Aug 29

The CFI Blogs…

The CFI Blogs about …  life in academia, CFI programs and events, the changing role of faculty, classroom experiences, scholarly questions, campus events that impact faculty, opportunities to enhance the JMU academic experience … and so much more.  Join the conversation as the CFI explores the world of academic blogging.

Apr 11

In Case You Missed It… Divided Island/Divided Time: A Fulbright in Cyprus

ICYMI.2In Case You Missed It… is a feature of the Center for Faculty Innovation blog providing resources from our programs for faculty who were not able to attend. Although no substitute for being able to attend, we hope that this follow up is useful to you.

On 4/8, Chip Bolyard talked with faculty about his semester on a Fulbright research grant in Cyprus. In addition to giving a brief overview of his philosophical work and discussing some of the ancient and medieval historical sites he visited, Chip focused on his experiences living on this eastern Mediterranean island, which has a complicated political status. Thirteen faculty members, affiliates, and administrators from all over campus attended the talk. Please direct any questions about this program to cfi@jmu.edu.

It was wonderful to see so many Fulbrighters–past and future–in the room, and it was good to be able to share some of my experiences in Cyprus with everyone.

- Chip Bolyard

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Mar 31

In Case You Missed It… Documenting Faculty Performance

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On 3/28, Douglas Harrison provided an overview of common measures of faculty effectiveness and offered practical advice about the kinds of documentation to generate and/or collect. Twelve faculty members from five colleges attended the workshop and applied principles for organizing and using evidence to make the case for effective faculty performance. Please direct any questions about this program to cfi@jmu.edu.

 

Faculty performance review is often liable to stress faculty out, so it was particularly rewarding to see a diverse group of colleagues come together and productively explore various challenges, opportunities, and ideas each of us brings to the evaluation and review process.

– Douglas Harrison

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  • Contact Douglas Harrison, harri7dr@jmu.edu, for resources used in this workshop.

 

Mar 28

In Case You Missed It… Increasing Your Writing Productivity

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On 3/28, Ed Bratmeier, Lori Britt, and Benjamin Brewer engaged faculty in a roundtable that explored methods for maintaining and increasing scholarly writing productivity. Four faculty members attended the roundtable. Please direct any questions about this program to cfi@jmu.edu.

 

When do we write best, what method (binge, block, and or daily timed) for writing works best, and how do we differentiate between urgency and importance when we write? These topics and others were discussed in this roundtable. I admired how different approaches worked for different faculty and that all present strive to be generative, contributing scholars in their disciplines.

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No matter which writing strategy employed (block, binge or routinely scheduled), the discussion made clear that getting “meta” about the process through self-analysis and planning would seem to be the clearest path toward a more satisfying and productive relationship with scholarly writing.

- Benjamin Brewer

I enjoyed grappling together with how we have to negotiate our writing styles (block, binge, or daily timed) when we work collaboratively and how to do this in productive ways.

- Lori Britt

 

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Mar 17

Snow Days and Deep Learning

by: Ed Brantmeier

Does another snow day have you troubled? How can you meet your learning objectives in your course with less face to face time? Here are a few ideas that might promote deep learning, despite the snowy reality of class cancellation:

  • Ask students to develop a creative project that exemplifies the learning goals of a particular class       topic/meeting.
  • Engage students in online discussions, prompted by beautiful questions.
  • Send them on a web quest. Develop a few problems, (related to course learning goals). Require them to use the Internet to find pertinent solutions.
  • Assign reflective writing assignments and encourage the drinking of hot cocoa when completing.
  • YouTube video watching. Ask them to find and share videos with other students that demonstrate course concepts, content, learning objectives.
  • Tape and then broadcast yourself doing an e-lecture. Ask students to engage in discussion, reflective writing, or other forms of meaning-making afterward.
  • Build asynchronous modules in CANVAS.
  • Encourage your student to catch up on and do current readings. Develop reading quizzes to ensure content absorption as a make up for missed class.
  • Ask them to rent a movie that just didn’t quite make the “normal” class because of content overload and lack of time.

Learning outside the classroom can be engaging and fun. Be creative, and enjoy the snow.

Feb 24

In Case You Missed It… Gathering and Using Formative Feedback

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On 2/20 and 2/21, Patrice Ludwig engaged faculty in a workshop that explored strategies for practical, effective, and evidence-based ways to collect students’ feedback on how well a course is going. Sixteen faculty members and graduate students from ten colleges and departments attended the workshop. Please direct any questions about this workshop to cfi@jmu.edu.

