Brown Bag Discussion

The Brown Bag events are designed to be loosely structured conversations for faculty and staff about a wide variety of learning and teaching topics.

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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, February 23, 2018

What We Learned Test-Driving a New Student Response System in Our Classes -Joe Chesebro (Communication) and Adam Rich (Biology) 12:15 pm - 1:15 pm Edwards 100B Top Hat is a personal response system that allows students to respond using their cell phones. Two instructors piloted the platform during the Fall ’17 semester. In this session they will discuss their experiences.

Thursday, March 1, 2018

The Pedagogy of Place: The Erie Canal and the Transformation of the Classroom – Joe Torre (History) 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm Edwards 100B The panelists will discuss the potential of their project -- the Erie Canal Interdisciplinary Research Lab -- as a pedagogical resource for multiple disciplinary approaches or perspectives. The LAB emphasizes the power of place overall and the the Erie Canal specifically to transform today's classroom and create numerous high-impact experience for students and faculty.

Friday, March 2, 2018

So You Want to Develop an Internship Course?: Lessons Learned from Psychology – Laurel McNall (Psychology) 12:15 pm - 1:15 pm Cooper 100B Surveys show students who participate in internships have more positive college experiences and are more successful in their career goals; still, many departments do not offer academic internships due to the challenges in developing successful internship courses. In this talk, Dr. Laurel McNall will describe her experience as she designs an undergraduate psychology internship course, sharing the lessons she has learned along the way, including input from members of the Academic Internship Committee.

Thursday, March 8, 2018

“How I Benefitted from High Impact Practices”: Student Panelists Discuss Their Brockport Experiences 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm Edwards 100B What are the benefits to students when they engage in high impact practices? Hear what students have to say when they share their experiences with service learning, student research, study abroad, internships, and other high impact practices. This panel may help you decide how to structure high impact practices for your classes.

Friday, March 23, 2018

Creating a Gender Inclusive Classroom Environment – Jennifer Ashton, Jessica Sniatecki 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm Edwards 100B This discussion will examine how gender stereotypes may be perpetuated in the classroom and offer concrete suggestions for how instructors can make their classrooms more gender inclusive. We will examine ways that the gender binary may be inadvertently reinforced and brainstorm approaches for modifying pedagogical practices and instructional examples to better represent the complex concept of gender.

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Designing Effective Multiple-Choice Test Questions – Christine Hopple (Kinesiology, Sport Studies, and Physical Education) 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm Edwards 100B Q: Which of the following will be presented or utilized at our session on designing effective multiple-choice test questions? a. Established “rules” for designing effective test questions b. “Bring Your Own Exam” for practice analyzing test questions c. Information on using test data to improve future test questions d. All of the above A: “D,” all of the above!

Friday, April 6, 2018

Quantoids Unite! Accomplishments and Challenges in Creating an FLC focused on Statistical Methods 12:15 pm - 1:15 pm Edwards 100B This session discusses the accomplishments of--and challenges faced by--the 16-17 FLC on statistical methods. The FLC was conceptualized as a venue for bringing together faculty members scattered across different departments who use statistical methods in their research. In particular, the guiding premise was that a great deal methodological expertise is spread throughout the college, and that a forum bringing faculty together to share this expertise might be especially valuable to individuals (especially those who are pre-tenure) trying to implement challenging new techniques. Plans (admittedly vague) for creating a permanent version of the forum were hatched. In this session we review what the group achieved and the challenges it faced.

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Using Deliberative Dialogues to Connect Course Content to Civic Learning Outcomes - Kim Piatt (Community Development) 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm Edwards 100B Deliberative Dialogues are a forum for participants to engage in an exploration of public issues, such as healthcare, safety, immigration, climate change and many others. They provide a way for people of diverse views and experiences to seek a shared understand of the problem and to search for common ground to action. This approach can be used in classroom activities to deepen learning and contextualize class topics.

Friday, April 20, 2018

Integrating Case-Based Learning into Course Curriculum – Ashley Fico (Public Health and Health Education) 12:15 pm - 1:15 pm Edwards 100B This workshop introduces the purpose and use of case-based learning in the college classroom. The technique is discussed in the context of a research methods course, but is applicable to many different courses/disciplines.

Friday, April 27, 2018

Tantalizing Takeaways from the Fall 2017 Original Lilly Conference on College Teaching: “Evidence-Based Learning and Teaching” 12:15 pm - 1:15 pm Edwards 100B Please join 3 Rock-star Brockport Faculty—Pyram Rangan, Afeez Hazzan and Pam O’Sullivan—as they present their fascinating insights form the total of 15 conference workshops they attended. Topics include the cognitive approach to learning, student engagement, and how to design impactful, informative and efficient classroom presentations.

Last Updated 8/28/17

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