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Center for Teaching & Learning

Professional Development Days @ UCM

May 12th - 14th

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May 12th: "Conducting Research @ UCM: Policy, Procedures and Support," 10:00 am - 11:30 am, Union 237 B

Scholarly performance is a primary responsibility of UCM faculty members and a key factor considered when determining a faculty member's promotion and tenure. Research and creative activity not only supports professional and student enhancement, it allows academia the opportunity to reach beyond our campus. There is no shortage of evidence to the benefits of academic research to faculty enhancement, student learning, and even our communities, but some faculty find challenges in the research process. Please join us for a discussion on the many ways conducting research, scholarship and creative activities are supported at UCM. Training Calendar Registration

May 13th: Writing Across the Curriculums Presentation, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm, Union 237 B

Have you considered assigning more writing but lost your nerve? Seeking the balance between responding to student writing and grading it? Join us for this one-day workshop where we examine the concept of Writing Across the Curriculum and discover how writing really does apply in any discipline. Participants will not only create effective writing assignments but learn the difference between responding to and grading student writing, and ways to balance both productively while maximizing student learning. Martha (Marty) Townsend is Professor of English at the University of Missouri, former director of MU���s Campus Writing Program, and author of numerous chapters and articles on Writing Across the Curriculum/Writing in the Disciplines. Her current research project, The Literate Lives of Athletes: How A Division I Football Program Graduated 100% of Its Senior Players, is a literacy study of one cohort of student-athletes who managed to play highly competitive Division I football while also maintaining a rigorous academic schedule. Training Calendar Registration

May 14th: "Integrating Critical Thinking into Your Courses," 9:00 am - 12:00 pm, Union 237 B

Heather Butler, Professor of Psychology at California State University Dominguez Hills will be our guest presenter leading two workshops today on Critical Thinking. We live in a world that is more complex and technical with each passing day. Average users in the U.S.A. spend 12 hours a week on the internet, and few of today's young adults can imagine a time when information was not literally at their fingertips. Students today need to be savvy navigators of the information superhighway and need to think critically about the massive quantities of information they consume. Many researchers, educators, employers, and government bodies have questioned whether today's students will be prepared to meet the demands of the future. In a recent survey conducted by the Association of American Colleges and Universities, 81% of employers reported wanting new employees to have better critical thinking skills. In fact, improved critical thinking was a top priority for these 300 companies, second only in importance to improved communication skills. In this presentation, we will identify the critical thinking skills that we want our students to learn and discuss ways to incorporate them into our courses. Although a general set of critical thinking skills will be emphasized, attendees will be encouraged to develop activities and assignments that improve the critical thinking skills that would be most relevant for their students. Training Calendar Registration

"Assessing Your Students' Critical Thinking Skills (and Advanced Learning Technologies that Might Help!," 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm, Union 237 B

Heather Butler, Professor of Psychology at California State University Dominguez Hills will be our guest presenter leading two workshops today on Critical Thinking. In order to meet the demands of a 21st century workforce, international higher education reform has occurred. This educational reform places special emphasis on explicit critical thinking instruction. There is a plethora of evidence that critical thinking skills can be taught in such a way to encourage knowledge transfer. Educators have a wide variety of assessment tools at their disposal when it comes to the assessment of critical thinking. In this presentation, we will discuss the assessment of critical thinking. We will discuss assessments that could be used university-wide, in specific departments, and in individual classrooms. Special emphasis will be placed on the reliability and validity of the assessments. Additionally, we will discuss emerging trends in advanced learning technology and the "gamification" of certain skills. Many of these "serious games" could be used to improve and assess critical thinking skills. Students who play these games receive personalized performance feedback, and in some cases tutoring, without adding to the amount of grading required of you! Training Calendar Registration

Stay in the know, updates will be announced here and UCM Daily with information on the daily agenda, registration links, and additional details for 2015's Professional Development Days @ UCM.

For more information, contact: Melissa Wilson,, 660-543-8528