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November 2015

I   Join Us for Lunch and Learn
Faculty Conversations on Innovative Teaching Practices and a Free Lunch

II   Hopkins Faculty to Explore Excellence in Teaching and Learning in the Sciences
4th Annual GSI Symposium January 11th-12th 2016

III   Congratulations Preparing Future Faculty Teaching Academy Graduates!
Fellows recognized at certificate ceremony

IV   Teaching Tips: The Memrise App
Making memorization fun

V   Blackboard Updates
Updates to Blackboard this December

VI   Thoughtful deployment of classroom technologies: surveys and evaluations
Help us to help you! Look for a survey on technology use, coming this winter

VII   SciVal Funding and Grant Forward
Two library databases enable you to search for grants  


I   Join Us for Lunch and Learn - Faculty Conversations on Innovative Teaching Practices and a Free Lunch

CER Lunch & Learn Logo In response to requests from Hopkins faculty, the Center for Educational Resources announces the second event in a new program, Lunch and Learn - Faculty Conversations on Teaching. These casual, monthly, one-hour discussions over lunch spotlight experienced faculty sharing innovative teaching practices and demonstrating how colleagues might implement similar strategies. The next event will take place on Tuesday, December 8, in 328 Malone Hall from 12:00 noon to 1:00 pm. Joel Schildbach, KSAS Vice Dean for Undergraduate Education and Professor, Department of Biology; and Elizabeth Rodini, Director, Program in Museums and Society and Teaching Professor, History of Art, will discuss their experiences Implementing Research-Based Assignments. Lunch will be provided. With seats limited to 30 attendees, registration is requested. Please register by emailing the CER at cerweb@jhu.edu; a confirmation will be sent to you. If you have an idea for a topic you would like to explore in a future session, please describe it in your RSVP email. Topics for the entire 2015-16 series are listed below. 2015-2016 Lunch and Learn Series
  • Friday, October 30: Developing and Using Effective Active-Learning Exercises in Class Vince Hilser, Professor and Chair, Dept. of Biology; Todd Hufnagel, Professor, Dept. of Materials Science
  • Tuesday, December 8: Implementing Research-Based Assignments Joel Schildbach, Vice Dean Undergraduate Education and Professor, Dept. of Biology; Elizabeth Rodini, Director, Museums and Society and Teaching Professor, Dept. of History of Art
  • Friday, February 5–Clickers: Beyond the Basics Emily Fisher, Director, Undergraduate Studies and Lecturer, Dept. of Biology; Margaret Taub, Assistant Scientist, Dept. of Biostatistics and Lecturer, Public Health Studies Program
  • Friday, March 4–Teaching with Modeling and Simulations Jeff Gray, Professor, Dept. of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering; Rachel Sangree, Lecturer, Dept. of Civil Engineering and Engineering for Professionals Civil Engineering Program Chair
  • Friday, April 1–Alternatives to the Research Paper Bill Leslie, Professor, Dept. of History of Science and Technology; Adam Sheingate, Associate Professor and Chair, Dept. Political Science
All events will be held from 12 to 1 pm in Malone 328. (Lunch available by 11:45.)

II   Hopkins Faculty to Explore Excellence in Teaching and Learning in the Sciences

JHU Gateway Sciences Symposium Logo The University will hold its 2nd Biennial Science of Learning and 4th Symposium on Excellence in Teaching and Learning in the Sciences on January 11th and 12th, 2016. This two-day event, co-sponsored by the Science of Learning Institute and the Gateway Sciences Initiative, will host distinguished scientists and educators who will highlight cutting edge research on human learning (including approaches from neuroscience, cognitive science, psychology, computer science, engineering, and education) and pioneering pedagogical innovation. The first day will highlight cognitive learning research; the second day will examine the practical application of techniques, programs, tools, and strategies that advance learning. For more details and to register, http://tinyurl.com/q9wuyz5. January 11th Learn about cutting edge research in the science of learning and its applications. Speakers include: Ed Connor, Johns Hopkins University Jason Eisner, Johns Hopkins University Richard Huganir, Johns Hopkins University Katherine Kinzler, University of Chicago Bruce McCandliss, Stanford University Elissa Newport, Georgetown University Jonathan Plucker, University of Connecticut Brenda Rapp, Johns Hopkins University Alan Yuille, Johns Hopkins University January 12th Learn about educational innovations advancing gateway STEM instruction. Speakers include: David Asai, Howard Hughes Medical Institute Melanie Cooper, Michigan State University Eileen Haase, Johns Hopkins University Robert Leheny, Johns Hopkins University Steven Luck, University of California, Davis Tyrel McQueen, Johns Hopkins University Sheri Sheppard, Stanford University

III   Congratulations Preparing Future Faculty Teaching Academy Graduates!

