Featuring Dr. Ken Bain
Friday, March 21, 2014
10 – 11:30 a.m. | Denton – ACT 301, Dallas – IHSD 3510 & Houston – IHSH 3115
Register Today! (The registration deadline is Wednesday, March 19 at 5 p.m.)
Afternoon Discussion for Students
1:30 – 3 p.m. | Denton Only – CFO 202
All students on the Denton campus are invited to attend an afternoon discussion with Dr. Bain on his book, What the Best College Students Do. Students will have the opportunity to meet Dr. Bain after his presentation at a reception.
About Dr. Bain
Dr. Ken Bain, President of Best Teachers Institute, spent much of his academic career at Vanderbilt, Northwestern and NYU before becoming Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, and Professor of History and Urban Education (National Center for Urban Education) at the University of the District of Columbia. He left that post in July 2013. He was the founding director of four major teaching and learning centers: the Center for Teaching Excellence at New York University, the Searle Center for Teaching Excellence at Northwestern University, the Center for Teaching at Vanderbilt University, and the Research Academy for University Learning at Montclair University. In the 1970's and early 80's he was Professor of History at the University of Texas-Pan American, where he also served as Director of the University Honors Program and as Founding Director of the History Teaching Center, a pioneering program sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities to promote greater collaboration between history teachers on the secondary level, and university and college research historians. From 1984 to 1986, he served as Director of the National History Teaching Center, which had a similar mission on the national level.
His historical scholarship centers on the history of U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East (principal works include The March to Zion: United States Policy and the Founding of Israel, 1980, 2000), but he has long taken an interest in teaching and learning issues, and in recent years has contributed to the scholarship in that area. Internationally recognized for his insights into teaching and learning and for a 15-year study of what the best educators do, he has been invited in recent years to present workshops or lectures at over 350 universities and events in the United States, Canada, Mexico, South America, Europe, Asia, Africa and Australia. His learning research has concentrated on a wide range of issues, including deep and sustained learning and the creation of natural, critical learning environments.
His now classic book What the Best College Teachers Do (Harvard University Press, 2004) won the 2004 Virginia and Warren Stone Prize for an outstanding book on education and society, and has been one of the top selling books on higher education. It has been translated into 12 languages and was the subject of an award-winning, television documentary series in 2007.
The sequel, What the Best College Students Do, also from Harvard University Press, won the Virginia and Warren Stone Prize in 2012 and has become an international best seller. So far, it has been translated into Korean and Spanish, but other editions are forthcoming.
He has won four major teaching awards, including a Teacher-of-the-Year award, faculty nomination for the Minnie Piper Foundation Award for Outstanding College Teacher in Texas in 1980 and 1981, and Honors Professor of the Year Awards in 1985 and 1986. A 1990 national publication named him one of the best teachers in the United States.
He has received awards from the Harry S. Truman Library, Lyndon Baines Johnson Library, the Ford Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the International Studies Association, among others. He is currently completing his third book on U.S. relations with the Middle East, The Last Journey Home: Franklin Roosevelt and the Middle East.
Teaching and Learning Efficiencies - Making Your Time with the LMS More Meaningful
All of the Live to the Desktop Presentations will be conducted online in Blackboard Collaborate. Registration is not required.
Wednesday, March 26 | 2 – 3 p.m.
This session will cover approaches to help you more efficiently organize and manage assessments in Blackboard. We will discuss various methods for simplifying some of the tasks associated with test management. Some of the topics will include how to review student test access information, various ways to export entire tests and customized question sets, and techniques to set exceptions for specific students such as those requiring accommodations and make-up exams. Come join us for these and other approaches to organizing and managing assessments using Blackboard.
Friday, April 25 | 1 – 2 p.m.
This session will cover how to read statistical reports available through the Grade Center in Blackboard to help you gauge individual or class progress and fine tune assessments. We will discuss various ways to glean information from Grade Center about individual student performance, class performance and tests. We will then simplify how to interpret that information and how to use it to tweak assessments for the next course offering.
Getting Courses Ready for Summer & Fall Semesters
It is never too early to start preparing for your summer or fall courses. Join Rachel Clarke Raidenkov from the Office of Technology and Janet Bickel-Burton from the Office of Teaching and Learning with Technology as they present on roster synchronization with Colleague, the Course Merge tool, and other Blackboard topics, plus a Q&A session.
All trainings will be from 11 a.m. – noon at the Dallas Center (IHSD). Room location is TBA. Registration is not required.
- Thursday, April 17
- Friday, May 2
- Monday, May 19
All Houston faculty and staff are invited to attend the following trainings that will cover topics including Blackboard preparation, how-tos with Blackboard tools and other technology related topics. These trainings will be offered jointly by the Office of Technology and the Office of Teaching and Learning with Technology.
All sessions will be from Noon – 1 p.m. and conducted online in Bb Collaborate. Registration is not required.
- Blackboard: Blogs/Wikis | March 19
- Blackboard: Creating Assessments | March 26
- Blackboard Collaborate – Basic | April 9
- Blackboard Collaborate – Advanced | April 16
- Blackboard: Getting Ready for Next Semester | April 22
- Blackboard Collaborate – Plan | April 23
Schedule a Workshop
To schedule a workshop for your department or program, contact the TLT group at 940.898.3409. The TLT group also sends information on all TLT events via email.
The TLT group also sponsors several special events for the TWU community. Each fall, the Online Educator Symposium brings together faculty and others to discuss teaching in the online environment. During the spring semester, TLT sponsors the Academic Success Series (a lecture and/or workshop session followed by two online sessions on related topics). During the summer, several TLT sponsored events take place. In June, invited Teaching Assistants can participate in the PILOT program. This four-week course covers basic concepts for teaching online and F2F for Teaching Assistants. The Pioneer Teaching and Learning Academy also convenes in June. A select group of faculty members and mentors attend a three day institute on teaching and learning and work through the year to explore some aspect of teaching. In July, the Online Faculty Development Program is offered for new TWU faculty members. This program covers course development and pedagogical concepts for teaching online.
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