Registration - Fall Faculty Day 2011


Fall Faculty Day, Monday, September 19, 2011, you are invited to participate in one moderated roundtable discussion on an issue related to excellence in teaching and student learning (See below). This year features a shorter, more interactive program.

Note: Deadline to sign up is Monday, September 12.



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  2. You can select 3 choices from 5 roundtables. Please see the description of each roundtable below and click "Add" button to select your choice.
  3. Please click "Submit" button to complete the registration. You will be given a reference number after the submission of your choices.

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How do we challenge—and respect— student beliefs and political opinions in the classroom?

Students usually come to class with non-negotiable values, and seek affirmation that their experiences are valid. This discussion investigates if and when it is desirable to challenge students' beliefs and opinions as they impact course content.

Questions raised in this discussion:

How can we challenge students in a way that positively contributes to learning and engagement?

What is worth challenging?

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How do we change our (all too often) low expectations of our students and their work?

It is axiomatic that most incoming students are not prepared for college. Faculty tend to be critical of the job that high schools are doing preparing students for even basic college subjects.

Questions for discussion:

How can we get students to take the initiative and responsibility for their own learning?

How do we teach the students we have, not the ones we wish we had?

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What is the link between teaching and technology?

Americans born between 1985 and 2000 (Millennials) are using technology unimaginable a decade ago. Evidence linking technology with pedagogy continues to grow as more of Millennials are college-bound. However, there are multiple considerations when choosing certain technologies over others for use in the classroom. Discussants will address specific pedagogical practices using IT and social media that have worked for them.

Questions for discussion:

How do I deal with the challenges (learning curves/expense/time commitment) associated with incorporating new technology into my teaching?

How do I avoid perpetuating old models of teaching, or using technology as an end?

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To lecture or not to lecture: What’s the effective way to deliver course content?

This discussion considers balancing course content and delivery with the needs of students.

Discussants will address the following concerns:

What makes a great lecture?

What are creative ways to teach my discipline?

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Should Place and Community –a campus learning outcome-- shape a discipline’s curriculum or does this institutional value reflect those values already implicit in a discipline?

Using a consensus approach, CSULA established four institutional learning outcomes (ILO) that reflect the mission and vision of the university. The ILO that is most unique to CSULA is Place and Community: Urban and global mission (see full description <>). However, this particular ILO is not as readily visible in each discipline’s curriculum as the other outcomes.

This leads to several questions:

What does it mean to teach your discipline in Los Angeles?

Does this outcome communicate something unique about CSULA that, as a community, we value? What are some of the ways this outcome might be embodied in a discipline?

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