Welcome to our February edition of “What’s happening at UCAT this month?” This post will highlight some upcoming events in February, announce our book giveaway, and detail some UCAT updates.
Spotlight On: Common Reading Groups at OSU
February 1–March 15, we invite the teaching community at Ohio State to join in a common reading. The book we will read is Teaching Interculturally: A Framework for Integrating Disciplinary Knowledge and Intercultural Development by Amy Lee et al. This thought-provoking book is about maintaining disciplinary standards while creating learning opportunities that invite students into the learning process, teach them how to take responsibility for their learning, and allow them to share their diverse voices and learn about alternate perspectives. The book focuses on the teacher and the work of re-thinking and developing a course, including case studies, examples of student work, and examples of classroom challenges.
Here’s how you can participate:
Save the date: This common reading experience will culminate with an author visit at the Ohio Union on March 20.
We hope you will help us create a common conversation about teaching across the university and look forward to engaging with you around Teaching Interculturally!
Apply to be a Teaching Orientation Facilitator
UCAT is currently accepting applications for Graduate Students interested in facilitating orientation sessions during our August 2018 Teaching Orientation. All materials are due by February 12, 2018, and applicants must have completed two terms of teaching at OSU by the end of Spring 2018 to be eligible. Please visit our website for additional details.
We hope you will join us for some of our events on teaching and learning this month. Our Spring 2018 Event Registration is open for the following events:
- UCAT Director Alan Kalish will host a four-part webinar series entitled “Decoding the SEI: How to Favorably Impact Student Perceptions of Learning.” This series will meet every Monday in February and run from 12:30-1 p.m.
- UCAT will offer complimentary access to a Stylus Publishing webinar with author Joan Middendorf who will be speaking about her book Overcoming Student Learning Bottlenecks: Decode the Critical Thinking of your Discipline at 1 p.m. on February 23. Please register for access.
Workshops, Trainings and Community Groups
UCAT will also hold a series of workshops and training events in February.
- Teaching Enhancement Grants Information Session and Workshop– February 1, 2018 from 1:00pm – 3:00pm
- Combatting “Fake News” in the Classroom through Critical Thinking– February 5, 2018 from 1:00pm – 2:30pm
- Suicide Prevention Training– February 8, 2018 from 12:30pm – 2:00pm
- STAR February Meeting: Leading Discussions– February 14, 2018 from 9:00am – 10:30am
- Book Discussion Group: Reimagining Teaching to Promote Student Engagement and Inclusion– February 15, 2018 from 2:00pm – 3:30pm
- Lecturer Event: Connecting with Resources and Community– February 16, 2018 from 4:00pm – 5:30pm
- Applied Active Learning Strategies for the Classroom– February 21, 2018 from 10:30am – 12:00pm
Please pre-register for any events you’d like to attend on our events page.
Write a Guest Blog Post
Have you attended a UCAT event and tried out useful new classroom techniques? We would love to hear about your experiences! If you are interested in writing a guest blog post for UCAT about your a-ha moments in the classroom, please contact Kelly Jo Fulkerson Dikuua with a 2-3 sentence summary of the proposed topic for your post. Blog posts should be between 400-1000 words. All selected contributors will receive full credit for their work and it will be featured on our social media outlets. We look forward to hearing from you!
This month, we will be giving away a copy of Therese Huston’s Teaching What You Don’t Know.
Huston, Therese. (2009). Teaching What You Don’t Know. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.
Therese Huston, the Founding Director for the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning at Seattle University, wrote this book based on numerous interviews she conducted with university faculty across a variety of disciplines. In her interviews, she spoke with faculty members about the growing need to teach outside of one’s academic expertise and how professors often feel only about “10 minutes ahead” of students in preparing for new classes.
Huston’s writing includes engaging and helpful anecdotal sketches that drive her points and highlight the insecurity many faculty members feel about teaching outside of their expertise. Each chapter includes useful headings for quick reference, with Chapter 5, “Thinking in Class,” and Chapter 6, “Teaching Students You Don’t Understand,” providing a number of useful exercises to use in the classroom while teaching at the edge of one’s expertise.
We hope you have a wonderful February and invite you to reach out to UCAT with any questions you may have about our events or scheduling individual consultations and/or class visits. We also encourage you to join our mailing list in order to stay informed of UCAT updates throughout the month. Also, please connect with us through email, on our webpage or via phone (614-292-3644). We look forward to hearing from you!