Events Calendar

Stearns Center Events Calendar

Welcome to our events calendar page! Please bookmark this page to learn more about upcoming events and changes to events listed below.  Also, don't forget to sign up for our monthly newsletter to keep up with all SC events and support resources!

  • Workshops blend information, interaction, and application; they are live events only. 
  • Webinars blend information with a Q&A period; they are recorded for future viewing. 
  • Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Workshops count toward our Level 1 Credential. 

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Fall 2021

August

August 14 | 1:30 - 2:30 pm | CPD Workshop for New Adjunct Faculty: Designing Your Syllabus

August 16 | 3:15 - 4:15 pm| CPD Workshop for New Faculty: Designing Your Syllabus

August 18 | 11:00 am - 2:00 pm | Training: Horizon Hall Orientation

August 20 | 10:00 am - 3:00 pm | Training: Horizon Hall Orientation

August 20 | 1:30 - 2:30 pm | Webinar:  How to Check the Quality of Your Online Courses & Online Teaching?

August 31 | 11:00 am - 12:30 pm | CPD Workshop: Designing High Impact Writing Assignments

September

September 1 | 12:00 - 1:00 pm | Webinar: Engaging Students in Hybrid Learning Environments

September 3 | Deadline: Apply for Teaching Squares

September 7 | 12:00 - 1:00 pm | CPD Workshop:  Efficient Grading for Assignments and Activities

September 8 | 11:00 am - 12:30 pm | CPD Workshop: Writing to Engage

September 10 | 1:00 - 2:30 pm | Webinar: Rethinking Assessments

September 14 | 1:00 - 2:30 pm| Webinar: Basic Questions About Accessibility and Usability in Online Courses

September 17 | 12:00 - 1:00 pm | Webinar: Instructional Design Tips and Strategies

SC Signature Event | Sept 20-24 | 10:00 am - 4:30 pm | Innovations in Teaching and Learning Conference (ITL) 

September 29 | 11:00 am - 12:30 pm | CPD Workshop: Providing Feedback to Support Student Revision

October

October 1 | 2:00 - 3:30 pm | Webinar: Engaging Asynchronous Students

October 5 | 11:00 am - 12:30 pm | CPD Workshop: Using Writing to Support Content Learning

October 6 | 12:00 - 1:00 pm | Webinar: Engaging Students in Hybrid Learning Environments

October 8 | Deadline: Nominations for Full-Time Faculty Teaching Excellence Awards

October 12 | 11:00 am - 12:00 pm | Workshop: Balancing Content Coverage and Experiential Learning in Mason Impact Courses 

October 15 | 12:00  - 1:00 pm | Webinar: Designing Asynchronous Online Discussions for Student Engagement and Interaction

October 19 | 12:00 - 1:00 pm | CPD Workshop: Efficient Grading for Assignments and Activities

October 26 | 12:00 - 1:30 pm |  Webinar: Utilizing Multimedia For Course Design

October 31 | Deadline: Teaching Squares Final Meetings concluded

November

November 1 | 1:00 -2:30 pm | Webinar: Exploring OER

November 2 | 11:00 am - 12:30 pm |  CPD Workshop: Providing Feedback to Support Student Revision

November 3 | 12:00 - 2:00 pm | CPD Workshop: Improving Student Performance on Assignments Using the TILT Framework

November 9 | 11:00 am - 12:30 pm | CPD Workshop: Designing High Impact Writing Assignments

November 10 | 11:00 am - 12:00 pm|  Workshop: Creating and Grading Experiential Learning in Mason Impact Classes

SC Sponsored Event | November 15 | 12:30 - 1:30 pm | Location: Zoom – link will be sent to all registrants on Sunday, November 14. Register HERE.

In collaboration with the Stearns Center for Teaching and Learning, the First-Gen+ Center will host a dynamic and thoughtful online discussion featuring Dr. Blake Silver (Assistant Professor of Sociology, George Mason University) and Dr. Lisa Nunn (Director of the Center for Educational Excellence and Professor of Sociology, University of San Diego). Both Dr. Silver and Dr. Nunn will share findings from their recently published books (The Cost of Inclusion: How Student Conformity Leads to Inequality on College Campuses; and College Belonging: How First-Year and First-Generation Students Navigate Campus Life, respectively) and invite questions from faculty and staff on how best to engage with and support success for first-generation college students.

