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Executive Vice President and Provost

Inquiry-Based Learning: Principles and Practice

Inquiry-based learning (IBL) is a set of course design principles that focuses engaging students in sense-making activities. There is typically very little lecture, and instead students are given a carefully constructed sequence of tasks to complete which require them to figure things out and make arguments in the same way that experienced professionals do. Recent large scale studies of IBL mathematics courses have shown that IBL teaching has a positive effect; the ideas are general enough that they can be applied to most disciplines. In this short workshop, we will discuss why one should consider IBL teaching, and begin figuring out some ways to use the ideas in our own classrooms. We can also discuss some of the potential challenges for instructors and students. Facilitated by TJ Hitchman, math department. Register for this event by clicking the “Register Now” button on the CETL website or visiting unicetl.eventbrite.com.

Re-Visiting the Classics on Diversity and Inclusion: Session Three

In "Toward a New Sociology of Masculinity," Tim Carrigan, Bob Connell and John Lee explore the history of ideas of masculinity, both in the context of feminism, and in the history and culture of gender and gender roles before the advent of feminism. This article is an excellent presentation of sociological approaches to the field of men’s studies. One of the authors, R.W. Connell, has become the leading figure internationally in masculinity studies. The article is available on the CETL website by clicking the calendar event for this session. Facilitator: Harry Brod (CSBS)

The CAT Classroom: Why YOU Might Want to Use this Room

The Collaborative, Active learning, Transformational (CAT) Classroom in Bartlett Hall is a classroom that takes face-to-face teaching with technology to a new level. With four round tables that seat six students each, a Smart Board, networked laptops and a dedicated wall-mounted monitor for each table and an instructor's station at the center of the room, the CAT Classroom allows faculty to engage students in using technology for learning during class. Session facilitators will demonstrate assignments that they’ve developed for use in the room and discuss the benefits and challenges of using the CAT classroom. Facilitated by Kim Baker, sociology, anthropology and criminology; Martie Reineke, philosophy and world religions; and Marybeth Stalp, sociology, anthropology and criminology. Registration not required.

 

Graduate College Brown Bag Lecture: "African American Voices of the Cedar Valley"

Joyce Chen, associate professor of communication studies,  will present "African American Voices of the Cedar Valley."

Although the African-American population in Iowa is small at 2.9%, they make up about 15.5% in Waterloo and 8.9% in Black Hawk County. African-Americans have continued to pursue recognition for their contributions to the economic development, cultural richness, social awareness and political justice in Iowa. This presentation focuses on the history of early African-American migrations to the Cedar Valley. Bring your lunch; cookies will be provided.

Guest Lecturer: Jim Leach

Jim Leach will speak on the topic "Why Civility Matters." Leach holds the chair in Public Affairs as a Visiting Professor of Law and Senior Scholar at the University of Iowa. He is a former chair of the National Endowment for the Humanities, and former U.S. Congressman from Iowa. His visit is sponsored by  the UNI American Democracy Project and the Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President.

Guest Lecture: Live Stronger Live Happier: A Scientific Approach

Dr. Amit Sood, professor of medicine at Mayo Clinic, will present a lecture and workshop "Live Stronger Live Happier: A Scientific Approach."  Sood will discuss groundbreaking insights into understanding how the human brain operates and how it generates stress, robbing our lives of joy and vitality. Sood has developed a program that integrates cutting edge advances in neurosciences with timeless principles to help us lower stress and anxiety, and enhance resiliency and well-being. This program has been tested in dozens of clinical trials and offered to thousands of patients and learners in the past six years. 

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