Feb. 19 Teaching Festival Highlights

| February 18, 2013

The 2013 Teaching Festival continues on Tuesday, Feb. 19, with the first in a series of panel sessions and workshops. For a complete schedule, visit http://fdc.webster.edu/festival/  or call the Faculty Development Center at 314-246-8243.

Preventing Plagiarism
10–11 a.m., FDC Library 420

Presenters: Anne Schappe, professor, Nursing Department, and Ellen Mayes, MSN student, Nursing Department

Plagiarism is cheating in an educational setting. Plagiarism can take many different forms, some of which will be discussed in this session. Some authors estimate that 70-75 percent of all college students have cheated. This presentation will address ways to create environments that foster academic integrity.


Surviving Real World Survivor
noon–1 p.m., FDC Library 420

Presenters: Bruce Umbaugh, professor, Philosophy Department, and Victoria McMullen, associate professor

This past fall, a group of faculty and staff offered an experiential, integrative, problem-based, and interdisciplinary course as a pilot for the upcoming Global Keystone Seminars as part of the GCP. Students studied global poverty and the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDG) for eight weeks, traveled to the Heifer Ranch in Perryville, Ark., over fall break to participate in a global poverty simulation and worked in teams to prepare video presentations defending possible solutions to the MDG challenges. At the Festival, a panel of students, staff, and faculty will show and tell what they learned in the process, as well as discuss it with those in attendance.


Brain-Wise Strategies for the College Classroom
Workshop Requires Pre-Registration –

2–3 p.m., East Academic Building Rm 102

Presenter: Carolyn Cottrell, regional director for Kansas City Programs

In what ways can instructors orchestrate class time to ensure that students remember material and understand concepts? Why are some strategies more successful than others? The answer is “Because of how the brain learns.” If instructors apply even a few concepts from neuroscience, they can enrich and improve the classroom experience. Suggested strategies range from the simple to the grand. This session would also appeal to those interested in “flipping” their courses.


Practical Strategies and Tools to Strengthen Student Writing Without Sacrificing Content Workshop Requires Pre-Registration – http://www.webster.edu/faculty/sotl/festival/workshops.html

3:15–4:15 p.m., East Academic Building, Room 102

Presenters: Roshaunda Cade, coordinator, Writing Center; Gad Guterman, assistant professor, Conservatory of Theatre Arts; and George Shea, assistant professor, Department of Communication Arts, Reading, and Early Childhood

The goal of this workshop is to provide practical tools and strategies to strengthen student writing, especially in courses in which writing is not an integral part of the content. We arrive at this workshop from different vantage points—communication arts, theatre and performance, and the Writing Center—and offer both experiential involvement and handouts to energize student writing.

A diverse array of panel sessions, workshops (registration required) and roundtable discussions will continue during Teaching Festival week.

Stay tuned to Webster Today for additional Festival details.

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