Star’s favorite books include one with Bryant ties

February 29th, 2012

Malin Akerman, co-star of the new movie Wanderlust, tells O Magazine that The Big Picture: Education is Everyone's Business challenged her to take action. The book was co-written by Samantha Grabelle, teaching and learning project administrator in Bryant's Center for Teaching and Learning.

Sign up for a Book Group on Learner-Centered Teaching

January 13th, 2012

All Bryant full and part-time faculty are invited to participate in one of three book groups that will read Maryellen Weimer's Learner-Centered Teaching: Five Key Changes to Practice (2002).  These groups are designed to spark in-depth discussion about how to tie teaching and curriculum to the process and objectives of learning rather than to the content delivery alone.

Spaces are limited and registration is first come, first served. Registration deadline is February 10th.

There will be three separate books groups, each with 8-10 members.

All groups will meet in Room 270. Members are encouraged to bring their lunches with them.

Click here to register

Teaching with Slates Faculty Fellows Program Awards

December 21st, 2011

The Center for Teaching & Learning, Academic Computing, The Krupp Library, and the Center for Program Innovation are excited to announce the following project awards for the Teaching with Slates Faculty Fellows Program:

Tammy Duxbury (Accounting)

Chris Reid (Science & Technology)

Elaine Notarantonio (Marketing)

Terri Hassler (English & Cultural Studies)

Allison Butler (Applied Psychology)

Brian Blais (Science and Technology)

Elisabetta Miscuraca (Modern Languages)

Modern Languages Department — Patricia Gomez, Heather Moon, and Tony Houston

Our team was very impressed by both the scope of each of these projects and their collective commitment to assessing the impact of slate use on student learning, as well as their strong plans for making public the results of their projects. The overall quality of the proposals and the number of slates requested allowed us to support more projects than we anticipated. We are excited about the prospects of learning more about the utility and impact of the slates across a variety of settings. We very much look forward to working with all of the award winners in the development of their projects.

We want to thank everyone who participated in the Teaching with Slates Faculty Fellows Program. Your commitment and experimentation with the devices has already taught us a great deal about the potential uses of the slates. We look forward to continuing to learn from all program participants in the coming months. Toward that end, we plan to offer 3-4 follow-up sessions during the spring semester focusing on additional teaching and learning possibilities for the slates. Keep an eye out for invitations early in the spring semester.

Center for Teaching and Learning Highlighted for Faculty Development Initiatives

October 12th, 2011

The Bryant University Center for Teaching and Learning was recently highlighted in a University Business article focusing on innovative professional development programs at colleges and universities around the country. Director of Faculty Development, Bob Shea, discussed ways Bryant is integrating student learning outcomes and assessment into faculty development.

Faculty Spotlight: Rich Holtzman

September 2nd, 2011

Congratulations to Professor Rich Holtzman for his latest Scholarship of Teaching and Learning publication. Dr. Holzman's article. "Experiential Learning in Washington, D.C.: A Study of Student Motivation and Expectations" appears in the July 2011 edition of Transformative Dialogues. You can also find a link to the journal on the "resources" page of our Center for Teaching & Learning website.

New Resources and Calls for Papers

August 17th, 2011

New resources and calls for papers are continually being added to the Bryant Center for Teaching and Learning website. Bryant faculty should be sure to bookmark the site (and why not bookmark the CTL blog too!!!) and check back often to keep up on program offerings and professional development opportunities. Be sure to follow also follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/BryantCTL.

Book Groups: What the Best College Teachers Do

August 15th, 2011

All Bryant full and part-time faculty are invited to participate in one of three book groups that will read Ken Bain's What the Best College Teachers Do (2004). These groups are designed to spark in-depth discussions about what makes a teacher great. Spaces are limited and registration is first come, first served.

When and Where?

There will be three separate books groups, each with 5-8 members.

All groups will meet in Room 270. Members are encouraged to bring their lunches with them.

How?

Each member will receive a complimentary copy of the book upon registering and be expected to have read pages 1-97 by the first group meeting and pages 98-200 by the second meeting.

Click here to register

Course Planning Advice: Starting from Scratch

July 25th, 2011

This is the time of year when faculty are busy planning for their fall courses. Whether you are planning for a course you have taught many times or contemplating how to best teach a new prep, you'll benefit from reading this short article by Rob Weir on Starting from Scratch. Weir describes the overhaul of one of his courses, and notes the positive response of from the students as well as the joy it brought him.

New Issue of International Journal of SoTL

July 5th, 2011

The July 2011 issue of the International Journal for the Scholarship of Teaching & Learning is available online. The issue features some interesting essays, research articles, and personal reflections.

Blackboard Upgrade Update

June 24th, 2011

Plans for upgrading to the newest version of Blackboard are in full swing. Members of Academic Computing and the Center for Teaching & Learning have participated in Blackboard training sessions and stand ready to support faculty and staff in making this transition as seamless as possible.

The official cutover date is August 1st. You will continue to have access to your Fall courses in the old system until a week prior to the cutover. Reminders will follow as that date approaches. All current course content will be imported into the new version, though some customization of sites may be necessary. Staff from the Center for Teaching and Learning and Academic Computing will be available for assistance.

Training sessions are scheduled for the weeks of August 1st and August 29th (eight in total). View the schedule and reserve a spot now. You can also follow upgrade updates and review Blackboard resources are http://blackboardinfo.bryant.edu/. Be sure to check the site regularly as new content is frequently added.