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CTLO Summer 2016 Newsletter -- Faculty Edition
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Center for Teaching, Learning, & Outreach

Top 5 Things You Can Do This Summer to Prepare for Fall Teaching

 
1. Read “One Easy Way Faculty Can Improve Student Success. Looking for one high-impact change to your teaching? This short article summarizes an easy way for faculty to increase learning, quality of student work, motivation, confidence and sense of belonging. Making assignments and courses more “transparent” to students, meaning that the purpose, task, and criteria are made clear, can make a big difference.

 
2. Review your TQFRs.
Let’s face it, most of us dread reading our TQFRs - even the best teachers might have a dissenter with complaints. However, reading your students feedback and comments is a starting point for making a better classroom.
Tip: The CTLO can help interpret comments and suggest actions that will make the most difference based on educational research in your discipline. Contact the CTLO to set up a TQFR-based consultation this summer!
 
3. Look over your Fall course syllabus.
Have students asked for more clarity? Is there something that’s stale that could use a revamp? Check out the course learning outcomes – are students meeting them? Alternatively, could your course be tweaked to give yourself some room to be more pedagogically adventurous?
Tip: Enroll in the Faculty Summer Short Course this summer – 4 sessions in which we’ll give you tools and strategies for (re)designing your class.
 
4. Set one teaching goal for 2016-17.
This isn’t as bad as making New Year’s Resolutions: decide on one goal for an upcoming class to make it more enjoyable and productive for you and your students. Perhaps include more active learning, or encourage student engagement in new ways? Alternatively, is there a new technology that you’ve been wanting to try (or a technology that you would love to get rid of)?
Tip: Find out more about the CTLO’s Active Learning Kits, which you can use in your classes. Each kit includes 4 mini projectors and removable, erasable whiteboards. Ask us about iPads and other technology, too!
                                               
5. Share your science by guest teaching at our Community Science Academy.
Share your work with an audience of enthusiastic high school teachers and students by guest lecturing at the CTLO’s Community Science Academy this summer, a hands-on science teaching center promoting research in areas relevant to community needs.
Tip: Contact Mitch Aiken to be part of CSA!
 

Congratulations!
Congratulations to our most recent recipients of Caltech Project for Effective Teaching (CPET) Certificates of Practice and Interest in University Teaching. We truly appreciate your participation in CTLO and CPET seminars and workshops. Join us in congratulating Christine Morrison (Certificate of Practice), and Yazan Billeh, David Case, Ralph Lee, Arundhati Nag, and Bryan Schmidt (Certificate of Interest).
 
Thank you, Caltech community, for awarding the CTLO the Team Impact Staff Service Award. We so very much appreciate this recognition of our service to the university and look forward to working with all of you in our continued mission to support teaching and learning at Caltech and contribute to the broader community through educational outreach efforts.
 
Finally, did you catch the recent New York Times article, "Teaching Professors to Become Better Teachers" in which Dr. Cassandra Horii discusses strategies to improve the traditional lecture?
Check it out!
 

Broader Impacts
Educational Outreach Support


Whether you are at the proposal or implementation stage, CTLO can help you develop and implement effective educational outreach and "broader impacts" models. We have collaborated on a number of successful grant applications recently. Please contact Mitch Aiken / 395-4641 for assistance in developing your plan.
 
What's Happening this Summer?
 

Faculty Summer
Short Course: Re(Designing) your Class
Wednesdays
Aug. 24- Sept. 14


Sign up now for this new series. Topics include: course mapping, active learning, backwards design, student engagement, large classes, technology and getting feedback.
Space is limited.
 
Contact
Dr. Jennifer Weaver to RSVP or for more information.


Community Science Academy
June 13 - July 22

The CTLO runs a hands-on summer science program for high school teachers and students. You’re welcome to come check out any of the classes, or get involved by sharing your work!


Summer Science Outreach
June - August

Contact us if you’d like to check out any of the other summer programs taking place on campus this summer, including:
Project Scientist,
iD Tech Camps, Innoworks, Education Unlimited and Da Vinci Camp.

 
Summer Research Connection 2016

High school teachers and students are here making discoveries as part of Summer Research Connection

Prof. Evan Kirby is hosting three students from Pasadena High School who are writing software for telescope control and analysis of astronomical data.

Prof. Philip Hopkins is hosting a student who will be using an interactive software tool to visualize computer simulations of galaxies.

Prof. Konstantin Batygin will host a student working on development of simulations of planetary systems around other stars.











 

 

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