NOV 2019 | The Integration of ACTFL Standard in Arabic Pedagogy (Extramural)
2019 Annual Convention of the American Council on Teaching of Foreign Languages, sponsored by the American Association of University Supervisors, Coordinators, and Directors of Language Programs; Washington, DC
Distinguished Fellow presentation by Dr. Mahmoud Azaz
NOV 2019 | Enhancing Student Learning Outcomes Through Experiential Learning and Human-Centered Design Thinking
Featuring Brian Mayer, CUES Distinguished Fellow, Associate Professor of Sociology and Public Health, this interactive seminar and panel highlighted a CUES funded project, and unpacked its relevance for catalyzing the practice of innovative teaching and learning at the University of Arizona.
OCT 2019 | Global Citizenship for Campus, Community, and Careers: Crossing Borders and Boundaries (Extramural)
Association for American Colleges and Universities (AACU), San Antonio, TX
Distinguished Fellow presentation by Dr. John Pollard and Megan Baker, PhD Student
SEP 2019 | Teaching Distracted Minds
Are our cell phones destroying our ability to pay attention? Are students these days incapable of sitting down and focusing on difficult treadings, because they are so used to scrolling continuously through their phones? Has the advent of our latest technologies changed the human brain? Do we need to re-think our education systems for our tech-saturated world? Or should we focus instead on teaching students to focus their minds using techniques like mindfulness?
Teaching Distracted Minds gave creative solutions for the problems that educators at all levels are having with distracted students in class and offered some new ideas for how careful thinking about attention and distraction can improve the education we provide.
SEP 2019 | Inspiring Better Learning: Starting the Semester Off Right
On the first day of class, your students are forming a lasting impression not just of you as a teacher but of your course, too. Their early, thin-slice judgments are powerful enough to condition their attitudes toward the entire course, the effort they are willing to put into it, and the relationship they will have with you and their peers throughout the semester.
Inspiring Better Learning: Starting the Semester Off Right covered four core principles to help shape your first day of class and beyond.
APR 2019 | Quantitative Intuition Across the Disciplines
April 19-20, 2019
This two-day workshop expanded the scholarship of quantitative intuition. Leveraging expertise and interest from UArizona instructors from diverse disciplines, we explored and envisioned frameworks and curricula that deepen our understanding of quantitative intuition and engage students more successfully in discipline-specific quantitative reasoning. Topics included:
- Interplay of emotions and numbers: making data human
- Tension between (1) simplicity and realism, (2) examples and abstraction
- Role and impact of symbols
- Graphs and tables that “speak”
- Telling stories with meaning: whole numbers, decimals, rounding, and percentages
- Relating measurements to everyday objects
Throughout the two days, participants shared quantitative challenges and successes, characterized quantitative intuition and transferrability, and discussed implementation in UArizona courses and further research.
MAR 2019 | Informed Perspective-Taking: A New Gen Ed Model
Featuring John Pollard, CUES Distinguished Fellow and Associate Dean of the Honors College, this interactive seminar and panel brought participants inside a CUES funded project, and unpacked its relevance for catalyzing the practice of innovative teaching and learning at the University of Arizona.