Thursday, January 15
CTL Conversations are open forums where participants can share ideas, ask questions, and get feedback on teaching issues. Each Conversation will begin with comments from a few invited guests but all attendees are encouraged to come with their own tips, questions and thoughts to share.
The inaugural Conversation will focus on “Making the Most of the First Day of Class.” Given the fluctuations in enrollment that can occur early in the semester, some faculty may be reluctant to do much more on the first day than simply take attendance and go over the syllabus, but the first day of class can be crucial for setting the tone for the rest of the semester – as the saying goes, “you only have one chance to make a first impression”. Whether you use the time to help students get to know each other, or to get them excited about the content of the course, there are many ways to use the first day to engage students more deeply. If you’re looking for new ideas, Conversation leaders Bernie Dodge (Learning Design and Technology) and Beth Pollard (History) will start us off by discussing some of their first-day strategies. If you currently do something on the first day that your colleagues might find useful, please come and share those ideas as well!
Feel free to bring your lunch; coffee and dessert will be provided.