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August 2016

I   CER Announces 2016-2017 Lunch and Learn Series
Join us for faculty conversations on teaching

II   Teaching Academy Update
What's new for graduate students and postdocs?

III   2016 Teaching Assistant Training
What can the Center for Educational Resources provide for your new TAs?

IV   Classroom Technology News and Notes - Summer/Fall 2016
Learn about the changes taking place in Homewood classrooms

V   Visual Resources Collection Services
Need images to support your research or course? The VRC is available to help!

VI   Homewood Wireless Upgrades and New Facilities
Making connections around the campus

VII   MSEL and Your Research Assignment
Work with a librarian to strengthen your students' research skills

VIII   New Classroom Exchange Program
Are you curious about how other faculty teach?  

 

I   CER Announces 2016-2017 Lunch and Learn Series

Logo for Lunch & Learn Series Following on a successful first round of Lunch and Learn events the past academic year, the Center for Educational Resources announces the schedule for 2016-17. Lunch and Learn - Faculty Conversations on Teaching are casual discussions over lunch that spotlight experienced faculty sharing innovative teaching practices and demonstrating how colleagues from across the Homewood divisions could implement similar strategies. Last year's topics included developing and using effective active-learning exercises in class, implementing research-based assignments, using clickers beyond the basics, teaching with modeling and simulations, and alternatives to the research paper. Topics for this series have not been finalized, however the dates will be: Thursday, October 20 12:00-1:30 (Flipped Courses) Friday, December 16 12:00-1:30 (TBD) Thursday, February 16 12:00-1:30 (TBD) Friday, April 21, 12:00-1:30 (TBD) All sessions will be held in 328 Malone Hall, with buffet lunch served starting at 12:00. We look forward to seeing you at an upcoming meeting.
 

II   Teaching Academy Update

Logo for Preparing Future Faculty Teaching Academy The Teaching Academy offers doctoral students and postdoctoral fellows from all Johns Hopkins divisions training on educational best practices and academic career preparation opportunities through courses, workshops, teaching practicums, teaching-as-research fellowship appointments and individual consultations.   Faculty Mentoring Program Faculty mentors are needed to guide Teaching Academy graduate students and post-docs through their first teaching assignments or to provide co-teaching opportunities. Mentoring helps candidates to better understand what is involved in effective instruction. For a more detailed description of the Apprenticeship and the "Role of the Mentor," please click here. Preparing Future Faculty Teaching Academy Certificate Program This program is open to doctoral students beyond their first year and all post-docs. We encourage you to provide this information to your graduate students and post-docs. Applications will be accepted through September 2016 for the 2016-2017 cohort. For more information about this program and to apply, click here. Teaching-as-Research Fellowship Program Offered twice annually, the next cohort targets those who plan to teach during fall 2016 or intersession 2017 and wish to conduct a small educational research project. This program carries a stipend of $1,250 for each fellow. Applications will be accepted through August 2016 for the 2016-2017 cohort. For more information and to apply, click here. If you would like to become involved as a mentor or have any questions regarding any aspects of the Teaching Academy, please contact Program Manager, Kelly Clark at pff.teachingacademy@jhu.edu. Eyes on Teaching Workshop Series These workshops cover topics such as: preparing a syllabus, preparing for the first day of class, lecture strategies, enhancing student motivation and learning, active learning, testing, and grading. The fall 2016 schedule is now available. For more information and to register, click here. Please note: registration is required for these workshops. Questions? Contact Cheryl Wagner at cwagner@jhu.edu or 410-516-7181.
 

III   2016 Teaching Assistant Training

Logo for TA Training The Center for Educational Resources hosts the annual Teaching Assistant Orientation for the Krieger School of Arts & Sciences and the Whiting School of Engineering on Tuesday, August 30, 2016. All new, first-time graduate and undergraduate teaching assistants should attend this event, which will be held in Hodson Hall from 8:30 am to 1:00 pm. A plenary session will introduce the university's teaching policies and support offices. This will be followed by a series of breakout sessions that students may select and attend based on the relevancy to their own upcoming TA assignments. We ask that faculty inform their TAs about this event as soon as possible. For more information, please visit the Teaching Assistant Orientation page: http://www.cer.jhu.edu/teaching-academy/tati/index.html
 

