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Thursday Threads


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Don't have time to walk across campus? That's O.K. we have just the professional development opportunity for you. Thursday Threads are monthly collegial conversations about teaching and learning that take place via. Zoom. Each session is organized around a teaching challenge or a particular teaching technology. This year all of our Threads are facilitated by CFD SeniorTeaching Fellow and Associate Professor of Education, Joni Dunlap. 

Rules of the Game:
  • Participate by joining a pre-arranged Zoom meeting or by coming to the CFD Conference Room (320 LSC) where will have the Zoom meeting connected.  
  • The Thread facilitator very briefly introduces and frames the topic by sharing insights, best practices, and experiences. 
    • Open discussion follows as faculty share their knowledge, experiences, strategies, and challenges with one another.  
    • Thursday Threads happen on the first Thursday and third of each month.  
     

     Thursday Threads 2017-2018

     

     Informal writing assignments for learning, Sept. 7

    Informal, exploratory writing enhances students’ cognitive processing and overall learning. However, students do not typically see the value of this type of writing and are not often given the opportunity to do it. Consequently, students do not get enough practice at the type of thinking and learning that such writing stimulates. During this Thursday Thread, we will explore various informal writing assignments for learning.

    3:30-4:30 pm
    CFD Conference Room
    320 Lawrence Street Center
    Zoom Meeting Link:

    https://ucdenver.zoom.us/my/ucdcfd​​​

    1

     Group and team-based learning, Oct. 5

    ​There is ample evidence indicating that collaborative learning is a powerful instructional strategy. However, it can often be challenging to implement group work effectively. In this Thursday Thread, we will discuss different types of group work and team-based learning strategies used for a variety of different instructional reasons in both on-campus and online courses, with greater and lesser assessment stakes and outcomes.

    ​3:30-4:30 pm
    CFD Conference Room
    320 Lawrence Street Center
    Zoom Meeting Link: 
    ​​​​2

     Pecha kucha and other structured presentation formats, Nov. 2

    ​A pecha kucha is a timed presentation format that allows the presenter to share 20 slides/images, with each slide/image being on screen for 20 seconds each, leading to presentations that are only 6 minutes and 40 seconds long. Although not an appropriate format for all presentation situations, pecha kucha is a way to spice up presentations. When done well, this format stimulates creativity, enthusiasm, high-energy, and engagement. During this Thursday Thread, we will explore the pecha kucha format for in-person and online presentations, describe similar formats (e.g., Ignite and Lightning Talks), and provide a set of guidelines for making the most of the pecha kucha format.

    3:​30-4:30 pm
    CFD Conference Room
    320 Lawrence Street Center
    Zoom Meeting Link:  
    ​​​​3

     Quick teaching ideas for busy faculty, Feb 1

    During this Thursday Thread, we will gather to share teaching and assessment ideas for helping us be more efficient while still fully committed to helping students achieve learning goals and objectives.

     3:30-4:30 pm

    CFD Conference Room

    320 Lawrence Street Center

    Zoom Meeting:  

    https://ucdenver.zoom.us/my/ucdcfd​​​​

    ​​4

     Storytelling and teaching, March 1

    ​Experience is essential for learning and change, and stories are how we make meaning from our experience. When told well stories have the power to arouse students’ emotions; given that people generally don’t pay attention to boring things, holding students’ attention is important for learning and memory. Stories also have the potential to help bridge the transactional distance between students and faculty in online courses. We will talk about ways to incorporate stories and storytelling during this Thursday Thread.

    3​:30-4:30 pm
    CFD Conference Room
    320 Lawrence Street Center
    Zoom Meeting:  
    ​​5

     Strategies for starting to flip your coures, April 5

    ​A flipped course involves moving instructional activities that are typically done during a class session (e.g., lecture) to homework in order to use class time for more application-oriented learning activities (e.g., labs, projects, collaboration). During this Thursday Thread we will discuss strategies and technologies for flipping components of your course, or the whole course.

    ​3:30-4:30 pm
    CFD Conference Room
    320 Lawrence Street Center
    Zoom Meeting: 
    ​​6


     

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