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New Faculty Orientation

The orientation will be held on 19 and 20 August: Agenda for 19 August (updated slightly on 17 August); Agenda for 20 August. Any questions about the New Faculty Orientation should be directed to the Office of Graduate Studies and Research, which is responsible for organizing this two-day event. Interim Dean is Dr. Robert Gates, 570-389-4015.

Fall Book Club Registrations (All Book Clubs will be held in TALE Center)

Individuals who participate in the book club are expected to participate in all three meetings. To sign up, email . TALE provides the books, you provide the stimulating conversation. To order and distribute books in a timely manner, please sign up by Friday, 29 August, 3:00 PM. Book clubs will need to have at least 8 people to sign up in order to hold them.

Book Club 1:
Make It Stick: The Science of Successful Learning
by Peter C. Brown, Henry L. Roediger III, and Mark A McDaniel

Three Meetings on Fridays from 12:00-1:00 PM
5, 12, and 19 September

“Memory plays a central role in our ability to carry out complex cognitive tasks, such as applying knowledge to problems never before encountered and drawing inferences from facts already known.  New insights into how memory is encoded, consolidated, and later retrieved have led to a better understanding of how we learn.  Grappling with the impediments that make learning challenging leads both to more complex mastery and to better retention of what was learned. 
“Many common study habits and practice routines turn out to be counterproductive.  Underlining and highlighting, rereading, cramming, and single-minded repetition of new skills create the illusion of mastery, but gains fade quickly.  More complex and durable learning comes from self-testing, introducing certain difficulties in practice, waiting to re-study new material until a little forgetting has set in, and interleaving the practice of one skill or topic with another.  Speaking most urgently to students, teachers, trainers, and athletes, Make it Stick will appeal to those interested in the challenge of lifelong learning and self-improvement.”

Facilitator: Dr. Nancy Giles, Psychology

Book Club 2
Teaching Naked: How Moving Technology Out of your College Classroom Will Improve Student Learning by Jose Antonio Bowen

Three Meetings on Fridays from 9:00-10:00 AM
12, 19, and 26 September

Description from the publisher: “You've heard about ‘flipping your classroom’—now find out how to do it! Introducing a new way to think about higher education, learning, and technology that prioritizes the benefits of the human dimension. José Bowen recognizes that technology is profoundly changing education and that if students are going to continue to pay enormous sums for campus classes, colleges will need to provide more than what can be found online and maximize ‘naked’ face-to-face contact with faculty. Here, he illustrates how technology is most powerfully used outside the classroom, and, when used effectively, how it can ensure that students arrive to class more prepared for meaningful interaction with faculty. Bowen offers practical advice for faculty and administrators on how to engage students with new technology while restructuring classes into more active learning environments.”

Facilitator: Dr. Nakul Kumar, Economics

Book Club 3:
Make It Stick: The Science of Successful Learning
by Peter C. Brown, Henry L. Roediger III, and Mark A McDaniel

Three Meetings on Tuesday from 9:30-10:00 AM
16, 23, and 30 September

See description in column 1.

I encourage individuals to sign up first for the Friday club if your schedule permits that is being facilitated by Dr. Nancy Giles.

The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning: What's it all about?

Description: "The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) is the study of teaching and learning and the communication of findings so that a body of knowledge can be established." The benefits of SoTL? Through the scholarly investigation of teaching and a review of the literature, you can improve your teaching and student learning. We compel ourselves to question our assumptions about what is working and not working in the classroom. And we have a responsibility to our colleagues to "contribute to the body of knowledge about effective teaching" through presentations and publications. Learn more from the authors of Engaging in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, Beth Dietz-Uhler and Cathy Bishop Clark in this presentation. (This is a MediaSite Recording made possible by Instructional Media Services.)