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Special Lecture Series Spring 2013

                                                           

 Friday, January 25, 2013  9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.  SC 125

Ram Subedi, (Math, TP/SS, MC) and Ed Palaszynski, (Information Technology Institute, MC)

TOPIC:  iPads: Exploring New Frontiers in Education

ABSTRACT: The iPad from Apple is a highly popular technological device whose adoption has enjoyed a widespread popularity among consumers for its ease of use despite its technical complexity. It is able to provide users with a simplified experience without compromising its technical prowess. The abundance of applications (apps) available on the market makes it an attractive choice as a portable device for everybody. In education, this device opens up many options to make teaching more effective and learning more enjoyable.

For the students, there are two areas—Student Learning and Communication—where the introduction of the iPad can make a meaningful difference. Student learning can be enhanced when the learners are exposed to materials that are interactive and enjoyable in order to capture their interests. The iPad also provides multiple forms of interaction among the students and the instructor from within educational apps as well as texting and emails.

For the teachers, the iPad can play a crucial role in two areas as well: Teaching and Class Administration. Several apps already exist that enable an instructor to manage attendance, record student behavior, and perform other administrative functions more effectively than traditional methods. There are also myriad apps that facilitate instruction, both in and outside the classroom. However, the instructor needs to be able to identify, test, and deploy which educational materials and apps engage students in learning.

This workshop will focus on the help the iPad can provide to instructors. We will explore several apps that can help instructors manage their classroom and facilitate their teaching. In addition, the workshop’s goals can be scaled up to spread across the entire college in the future.


 Friday, January 25, 2013  10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.  SC 125

Eugene Li, (Physics) – Lead; Leah Allen, (Biology); Marie Aronne, (Mathematics); Nawal Benmouna, (Physics); Virginia Miller, (Chemistry); Orna Kutai, (Chemistry)

TOPIC:  Engaging Students in an Active-Learning Environment

ABSTRACT: A panel of MC STEM faculty members share their ideas and co-moderate a broad-based discussion on different activities and techniques they have used to promote active-learning in the classroom. Some activities may have group and/or technology components to them, and are designed to engage students with their learning. Positive ideas and input are encouraged from STEM faculty and other colleagues, as the panel opens up the discussion to the audience.


 Thursday, February 21, 2013  4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.  SW 122

Professor Dan Kalman, American University

TOPIC: “Provincial Polynomia: Uncommon Excursions for the Seasoned Visitor

ABSTRACT: This talk is for long time friends of Polynomia, who have wandered its pathways many times.  I will guide the audience to some out of the way destinations that are easily accessible from the most well traveled and familiar thoroughfares of the realm.  Such destinations show that Polynomia still has much to surprise, delight, and intrigue even the most seasoned visitors.  The itinerary includes Horner evaluation, Lill's method, the curly-root function, and Marden's Theorem.


 Friday, March 8, 2013  9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.  MU 124

Professor Saundra McGuire, LSU (Co-hosted by Center for Teaching and Learning)

TOPIC: “Metacognition:  The Key to Acing STEM Courses!”

ABSTRACT: All students who come to the university have the ability to ace STEM courses.  However, most do not have effective learning strategies, and resort to memorizing information just before tests, with poor results. This interactive workshop will introduce students to cognitive learning strategies to help all students experience meaningful, transferable learning, resulting in A’s in STEM courses.


 Friday, March 8, 2013  11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.  TC 136

Professor Saundra McGuire, LSU (Co-hosted by Center for Teaching and Learning)

TOPIC: “Get Students to Focus on Learning Instead of Grades:  Metacognition is the Key!”

ABSTRACT: 21st Century students come to college with widely varying academic skills, approaches to learning, and motivation levels.  Faculty often lament that students are focused on achieving high grades, but are not willing to invest much time or effort in learning.  This session will focus on the importance of helping students acquire simple, but effective learning strategies based on cognitive science principles.  We will engage in interactive reflection activities that will allow attendees to experience strategies that significantly improve learning while transforming student attitudes about the meaning of learning.


 Friday, March 8, 2013  2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.  MU 124

Professor Saundra McGuire, LSU (Co-hosted by Center for Teaching and Learning)

TOPIC: “The Role of Emotions in Learning”

ABSTRACT: Recent research on the brain’s limbic system has revealed insight into the powerful role that emotions play in student learning.  If students are fearful that they will not be able to succeed in learning a concept that fear can substantially reduce their ability to learn the material.  Conversely, if students are confident that they will be able to excel, that confidence can empower them to succeed.  This presentation will discuss how faculty can help students have a positive emotional experience in their courses, thereby significantly increasing the likelihood that all students will have a successful learning experience.


 Thursday, April 18, 2013  10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.  TC 136

JCVI Faculty

TOPIC:  “Research activities at J Craig Venter Institute (JCVI)”

ABSTRACT:  To be provided


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