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Brown Bag Discussions

The Brown Bag events are designed to be loosely structured conversations for faculty and staff about a wide variety of learning and teaching topics. Each discussion is facilitated by a colleague, but the content of the conversations is largely determined by the participants. The Brown Bags offer a rare opportunity to discuss learning and teaching in an informal setting with other members of The College at Brockport faculty who work in a different department.

Register for any of our Brown Bag Events by clicking on the Event below!
Tuesdays & Thursdays: 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Mondays & Fridays: 12:15pm - 1:15pm
100B Edwards Hall

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Friday, September 4, 2015

What’s the Real Story Here & How Do We Know? Developing Questions for Critical Thinking- Dale Hartnett (CELT & Communication) 12:15 pm - 1:15 pm Edwards 100B We often teach theories that seem straightforward. Yet the real world is messy and full of contradictions. This presentation will use real world evidence to guide participants through a process of developing questions that can help guide critical thinking in the classroom.

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Partner with Title IX Compliance and Student Conduct to Build a Culture of Reporting- Denine Carr & Karen Logsdon (EMSA); Daniel Greer & Sara Kelly (Res Life) 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm Edwards 100B There has been unprecedented attention paid in the past two to three years on how colleges handle student complaints of sexual assault. In addition to the federal and state mandates, victims primarily at Ivy League schools are speaking out--challenging their schools to improve conditions for sexual assault victims. This presentation will provide an overview of federal and state mandates and provide an update on important policies and procedures that The College has adopted in order to respond effectively to complaints of sexual misconduct, dating violence and stalking. We ask you to partner with student conduct and Title IX compliance to create an environment where students feel supported to come forward and report. Participants will be informed of the campus and community resources available to support reporting individuals.

Friday, September 18, 2015

Experiential Learning in a Lab Course- Adam Rich (Biology) 12:15 pm - 1:15 pm Edwards 100B This brown bag session will describe an inquiry based lab course for biology students. It models basic science research and focuses on the process of science. Students learn the process by doing it. Challenges are many in this sort of course. Solutions for experimental failure, declining motivation, and assessment will be described.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Who am I? The Role of Reflection in Career Development- Jill Wesley (Career Services) 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm Edwards 100B Knowing who you are and what you can do is a harder task than it might first appear, but is an essential aspect of selecting a career. This past year, Brockport students participated in a nationwide survey, Project CEO, that attempted to capture the career skills students had developed and where they learned them. We will discuss the results and use this information to explore how to help students reflect more deeply on their Brockport experience and apply it to their future careers.

Friday, October 2, 2015

Uncommon Accommodations and What It Means for Your Class- Sherri Micheli & Kelsey Johnson (Office for Students with Disabilities) 12:15 pm - 1:15 pm Edwards 100B • What is the role of a personal aide in the classroom? • What do I need to know about a student using an FM system? • What are the best practices for students requiring printed materials in an alternate format? • What else might be requested of me as an instructor by OSD or by a student? Get the answers to these questions and others you might have regarding accommodations not regularly seen in the classroom environment. Participants will gain a better understanding of these unique accommodations and how to work with students most effectively.

Friday, October 16, 2015

Abnormal Psychology: Engaging Today's Students in a Learner-Centered Classroom- Jeff Snarr (Psychology) 12:15 pm - 1:15 pm Edwards 100B Learner-centered. Student-centered. Flipped. These are all buzzwords for an approach to teaching wherein students are expected to expose themselves to the target material outside of the classroom before it is discussed in class. Many who have tried this approach report slight-to-massive resistance from the students, most of whom have never encountered such expectations before. This does not mean that the learner-centered approach is doomed to fail. In this brown bag discussion, we will explore ways to successfully get students to buy into--and even LIKE--a learner-centered classroom, using an example of a successful learner-centered course right here at Brockport. Is it abnormal psychology? The course is, yes, but the approach is not.

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Everything you wanted to know about eating disorders, but were afraid to ask- Mary Tantillo, Western NY Comprehensive Care Center for Eating Disorders 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm Edwards 100B Eating disorders have a way of disconnecting individuals from friends, family and those around them This presentation will address how an eating disorder can develop and how they may persist. We will also discuss what comes after an eating disorder is identified and what it takes for individuals to reclaim their health and their lives. You may have a family member or students in your classroom that you are concerned about. Join us to learn more about this disease that seems to be increasing on college campuses. We will discuss what you can and what you may not be able to do to help as well as campus and community resources.

Friday, October 30, 2015

What do students learn about writing in their freshman composition course?- Bob Baker (English) 12:15 pm - 1:15 pm Edwards 100B Frustrated by students’ poor writing skills, faculty often wonder what students learned in first-year composition. Writing is a very complex activity that improves with intentional practice over time. Instructors can help students by referring to and following up on some of the particular terms, concepts, and practices that students were previously exposed to, whether they took ENG 112 at Brockport or ENG 101 at a community college.

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Research Services for Faculty- Drake Library 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm Edwards 100B Drake Librarians will discuss the services they provide faculty during the Research Lifecycle. From locating library resources (ILL), to help with copyright issues, data management plans and repository services, the library is here to help. Jules Oyer, the new Grants Development Project Coordinator, will be on hand to say hello, as well.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Promoting Student Engagement and Critical Thinking in the Classroom- Joel Agate (Rec & Leisure), Melody Boyd (Sociology) & Joshua Fegley (Health) 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm Edwards 100B Presenters will discuss two different strategies for promoting effective, engaged critical thinking in the classroom - Class Preparation Assignments and Performance Tasks. We'll learn what each of these strategies entails and dialogue about ways to incorporate them into your classes.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Using Mobile Technology for Student Engagement & Learning: A report from the Mobile Learning Faculty Learning Community 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm Edwards 100B Over the past year, the Mobile Learning Faculty Learning Community investigated practical ways to increase student learning and engagement using mobile applications and personal mobile devices. FLCmobile's members possess a variety of technology skill sets and represent a range of academic areas from English, Theatre and the Library to Business and Physics. At this Brown Bag presentation, members will offer advice and lessons learned as they co-piloted mobile applications such as Padlet, Pinterest, iMovie, and Twitter in support of student-centered discovery, sharing, and collaboration.

Friday, December 4, 2015

Partnerships with Urban Schools: What strong relationships have to offer- Doug Collier (KSSPE) 12:15 pm - 1:15 pm Edwards 100B This presentation will focus on the work that our faculty and students have done with students from urban schools in Rochester. We will discuss the genesis of the project – and our hopes for the future, our methodology, as well as the benefits for students and faculty from the city schools and The College at Brockport.

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Lunch @ CELT 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm Edwards 100B This is one of our most popular sessions every semester! Leave your Brown Bag at home and join us as we cater lunch. Enjoy thoughtful discussion with colleagues from across the campus on a variety of topics of your choice.