Fall 2017 Professional Development Opportunities

Fall 2017 Professional Development Opportunities

Communities of Practice in Teaching as Scholarship

The Brown Bag Time-Out for Lunch programs are designed to empower and engage educators within Communities of Practice. AEA Associates and staff work to develop and deliver individual and small group faculty/professional staff development workshops covering issues related to teaching, learning, and assessment.  Associates may also facilitate work groups on focused topics.

In previous years, these workshops have included: the Collaborative Learning, Blended Learning, Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, Student Reflections and Community Engagement, Assessment Certification Workshops, Grading Rubrics and other forms of Assessment.The Brown Bag Time-Out for Lunch Programs are a 60-90 minute session designed to allow in-depth coverage of a topic along with discussion among the facilitator and the participants.  Attendees are encouraged to come prepared with their questions and ideas for sharing.

Time-Out-for-Lunch Program:  Fall 2017 Programming
Register for program(s).

The Peer Review Process, From Inside-Out
Facilitator: Brian Kokensparger, Journalism, Media, and Computing Department
(Wednesday, Sept. 20; 11:30-1; Skutt SC, Room 105)

This session will give participants an inside look of the rubrics and processes used to do peer review of program-level assessment.  Get tips and best practices to help your program move up through the ranks.  Some time will also be spent discussing how the University Assessment Committee can work more effectively with school, college and divisional assessment committees.


Self-Awareness: A Must for Personal and Professional Growth

Facilitators: Naser Alsharif, Pharmacy and Amy Haddad, Center for Health Policies and Ethics
(Thursday, Oct. 5; 11:30-1; Skutt SC, Room 104)

Self-knowledge or self-awareness are key prerequisites for understanding and interacting with others. Many programmatic educational outcomes require self-awareness so students can embark on a professional career.  Self-awareness encompasses a variety of components including self-assessment of one?s personal and professional self-images and an appreciation of others? perceptions and expectations. Self-awareness is an important aspect of shaping students' attitudes so that they develop the habit of reflecting on personal knowledge, skills and abilities, but as important are beliefs, biases, motivations and emotions, which can enhance or limit personal and professional growth.  Self-awareness is equally important for faculty especially at the beginning of their professional careers. This session will explore the concept of self-awareness for our graduates and faculty at Creighton University.


Fighting the "Cram and Dump": Classroom Strategies to Promote Learning
Facilitator: Kimberley Begley, Pharmacy
(Monday, Oct. 23; 11:30-1; Skutt SC, Room 105)

When students cram for a test, they may perform at an acceptable level for that single event, but research suggest that students lose eighty percent of what they studied within a short period of time.  Join our programming to hear faculty from across campus discuss practical strategies that help promote (retention of) learning in their classrooms.


Cultivating Critical Thinking in the Classroom and Community
Facilitator: Lou Jensen, Occupational Therapy
(Friday, Nov. 17; 8-9:30 a.m.; Skutt SC, Room 105)

Educating students to become critical thinkers is a goal for many faculty and staff.  This session will present strategies to infuse critical thinking in your course or educational program.  Methods for teaching, applying, and assessing critical thinking skills will be explored.