PFF Workshop Schedule & Topics Spring 2014

 Workshop Calendar



Teaching and Learning Design Workshops Schedule • Spring 2014

The PFF Professional Development Certificate requires a minimum of
10 Teaching and Learning Design workshops (4 mandatory workshops and 6 electives).
For details about the certificate program, see the PFF Professional Development Certificate page 

Thursdays 12:00 to 2:30 PM • ACB 214

1/30 The Big Picture: Teaching at College Level in Changing Times
This workshop explores our roles and responsibilities as educators in preparing students for a technologically mediated, information-rich world. We will unpack our assumptions, beliefs, and vaues as educators to begin aligning them with current and changing higher education teaching-learning contexts.
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2/13 The Motivated Learner: An Overview
This workshop introduces you to useful theories of how adults learn by connecting theoretical frameworks to teaching practice. We will explore the qualities and capacities we must nurture in students to help them develop skills for success and life-long learning.
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2/27 Student Learning Outcomes
This workshop introduces you to learning outcomes taxonomies and a process for writing SLOs that are Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and Time-Bound (SMART). Bring a syllabus you are developing or revising to maximize your learning in this workshop.
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3/13 Feedback, Assessment, & Rubrics
This workshop introduces you to a range of feedback and assessment methods, from traditional quizzes and essays, to take-home assessments, group exams, peer critique, and portfolio-based feedback and assessment. We will also explore how to use grading rubrics as learning and assessment tools.
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  3/27 Backward Designing Your Syllabus
This workshop introduces to Understanding by Design (UbD) principles developed by McTighe and Wiggins (2005). We will explore a sample backward design process to understand how it applies to your own course design.
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4/10 Philosophy Statements
This workshop begins a reflective process for understanding your values and beliefs about teaching, and for crafting your teaching philosophy statement. Using sample statements, we will explore effective principles and useful structures for writing a teaching statement. You will benefit more from this workshop if you bring in a draft copy of your teaching statement. Participants who take this workshop may also make appointments for follow-up feedback sessions in pairs or small groups.
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Fridays 4:00 to 6:30 PM • Burkle 26


2/21 Designing for Diversity
This workshop considers both overt and hidden identities that affect classroom community and learning. We will focus on strategies for differentiating learning to engage the diversity of identities, abilities, and learning styles that enter your classroom with your students.
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3/7 Teaching Large Classes
Many entry-level classes confront teachers with large student numbers with a diverse range of abilities and motivation levels. This workshop introduces you to strategies for working with groups and individuals within large classes and designing manageable assessment and grading plans.
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4/11 Effective Lectures
Lectures are a college instruction staple. This workshop introduces strategies for developing engaging lectures. We will explore basic lecture dynamics (pace, tone, body language, signposting) and strategies for learning interaction within a lecture.
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  4/18 Leading Discussions
Do class discussions engage all students and do they really help your students learn? This workshop introduces strategies to build quality discussions, from scaffolding the discussion process to balancing discussion opportunities between overly dominant and shy students.
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Saturday Intensives • 9:00 AM to 1:30 PM

Monthly. These repeat the same topics as the Thursday Open workshops.
3 sessions in the Fall Semester
3 sessions in the Spring Semester.

  2/15 • Burkle 26
The Big Picture: Positioning Teaching in Changing Contexts
Tne Motivated Learner: An Overview
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3/15 • Burkle 26
Student Learning Outcomes
Feedback, Assessment, & Rubrics
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  4/12 • Burkle 12
Backward Designing Your Syllabus
Teaching Philosophy Statements
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Technology Integration Workshops

The PFF Professional Development Ceritifcate requires a minimum of 4 technology integration workshops.
Please note that you can also attend selected workshops offered by Honnold library. See the approved topic list below.


