across this country, with small and medium sized companies now allowing employees to connect their web-friendly smartphones and tablets to their business network for business purposes. In many ways, businesses are coming to terms with a reality that employees show up to work with these devices and are figuring out how to make it work. Our students are no different, They show up to our classrooms with a variety of devices, from Droids to laptops and netbook as well as the bevy of i-products (iPod, iPad, iPhone), all with ample access to our wireless network. If this is a reality, what is our response? Ban their use? Pretend they are not present and do business as usual? Limit their use to times we control? Change our practice to include and encourage their use? Can we assume all students have equal web capabilities? What are our responsibilities regarding our own class content and its ability to be viewed on these devices? Join us for a discussion around BYOD and what it might mean for our classrooms and for learning.
    Access Session Archive
  • Feb. 3 2012
    What can you do in the Classroom that you can`t do anywhere else?

    Is your attendance less than acceptable? Do students seem to be disengaged when they are in attendance? Are they viewing education as more of a commodity than an opportunity? Although it is easy, and appropriate at times, to blame the students for their lack luster attendance and participation, are we doing everything we can to make their education as engaging as possible? Please come and join us for a conversation about how to help students see the intrinsic value of your course and an education in general.
    Access Session Archive
  • Feb. 10 2012
    CitySneak: Play, Pedagogy, and Surveillance

    This brown bag lunch session will focus on an exploration of CitySneak, a location-based hybrid reality game that explores the surveillance of urban areas through the adaptation of existing mobile technologies. CitySneak combines discussions of surveillance with the contemporary relevance of locative media, engaging players in a critical exercise as they playfully negotiate the spaces of the city. Join VCU professor, Dr. Ryan Patton, co-creator of CitySneak, for an engaging conversation about play and pedagogy.
    Access Session Archive
  • Feb. 17, 2012
    Graphic Syllabus: Best thing to happen to my teaching in 20 years

    The graphic syllabus has been gaining in popularity among faculty members as a way to illustrate course flow and visually mapping a course for students. Please join us for this brown bag lunch as VCU School of Nursing faculty member, Patty Gray, leads us through a case study exploring teaching and learning possibilities that emerged with the use of a graphic syllabus. Tips and resources for constructing a graphic syllabus will be shared.
    Access Session Archive
    Graphic Syllabus
  • Feb. 24, 2012
    Characterizing Equity, Inclusiveness, and Student Success at VCU

    The contributors to the 2010 installment of Review of Research in Education (vol. 34), themed as "What Counts as Evidence in Educational Settings? Rethinking Equity, Diversity, and Reform in the 21st Century," pose several provocative questions about the ways in which instructors and educational institutions characterize student success. In this brown bag lunch, we will aim to collectively (1) articulate what we mean when we talk about "equitable" and "inclusive" higher education environments and, using these working definitions as lenses, (2) examine the alignment between student learning outcomes, classroom activities, assignments, learning spaces, and associated methods of assessment in our own teaching.
    Access Session Archive
  • Mar. 2, 2012
    Designing and Teaching a Course Around Learning Outcomes

    Just in the last few years, as the concept of learning-centered teaching has become more common in institutions of higher education around the country, faculty have begun to rethink the way they design and teach their courses. Historically, courses have been designed with an eye toward covering a prescribed amount of content in a certain amount of time. Now faculty are expected to impart both the content of their subject matter, as well as the skills that are necessary for students to use the subject matter more responsibly and effectively such as critical thinking, teamwork, and effective writing just to name a few. Please come and join us for a conversation around how to design and teach a course with a learning outcomes focus.
    Access Session Archive
  • Mar. 9, 2012
    Crowdsourcing the Classroom

    Crowdsourcing harnesses the power of a group. See how to tap into the strength in numbers of a class to write tests, to evaluate work, and to set standards of good work. Join us as VCU School of Mass Communications faculty member, Scott Sherman, shares his experiences with with crowdsourcing the classroom to engage students and make teaching easier.
    Access Session Archive
  • Mar. 23, 2012
    Academic Wellness for International Students and English Language Learners

