March 2018 Events and Workshops
Tuesday March 6, 1:45-3:15pm in in JR G40
Winifred Cohn Borden ‘66 sponsored workshop: Supporting International Students and Second Language Learners, presentation by Lana Oweidat, Assistant Professor of Rhetoric and Composition and Director of the Writing Center, and Karen Sykes, Associate Director for International Students in the Center for Race, Equity and Identity (CREI). In this session, we will identify common misconceptions about teaching ELL students while working to better understand different language structures. In addition to providing some data about the international students’ demographics at Goucher, we will introduce some of the academic and emotional concerns of this student population. We will present best practices in responding to their writing and accommodating to them academically while considering how to implement strategies that identify global patterns (big picture) in learning. Attendees can expect to leave with a better understanding of strategies aimed at teaching ELL students. All faculty are welcome, WEC faculty are particularly encouraged to attend. Coffee and snacks will be provided! RSVP here.
Wednesday March 14, Time and Place TBD – SAVE THE DATE
Open Educational Resources: A High-Impact Practice Fostering Student Success, presented by C. Edward Watson, Ph.D., Associate Vice President for Quality, Advocacy, and LEAP Initiatives with AAC&U. A new large-scale study at the University of Georgia (UGA) reveals that faculty adoption of Open Educational Resources (OER) has similar student success benefits to AAC&U’s high-impact practices. While OER have saved students approximately $3.3 million at UGA, they also enable all students to have access to course materials on day one of the class. This has resulted in leveling the “academic playing field” with improved end of course grades and a decrease in DFW rates. These improvements were more pronounced for those who have been historically underserved by higher education. Those attending this session will leave with a broad understanding of the surprising impact OERs have on student success metrics as well as practical strategies for finding, adopting, and utilizing these materials. Presentation sponsored by the Nancy Smith Lurie Marks ’48 fund.
Thursday March 29, 2-4pm in VM B12
Introduction to Creative Coding, presentation by Andrew Bernstein from Goucher’s Graduate Program in Digital Arts.
Creative coding is the practice of using computer programming for art and design. In this workshop, we’ll learn the fundamentals of computer programming from the perspective of the creative arts, focusing on animation, interaction, and generative art. We’ll use the programming environment p5.js and explore how basic coding literacy can inform our work in the arts and beyond. RSVP here.