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2017 - 2018: January, 2018

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January Newsletter

Faculty friends,  

Hope your term is off to an auspicious start! Here's some news on loaner laptops and upcoming dates to know, plus some food for thought.  

From User Services: Loaner laptops for students  

A limited number of laptops are available for loan to students; these are intended to be used on a short-term basis while a student's machine is under repair or during a time of temporary hardship. Normally the loan period is limited to two weeks, although it is possible to extend this in extreme circumstances. We do ask that all computer loans to students be sponsored by a faculty or staff member to help ensure that the device remains in good condition and is returned in a timely manner. Laptops can also be checked out in the Library, but must remain in the Library for use. Please contact a member of User Services to find the best solution for your student's need.

Tuesday Soup (informal faculty chats over lunch) beginning January 30, Handler Forum (AH 300), 11:45 - 1:15   All are welcome; come and go as your schedule permits. Here's how it works:

Lunch and Learn: Cate Denial (History) on the Digital Pedagogy Lab Summer Institute Thursday, February 1, 12:15 - 1 pm, AH 115   Bring a lunch and hear about the exciting things that Cate learned at the Digital Pedagogy Lab Summer Institute; here's some background information on the Institute.

Mark your calendars: Fridays at Four, March 2: Jennifer Templeton and Jim Mountjoy (Biology) (E117 SMC. Refreshments at 4; Talk at 4:15) Jennifer and Jim will talk about their ongoing research on bird behavior; more details to come.

CoFR deadlines


Food for thought from around the web:


Coming soon: Transparent assignments mini-workshops   What if your assignments were easier to grade? What if students knew whether or not they were doing excellent work before they turned it in? Clear communication about purpose, task, and criteria can make all the difference for students and for you. Read here about the TILT (Transparency in Learning and Teaching) project, and start thinking about an assignment for next term that you might want to workshop with a few colleagues, either late this term or early next term--an opportunity to choose a date and time will be announced soon.

Teaching consultations   Have a thorny teaching issue? A fabulous idea you need to bounce off of someone or figure out how to implement? I'm here to help, and it's all totally confidential. Email Mary at facultydevelopment@knox.edu with your question, or to set up a time to chat.