MTI: College of Natural Sciences

MTI Coordinator: Deborah M. Garrity
Associate Professor: Department of Biology
Office: E344 Anatomy-Zoology


Upcoming Workshops

College of Natural Sciences - Master Teaching Initiative Luncheon
Presenter: Nancy Levinger, Ph.D.
Event Contact: Debbie Garrity
Date: November 29, 2017
Location: Lory Student Center, Room 386
Time: 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Description: For many of us, when we arrive in front of our class at the semester's start, we see the sea of students most of whom are there because of a requirement. We have expectations for them and they have expectations for them. But did you ever wonder what students are thinking or doing during class? or how they even chose that particular class? Then try being one of them... During Spring 2017, I enrolled in LGER100, German 1, and had the experience of being a student again. In this MTI, I will lead a discussion about student behaviors both on at the basis of my own experiences and drawing from the anthropological study presented in the book My Freshman Year by Rebekah Nathan, and other resources. Please come ready to share your own questions and experiences. I hope you'll join the discussion! Please RSVP to cns_info@colostate.edu by Wednesday, November 22, 2017.

Previous Workshops

College of Natural Sciences MTI Luncheon
Presenter: Brian Jones
Event Contact: Dr. Deborah Garrity
Date: October 10, 2017
Location: Lory Student Center Room 386
Time: 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Description: We all want every student to succeed, and we want them to understand that they are welcomed and supported. What strategies can we employ to achieve these goals? And, as importantly, what might we be doing that hampers our progress? There’s no single answer to these questions, and all of us have experiences that will shed light on this issue. In this session, we’ll spend most of our time in small moderated groups, sharing ideas and insights with our colleagues. You’ll get to meet and interact with folks from other departments, you’ll come away with an increased understanding of the issues at play, and you’ll pick up—and you’ll share with others—some practical suggestions of how to make your classroom more equitable and more inclusive. Please join the conversation! Please RSVP to cns_info@colostate.edu by Friday, October 6, 2017.

Integrating games and play into the classroom to optimize learning: It's not all fun and games, but it could be
Presenter: Diana Sanchez, Pamela Lundeberg, Lauren Bates – Department of Psychology
Event Contact: Dr. Deborah Garrity
Date: April 18, 2017
Location: LSC 386 (formerly Room 230)
Time: 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Description: Research on the science of learning explores methods and techniques that can be used in the classroom to improve student learning. Three researchers will talk about modern topics of adding games and play to the classroom. They will present current ideas based on research findings and practical applications of what instructors can do to make the classroom more fun while facilitating learning.   RSVP Info:  Email invitations will be sent, or contact Dr Garrity (below).   Contact Info: Dr. Deborah Garrity, 491-2513, Deborah.garrity@colostate.edu

Creating Effective Exams
Presenter: Dr. Erica Suchman, Department of Microbiology, Immunology and Pathology
Event Contact: Dr. Deborah Garrity
Date: February 22, 2017
Location: Lory Student Center Room 386
Time: 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Description: In this session we will discuss writing assessments (exams) that align with your expected learning outcomes, and help to maximize student success. However, it is impossible to talk about exams without discussing how we prepare our students for these exams. So we will discuss creating learning outcomes, articulating those to your students, preparing your assessments and then creating class sessions that help students achieve your intended learning outcomes. Please RSVP to: cns@colostate.edu by Friday, February 17, 2017. Contact Debbie Garrity, 491-2513, deborah.garrity@colostate.edu with questions.

THE ROLE AND EFFECTS OF HILARITY AND GRAVITY IN EDUCATION
Presenter: Dr. Joseph DiVerdi, Special Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry
Event Contact: Dr. Deborah Garrity
Date: November 09, 2016
Location: Lory Student Center Room 386
Time: 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Description: Should learning be fun? What is the balance between enticing students to be engaged using fun lead-ins, versus challenging them to develop the grit required to become a self-directed learner? Please RSVP to: cns@colostate.edu by Friday, November 4, 2016. Contact Debbie Garrity, 491-2513, deborah.garrity@colostate.edu with questions.

EXPLORING ACTS OF CLASSROOM DISRUPTIVENESS…..DID YOU REALLY JUST DO THAT?|
Presenter: Melissa Emerson, Director Conflict Resolution & Student Conduct Services
Event Contact: Dr. Deborah Garrity
Date: October 12, 2016
Location: Lory Student Center Room 386
Time: 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Description: Have you witnessed an increase of incivility in your classroom? If so, you are not alone. The heightened concern for safety on college campuses makes faculty and staff more conscious of disruptive, threatening, and concerning behaviors. Examples include: use of email, list-serves, or social media to verbally attack or slander classmates as well as bullying through the intentional isolation of colleagues on team projects. Conflicts within the classroom impact a student’s ability to learn and an instructor’s ability to teach. Join the Director of the Student Resolution Center and the Program Director of Academic Integrity as they team up to explore disruptive student behavior and strategies to effectively address classroom conflict. Please RSVP to: cns@colostate.edu by Friday, October 7th, 2016. Contact Debbie Garrity, 491-2513, deborah.garrity@colostate.edu with questions.