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    Here's some of October 2014's Upcoming Events:

    Science of Learning Seminar #3 — Prior Knowledge, Misconceptions, Knowledge Construction 
    Thursday,  October 9, 2:30 - 4:00 pm, 153 Murphy Library (ICE)

    What is a student’s most important asset for learning? Is it IQ, motivation, parents’ income, the quality of the schools attended? What matters most for new learning is what students already know about the subject—their prior knowledge. As one group of researchers concluded, students’ prior knowledge significantly influences what they notice about the situation, how they organize and interpret it. This affects their ability to remember, reason, solve problems, and acquire new knowledge (Bransford, Brown & Cocking, 1999). This session examines the role of prior knowledge in learning, and how teachers can uncover students’ prior knowledge and respond to prior knowledge problems such as poorly understood concepts, persistent student misconceptions, and gaps in prior knowledge

    How and Why to Design Student-Choice Assignments
    Friday, October 10, 1:30 - 3:00 p.m., 153 Murphy Library (ICE)

    Allowing a level of choice in how assignments are completed in the class can be a motivator for students and create a more engaging classroom environment. This workshop will discuss reasons to use student-choice in assignment design, highlight strategies to design such assignments, and share examples of student-choice assignments from courses at UW-La Crosse. The final part of the workshop will ask participants to engage in conversation with peers about assignments from their own courses that could employ an element of choice, while brainstorming concerns and corresponding solutions with the group.

    Science of Learning Seminar #4 - Shallow vs. Deep Learning
    Thursday,  October 16, 2:30 - 4:00 p.m., 153 Murphy Library (ICE)
    (repeated October 23)

    Robust, durable learning is more likely to result from deep cognitive engagement in which students try to make sense of the subject matter. In contrast, students who simply memorize and review the material may spend a lot of time and effort only to learn very little. They may do well on tests but their knowledge is temporary, of little use and easily forgotten. This session explores the differences between shallow and deep processing, and on how teachers can create assignments, exercises and tasks that engage students in mental activities that lead to durable learning.

    E-Portfolios for Learning Outcomes Assessment
    Friday, October 17, 1:30 - 3:00p.m., 153 Murphy Library (ICE)Capturing student learning and development over the course of time is not an easy task.  Many academic departments on campus are using or planning to use ePortfolios to understand and improve student learning.  This session will review the kinds of assessment opportunities generated by the ePortfolio process as well as how D2L can be used to facilitate students' creation of ePortfolios. Some current examples from academic departments will be shared.

    Science of Learning Seminar #4 - Shallow vs. Deep Learning

    Thursday,  October 23, 2:30 - 4:00 p.m., 153 Murphy Library (ICE) 
    (see event  description from October 16)

    NSSE 2014: Results from the New Effective Teaching Practices Indicator and Writing Experiences Module
    Friday, October 24, 1:30 - 2:30 p.m., 153 Murphy Library (ICE)
    This session will review UW-L's results from the 2014 NSSE survey as they apply to student perceptions of the learning activities they experienced and their reported gains in skills. For the first time NSSE included an Effective Teaching Practices Indicator that identified specific instructor behaviors related to feedback, organization, and use of examples to clarify class material. UW-L also administered the Experiences with Writing Module to understand how often students were asked to engage in tasks like providing peer feedback, engaging a particular audience, and summarizing numerical data in writing. The session will discuss these results and their implications for teaching on campus.

    My Mediasite Workshop
    Friday, October 24, 2014 - 3:00-4:30 p.m. 102 Wing Technology Center

    UW-L instructors now have access to MyMedia which enables you to use your laptop or computer's camera for desktop recording. You can record and narrate video, which you can then make available to students. With MyMedia you can create screencasts with audio, e.g., record yourself discussing a class assignment or giving a short lecture. You can narrate slideshows and provide students with course material before and/or after class. In this session, Terry Wirkus, Distance Learning Technology Coordinator, will introduce you to MyMedia, help you set up your own account, demonstrate how to upload media, edit video, and even upload media from portable devices. Participants will have an opportunity to create short demonstration material on your laptop.

    The session is divided into two parts. Feel free to attend one or both.

    • Part 1: 3:00 - 3:30   Overview of MyMedia and setting up your account. Be sure to attend Part 1 if you do not have a MyMedia account.
    • Part 2: 3:30 - 4:40   Creating and editing content. Already have a MyMedia account? If so, you may want to skip Part 1 and attend Part 2. 

    Participants should bring your laptop, as well as a portable device if you have one.