Center for Faculty Development at the University of Colorado Denver supports faculty in their roles as teachers and in their professional lives as academics. We provide opportunities for ongoing, intentional renewal of teaching practice and support faculty as they work to build successful academic careers.
Please explore our web site, check our program descriptions, schedules, and join us for one of the events or activities we have planned for this academic year. We would love to see you there!
Tuesday, December 6
Student Commons Building, Boettecher Conference Room, 1401
Come to this session to learn about teaching and learning projects that have been funded by the Center for Faculty Development Teaching Enhancement Grant program. Past grant recipients will do speedy presentation about their projects and answer your questions during an open discussion period. We will also discuss the current grant criteria, priorities for funding and the grant application process.
What happens at the end of a course? Students rush to complete projects and/or prepare for exams. Faculty rush to complete final assessments. And in the middle of all of this, faculty administer faculty/course questionnaires. There just never seems to be time to recognize, summarize, and celebrate all we have accomplished during the course. During this conversation, let’s brainstorm end-of-course strategies that we can use to reinforce students’ learning and end our courses on a positive note.
CFD Conference Room
320 Lawrence Street Center
Facilitator: Leo Bruederle
Meeting Dates/Times: TBD by group
Course-based undergraduate research experiences (CUREs) involve whole classes of students in addressing a research question or problem.Participants in this FLC will explore the central features of CUREs, discuss examples of successful CUREs, and critically assess the effectiveness of CUREs. Faculty who participate in this FLC will also make progress on an individual project to develop, implement, or improve a CURE of their own. The group will brainstorm and provide one another with feedback on their projects. This FLC will be facilitated by Leo Bruederle, Associate Professor of Integrative Biology and CURE enthusiast.
Facilitator: Rodney Herring
Meeting Dates/Time: TBD by group
Description: Writing-Intensive (WI) courses require students to write
regularly as a means of learning course content. Writing has been shown to
improve students' mastery of practical knowledge in fields of study across the
university. So writing in such courses is not primarily a tool for assessing
learning; it is a tool students use to develop their learning. WI courses are
not limited to particular disciplines or class sizes. A large lecture in biology
or history can use writing as successfully as an engineering or psychology
seminar can. In this Faculty Learning Community, we will examine the
writing-to-learn approach to writing pedagogy, consider examples of writing
assignments and sequences in WI courses, and discuss strategies for responding
to and evaluating student work. Participants will work toward creating one new
project--e.g., a writing assignment, a revised assignment sequence, a syllabus
that newly incorporates WI approaches to learning--and we will use some FLC
meeting time to workshop these projects. This FLC will be facilitated by Rodney
Herring, Assistant Professor of English and Director of Composition.