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Convocation & University Focus Resources

  • Area Focus 2012-2014: Cities

The annual focus is designed to highlight and promote interdisciplinary learning via a campus-wide conversation on a specific issue. To learn more about cities-focused courses and events visit the Areas of Focus. All Fairfield faculty are able to access the CITIES SANDBOX on Blackboard which features faculty and staff created curricular resources on Cities available for all to use in their teaching and scholarship. This interdisciplinary community resources was created by the 2011-2012 Faculty & Professional Learning Community (FPLC) on Cities. Since numerous faculty and professional staff have added resources to the sandbox.

  • Convocation 2011-2012

In keeping with the Class of 2015 theme, Worlds Imagined, the Convocation Committee has selected a number of materials for faculty and staff to consider for use in curricular and co-curricular programming throughout the year. Materials include streaming videos, articles, books, documentaries, websites and more centered around the theme of global citizenship. These materials were selected to inspire students to imagine, create, and be actors in our world.

  • University Focus: Global Citizenship 2010-2012

Through Spring 2012, the University's will continue to be Global Citizenship. For information on this focus and cultural programs available, visit the Areas of Focus website. The 2012-2013 University-wide focus will be "Cities."

  • Convocation 2010-2011

To help you integrate the 2010-2011 convocation theme "From Activism to Global Citizenship" and the common film "From RFK to Apartheid: A Ripple of Hope" into your teaching, the Convocation Committee has made available an Instructor / Facilitator Guide (Guide formats: .doc or .pdf). If you have questions about Fall Convocation contact the Dean of Academic Engagement, or for questions about the film contact the Center for Faith and Public Life.

Teaching Resources

  • POD-IDEA Center Notes
    One-page briefs to help employ different teaching methods, based on the IDEA student rating system, such as the following: "Found ways to help students answer their own questions," "Demonstrated the importance and significance of the subject matter," or "Explained course material clearly and concisely."
  • Designing a Course, Start to Finish
    Dee Fink's free 30 page synopsis and workshop handouts from his phenomenally helpful book Creating Significant Learning Experiences (copies available for loan). A must read for "backwards" design and other brilliant conceptions.
  • JesuitNET
    A collaboration of Jesuit institutions sharing resources for online programs, including Competency Assessment in Distance Education (CADE) Workshop - free for Fairfield faculty.
  • The Connecticut Distance Learning Consortium (CTDLC)
    Offers a variety of online training programs as well as grants.

Teaching & Learning Conferences

The Center for Excellence in Teaching & Learning at Kennesaw State University hosts a listing of Teaching Conferences.


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