Past Events

How I Grade: Oral Exams

Featuring Monica Linden (Neuroscience) and Rose McDermott (Watson Institute and Political Science)
Used frequently in graduate education and in language courses, this roundtable focuses on the use of oral exams in undergraduate STEM and social science remote classes. Benefits of verbal exams include the opportunity to clarify answers or dialogue with students, opening possibilities for more authentic interactions. After brief presentations from Professors Linden and McDermott, we will open up the discussion for Q&A and informal sharing. Digital Learning and Design staff member, Rebecca Taub, will also be in attendance to respond to any questions about the use of digital tools for this assessment approach. Please register to receive a Zoom link.

Science Friday Faculty Summer Forum

The Science Friday Faculty Forum provides a space for welcoming and supportive conversations amongst Brown faculty and administrators. The forum fosters an inclusive community of practice for sharing ideas, experiences, and challenges related to STEM education. Please register for this event.

How I Grade: Contract/Mastery Grading

This roundtable focuses on mastery approaches to assessment, often called “contract grading.” These approaches are typified by an emphasis on process (over product), usually involving multiple attempts for success and transparent criteria for evaluation. After brief presentations from Dean Zia and Professor Borton, we will open up the discussion for Q&A and informal sharing. Digital Learning and Design

Sheridan Teaching Consultant Info Session

Are you a graduate student or postdoc who is interested in learning more about becoming a Sheridan Teaching Consultant in the fall? Do you have questions about what skills you’d gain? In this info session, we’ll discuss the purpose of the program, the ways it benefits participants, and program expectations. We’ll also have time to answer any questions about the program or the application process. Please register to receive the Zoom link to attend:

How I Grade: Gameful/Gamified Learning

Faculty Roundtable: Writing With Times of Change

This roundtable discussion offers faculty a space to discuss experiences, best practices, and concerns regarding teaching writing remotely during a time of international crisis. Topics covered may include online writing pedagogies, writing in response to trauma, and using writing to support asynchronous learning. The conversation will be co-facilitated by Emily Hipchen (Director, Nonfiction Writing Program/ Senior Lecturer in English), Austin Jackson (Assistant Director, Writing Center/ Visiting Assistant Professor of English), and Charlie Carroll (Assistant Director, Writing Center/ Visiting Assistant Professor of History). Please register to receive the Zoom meeting link and preliminary questions to ponder.

Science Friday Faculty Forum

Are you interested in participating in a forum that shares ideas, experiences, and challenges related to STEM education? The Science Friday Faculty Forum provides a space for Brown faculty and administrators to have these conversations. Please register for this event.

Faculty Roundtable: Writing With Times of Change

This roundtable discussion offers faculty a space to discuss experiences, best practices, and concerns regarding teaching writing remotely during a time of international crisis. Topics covered may include online writing pedagogies, writing in response to trauma, and using writing to support asynchronous learning. The conversation will be co-facilitated by Emily Hipchen (Director, Nonfiction Writing Program/ Senior Lecturer in English), Austin Jackson (Assistant Director, Writing Center/ Visiting Assistant Professor of English), and Charlie Carroll (Assistant Director, Writing Center/ Visiting Assistant Professor of History). Please register to receive the Zoom meeting link and preliminary questions to ponder.

Science Friday Faculty Forum

Are you interested in participating in a forum that shares ideas, experiences, and challenges related to STEM education? The Science Friday Faculty Forum provides a space for Brown faculty and administrators to have these conversations. Please register for this event.

How’s it Going? Open Hours to Discuss Teaching Across the Globe

This semester, our Brown classrooms cross the county and the globe in new ways. Please join us to reflect on your experiences navigating remote teaching across time zones, languages, and cultures. Open Hours provide a space for faculty to share their insights, challenges, and questions around these topics. The conversation will be facilitated via Zoom by Sheridan’s English Language Support Associate Director Anne Kerkian, and Specialist Jen Kim. Please register to receive the Zoom meeting link.