Registration for the program is required; all who register by Nov 1 at 11:59pm EST will receive a free copy of the book of their choice AND a $5 coffee card. Grab that cup of coffee or tea and join us! Questions? Please contact Dr. Amber Holton-Thomas | ahampto@gmu.edu

November 17 | 1:00 - 2:30 pm | Webinar: Inclusive Course Design and Teaching

November 19 | 12:00 -1:00 pm | Webinar: Grading in Blackboard

December

December 3 | Deadline: Nominations for Part-time Adjunct Faculty Teaching Excellence Awards

December 3 | Deadline: Nominations for Online Teaching Excellence Awards

December 6 | Deadline: Applications for January Course ReDesign Academy  

SC Partner Event | December 6 | 12:00 - 1:00 pm | Workshop: Developing an Ethic of Care Toward First-Generation Student Belonging | Online | Facilitator: Amber Holton-Thomas

Stearns Center for Teaching and Learning and the First-Gen+ Center welcome you to Session #2 of the “Supporting First-Generation College Students in the Classroom and Beyond” series.

On Monday, December 6 (12:00-1:00 p.m. EST), Dr. Amber Holton-Thomas from the First-Gen+ Center will host "Developing an Ethic of Care Toward First-Generation Student Belonging," a workshop to provide frameworks and strategies you can use with students in your courses as the semester ends. This will be an action-oriented follow up session from the First-Gen Week Book Talk  with Dr. Blake Silver and Dr. Lisa Nunn (held Monday, November 15th).

The first 30 minutes will be a time to “listen in” to content (you are encouraged to move around or have your lunch during this portion!) and the final 30 minutes will be spent in conversation with one another. All participants will be sent a copy of the slides and a resource handout following the session. *Note: if you were not able to attend the November 15 session, you may still join us!

Registration for the program is required. Please register hereQuestions? Please contact ahampto@gmu.edu

December 10 | Deadline: Applications for Winter Faculty Writing Retreat

 

December

December 3 | Deadline: Nominations for Part-time Adjunct Faculty Teaching Excellence Awards

December 3 | Deadline: Nominations for Online Teaching Excellence Awards

December 6 | Deadline: Applications for January Course ReDesign Academy  

SC Partner Event | December 6 | 12:00 - 1:00 pm | Workshop: Developing an Ethic of Care Toward First-Generation Student Belonging | Online | Facilitator: Amber Holton-Thomas

Stearns Center for Teaching and Learning and the First-Gen+ Center welcome you to Session #2 of the “Supporting First-Generation College Students in the Classroom and Beyond” series.

On Monday, December 6 (12:00-1:00 p.m. EST), Dr. Amber Holton-Thomas from the First-Gen+ Center will host "Developing an Ethic of Care Toward First-Generation Student Belonging," a workshop to provide frameworks and strategies you can use with students in your courses as the semester ends. This will be an action-oriented follow up session from the First-Gen Week Book Talk  with Dr. Blake Silver and Dr. Lisa Nunn (held Monday, November 15th).

The first 30 minutes will be a time to “listen in” to content (you are encouraged to move around or have your lunch during this portion!) and the final 30 minutes will be spent in conversation with one another. All participants will be sent a copy of the slides and a resource handout following the session. *Note: if you were not able to attend the November 15 session, you may still join us!

Registration for the program is required. Please register hereQuestions? Please contact ahampto@gmu.edu

December 10 | Deadline: Applications for Winter Faculty Writing Retreat

 

Spring 2022

January

January 4-10 | Course ReDesign Academy Online Modules *OPEN*

January 5-14 | 1:00 -2:30 pm | Mini Course: Designing Your Syllabus | Online | Facilitator: Crystal Anderson

In this seven-to-ten-hour mini course, faculty will design a syllabus that promotes student success and engagement by making goals and assignments clear and relevant for students. Faculty will create or revise existing student learning outcomes, align them with assessments with clear criteria for grading and organize course content to maximize student learning. Participants can earn a Level 2 credential for Educational Resource Development in Stearns Continuing Professional Development program. Register here

January 11-12 | Course ReDesign Academy Meetings

January 12-14 | Faculty Writing Retreat

SC Partner Event | January 13 | 12:30 - 1:30 pm | Workshop:  Promising Pedagogies to Support First-Generation Students | Online | Facilitator: Graziella Pagliarulo McCarron

In collaboration with the Stearns Center for Teaching and Learning, the First-Gen+ Center will host the 3rd session of its faculty/staff development series – “Supporting First-Generation College Students in the Classroom and Beyond” – on Thursday, January 13, 2022, 12:30-1:30pm EST (via Zoom).

