calendar of upcoming events

Oct
20
Fri
She Started It: Film Screening and Fireside Chat 10/20/17 @ USC Main Campus
Oct 20 @ 6:00 pm

She Started It: A documentary following 5 female founders towards startup success.

Featured Tech Entrepreneur: Anna Skaya is the CEO and founder of Basepaws, a commercial company that conducts feline genetic testing an research.

For more information and to RSVP click here.

Hosted by: Biotech Connection, Los Angeles

 

Oct
22
Sun
Opportunities in Singapore 10/22/17 @ 930 Hilgard avenue, Los Angeles, Ca 90024
Oct 22 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

The National University of Singapore invites final year PhD Students and Postdoctoral Fellows to attend a networking session on opportunities in Singapore.

Spots are limited. To RSVP email research@nus.edu.sg by October 12, 2017.

Organized by The Office of the Deputy President (Research and Technology), NUS

Oct
23
Mon
Online Course: Teaching with Technology @ Online
Oct 23 @ 8:30 am – 10:30 am

This course is directed toward STEM graduate students and postdoctoral fellows wishing to enhance their understanding of instructional options that rely on educational technologies that go beyond the use of chalk or whiteboards. Instructors have many options for communicating with students, having students work together, connecting classwork to the world outside the classroom, offloading some aspects of the course in favor of emphasizing others during synchronous meetings, doing formative and summative assessment, and enhancing the ability for students to gain more practice, do independent work, or obtain deeper mastery of a subject. It is technologies in this spectrum, used to assess traditional classroom instruction, that we will focus on in this course. We will not be able to cover all technologies, and believe that it is more important to be able to critically evaluate learning technologies than to focus too narrowly on how to use a certain subset, as technologies evolve (and can become extinct) rather rapidly. The CIRTL Core ideas wll inform many of the topics in the course.

A second instructor is TBD For this course.

 

Course Schedule

This course has weekly online sessions on Mondays, starting October 2 and ending December 4. The exact course time is TBD, but sessions will fall within 10:30AM – 12:30PM CT.

 

Workload

Instructors anticipate students will need to spend 2-3 hours per week on work outside of class sessions.

 

Registration & Enrollment

This course is open for registration from Monday, August 28 through Monday, September 25; register by September 18 for early bird priority. The course is limited to 25 participants; STEM/SBE grad students and postdocs from CIRTL institutions receive priority. CIRTL staff refer to the institution and discipline in your website profile when assessing priority.

 

For More Information and Registration: https://www.cirtl.net/courses/189/about

Online Course: Teaching-as-Research @ Online
Oct 23 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Teaching-as-Research involves taking a deliberate and systematic approach to investigating, reflecting on, and improving one’s own teaching (see: https://www.cirtl.net/p/core-ideas-teaching-as-research). A Teaching-as-Research project follows an inquiry cycle: formulating a question about student learning; defining measures of success; identifying or creating assessments and learning activities; implementing the learning activity; collecting, analyzing, and interpreting data; and reflecting on the experience.

This course will provide a mentored learning community for participants who wish to develop and plan a Teaching-as-Research project (to be carried out in 2018) in a STEM or SBE discipline. Participants will work on refining their research question, conducting a literature review, composing learning objectives for their project, and identifying appropriate learning activities and assessments that align with those objectives. Throughout the course, participants will draft components of their project plan and provide feedback on each other’s work; they will have a completed plan by the end of the course. Sessions will be highly interactive and require active engagement and participation.

This is an intermediate-level course and assumes a working knowledge of, and experience with, evidence-based teaching methods. When registering, potential participants will be asked to fill out an application.

 

Course Schedule

This course has weekly online sessions at 2:00PM – 3:30PM ET / 1:00PM – 2:30PM CT / 12:00PM – 1:30PM MT / 11:00AM – 12:30PM PT on Mondays, starting October 2 and ending December 4.

 

Registration & Enrollment

This course is open for registration from Monday, August 28 through Monday, September 25; register by September 18 for early bird priority. Instructors will send registrants an additional, brief application after they sign up for this course on our website. The course is limited to 20 participants; STEM/SBE grad students and postdocs from CIRTL institutions receive priority. CIRTL staff refer to the institution and discipline in your website profile when assessing priority.