IV   Classroom Technology News and Notes – Summer/Fall 2016

As the start of the fall semester nears, you should be aware of important changes in the classrooms. These include the end of VGA, the removal of VHS tape players, and the relocation of some facilities. No VGA Graphic The change that may have the greatest impact is the removal of VGA connectivity for instructor laptops. With the analog sunset at the end of 2013, VGA experienced an extended dusk. Now, as more faculty have new, digital-only laptops and older classroom systems are replaced, we will no longer support the obsolete hardware. Instead, there will now be HDMI connections for laptops in classrooms. What does this mean for you? If you are planning to teach with your laptop, know in advance what video output connection type you have. Unless you have a full-size HDMI port on your computer, you will need an adapter. Check with the Tech Store in Garland Hall for what you may need. If you do have an older, VGA-based laptop, all is not lost. You can get a VGA-to-HDMI converter and continue to project from your device. Also, many classrooms include ClickShare wireless presentation systems that do not require a cable connection. In addition, we have taken out all DVD-VCR combo players. Most classrooms have Blu-Ray players which also play DVDs. If you need to show VHS tapes, please put in a request in advance and KITCATS staff will be happy to deliver a VCR to your classroom. Also, please consider digitizing your materials on tape. The CER can assist you in making the transition away from older media. Please contact Brian Cole (bcole@jhu.edu). The Krieger Hall water infiltration remediation is underway, necessitating the relocation of the GIS computer classroom. The 25-seat lab, intended for courses in geospatial analysis, will be located in Shaffer 2 for the next year and a half. Please contact the Registrar's Office if you would like to use the lab for your courses. Due to the potential disruption from the water project, four classrooms on the third floor of Krieger are also closed. Over the next year these rooms will be renovated, resulting in five new classrooms. Panopto users will be interested to know that use continues to grow. Last year we had 75,000 hours of use (a total of recorded and viewed hours), 50% more than we anticipated. We updated the Panopto Recorder software in classrooms. If you use the Recorder on your own computer, you will need to run version 5.1 or later for Windows or 4.9 or later for Mac. If you have not connected in the past month, you should be prompted to update the next time you login with the Recorder. If you would like the Recorder but have not yet installed it on your computer, it is available for download when you login to jh.hosted.panopto.com.
 

V   Visual Resources Collection Services

Artstor JHU Visual Resources Collection (VRC)
The JHU Visual Resources Collection (VRC), which maintains an ever-growing database of over 160,000 digital images, is dedicated to providing faculty and students with research and course support. The VRC can create or purchase high quality digital images for you and your students. All images are cataloged and added to the JHU Visual Resources Collection space in ARTstor so that you and your students can access them remotely at any time. VRC staff offer individual and group training and assistance in finding images, using ARTstor, creating, editing, and cataloging digital images, and in using different types of presentation software. We also assist faculty who want to convert personal slide and print collections to digital format. Although historically focused on the history of art, the collection continues to expand to meet the needs of courses throughout the arts and sciences. The VRC supports courses in Africana Studies, Archaeology, Classics, East Asian Studies, History, History of Science, Islamic Studies, Latin American Studies, the Medicine, Science and Humanites major, Museums and Society, Near Eastern Studies, and the Visual Arts. Visit the VRC's LibGuide or email vrc@jhu.edu for more details. Or drop by the VRC in Gilman Hall 181, Monday through Friday 9-5; visitors are welcome.
 

VI   Homewood Wireless Upgrades and New Facilities

WiFi Logo Clipart Faculty, staff, and students on the Homewood campus may now take advantage of improved outside wireless connectivity for their wireless laptops/iPads/smartphones. The outside wireless access points now cover all the major quads on campus. As well, there is wireless access for the Homewood Athletic Field and the new baseball field, stands, and dugouts, enabling the press to provide real time coverage of lacrosse and baseball games. Extensive renovations are taking place in Macaulay Hall to provide robust connectivity for both wired and wireless access. IT@JH is also working on connectivity improvements on the 2nd, 4th, and 5th floors of the Wyman Park building.
 

VII   MSEL and Your Research Assignment

MSE Library Expert Help Infographic Looking for new ways to interest students in literature research? Do you need to introduce or refresh a class research assignment? If you would like your students to strengthen their research skills in order to improve their assignments and save you time, now is the time to talk to your librarian! We offer more than a simple demonstration of how to use databases like ERIC, Scopus, or PubMed to find sources for a paper. For an in-class session with one of our librarians, we will collaborate with you in order to enhance a research-based assignment, devise an online-learning tool, and/or develop an active-learning session. Or we can facilitate a face-to-face or online-instruction session. Librarians can guide students in concept-based learning related to research and information fluency skills such as:
  • Scoping and navigating the research process
  • Handling copyright and citing while avoiding plagiarism
  • Evaluating information for a specific use
  • Developing search strategies
  • Utilizing new forms of communicating research
  • Measuring the impact of research
  • Creating and monitoring a research identification
  • And much more!
Librarians will tailor sessions to the needs of your course and your students, and work with you to help your students grow as scholars and researchers. Don't forget to point your students to our LibGuides. These guides focus on library resources for specific disciplines (e.g., Art History, Education, Political Science) and also provide information on topics like Copyright and Scholarly Metrics.
 

VIII   New Classroom Exchange Program

Are you curious about how other faculty teach? Are you looking for pedagogical inspiration for your own courses? Classroom Observer In response to faculty requests, the Center for Educational Resources is establishing a classroom exchange program. Participating faculty will voluntarily open their classrooms for other faculty and graduate students to observe various teaching methods and techniques. Instructors and observers will receive a gift card to a campus coffee shop if they would like to debrief in a relaxed environment. Please contact Mike Reese (mreese@jhu.edu) if you are interested in participating in this program.