Summer 2022 Webinar Series

Basics of Diversity Statements

Thursday, June 30, 4:00pm-5:00pm PST
Host: Liz Cardenas, PFF Fellow
Co-Host: Jessi Knippel, PFF Fellow
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A diversity statement is a valuable tool when you practice teaching, research, leadership, and most other endeavors. Writing a diversity statement is an opportunity to narrate your journey as a teacher, scholar, and leader and articulate your values, beliefs, goals, and methods as an educator committed to justice, equity, diversity and inclusion, both in the classroom and in larger contexts. This session will highlight important considerations in writing your diversity statement no matter what stage you are in.

During this webinar, you will learn:

1. What to include in your Diversity Statements.
2. How to integrate Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI) in your statement.
3. How to communicate your experiences and commitment to embracing diversity and supporting inclusion and equity in education.
4. How to get more help developing your own Diversity Statements

How to Use Peer Reviews in Class

Thursday, July 14, 12:00pm-1:00pm PST
Host: Shamini Dias, Director of Transdisciplinary Curriculum and Special Projects
Co-Host: Jonathan Aragon, PFF Fellow
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Peer review is the implementation of peer-based learning methods as part of formative assessment. In peer-review, students are guided to provide feedback to each other to understand strengths and areas to improve in their classwork and assignments. Research by Linda Nilsen (2009), Lundstrom & Baker (2009), Reddy et al. (2020), and other scholars in different disciplines show that a guided dialogic process among peers helps students deepen knowledge, understand how to sharpen their work, and supports students to develop learning metacognition and learning how to learn skills. Not only does the depth of learning and quality of final work improve, but students also gain self-efficacy and independent learning skills that benefit them beyond our courses. Critical to effective peer-review that yields these benefits is the structure we set up and the facilitation processes we use to guide students through the process.

In this webinar you will learn:

1. How peer review supports learning and learning how to learn.
2. Strategies to implement peer-review in online and on-ground classes.

How to Organize Your Research and Notes with Zotero

Wednesday, July 20, 12:00pm-1:00pm PST
Host: Shelby Lamar, PFF Associate Director
Co-Host: Jonathan Aragon, PFF Fellow
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Reference management software is a scholar’s best friend! This workshop gives you tools to thrive during graduate school by showing how the free reference management software Zotero can save time and prevent citation frustrations. Organizing all your sources, reading notes, and entering citations manually can be overwhelming and cost precious time, especially when working on a long-term project like a thesis or dissertation. When working on a project, you may find that you forget what you have read, don’t remember where your notes are located, or can’t find the source of that amazing quote! The earlier you start using a reference management system, the easier it will be to take notes, draft papers, make bibliographies, and organize your research. Learn how to use Zotero and make grad life easier!

In this webinar you will learn:

1. The importance of organizing your research and notes
2. The basics of the Zotero application
3. Organization methods within Zotero

How to Design Equitable Rubrics

Monday, July 25, 4:00pm-5:00pm PST
Host: Liz Cardenas, PFF Fellow
Co-Host: Jessi Knippel, PFF Fellow
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Rubrics are used as a learning and assessment tool that articulates the expectations for assignments. There are many forms of rubrics that can improve transparency, reflexivity and support inclusive learning environments. Rubrics are a valuable tool for equitable grading that explicitly describes criteria and allows learners to distinguish one score from another. Rubrics can be a great tool to establish accountability for the learner and the teacher because they require one to share the target and describe what it means to hit the target, which ensures everyone can hit desired targets.

During this webinar, you will learn:

1. What rubrics are, and how they are useful.
2. Some basic types of rubrics
3. Design rubrics that are equitable.

Basics of Teaching Philosophy Statements

Wednesday, July 27, 4:30pm-5:30pm PST
Host: Jessi Knippel, PFF Fellow
Co-Host: Liz Cardenas, PFF Fellow
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Why and how we teach are important things to know, they are the elements that contour where we choose to teach and with whom we seek to teach. This is where a teaching philosphy comes into play, it is one of the places where we get to think and reflect on what and how we engage others.

During the course of this webinar we will address:

1. The basic elements that make up a TPS
2. Best Practices when writing a TPS
3. Where to include TPS and how to make it flexible for various employment and opportunities

How to Write Effective Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

Tuesday, Aug 2, 12:00pm-1:00pm PST
Host: Jessi Knippel, PFF Fellow
Co-Host: Liz Cardenas, PFF Fellow
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When creating a cake we need a recipe or scaffolding of some sort to garner the end result we are looking for, a tasty cake. The same is true in the class room, Student Learning Outcomes are part of the scaffolding that helps the teacher and student have a clear idea of the course objectives and how they will be achieved. The clarity and subsequent effectiveness of Student Learning Outcomes offers an accessible and solid rubric and assessment for both parties when it comes to accomplishing the goals of learning and completing the course.

During this webinar we will go over:

1. How to create clear and effective Student Learning Outcomes.
2. What are the elements that make up effective SLOs
3. Talk through any questions you have about SLOs