Faculty Development Newsletter

2016 - 2017: May, 2017

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Monday Motivation: Caffeine, sweets, and a useful handout 

7:45 - 9:15, AH 115 (or possibly the study nook next door, or the patio, weather permitting) Stay and chat, or just stop by and pick up what you need. Bring your own mug, if you think of it. 

Handout for Monday, May 8: 18 Ideas for Active Learning (in order of complexity)--pick up an idea or two to get a class out of the post-Flunk doldrums. 

Handout for Monday, May 15: Highlights of the chapter "Making Grading More Time-Efficient" from Walvoord and Anderson's Effective Grading: A Tool for Learning and Assessment 

This Monday at 4, in the Wilson House--Candid Conversations: Academic Accommodations "Academic Accommodations" 

Talk with your colleagues and with Stephanie Grimes, Director of Disability Services, about your experiences, questions, and concerns about academic accommodations. Planned topics include:

Save the date: "Creating a Culture of Respect: Education and Training on Discrimination and Harassment"

Please note the upcoming opportunities for all employees to receive training on discrimination and harassment, as required by federal and state law.   There will be three sessions to choose from; all will be held in the Trustees Room of Alumni Hall, include snacks, run 70 minutes (one class period), and allow time for questions at the end. Each will include information about applicable laws and required employee training compliance, reporting protocol, protected classes and relevant policy definitions, confidentiality, response support and resources, and investigation and resolution procedures. The dates and times are:

Watch your email for more information, coming soon.   


Requesting CoFR funding?

New Information Security Policy

As you may have seen in Steve Hall's newsletter, Knox recently adopted an Information Security Policy, and will likely be audited on its security procedures sometime this summer. All Knox employees will be receiving additional training in best practices regarding information security; more information will be available soon. For now, here's another link to the new policy, in case you missed it.  

Information Security News

Choice ideas from "Inside Higher Ed" last week

Overcoming writing roadblocks The GradHacker blog has some good advice for academics at all stages--here's some advice on overcoming writing roadblocks: https://www.insidehighered.com/blogs/gradhacker/gradhacker-writing-round 

Links from friends (thanks!):

Teaching consultations (this summer, too) 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. 

Need to learn a new technical tool this summer? Feel you aren't quite up to speed on some software? Don't have time to attend a formal class?  Lynda.com is for you!  Lynda offers video based lessons on hundreds of topics - in 3 - 5 minute blocks.  Knox has 10 licenses for Lynda.com--just contact submit a ticket at the ITS Service Desk . Courses include Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Publisher, Google Apps, Photoshop, InDesign, Premier, Acrobat, Moodle, Snagit, and Camtasia.