 

For More Information and Registration: https://www.cirtl.net/courses/154/about

Online Workshop: Diversity Statement Workshop
Oct 23 @ 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm

This Diversity Statement workshop introduces the diversity statement as a job material of increasing request by academic institutions across the United States. Just as new scholars benefit from assistance in the development of CVs, cover letters, and teaching philosophies, a need has emerged to assist new scholars in the development of their diversity statement. This workshop will help emerging scholars and practitioners navigate the typical framework of a diversity statement, prepare them with ways to turn their personal and academic life experiences into their future statement, and highlight the importance of diversity as a integrated part of their future career preparedness. After including it as a course section in Preparing Future Faculty at Iowa State University and receiving positive feedback from attendees, this workshop can increase participant awareness about the role that diversity, equity, and inclusion can play within higher education.

 

Workshop Schedule

This workshop has two online sessions, and participants are required to attend both. Sessions are Monday, October 23 and 30. Exact times are TBD, but 90-minute sessions will fall within 4:30-6:30PM ET / 3:30-5:30PM CT / 2:30-4:30PM MT / 1:30-3:30PM PT.

 

Workload

Between the two workshop sessions, participants may be asked to complete additional readings, watch additional videos, and contribute to a forum on the workshop Moodle site.

Registration & Enrollment

This workshop is open for registration from Monday, October 2 through Monday, October 16. The workshop is limited to 50 participants; STEM/SBE grad students and postdocs from CIRTL institutions receive priority. CIRTL staff refer to the institution and discipline in your website profile when assessing priority.

 

For More Information and Registration: https://www.cirtl.net/events/309

Oct
24
Tue
Online Course: Creating Assessments for the STEM Classroom @ Online
Oct 24 @ 8:30 am – 10:00 am

Creating an assessment tool that measures your intended student learning outcomes is critical. You don’t know if you have achieved the learning outcome unless you’ve properly measured it! This 7-week course is intended to help participants learn and develop skills associated with creating and implementing assessments particular to STEM courses. Each week, students will have pre-reading assignments related to the assessment topic and a short assignment to complete prior to attending the weekly synchronous session. Each synchronous session will review aspects of the technique (i.e., development issues, implementation and administration, when best to apply, etc.), provide examples, and give participants the opportunity to work in small groups on developing their own assessments. The last session will be devoted to learning how to use the data from the various assessments to guide instruction.

 

Learning Objectives

1. Become literate in assessment terminology

2. Determine which assessments might work best for different types of learning objectives

3. Become familiar with and learn how to develop common assessments: surveys, rubrics, test questions, clicker questions

 

Course Schedule

This course has weekly online sessions at 11:30AM – 1:00PM ET / 10:30AM – 12:00PM CT / 9:30AM – 11:00AM MT / 8:30AM – 10:00AM PT on Tuesdays, starting October 3 and ending November 28. Class will not meet on Tuesday, October 10 or on Tuesday, November 21.

 

Workload

Instructors anticipate students will need to spend 1-2 hours per week on work outside of class sessions.

 

Registration & Enrollment

This course is open for registration from Monday, August 28 through Monday, September 25; register by September 18 for early bird priority. The course is limited to 30 participants; STEM/SBE grad students and postdocs from CIRTL institutions receive priority. CIRTL staff refer to the institution and discipline in your website profile when assessing priority.

 

For More Information and Registration: https://www.cirtl.net/courses/169/about

Online Course: The College Classroom – Teaching Inclusively @ Online
Oct 24 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

As an instructor, how can you show that you care, and contribute to the success of an increasingly diverse student body (e.g., race, gender, socio-economic status, career stage, age, etc.)? Join us in this course as we address these questions, and build your skills to promote the academic success of all students in your current and future classrooms. Through readings, discussions, case scenarios, and the development of an inclusive micro-teaching plan, we will reflect on and develop practical strategies to address critical issues of diversity that impact college students and their educational success. This course is focused on the practical application of learning about teaching inclusively. Emphasis in the course will be placed on real-time strategies for both addressing hot moments, microaggressions and difficult conversations in the classroom, and for planning an effective, inclusive teaching session.

 

As a result of taking this course, participants will:

1. Develop an appreciation for the experiences of diverse learners in higher education;

2. Demonstrate understanding of diversity, equity and inclusivity as they relate to teaching and student learning;

3. Practice addressing – in real time – difficult conversations in the classroom;

4. Recognize the range of inclusive pedagogical practices and develop the ability to implement one or more in a classroom setting;

5. Develop and demonstrate an inclusive micro-teaching plan.

 

Course Schedule

This course has weekly online sessions at 2PM – 4PM ET / 1PM – 3PM CT / 12PM – 2PM MT / 11AM – 1PM PT on Tuesdays, starting October 3 and ending November 28.

Workload

Instructors anticipate students will need to spend 1-2 hours per week on work outside of class sessions.