    International and English language learning students (ELLs) often pose challenges for faculty as they ponder how best to address their students academic and adjustment issues. This brown bag session will introduce faculty to VCU programs developed to support the "academic wellness" of our international students and ELLs. Facilitators will explain which programs support which students, and how faculty can best encourage students to adopt healthy academic habits. Facilitators will also discuss how each of their programs meet the unique needs of international and ELL students at VCU, and how these programs collaborate and complement each other. Participants will be encouraged to share concerns and ideas.
    Access Session Archive
  • Mar. 30, 2012
    A Hard Sell: Introducing Curriculum Reform is both Necessary and Daunting

    Many university curricula across the country have been under the microscope lately. One of the outcomes of this heightened scrutiny is a call for colleges and universities to integrate life-long learning skills into their curricula. Two years ago our own school of medicine accepted this challenge and has spent the last twenty-four months exploring promising teaching techniques that could be employed in the classroom that could help students development these skills over a course of time. Please join us for a conversation that will entertain questions like: What are life-ling learning skills? What are the learning outcomes associated with these skills, and what teaching methods are conducive to helping student develop these skills?
    Access Session Archive
  • Apr. 6, 2012
    3D Modeling for an Improved World

    Join VCU School of the Arts faculty member, Peter Baldes, for what promises to be a fascinating demonstration and conversation about the intersection of the real and virtual worlds. Using Google Earth / SketchUp, and augmented reality apps, Peter will demonstrate some of his work in this area and invite participants to consider possible applications in other discipline areas.
    Access Session Archive
  • Apr. 13, 2012
    Web Conferencing with Vidyo

    This session will feature a panel of VCU faculty members who have been participating in a pilot exploring the use of web-conferencing software called Vidyo. Panelists will share example uses and engage in discussion of web-conferencing to support teaching, learning and research.
    Access Session Archive
  • Apr. 20, 2012
    Developing and Using an Immersive, Interactive, Web-enabled Computer Simulation

    In this session, Charol Shakeshaft describes the use of advanced computer technology in the VCU educational leadership program. This program integrates full-motion video scenarios that simulate the leadership challenges typically faced by principals over the course of a full school year. These scenarios require decisions that are then coupled to consequences and scored in the background to create a profile of learner strengths and needs. Because the content has been filmed in an operating school and because of the unique choice-consequence sequences, the immersive and interactive simulation triggers more potent learning than is possible with either previous paper-and-pencil or discussion-based techniques. The scenarios are embedded in a Web-enabled framework that facilitates the provision of individualized feedback tailored to the specific choices made by the learner, and supports the collection of multiple metrics that relate to the performance of the learner and the learning framework itself. This simulation demonstrates the future of teaching and learning in either hybrid (face-to-face instruction plus digital teaching and learning) or in individual anywhere, anytime learning.
    Access Session Archive
  • Apr. 27, 2012
    Finding Funding to Support Innovative Teaching-and-Learning Projects

    Identifying agencies and organizations which fund innovative teaching- and learning-related projects often presents challenges for first-time (and seasoned) applicants. In this brown bag lunch, we will explore a range of internal and external-to-VCU sources of funding for educational projects. We will also discuss funding trends and proposal terminology which might be helpful while writing grant proposals to support innovative projects at VCU and beyond.
    Access Session Archive
  • May 4, 2012
    Evidence-Based Strategies for Improving the Undergraduate Learning

    How do the cognitive styles of students of color differ? What is the relationship of these cognitive styles to preferred instructional technologies and preferred instructors teaching styles? How can we become more responsive to the cognitive styles of students of color at VCU in order to enhance their learning experiences? Please join VCU faculty members Blue Woolridge, Katherine Brassard and Micah McCreary for this brown bag lunch session to explore a conversation on race, pedagogy and justice by presenting original research on the correlation of race and cognitive style. The presentation will describe teaching styles proven to facilitate the education and retention of minority students in the university setting, and provide opportunities to discuss key findings from the study.

Virginia Commonwealth University | Center for Teaching Excellence
Last modified: June 20, 2013
Contact webmaster
  Academic Learning Commons
1000 Floyd Avenue, Suite 4102
Richmond, VA 23284
(804) 828-4470