How’s it Going? Remote Teaching Roundtable for the Humanities & Social Sciences

As we continue to adjust to a disrupted semester, this roundtable offers faculty in the humanities and social sciences the opportunity to participate in an informal roundtable discussion about remote teaching. Participants will be encouraged to share strategies they have found helpful and discuss challenges they’ve been facing. As a group, we’ll brainstorm ideas and problem solve in a supportive environment. The conversation will be facilitated via Zoom by Sheridan Senior Associate Director Jessica Metzler. Please register to receive the Zoom meeting link.

How’s it Going? Open Hours to Discuss Labs

You’ve completed your first week of distance teaching your labs! How did it go? Do you want a supportive environment to reflect on your experiences? Brainstorm ideas on how to continue moving forward? Meet with colleagues and build a community? Please join me for Lab Open Hours to discuss and connect about your experiences teaching remote labs. The conversation will be facilitated via Zoom by Sheridan Associate Director Christina Smith. Please register to receive the Zoom meeting link.

Faculty Roundtable: Writing With Times of Change

This roundtable discussion offers faculty a space to discuss experiences, best practices, and concerns regarding teaching writing remotely during a time of international crisis. Topics covered may include online writing pedagogies, writing in response to trauma, and using writing to support asynchronous learning. The conversation will be co-facilitated by Emily Hipchen (Director, Nonfiction Writing Program/ Senior Lecturer in English), Austin Jackson (Assistant Director, Writing Center/ Visiting Assistant Professor of English), and Charlie Carroll (Assistant Director, Writing Center/ Visiting Assistant Professor of History). Please register to receive the Zoom meeting link and preliminary questions to ponder.

Science Friday Faculty Forum

Science Friday is a forum for instructors to share ideas, experiences, and challenges related to STEM education. As the first week of remote teaching and learning comes to a close, we will have a group discussion about your experience with this new format. Please join us to share aspects that went well, challenges, or new ideas you’d like to brainstorm with your colleagues. Please register for this event.

CANCELED: English Language Workshop: Academic Speaking Series

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This four-part series aims to help participants speak clearly and confidently when using English in academic settings. Topics this semester include sound- and phrase-level pronunciation, intonation, and stress patterns. 

CANCELED: Writing through Procrastination and Perfectionism

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English Language Workshop: Academic Speaking Series

This four-part series aims to help participants speak clearly and confidently when using English in academic settings. Topics this semester include sound- and phrase-level pronunciation, intonation, and stress patterns. This week’s workshop will be held as an online, self-guided, audio and visual presentation. Please find the resources for the presentation here.

Roundtable: The Science of Effective Mentorship in STEMM

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Please note that this workshop will now be held via Zoom. Registrants will be emailed a link to participate.

Erin Dolan (Professor of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology and Georgia Athletic Association Professor of Innovative Science Education at the University of Georgia) will offer a brief overview of the recently released, National Academies’ report and recommendations on mentorship at the undergraduate and graduate level, followed by an open discussion about mentoring. Please register for this event.

Undergraduate Research at Scale: What if the treatment is a CURE?

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Please note that this workshop will now be held via Zoom. Registrants will be emailed a link to participate.

National calls to improve undergraduate STEM education have emphasized the importance of undergraduate research experiences. Course-based Undergraduate Research Experiences, or CUREs, involve groups of students in addressing research problems or questions in the context of a class, and have been proposed as scalable ways of involving undergraduates in research. This interactive seminar, presented by Erin Dolan (Professor of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology and Georgia Athletic Association Professor of Innovative Science Education at the University of Georgia), will offer a definition of CUREs, describe what makes them distinctive from other learning experiences, outline the state of knowledge about CURE effectiveness, and highlight results from the Freshman Research Initiative at the University of Texas at Austin as a unique and highly impactful CURE model. Please register for this event.

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