 

Participants seemed to be excited about looking at assessment as a way to gather real time data on students’ thoughts rather than as a way to generate grades. I thought the best part of the sessions was hearing participants discuss their desired outcomes and their formative assessment techniques. They seemed to really “get it.” I really had fun seeing their “aha” moments.

                                                                                                                        – Patrice Ludwig

 

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Feb 21

In Case You Missed It… Best Practices in Formal Faculty Mentoring Programs (2/21/14)

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In Case You Missed It… is a feature of the Center for Faculty Innovation blog providing resources from our programs for faculty who were not able to attend. Although no substitute for being able to attend, we hope that this follow up is useful to you.

 

On 2/21, Linda Hulton engaged faculty in a roundtable that explored the key concepts and best practices for starting a formal faculty mentoring program within a department. Eight faculty members from six colleges and departments attended the workshop. Please direct any questions about this roundtable to cfi@jmu.edu.

 

This was such an engaging group of colleagues who are truly interested in formalizing a faculty mentoring program. In particular, there were great insights on how early career faculty, midcareer faculty, and late career faculty need different types of mentoring and career development.

                                                                                                                        – Linda Hulton

 

 

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Feb 07

In Case You Missed It… Time Management for Faculty (2/6/2014)

In Case You Missed It… is a feature of the Center for FacultyICYMI.2 Innovation blog providing resources from our programs for faculty who were not able to attend. Although no substitute for being able to attend, we hope that this follow up is useful to you.

 

On Thursday, Douglas Harrison engaged faculty in a workshop offering a practical guide to thinking about and putting into practice key principles of effective time management.. Fifteen faculty members from seven colleges and departments attended the workshop. Please direct any questions about this workshop to cfi@jmu.edu.

 

The most gratifying aspect of the workshop was seeing faculty form connections around a common source of frustration for most of us — how to manage competing demands on our time — and then working together to improve how we manage our time.

                                                                                                                        – Douglas Harrison

 

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Feb 03

In Case You Missed It… Reason and Wonder: Revolutions in Human Self Perceptions (1/27/2014)

In Case You Missed It… is a feature of the Center for FacultyICYMI.2 Innovation blog providing resources from our programs for faculty who were not able to attend. Although no substitute for being able to attend, we hope that this follow up is useful to you.

 

Last Monday, Dave Pruett presented a scholarly talk about his book, which he has described as a “love letter to the cosmos.” Ten faculty members from six colleges attended the scholarly talk which discussed the genesis of Dr. Pruett’s book and especially how the project was shaped by its growth from a JMU Honors course. Take advantage of the resources offered below and direct any questions about this scholarly talk to cfi@jmu.edu.

 

The discussion afterwards… was stimulating… I wish that I’d built in more time for follow-up questions and discussion.

                                                                                                                        – Dave Pruett

 

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Jan 28

In Case You Missed It… JMU Year One: Teaching First Year Students (1/24/2014)

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Last Friday, Jim McConnel and Kristin Sowden engaged with faculty at a Teaching Roundtable focused on teaching first-year students at JMU. Nine faculty members from four colleges attended the roundtable and discussed topics regarding first-year students’ intellectual development in college as well as best practices for teaching first-years. Take advantage of the resources offered below and direct any questions about this roundtable to cfi@jmu.edu.

 

The roundtable was an informed and engaging opportunity for faculty to consider the success and challenge of working with first years, as framed by the cognitive developmental lens.

                                                                                                                        – Kristin Sowden

 

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Jan 22

In Case You Missed It… Teaching and Engaging Millennial Learners

Facilitator Cara Meixner shares millennial lifestyle statistics with participants

Facilitator Cara Meixner shares millennial lifestyle statistics with participants

In Case You Missed It… is a feature of the Center for Faculty Innovation blog providing resources from our programs for faculty who were not able to attend. Although no substitute for being able to attend, we hope that this follow up is useful to you.

 

Last week at the CFI, Dr. Cara Meixner put on a great Teaching Workshop. Sixteen faculty and graduate students were in attendance and the workshop included some engaging activities and content. Take advantage of the resources offered below and direct any questions about this workshop to cfi@jmu.edu.

 

The participants were really engaging thoughtfully in our discussion about millennial learners!

                                                                                                                        – Dr. Cara Meixner

Faculty start their Thursday morning workshopping in Taylor Hall.

Faculty start their Thursday morning workshopping in Taylor Hall.

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