PFFTA 2015 Group Graduates Photo The Preparing Future Faculty Teaching Academy (PFFTA) welcomed new participants and awarded certificates of completion to 2014-15 participants on October 28th, 2015 at a celebration dinner at Café Azafran. The following doctoral students and postdocs were awarded certificates acknowledging completion of the PFFTA certificate program. Congratulations!   Krieger School of Arts and Sciences
Chantal Bodkin-Clarke Biology
Danilo Piana Classics
Jeremy Anderson Biophysics
Kalina Mincheva Mathematics
Melissa Mefford Biology
School of Medicine
Alexia Miller Biophysics - Molecular Computational Biophysics
Rosy Joshi-Mukherjee Cardiovascular
Shannen Cravens Biophysics - Molecular Computational Biophysics
Nina Hosmane Cellular and Molecular Medicine
Dee Johng Cellular and Molecular Medicine
School of Public Health
Jianyang Wang Molecular Microbiology & Immunology
Francis Abreu Biostatistics
Therri Usher Biostatistics
Nicolae Done Health Policy & Management
Whiting School of Engineering
Olivia Alley Materials Science & Engineering
Anindya Roy Materials Science & Engineering
Shourya Sonkar Roy Burman Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering
Markus Tammia Materials Science & Engineering
Nuala Del Piccolo Materials Science & Engineering

IV   Teaching Tips: The Memrise App

Rote memorization as a learning strategy has fallen out of favor in recent years, for good reason. When students cram by memorizing facts for an exam, those memories are often fleeting. Long term memory is built differently. Yet a certain amount of memorization of facts is essential to the foundation of any discipline. How can you help students to learn essential facts for your course? Memrise Logo Enter Memrise, "...an online learning community where one can learn almost anything in the world, entirely for free! Through just the right mix of science, fun and community, learning on Memrise is speedy, enjoyable and lasts." Moreover, the Memrise app makes it easy for your students to learn on the go using their smartphones. [See: Apple App Store, Google Play Store] Memrise offers courses in languages (including vocabulary, grammar, and culture), arts, literature, math, science, the natural world, history, geography, computers, engineering, law, health and medicine, business and finance, and other areas. If you don’t find a course that meets your requirements, you can create your own. Memrise uses gamification to make the memorization fun. Users are presented with a series of facts or items to learn along with mnemonics to aid the memorization process, then are tested repeatedly to reinforce that learning. New facts are presented for learning as mastery is established. The testing is set up as a game competition, either against a clock, or by using a group function, against fellow students or group members. The group function allows students to work together and can be set up by an instructor or the students themselves. Members (and the instructor) can see their scores, enabling tracking of their progress.

V   Blackboard Updates

On December 26th, 2015, please be aware that Blackboard Learn will be unavailable to all users from 8am-8pm as the servers are updated. Save time with Qwickly Blackboard contains a new time-saving tool. The ‘Qwickly’ module, which was installed on the Blackboard servers in late summer, allows instructors to more efficiently accomplish common tasks for more than one course at a time. Instructors can make courses available, send emails, post announcements, and post content to multiple courses at once. Qwickly is not enabled by default; users must add it to their My Institution dashboard. For easy instructions on how to add it to your dashboard and for more information about using Qwickly, please see the Qwickly tutorial. Qwickly Screenshot

VI   Thoughtful deployment of classroom technologies: surveys and evaluations

As teaching with technology evolves on the Homewood Campus, Classroom/Audiovisual Technology Support (KIT-CATS) plans to seek faculty input to make informed decisions on future technology purchases and technical deployment. With the introduction of Panopto, Hopkins is now in the second year of a major deployment of recording technology to capture full lectures and record and distribute short modules for use outside of class. To ensure acquisition of technology that meets instructional needs and achieves measureable goals, two initiatives are planned in upcoming months: a survey of faculty technology needs and an analysis of the use of the Panopto lecture capture system. Survey Clipart A brief, online technology survey will be distributed this winter to obtain faculty input on current technology uses, awareness of available resources, and a sense of what is missing. Classroom/Audiovisual Technology Support (KIT-CATS) will also evaluate the Panopto lecture capture system. Usage has dramatically increased since Panopto was introduced. During the last academic year, over 2,500 hours were recorded, generating over 200,000 views. This represents more than 40,000 viewing hours. This year, usage has exceeded 24,000 hours before the end of the fall semester, ranging from recordings of full lectures to short learning modules in a wide variety of disciplines. The system has captured a wealth of data, and a granular analysis is underway to better understand how the system can best serve faculty needs.

VII   SciVal Funding and Grant Forward

Money Clipart Part of a researcher's work is finding funding to grow and sustain their research and teaching. New equipment, travel, and grad student stipends are supported by grant funding. The Sheridan Libraries provide two databases that focus on grant opportunities. SciVal Funding - Despite its name, SciVal Funding covers grants in all disciplines. U.S. funders include the National Endowment for the Humanities, Pew Charitable Trusts, and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, as well as the NIH, DoD, and DoE. Funders from Australia, Canada, the European Commission, India, Ireland, New Zealand, Singapore, South Africa, and the United Kingdom are covered as well. To obtain personal recommendations you’ll need to login and create a search profile. Grant Forward - The Grant Forward database is compiled at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The database contains information on federal and non-federal funding opportunities in the sciences, social sciences, arts, and humanities. If you create an account, you can save searches and create a profile.