Past Events

Science Fridays

Are you interested in discussing ways to improve STEM education at Brown? Science Fridays is a vibrant learning community, where STEM instructors and staff members share ideas, experiences, and challenges related to STEM education. In our first meeting for the semester, we will discuss a recent Inside Higher Ed article on “How Identity Shapes Science” by Colleen Flaherty. Please register for this event.

Spring Faculty Writing Group

The Sheridan Center invites faculty of any rank (including staff with faculty appointments) to participate in a Faculty Writing Group. Writing groups can be an invaluable source of motivation and accountability, and the Faculty Writing Group is a “guilt-free” group that prioritizes spending time in community and goal-setting together. Each group meeting begins with a brief goal-setting exercise and concludes with a short reflective conversation. Please register to receive the Zoom link for the session.

Assignment or Problem Design 101

Are you in charge of a recitation section as a UTA? Have you been asked to design assignments? Do you want to learn more about how to design an effective assignment? Then this workshop is for you! This workshop is for undergraduate students who teach in any capacity at Brown (e.g. UTAs, tutors, mentors, etc.) and want to learn more about how to create a clear assignment for their students. We will work together using the Transparency in Learning and Teaching (TILT) framework. Come prepared with an assignment to work on or to provide feedback. After a mini lecture and case study, you will be broken out into small groups to provide peer feedback on your assignments. This workshop is the second part of a series, however the first workshop is not necessary to attend. Registration is required.

Spring Faculty Writing Group

The Sheridan Center invites faculty of any rank (including staff with faculty appointments) to participate in a Faculty Writing Group. Writing groups can be an invaluable source of motivation and accountability, and the Faculty Writing Group is a “guilt-free” group that prioritizes spending time in community and goal-setting together. Each group meeting begins with a brief goal-setting exercise and concludes with a short reflective conversation. Please register to receive the Zoom link for the session.

Lesson Plan 101

Are you in charge of a recitation section as a UTA? Do you come up with your own lesson plans for tutoring? Are you interested in knowing how to create an effective lesson plan as a teacher? Then this workshop is for you! This workshop is for undergraduate students who teach in any capacity at Brown (e.g. UTAs, tutors, mentors, etc.) and want to learn more about how to create effective lesson plans for their role. Come prepared to design a lesson for an upcoming recitation, problem-solving session, office hours, etc. This workshop is part of a series, following workshops include: Assignment Design 101 and Talking about you Teaching. Registration is required.

Lesson Plan 101

Are you in charge of a recitation section as a UTA? Do you come up with your own lesson plans for tutoring? Are you interested in knowing how to create an effective lesson plan as a teacher? Then this workshop is for you! This workshop is for undergraduate students who teach in any capacity at Brown (e.g. UTAs, tutors, mentors, etc.) and want to learn more about how to create effective lesson plans for their role. Come prepared to design a lesson for an upcoming recitation, problem-solving session, office hours, etc. This workshop is part of a series, following workshops include: Assignment Design 101 and Talking about you Teaching. Registration is required.

Spring Faculty Writing Group

The Sheridan Center invites faculty of any rank (including staff with faculty appointments) to participate in a Faculty Writing Group. Writing groups can be an invaluable source of motivation and accountability, and the Faculty Writing Group is a “guilt-free” group that prioritizes spending time in community and goal-setting together. Each group meeting begins with a brief goal-setting exercise and concludes with a short reflective conversation. Please register to receive the Zoom link for the session.

For Faculty and Postdocs: Preparing for the First Day of Class

In this workshop, we will review strategies for creating an inclusive learning environment, provide an overview of Sheridan’s digital teaching resources, and show you how to get support from the Center and its campus partners throughout the semester.

This session is designed for faculty and postdocs who did not have the opportunity to attend the Launch New Faculty Teaching Orientation, and will include plenty of time for Q&A. Please register.

Science Fridays

Are you interested in discussing ways to improve STEM education at Brown? Science Friday is a vibrant learning community, where STEM instructors and staff members share ideas, experiences, and challenges related to STEM education. Please register.

Science Fridays

Are you interested in discussing ways to improve STEM education at Brown? Science Friday is a vibrant learning community, where STEM instructors and staff members share ideas, experiences, and challenges related to STEM education. Please register.

Platforms and Practices for Online Course Discussions

Are you an instructor interested in online discussions for your course? Join experts from the Sheridan Center’s Digital Learning & Design team for a 50-minute workshop where we compare Brown’s available platforms and review best practices for engaging students in productive online discussions. Platforms to be compared include Canvas, Ed Discussion, and Harmonize. Participants will leave the workshop better able to select and implement a platform for their course discussion needs. Please register.

Science Fridays

Are you interested in discussing ways to improve STEM education at Brown? Science Friday is a vibrant learning community, where STEM instructors and staff members share ideas, experiences, and challenges related to STEM education. Please register.

Demystifying the STEM Graduate School and Fellowship Application Process

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Are you interested in applying to Graduate School? Join SACNAS for an informational session about the STEM graduate school application process. We will discuss preparing application components (i.e personal statement, transcripts, recommendation letters, etc.) and current graduate students will share their experiences with the application process. Please register.

Science Fridays

Are you interested in discussing ways to improve STEM education at Brown? Science Friday is a vibrant learning community, where STEM instructors and staff members share ideas, experiences, and challenges related to STEM education. Please register.

Workshop: Assignments Exchange

Learning about a colleague’s favorite assignment is a great way to discover new approaches to use with your own students. In this interactive online workshop, you will have the opportunity to speak with colleagues about their assignment, and share insights about your own approach. Please come ready to share an assignment you’re working on: we welcome assignments, projects, or exam questions from any discipline and at any stage, from early brainstorming to finished product. The workshop will offer plenty of time for meaningful discussion in pairs, as well as more general conversation. Please register to receive the zoom link.

Science Fridays

Are you interested in discussing ways to improve STEM education at Brown? Science Friday is a vibrant learning community, where STEM instructors and staff members share ideas, experiences, and challenges related to STEM education. In our first meeting for the semester, we will set community agreements and brainstorm discussion topics for the semester. Please register.

Panel: Rethinking Assignments Across Disciplines

Over the past year, instructors have inspired one another with their innovative approaches to teaching through the pandemic. Join a conversation with faculty across disciplines about creative assignments from the past year. Panelists will include Professors Toni-Marie Achilli (Biological Sciences), R. Iris Bahar (Engineering and Computer Science), and Sheila Bonde and Lindsay Caplan (History of Art and Architecture). These faculty will speak about their favorite transformations to assignments or exams over the past year, and how they are thinking about these assessments going forward, followed by an audience Q&A. Please register to receive the zoom link.

Writing with Art

In this interactive, live Zoom workshop, we will explore ways to use art to teach writing. Using images from the RISD Museum’s online collection, we’ll consider strategies to help guide the student writing process in a variety of contexts, including ekphrastic and creative writing, generative brainstorming, and crafting descriptive prose for academic writing. This session is part of the Sheridan Center-RISD Museum Collaborative workshop series and will be led by Jessica Metzler, Sheridan Center Senior Associate Director. Faculty, postdocs, and graduate students are welcome to attend. Space is limited; please register to receive the Zoom link.

Sheridan Roundtable: Community Building

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