 

Registration & Enrollment

This course is open for registration from Monday, August 28 through Monday, September 25; register by September 18 for early bird priority. The course is limited to 30 participants; STEM/SBE grad students and postdocs from CIRTL institutions receive priority. CIRTL staff refer to the institution and discipline in your website profile when assessing priority.

 

For More Information and Registration: https://www.cirtl.net/courses/172/about

The Massive Open Online Course (MOOC): An Introduction to Evidence-Based Undergraduate STEM Teaching 10/10/17 @ TBD
Oct 24 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Description: The Massive Open Online Course (MOOC): An Introduction to Evidence-Based Undergraduate STEM Teaching is designed to provide you with effective teaching strategies and the research that supports them, as well as how to collect and analyze evidence of student learning. The online course provides you with videos and asynchronous interaction with CIRTL participants across the network. The UCLA in-person Learning Community is a supportive, interactive environment to practice the theory.

 

CIRTL Fall Programming is here! To access all courses, workshops, and events, please create a log-in and register on the CIRTL Commons

**For a complete list of courses, workshops, and events being offered: **

https://ceils.ucla.edu/cirtl-at-ucla/how-to-participate-in-cirtl/

 

 

RSVP Links:

  • The online Intro MOOC runs October 2 – Nov. 17th

Registration for the online course here: https://www.edx.org/course/introduction-evidence-based-bux-cirtl-1x-2

 

  • The MOOC in-person Learning Community will meet on Tuesdays, for 8 weeks, beginning October 10th from 12-1:30 pm. Snacks provided.

Sign up by September 25th here: https://goo.gl/forms/1KGqPr0OIvsy9huf2

 

 

 

Online Workshop: Qualitative Research Primer – Using Narrative Data in Your Teaching-as-Research Project
Oct 24 @ 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Teaching-as-Research involves taking a deliberate and systematic approach to investigating, reflecting on, and improving one’s own teaching (see: https://www.cirtl.net/p/core-ideas-teaching-as-research). Some of the best information about your teaching and its impact on student learning can come from the words of students themselves (such as responses to surveys, in-class writing prompts, or exam questions). If you come from a research tradition that emphasizes quantitative data, as is the case in many STEM disciplines, you may not know where to start in analyzing and interpreting the narrative data provided by your students’ writing.

This workshop is designed for participants from quantitative research backgrounds who are working on a Teaching-as-Research project (in the planning, implementation, or analysis phase), who have collected or have plans to collect narrative data, and are unsure how to go about analyzing such data. This workshop will provide a brief overview of qualitative research methods, elucidate the differences between quantitative and qualitative research, and introduce the iterative process of coding narrative data. Participants will work on coding narrative data individually and in teams, and formulate a plan for using what they have learned in their Teaching-as-Research project.

 

After completing both sessions of this workshop, learners will have the skills and abilities to:

• Describe qualitative approaches to research and how they differ from quantitative approaches

• Identify and articulate research contexts in which qualitative approaches are appropriate and well-suited

• Identify and describe data collection methods in qualitative research designs

• Conduct preliminary coding of narrative data

• Formulate and articulate preliminary results based on initial coding

 

Workshop Schedule

This workshop has two online sessions, and participants are required to attend both. Sessions are Tuesday October 10 and 24, at 4:30-6:30PM ET / 3:30-5:30PM CT / 2:30-4:30PM MT / 1:30-3:30PM PT.

 

Workload

Between the two workshop sessions, participants may be asked to complete additional readings, watch additional videos, and contribute to a forum on the workshop Moodle site.

 

Registration & Enrollment

This workshop is open for registration from Monday, September 18 through Monday, October 2. The workshop is limited to 30 participants; STEM/SBE grad students and postdocs from CIRTL institutions receive priority. CIRTL staff refer to the institution and discipline in your website profile when assessing priority.

 

For More Information and Registration: https://www.cirtl.net/events/264

Leveraging your Strengths in the Job Market with Gallup 10/24/17 @ California NanoSystems Institute (CNSI) Auditorium
Oct 24 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Description: Aligning your words and actions to stand out in the job market begins with utilizing your strengths in your current role as a graduate student or postdoctoral scholar. During this session with Gallup Workplace Consultant, Jaclynn Robinson, PhD, participants will learn how to articulate and leverage their strengths in a competitive job market – leading to more meaningful career choices and ways to thrive in work and life.

How do you align your words and actions to stand out in the job market? How do get a fast start to your careers by utilizing your strengths in your role? Choosing a meaningful career and thriving in your work and life begins with knowing your strengths and leveraging your strengths to lead the world around you.

 

RSVP Link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/leveraging-your-strengths-in-the-job-market-with-gallup-consulting-tickets-37738170885

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