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ELGIN – Faculty Stammtisch
Starts: 8:30 am
Ends: September 4, 2015 - 9:30 am
Location: Elgin Rm 1107
Description: A Stammtisch (German for “regulars’ table”) is an informal group meeting held on a regular basis. It is not a structured meeting, but rather a friendly get-together. If you are feeling siloed in your office and missing the energy that comes from a more collegial atmosphere, then a Stammtisch may be for you!

The Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning is hosting monthly "Faculty Stammtisch" at several ACC campuses, organized by an ACC faculty campus ambassador. This Faculty Stammtisch is your standing reservation each month to connect with and learn from your teaching colleagues. The FCTL is excited to bring faculty out of their silos and create a collaborative culture with Faculty Stammtisch — light refreshments provided!

To ensure that we have enough light refreshments for everyone, please be sure to update your enrollment status as it changes.

For more details, contact Kerry Coombs, at

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Facebook for Beginners
Starts: 9:00 am
Ends: September 4, 2015 - 10:00 am
Location: HBC 214
Description: Facebook is constantly changing. Buttons you used yesterday are gone or changed today. Together, we’ll spend an hour going through both the web browser and the mobile app versions of Facebook to ensure you understand the way Facebook works today. This class is not for people who use Facebook everyday but rather for people who don’t use it regularly and are frustrated by the way the interface changes. Bring your laptop or mobile device to follow along.


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Strategies for Great Discussion

Strategies for Great Discussion

by Tracie L. Miller-Nobles Crickets—that’s what I like to think when I pose a question to my students, and the response back is silence and blank stares. It’s a frustrating place to be – standing in front of the classroom hoping that anyone, just anyone will answer the question. It reminds me of Ben Stein in his role as an economics teacher in “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off”. Stephen Brookfield (2015) in his book, The Skillful Teacher, suggests that students are often reluctant to participate in class either for fear of appearing dumb, or the opposite, appearing too eager or smart. It’s also possible that this generation of student has little experience participating in classroom discussions. Thankfully, though, there are several things that we can do in our classrooms to discourage this “Anyone? Anyone?” experience. Be Comfortable with Silence. Allowing students to think about their answer to the question and being comfortable with the silence is a hard task as a professor. I ask my students to delay their response to the question until at least one minute has gone by. This gives everyone in the class the opportunity to think about the question and generate an answer. Snowballing. I then ask students to write down their answer and share their answer with another student. I ask this pair to team up with another pair and discuss the question. If time allows, I then ask this group of four to team with another group of four for a larger discussion. My goal of this exercise is to allow students to reflect independently, but ultimately for them to be drawn into...
Truths of the ECS Classroom

Truths of the ECS Classroom

by Jennifer Lazare They are scared to death of college. Some will overcompensate with attitude at first, but they are all concerned with the unknown. Reinforcing that they can do this will immediately set the tone that you are there to help them achieve their goals, not crush their dreams. They will need help with technical writing even though they have A’s in English class. High school classes have not changed since I was in high school. If you expect a data analysis explanation, you will need to provide a model answer and be very specific of what you want. Rubrics help eliminate confusion and they are very comfortable using them. They have no idea how to use Blackboard or any LMS system. Technology is used mostly by the teacher, and students are lucky if a teacher can keep an updated website. You will need to walk them through the system, all of its parts and post tutorials in how to post assignments. A short lesson on communication etiquette with a professor would be helpful. Remember, HS students have the same teachers all year and often see them outside of school at events and extracurricular activities. Online communication will be important. They have never used a ‘”real” syllabus and office hours are known as tutoring times to them. They will ask the same question often: When is it due? Keep a laminated copy of the syllabus in front of the classroom for quick student reference. They are used to having busy work in high school. Not doing homework is common when a student believes it has no purpose. Make...
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