Workshop Series

Spring 2017

Spring calendar coming soon!


Past Events:

Open Books, Open Minds Roundtable Discussion —
Strategies for Teaching The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains

A presentation by RIC professors representing a variety of academic disciplines. Instructors, student mentors, and all other interested parties are welcome!

Wednesday, September 21 — 12:30-1:50pm
Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning, AL-406


Faculty Book Series — The Religious Paintings of Hendrick ter Brugghen: Reinventing Christian Painting after the Reformation in Utrecht

Natasha Seaman (Art Department) presents on the art of seventeenth-century Dutch painter Hendrick ter Brugghen, who adopted and transformed the style of the revolutionary Italian painter Caravaggio.  By examining the ways in which ter Brugghen's paintings deliberately diverge from Caravaggio's, Seaman will illuminate the complex meanings of the works while also offering insights into debates about religious paintings in Italy and the Netherlands in the seventeenth century.

Wednesday, September 28 — 12:30-2:00pm
Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning, AL-406


Teaching Students with Visual Impairment and Blindness: Tips, Tricks, and Techniques for the College Classroom

This interactive workshop will provide examples of best practices in teaching students with visual impairment and blindness. Accessibility of course materials to ALL learners, including individuals with disabilities, is a diversity and inclusion topic of national significance. This program provides attendees with a user-friendly overview and practical tips about accessible course materials, teaching and learning techniques.  Lunch will be provided.  

Presenters: Breea Govenar (Associate Professor of Biology), Caroline Caswell (Assistant Professor of Mathematics and Educational Studies), Carole Villucci (Adjunct Professor of Art), and Maryabby Jusayan (RIC Elementary Education major).

Sponsored by: Disability Services Center, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Feinstein School of Education and Human Development, and the Advocacy and Beyond Club (ABC).

Thursday, October 6 — 12:00-2:00pm
Faculty Center South, Donovan Dining Center


A Midsemester Grade is a Terrible Thing to Waste

Midsemester is a busy time and it is easy to treat midsemester grading as an administrative chore.  But it doesn’t have to be that way.  Join us for a discussion of ways we can use midsemester grading to enhance teaching and learning and why we should.  Facilitated by Randy DeSimone (Management & Marketing).

Tuesday, October 18 — 4:00-5:30pm
Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning, AL-406


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“The best thing I can say about FCTL programs is that they’re invariably useful in practice.  I’ve never attended one that I didn’t leave without thinking, ‘I can use this, here’s where, and here’s how.’

I also appreciate the way you reach out to adjuncts as well as full-time faculty members.  I’ve taught, both full-time and as an adjunct, at several other schools.  It’s nice to be somewhere that doesn’t treat adjunct faculty as second-class citizens.  I know many adjunct faculty members don’t have my schedule flexibility to attend daytime programs, but they should be aware that they’d be welcome and that they’re missing out on something good.”
E.M., Accounting and CIS

“I’ve enjoyed the opportunities the FCTL offers to confer with my faculty colleagues about issues in teaching.  There are genuine commitment and expertise among the RIC faculty, and the collegiality, idea swapping, and practical and emotional support that occur around the FCTL table have been valuable.  I appreciate my colleagues at RIC; they’re invested in teaching well, being lifelong learners, challenging themselves and lending one another a hand.  In the past year I’ve found this to be true in both of the FCTL sponsored workshops I attended, one on plagiarism and the other on students’ evaluations of courses.” – D.S., School of Social Work

“I enjoy attending and leading Co-Op workshops at the FCTL. What you find, when you attend, is that we are all hungry to talk about teaching, about our students, about our struggles, about our successes. And we are hungry to talk about these things with people with whom we are not necessarily departmental ‘family members.’

This is the real usefulness of the FCTL. You sit at a table with faculty members and you talk about teaching and learning and share stories and advice and consolation. Some of these people you know. Some you will come to know. But often, the people you meet and interact with are not the same people you will see in department meetings. The FCTL provides an alternative outlet for pedagogical discussion and the opportunity to build networks of collaboration and colleagueship beyond one’s departmental unit. These are two really important and useful things. 

The best part of the co-op workshops—well, maybe not the best part, but a really good part—is that you don’t even have to allocate much more time other than showing up. You can assume that if you do, there will be others there who will be hungry to share and listen. If you are a co-op leader, you can spend a lot of time putting together a slick presentation, but you should probably expect that once you get in the room, the conversation will go in places you didn’t expect. And that’s one of the best things, actually.” – M.M., English Department


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The Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning is here to support your professional growth and development. The Co-Op Workshops are designed to bring RIC faculty together and to encourage the sharing of our expertise across disciplines, while also inviting us to become more reflective about what we do as teachers.


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