Spring 2021 Webinar Series

Faculty Websites: Getting Started with Content

Tuesday, February 2, 1:00-2:00 pm
Host: Jonathan Aragon, PFF Fellow
Co-Host: Shamini Dias, PFF Director
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In this session you will learn the why and what of faculty websites and view some example sites. If you are just looking to learn more, ready to set up your first site, or looking to expand your existing site, there will be useful takeaway resources for you in this webinar.

Providing Quality Feedback

Tuesday, February 9, 1:00-2:00 pm
Host: Jonathan Aragon, PFF Fellow
Co-Host
: Liz Cardenas, PFF Fellow
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In this session, you will learn some strategies for providing feedback to your students that will be useful for developing their assignments, interests, and professional identities. Additionally, we will explore different modes for providing feedback that will help with student engagement, instructor efficiency, and foster class relationships. 

Diversity Statement 101: The Fundamentals of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) 

Wednesday, February 17, 12:00-1:00 pm
Host: Liz Cardenas, PFF Fellow
Co-Host
: Jonathan Aragon, PFF Fellow
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This session will highlight important considerations in writing your Diversity Statement. We will examine Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) from a systems lens and identify concrete strategies to teach, model, and practice inclusion for diverse learners. We will discuss ways to communicate your experiences and commitment to embracing diversity and working for inclusivity and equity in education.

Learning Management Systems – Meaningful and Effective Discussion Forums

Tuesday, February 23, 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Host:
Jonathan Aragon, PFF Fellow
Co-Host: Liz Cardenas, PFF Fellow
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In this session, you will learn how to improve student engagement in online discussions by connecting those discussions to a meaningful purpose, and by utilizing features available in the Canvas environment. By the end of this webinar, you will have several strategies to deploy in your classes.

Transformational Teaching and Learning:
An Overview of Kristen Olson’s Wounded by School: Recapturing the Joy in Learning and Standing Up to Old School Culture 

Thursday, February 25, 1:00-2:00 pm
Host: Catherine Conner, PFF Fellow
Co-Host
: Noah Ringler, PFF Fellow
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Engagement in learning is critical for student success. Unfortunately, school can alienate many individuals, resulting in life-long “school wounds” that extend far beyond the classroom. By examining and understanding the wounds of schooling, how schools wound, and what we can do about it, we can avoid wounding students and work to transform their learning. In this webinar, we will use Kristen Olson’s Wounded by School to help us reconsider our teaching strategies. 

Assessing Student Learning: Alternatives to Letter Grading

Tuesday, March 2, 12:00-1:00 pm
Host: Noah Ringler, PFF Fellow
Co-Host: Jonathan Aragon, PFF Fellow
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Our grades should accurately reflect the skills we are trying to build in the classroom. While traditional grading techniques can be effective, there are alternative ways to provide students with grades that may feel less punitive. In this webinar, I will go over several alternative grading strategies such as ungrading and gamification.  

Organizing Research: Tools and Strategies

Wednesday, March 3, 12:00-1:30 pm
Host: Shelby Lamar, PFF Asst. Director
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Come learn how to organize your research and make grad life easier. This workshop gives you tools to thrive during graduate school by showing how reference management software can save time and prevent citation frustrations.

Transformational Teaching and Learning: Using Productive Struggle in the Classroom 

Thursday, March 11, 1:00-2:00 pm
Host: Catherine Conner, PFF Fellow
Co-Host
: Shamini Dias, PFF Director
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Resilience. Perseverance. Grit. These are qualities often associated with academic rigor and success. However, the paths to helping students develop these qualities are not always clear. In this webinar, we will discuss how using productive struggle in the classroom can help students develop and strengthen these traits, and how the role of teacher as “warm demander” can infuse empathy into an academically rigorous class environment. 

How to be an Antiracist Educator 

Thursday, March 25, 12:00-1:00 pm
Host:
Liz Cardenas, PFF Fellow
Co-Host
: Noah Ringler, PFF Fellow
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As the words antiracist and equity can become dangerously trendy, educators should pause and examine what they truly mean. Ibram X. Kendi, a leading antiracist scholar and New York Times bestselling author, states: “the only way to undo racism is to consistently identify it and describe it—and then dismantle it.” This session will review Dr. Kendi’s book “How To Be An Antiracist” and share key takeaways about how it applies to educators.  

Developing Effective Student Learning Outcomes

Tuesday, March 30, 12:00-1:00 pm
Host: Noah Ringler, PFF Fellow
Co-Host: Catherine Conner, PFF Fellow
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Developing effective student learning outcomes is a linchpin to successful course design and assessment. This webinar will provide participants with a stepbystep guide on how to develop student learning outcomes that are quantifiable and driven by backward design. By doing so, both educators and students will be able to more accurately gauge the extent to which the course fulfilled their expectations and goals.   