The theme of this January session will be Promising Pedagogies to Support First-Generation Students, and attendees will engage with evidence-based practices to support them in preparing Spring 2022 syllabi that are inclusive of first-generation student needs and ways of learning. The 1-hour workshop will offer simple tips that can make a big difference to your students. Hosts: Dr. Shelley Reid (Director for Teaching Excellence, Stearns Center) and Dr. Graziella Pagliarulo McCarron (First-Gen+ Center Affiliate Faculty and Assistant Professor of Leadership Studies, School of Integrative Studies). Please join us!

Registration for the program is required. Please register here.  Questions? Please contact stearns@gmu.edu.

February

February 1 – 18 | Mini-Course: Creating Transparent Assignments | Hybrid | Facilitator: Crystal Anderson 

In this six-to-ten-hour mini course, faculty will create/redesign an assignment that positions all students for their best learning. Studies have shown that increasing transparency in just any two assignments can enhance the performance of all students, with historically underserved students showing the greatest gains. Using the Transparency in Learning and Teaching (TILT) framework, faculty will learn the elements of transparent assignment design, compare assignments before and after “tilting,” and design an assignment for one of their courses. Register here

 

February 1 – March 8th | 2:00 – 3:30 p.m. |Faculty Learning Community: Teaching with Writing – Integrating Learning Outcomes for Writing in Writing-Intensive and Writing-Enriched Courses | Online | Facilitator: Emily Staudt

Are you revising your writing-intensive course (or planning to do so soon)? Looking to propose a new writing-intensive course? Or looking for new ways to strengthen your assignments and incorporate more active learning into your writing-enriched course?  the Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC) Program will be leading an online faculty learning community (FLC) focused on teaching with writing. This FLC is designed to help faculty align learning tasks with course outcomes and incorporate more active learning opportunities for students.  Interested in this FLC opportunity? Please complete this survey to let us know. 

 

February 9 | 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. | Webinar: Designing High Impact Writing Assignments | Online| Facilitator: Tom Polk 

This webinar is designed to introduce foundational practices for teaching with writing and designing writing assignments. Participants will learn what design characteristics research shows contribute to both meaningful and impactful writing assignments. Registration coming soon.

 

February 23 | 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. | Workshop: Engaging Students in Inclusive Hybrid Learning Environments | Online | Facilitator: Crystal Anderson

Do you want to increase the sense of community and build rapport with all students in your course? Do you want students to engage your diverse course material and each other? Do you want to learn to leverage technology to increase student engagement? In this workshop, you will learn how to apply the principles of inclusive teaching across teaching modalities, deploy three modes of student engagement and practice incorporating inclusive engagement strategies in your course. Register here

March

March 2 | 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. | Webinar: Using Writing to Support Content Learning | Online| Facilitator: Tom Polk

Writing-to-learn (WTL) assignments are low-stakes approaches to teaching course content through writing. These short and informal writing tasks offer students an opportunity to explore and consolidate their understanding of concepts. They also help to increase student engagement and facilitate critical thinking. This webinar will provide some foundational information about WTL, offer sample designs, and give participants some time work on a design of their own.  Registration coming soon. 

 

March 23 | 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. |Workshop: Inclusive Teaching Using the TILT (Transparency in Learning and Teaching) Method | Online | Facilitator: Crystal Anderson

Are you interested in increasing the confidence and sense of belonging of your students? Would you like to learn simple strategies to promote student success in face-to-face and online courses? Do you want more students to benefit from your assignments? In this workshop, you will learn about the Transparency in Learning & Teaching (TILT) framework, which equitably promotes student success. Register here

 March 30 | 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. |Webinar: Providing Feedback to Support Student Revision | Online| Facilitator: Tom Polk 

Participants in this webinar will learn more about how students revise and gain some strategies for providing feedback to support more substantive student revision.  Registration coming soon. 

April

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May

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Summer 2022

June

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July

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August

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