Welcome Back!!! Spring 2018 Semester is HERE!

Welcome back faculty!!!

As we embark on our Spring 2018 semester, we have some CAST updates and news to share with you!

Every week, we will be highlighting topics important to you and the Goucher community. If there are any topics you would like to see represented, please shoot us an email at cast@goucher.edu!

Week 1 (1/29-2/2): Community Building

The theme of the Spring 2018 semester is Community! So what better way to kick off our weekly articles than talking about community building in the classroom!

In The Distracted Classroom: Transparency, Autonomy and Pedagogy, James Lang discusses how he employed an unconventional tool to improve class participation and build an environment where students would actively learn and do away with the distraction of cell phones and laptops.

Need some Icebreakers? CAST Director Robin Cresiski has put together a list of effective icebreakers that will get class participation started off on the right foot for Spring 2018!

Browse our Inclusive Teaching section for more community building tips for your classroom!

January 2018 Workshops!

Spring 2018 is approaching fast! There are a few up coming forums and workshops that you may be interested in. The link to RSVP for each will be right under each description.

Tuesday January 23rd and Wednesday January 24th, Faculty Forum

Faculty Forum on January 23 and 24th. More details about the forum will be forthcoming soon.

Please RSVP to workshops and the Faculty Forum here.

Wednesday January 17th,  Making the Most of Your Community-Based Learning Experience

2:30-4pm in CAST (JR G40)

Presenters: Cass Freedland and Lindsay Johnson

Who should attend: Anyone thinking about or planning a CBL component for their Spring 2018 course

Workshop description: Incorporating community-based learning experiences into your classroom can take many forms, from one-time field trips to working at a partnering site within the community on a weekly or monthly basis. Making the most of these engagements will require planning: What are your learning outcomes? How are these experiences integrated into your classroom content? In what ways are you asking students to reflect? How can you be mindful of deficit-based language in the classroom and in reflections? How will you get to your site?  Join us in thinking through the nuts and bolts of your community-based learning experiences, and learning how the Office of Community-Based Learning can support you. RSVP to workshops and the Faculty Forum here.

Friday January 19th, Gearing Up for Group Work

3:30-5pm in CAST, JR G 40

Presenters: Robin Cresiski and Michael Curry

Who should attend: CPE instructors and any other faculty planning to use a group project/group work

Workshop description: Let’s get together and discuss a few best practices for setting up our group work this semester. How do we get students to engage meaningfully in what it means to do group work? What exercises facilitate this process? How do we maximize team autonomy and learning in a team while minimizing student complaints/requests for faculty intervention? RSVP to workshops and the Faculty Forum here.

Thursday January 25th, Adding a Beginner Level Video Project to Your Course

2:30-4pm in VM B12 (Digital Arts Classroom)

Presenter: Johnathan Baker, new Digital Arts Specialist at Goucher College

Description:  The first part of this hands-on workshop will introduce the most basic use of video in a class project, such as importing a short movie created on a smartphone and doing rudimentary editing in iMovie. Afterwards, Johnathan will provide an introduction to Adobe Premiere Pro, a more robust video editing software, as well as ideas for assignments and learning outcomes. This will be followed with an advanced session for those who may be already familiar with video editing and want to dig a little deeper, or depending on participants, . This workshop aims to get anyone up and running with video editing, and will cover the basics of file management, importing, editing, color, audio, and exporting the final video. RSVP to workshops and the Faculty Forum here.

If you have any questions, contact cast@goucher.edu or call 410-337-6128