Writing Your Teaching Philosophy Statement 

Tuesday, April 6, 1:00-2:00 pm
Host: Catherine Conner, PFF Fellow
Co-Host
: Jonathan Aragon, PFF Fellow
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In this webinar, we will discuss ways to craft your teaching philosophy statement to showcase your background, values, and approach to teaching along with your journey to becoming an educator. 

Growth Mindset for Grad School  

Friday, April 9, 12:00pm-1:30pm
Host: Shamini Dias, PFF Director
Co-Host: Shelby Lamar, PFF Asst. Director
Zoom Link: https://cgu.zoom.us/j/81949631576
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This webinar is part of CGU’s First Year Experience program, but all are welcome. 

In this webinar, we examine Carol Dweck’s work on Growth Mindset and its importance for learning success. We will explore strategies to foster a growth mindset as a capacity to help you flourish in your graduate studies. 

Assessing Student Learning: Student Self-Assessment 

Tuesday, April 13, 12:00-1:00 pm
Host:
Noah Ringler, PFF Fellow
Co-Host
: Catherine Conner, PFF Fellow
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“Give a man a fish, he’ll eat for a day; teach a man how to fish and he’ll eat for a lifetime”. Assessment techniques that focus on student self-assessment rather than teacher assessment can help build life-long self-sufficient learners. This webinar will discuss several ways we can promote student self-assessment in our classrooms and build meta-cognition in our students. 

Receiving Feedback in Grad School  

Friday, April 23, 12:00pm-1:30pm
Host:
Shelby Lamar, PFF Asst. Director
Co-Host: Shamini Dias, PFF Director
Zoom Link: https://cgu.zoom.us/j/84716549994 
Mobile: +1-408-638-0968  Meeting ID: 847 1654 9994
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This webinar is part of CGU’s First Year Experience program
, but all are welcome.

Receiving feedback is an important part of learning and graduate school. But how do we respond to feedback? What can we do with it? In this webinar, we explore the role and impact of feedback in learning, and how you can build strategies to use feedback as a tool for sharpening your abilities and being successful in your graduate studies.

Equity-Centered and System Thinking Leadership in the Classroom

Wednesday, April 28, 12:00-1:00 pm
Host:
Liz Cardenas, PFF Fellow
Co-Host
: Noah Ringler, PFF Fellow
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This session focuses on equity-centered teaching leadership that strives to build inclusive learning environments where all students can thrive. We will build a shared understanding of the intersection of race, power, and privilege in our society and school systems. We will also explore ways to develop a system thinking mindset that ensures students have the tools to navigate, question, and undo systemic barriers. 

Fall 2020 Webinar Series

Academic Integrity in the Online Classroom

Tuesday, September 22, 4:00-5:00 pm
Facilitator: Catherine Conner, PFF Fellow
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In this webinar, we will discuss taking a proactive approach to academic integrity and explore some of the strategies you can use to develop a classroom culture that fosters honesty, integrity, and accountability while disincentivizing cheating. 

How to Support LGBTQ+ Students in the Classroom

Tuesday, September 29, 12:00-1:00 pm
Facilitator: Shelby Lamar, PFF Assistant Director
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This webinar will explain the challenges LGBTQ+ college students most often face and give you specific strategies to improve your facilitation techniques, course design, and policies to help ensure you are engaging and supporting LGBTQ+ students in your courses.

Using Productive Struggle to Build Learner Persistence

Thursday, October 1, 4:00-5:00 pm
Facilitator: Shamini Dias, PFF Director
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Often, struggling in the classroom can present barriers to learning and can leave students feeling defeated. But can productive struggle be a factor in active learning, self-efficacy, and resiliency? In this webinar, we will explore this concept and think more about ways to balance support with scaffolding to help students sharpen their higher-order skills and content knowledge.   

Facilitating Well-being in Your Classes: Aligning Academic and Health Outcomes

Tuesday, October 6, 1:00-2:00 pm
Facilitator: Jonathan Aragon, PFF Fellow
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The research shows that when well-being improves so does academic performance. This webinar will provide you with guidance on facilitating well-being through your implicit teaching and provide you with some takeaway tools you can start using today.  

Coping with the Load: Reference Management Software

Tuesday, October 13, 12:00-1:00 pm
Facilitator: Shelby Lamar, PFF Assistant Director
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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, write papers, make bibliographies, and organize your research. Come learn how to use Zotero and make grad life easier!

Value-Based Teaching: How to Align Your Values to Your Practice

Tuesday, October 13, 10:00-11:00 am
Facilitator: Noah Ringler, PFF Fellow
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It is common to teach both how and what we were taught. By doing this, we can unknowingly perpetuate unjust policies and learning environments that are not aligned with our values. This webinar will discuss the process of identifying your values and the reflexive processes needed to turn those values into actionable policies and assignments to help all your students succeed in a diverse and inclusive learning environment.