2/18 Evernote.
5:30 - 6:30 PM.
Digital Learning Lab. (Harper Basement. Next to Harper 6 Lab)

An introduction to setting up Evernote and how to use it for saving, organizing, and sharing a variety of documents and sharing resources. We will also discuss the different ways of using Evernote for teaching and research.
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Google Drive
. Facilitator: Josh Penman
5:30 - 7:00 PM.
ACB 126

Hands-on introduction to using Google Drive as a collaborative tool. This workshop will also discuss strategies and guidelines for using Google Drive for research and teaching.
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  3/26  Managing Your Scholarly Progress
10 - 11:30 AM
ACB 126

This workshop will help you understand how you can use productivity tools to manage your scholarly progress over an extended period of time. Use these skills to develop a time-management process that can help you work effectively and efficiently on extended projects like dissertations, as well as on conference and publication planning and writing.
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  4/1 E-Portfolios 1: Developing Content
5:30 - 7:00 PM
ACB 126

This workshop focuses on information design for academic and professional e-portfolios and best practices in writing for the web. We will work on selecting and planning content for a reader-friendly presentation that effectively communicates your academic and professional work.
Note: The Actual e-portfolio site will be constructed in session 2

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  4/16. E-Portfolios 2: Using Strikingly. Facilitator: Mia Plachkinova
10 - 11:30 AM
ACB 126

This workshop takes you through the basic steps for using to present your portfolio as a scholar and educator. We will also explore best practices for promoting your e-portfolio with appropriate audiences.
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Technology Integration: Honnold-Mudd Library Workshops

Many workshops offered by the Honnold-Mudd library count toward PFF certificate requirements for technology integration workshops. Check out the library's Love Your Library Workshop Series.

The following workshop topics have been approved as PFF relevant:

  • All Citation Management Software workshops - Refworks, Zotero, Mendeley
  • Building websites with WordPress
  • Infographics
  • Prezi

If you do one of these workshops, please remember to submit a reflection via the PFF Canvas site to log your attendance. In the technology module of the "Assignments" section of Canvas, select an "External Assignment" and respond to the reflection question. This is especially important if you are working toward a PFF Professional Development Certificate.


Career Development Workshops

The PFF Professional Development Certificate requires a minimum of 4 career development workshops.
We are currently designing more workshops and new topics and dates will be announced through the semester.
Look out for emails with more information and check back with this page soon.

April 5th • 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
April 6th • 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Burkle 24

5th Annual Grant Writing Workshop (A Career Management workshop)

This workshop introduces you to the world of grant writing, from identifying sources of funding, searching for foundations, identifying research fellowships, and more. Hands-on breakout sessions.
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Friday March 7 • 12:00 - 1:00 PM • Student Success Center
Informational Interviews (A Career Management workshop)

Workshop Facilitator: Jessica Kent

The Informational Interview workshop will prepare participants to think strategically about using and optimizing in-person and over-the-phone meetings to gain important insights into jobs, companies, sectors, and professional trajectories. Particularly useful for determining additional information and uncovering previously unknown answers, Informational Interviews can be a helpful tool to prompt successful job searches, upward mobility, and long-distance sector-specific networking. Ultimately, knowing which questions to ask, when, and how, is an imperative skill for the curious mind and the eager prospective job applicant in both applied and academic settings. Additionally, participants will think critically about who to ask for an Informational Interview and how to approach the conversation, guide the discussion, and appropriately follow-up from the meeting.
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Friday March 14 • 12:00 - 1:00 PM • Student Success Center
LinkedIN and Portfolios (A Career Management workshop)

Workshop Facilitator: Jessica Kent

This workshop will help participants to think strategically about using and optimizing LinkedIn for their online presence, particularly to determine what should be listed, in what order, and how to maximize using LinkedIn for job searches, upward mobility, and long-distance sector-specific networking. Additionally, participants will think critically about how to present a comprehensive and effective professional portfolio that represents and reflects their strengths, accomplishments, & projected future work.
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Wednesday April 9 • 6:15 - 7:30 PM • McAlister Center
How Does Your Academic Journey, Personal Spirituality, and Social Responsibility Intersect?
(An event by the Multifaith Service Council and the Office of the Chaplains)
Speakers: Prof Ruquyyah Khan (Claremont Graduate University), Prof. Char Miller (Pomona College), Prof. Talithia Williams (Harvey Mudd College)

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Thursday April 17 • 5:00 - 7:00 PM • Albrecht Auditorium
Writing Effective Cover Letters (A Writing Center workshop)

Workshop Facilitator: Caroline Carpenter

What do top schools and companies look for in their applicants? How do you make your cover letter stand out from the rest? YOU GET 15 SECONDS TO MAKE A FIRST IMPRESSION. Come and learn how to make your first impression the best it can be.
Workshop participants should bring writing materials and an example of a job posting that interests them.

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