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CETL's Faculty Appreciation Day - April 11 - Reading Day -FR

Author: myUNB News

Posted on Apr 6, 2018

Category: News and Notices

Join us on Wednesday, April 11 (Reading Day) from 2:30 - 3 p.m. in MacLaggan Hall, room 53 for the Furious Fives presentations.  Five presenters, five topics and only five minutes to present.  They're fast and they're furious.  See topics below.

Following the Furious Fives join us at the Grad Bar for refreshments from 3 - 4:30 p.m.  It's Faculty Appreciation Day - come out and enjoy some time with your colleagues.


CATME Tool for Project Group Selection in CHE3505- Chemical Process Design
Jamie Miles, Chemical Engineering
The CATME Team-Maker tool uses a survey as the basis for forming groups. Instructors choose the criteria and weighting that are relevant for their groups. For two years, I have used this to form teams for a 3rd-year design course and the results have largely been positive.

The TRC Calls to Action: Indigenizing the Academy One Personal Reflection at a Time
Nicole O'Byrne Faculty of Law
Responding to the 94 Truth and Reconciliation Calls to Action requires us all to come to terms with decolonization and challenges us as educators to meaningfully Indigenize the university learning environment. For many of us, this journey can be painful as we confront the noxious legacy of residential schools, the paternalism of the Indian Act, and the tenuous relationship between First Nations and Metis people and the Canadian state. To help my students face the challenge and grow as learners, I have introduced critical reflection papers (500-1000 words) as a personal way for the students to integrate the course readings into their own journey.

Show what you mean
Howard Li, ECE
Use props to show what you mean.
- make a point clear.
- build associations.
- serve as a real-world problem.
- have an emotional impact.
- act as an effective analogy.
- inject humour into a presentation.
- draw the audience's attention.
- invite interactions.
- make the point memorable.

Amusing (Awkward?) Physical Demonstrations
Fred Mason, Kinesiology
During courses related to the history of sport and recreation, I occasionally do physical demonstrations related to course content. This has included reconstructing a pistol duel with Nerf guns, and boxing in the style of ancient Greek art. This is interesting for students and breaks up class, but also provides a “hook” for helping remember key concepts and expand discussion. For this Furious Five, I will demonstrate the Meso-American ball game with a volleyball and a pool belt.

Retrieval exercises: Putting those last few minutes to good use
Magdalen Normandeau (Physics/Science)
Inspired by a talk by James Lang at the October 2017 AAU Teaching Showcase, I often ended my astrophysics classes with short retrieval exercises this term. The effort of trying to retrieve information strengthens mental connections and improves retention. These activities did not require planning on my part, and they were perfect for those class periods when there were too few minutes left at the end to start a new topic, but enough to do something meaningful.

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Contact: Nancy Fitzpatrick

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