Inclusive, FutureFocused Scholarship: Using 3 Tech Tools to Publish Inclusive Scholarly Works 

Tuesday, October 20, 1:00-2:00 pm
Facilitator: Jonathan Aragon, PFF Fellow
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In this webinar, I will demonstrate how to harness the potential of modern technology to produce inclusive and engaging scholarly works. By the end of this webinar, I will provide templates you can use to get started today. 

Developing an Effective Teaching Portfolio 

Tuesday, November 3, 12:00-1:00 pm
Facilitator: Liz Cardenas, PFF Fellow
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A teaching portfolio is a collection of information about your teaching practice. When carefully developed, portfolios can significantly advance your professional growth and demonstrate evidence of exemplary teaching. This webinar will discuss how you can use teaching portfolios effectively to assess your teaching quality and enhance reflexivity.

What Do the Best Teachers Do?

Tuesday, November 10, 10:00-11:00 am
Facilitator: Noah Ringler, PFF Fellow
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Ken Bain conducted in-depth qualitative interviews with the most successful college professors in the country and this webinar will summarize his results and help you implement his discoveries in your courses. The webinar will cover issues like course design, student and self-assessment, and identifying student outcomes. The eBook is free to all CGU students on the Claremont Colleges Library website at https://ccl.on.worldcat.org/oclc/761325075. 

Understanding Teaching & Learning as a Complex Process: The Cynefin Framework

Thursday, November 19, 12:00-1:00 pm
Facilitator: Liz Cardenas, PFF Fellow
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Teaching and learning are some of the most complex human interactions and understanding complexity can help us be more agile and adaptive. The Cynefin framework from David Snowden is a powerful thinking tool used to make sense of complexity, discover and adapt, and embrace uncertainty and innovation. This webinar will explore how the Cynefin framework can be applied in the education landscape during times of crisis and change.

Summer 2020 Webinar Series

Mastering Online Class Facilitation

Tuesday, July 7, 1:00 to 2:00 pm
Facilitator:
Jonathan Aragon, PFF Fellow
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In this webinar, you will learn how to facilitate responsive, inclusive classes that make it hard to not succeed. The facilitation methods you learn in this webinar will dramatically reduce teacher administrative tasks and improve your students’ experience overall. The focus will be on facilitating asynchronous, synchronous, and blended models of instruction. You will not want to miss this! 

Understanding Issues of Engagement

Thursday, July 9, 1:00-2:00 pm
Facilitator: Sarah Eckert, PFF Fellow
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In this webinar, we examine issues surrounding student engagement. We will explore possible reasons for student disengagement as well as how we might address such situations to promote learning and engagement. 

Academic Integrity in Online Classes

Tuesday, July 14, 4:00-5:00 pm
Facilitator: Catherine Conner, PFF Fellow
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In this webinar, we will discuss taking a proactive approach to academic integrity and explore the strategies and tools you can use to develop a classroom culture that fosters honesty, integrity, and accountability. 

Promoting Active Learning Online

Thursday, July 16, 1:00 – 2:00 pm
Facilitator:
Noah Ringler, PFF Fellow
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As many classes have moved online, both students and professors have struggled to maintain class engagement. This should come as no surprise as teaching courses online is relatively new for many and requires a different set of skills. Accordingly, this webinar reviews specific strategies to facilitate student engagement online including a flipped classroom, group discussions, and problem-based learning.

Managing Writing in Online Classes

Tuesday, July 21, 7:00 – 8:00 pm
Facilitator:
Catherine Conner, PFF Fellow
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In this webinar, we will discuss some of the challenges of teaching writing online and how you can help students engage with writing in meaningful ways, synchronously or asynchronously. We will also explore assessment and feedback options. 

Reflexivity in Crisis and Beyond: Strategies for Your Class

Thursday, July 23, 12:00 – 1:00 pm
Facilitator:
Cristal Almonte, PFF Fellow
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In this webinar, educators will examine why practicing reflexivity during a time of crisis is important and how they may use reflexivity to inform their teaching to improve their communication with students and their assessments. 

Assignments and Assessments Online

Tuesday, July 28, 4:00 – 5:00 pm
Facilitator: Shamini Dias, PFF Director
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Inclusive assignments and assessments support students in learning and mastery. How do we do this effectively in online spaces? In this webinar, we explore how to design online assignments and assessments that are formative and support students’ learning autonomy and self-efficacy. 

Building Community in Online Courses

Thursday, July 30, 4:00 – 5:00 pm
Facilitator: Shelby Lamar, PFF Asst. Director 
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Building a sense of community in our courses increases student achievement, learning, and retention. Yet, it often seems difficult to build and sustain a classroom community in an online environment. This webinar will explore research-backed principles and practices that can help you build community in synchronous and asynchronous online courses.