Past Events

Teaching Data Science Across the Curriculum

Many Brown students are interested in data science – but how can data science be taught in areas such as dance and the languages? This roundtable features Sydney Skybetter (Theatre Arts and Performance Studies) and Jane Sokolosky (Center for Language Studies and German Studies) to discuss the ways that they have incorporated data science into their humanities courses. Linda Clark (Data Science Initiative and Sheridan Center) will also discuss funding opportunities and other supports for faculty to integrate data science in their courses. Please register to receive a Zoom link. Registration link: https://sheridan-center.securevault.com/pma/apex/f?p=210:76:0::NO::P76_E...

English Language Workshop: Academic Speaking Series

This four-part series aims to provide participants with the tools to use English confidently and clearly when delivering academic presentations or speaking in social settings. Participants will focus on the intonation, rhythm, and stress of English to analyze speech patterns and practice public speaking skills. There will be two sessions offered on each date at 9:00am and 12:00pm EDT. Participants should register for only one of the two sessions for each workshop.

English Language Workshop: Brown Bag News

This weekly English conversation group uses student-selected news articles as launching points for discussions about US culture, idiomatic language, and vocabulary. Please register to receive zoom link.

For Faculty and Postdocs: Preparing for the First Days of Class (Q and A Discussion)

In this hands-on, interactive workshop designed for faculty and postdocs who are new to teaching at Brown, participants will review strategies for the first days of class and creating an inclusive environment in an online and hybrid environment, and discuss opportunities for reflection in one’s teaching. The workshop will include time for a question-and-answer session about teaching for the first time at Brown. This session is designed for faculty and postdocs who did not have the opportunity to attend the Launch New Faculty Teaching Orientation or Anchor Course Design Institute. Please register to receive a Zoom link.

Launch: Teaching Orientation for New Faculty

Launch is a two-day overview of course design and teaching at Brown for new faculty, developed in collaboration with the Sheridan Center and Digital Learning & Design.

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: 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.

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