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Faculty Reading Group on the Scholarship of Teaching & Learning (SoTL)

In a recent post on the Teaching Professor blog, Maryellen Weimer offered a “Best of” list of 2013-2014 articles in the Scholarship of Teaching & Learning (SoTL). We’ve used that list to organize a faculty reading group—it’s a way to connect with colleagues and take a look at examples of scholarly inquiry into teaching and learning.

In each meeting, we’ll talk about the “stuff” of the article—the particular teaching and learning topic, the intervention(s) being tested, and the results—as well as the research/inquiry involved.

Half of the meetings are Thursday afternoon happy hours in LC215, and half are Friday morning coffee hours in Langsdale Library. Refreshments will be served. See the schedule below for details. Join one or more sessions if you’re interested in specific topics, or come regularly to explore a variety of SoTL approaches.

The Faculty Reading Group is co-sponsored by CELTT, the Office of Academic Innovation, and Langsdale Library.

ACCESSING THE ARTICLES: All articles are available under the e-reserves tab on the UB Faculty Resources site in Sakai. If you don’t currently have access to this site, contact Terry Ross at

TO RSVP: RSVP for each session you plan to attend to Sunni Solomon at

SPECIAL INCENTIVE: Participate in four out of six sessions and write up your insights for the OAI blog, and you’ll receive a book of your choice related to your discipline, your scholarship, or teaching and learning.*


Happy Hour, Thursday, February 12, 4:00-5:15 pm, LC 215
Asking the right questions: Using student-written exams as an innovative approach to learning and evaluation (from Marketing Education Review)

Why read it: Students write their own exams using a well-designed approach that grades their questions and answers.

Coffee Hour, Friday, February 27, 10:00-11:15 am, Langsdale Library, 4th Floor (new location!)
“What if students revolt?”—Considering student resistance: origins, options and opportunities for investigation (from Cell Biology Education—Life Sciences Education)

Why read it: Find a veritable cache of wisdom on dealing with student resistance.

Happy Hour, Thursday, March 12, 4:00-5:15 pm, LC 215
A content means to a critical thinking end: Group quizzing in history surveys (from The History Teacher)

Why read it: Offers a quizzing strategy with substantial impact for learning and raises questions about content that we aren’t asking often enough.

Coffee Hour, Friday, March 27, 10:00-11:15 am, Langsdale Library, 4th Floor (new location!)
A collective effort to improve sociology students’ writing skills (from Teaching Sociology)

Why read it: Five faculty members decide they can do more to improve student writing collectively than they can individually.

Happy Hour, Thursday, April 9, 4:00-5:15 pm, LC 215
Does student engagement in self-assessment calibrate their judgment over time? (from Assessment and Evaluation in Higher Education)

Why read it: Despite its importance, self-assessment is not a skill that’s taught explicitly in most curricular programs. What more can we be doing?

Coffee Hour, Friday, April 24, 10:00-11:15 am, Langsdale Library, 4th Floor (new location!)
Student-generated reading questions: Diagnosing student thinking with diverse formative assessments (from Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education)

Why read it: Want your students doing the reading and asking better questions? Here’s an approach that accomplishes both.

*Up to $50 + S&H. Books will be purchased and distributed at the conclusion of the series and upon final submission of a blog post in May/June. All of the “why read it” commentary comes from Maryellen Weimer, and her original blog post can be found here.


Other Upcoming Campus Events

Fulbright Seminar for Faculty and Administrators on Tuesday, March 10 form 3:30-5 pm in BC-319

The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries.

Learn about Fulbright opportunities for faculty and administators.

Welcoming Remarks by Provost Joseph S. Wood

Presentation by Andy Riess, Ph.D., Assistant Director, Outreach, Fulbright Scholar Program, Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES), Institute of International Education (IIE)

Sponsored by the Office of International Services,, located at AC-115.  

Past Events

2nd Annual Writing across UB Workshop: Improving Student Writing through Feedback
Co-sponsored with the University Writing Program
Friday, February 20, 2015, 9:00 am-4:00 pm, BC143

Day-long workshop aimed at providing strategies for integrating effective feedback to improve students' writing as well as their comprehension of course content, without increasing the responding/grading workload.

3rd Annual Fall Teaching & Learning Day
UB's 3rd Annual Fall Teaching & Learning Day took place on Friday, February 17, 2014 and drew more than 100 participants. Drawing on the innovative practices of UB faculty and staff, the program included a rich mix of workshops, panels, posters, talks, and discussions on a wide range of topics, including:

  • Improving group- and team-based learning for students and faculty
  • Infusing courses with high-impact, high-engagement experiences
  • Using games and popular music to connect students to course content
  • Exploring technologies to support the development of students' presentation skills
  • Learning from UB's participation in a national information literacy assessment project
  • Leveraging writing to activate student learning

The event also featured a keynote address and workshop by Dr. Ron Ritchhart, principal investigator for the Cultures of Thinking Project and senior research associate for Project Zero at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Full Program

Ron Ritchhart's keynote presentation and workshop presentation.

Thinking routines handouts: CPR routine | CEC routine | GSCE routine | Peel the Fruit routine

Workshop: Using Rubrics to Advance Program-Level Assessment

Featuring Dr. Terry Rhodes, Vice President for Quality, Curriculum, and Assessment at AAC&U
Friday, February 21, 9:15 am-1:00 pm, BC 003

This workshop introduced participants to the AAC&U VALUE rubrics and offered a guided group assessment exercise using samples of student work that can be replicated in participants’ home departments. Participants also heard how other institutions have used the VALUE rubrics to improve student learning, and raised questions related to current program assessment efforts.

Orientation Workshop: Strategies for Creating an “Enhanced” Course 
Co-sponsored by the Office of Academic Innovation and CELTT
Thursday, February 6, 10:00-11:30 am, LC 215 and Monday, February 17, 3:00-4:30 pm, LC 215  

Dialogue on Scholarship Series
Co-sponsored by the University Faculty Senate Council on Research, Scholarship and Creative Activities, the Office of Academic Innovation, and CELTT

Examining the Climate for Research at UB
Wednesday, November 6, 4:00-5:00 pm, BC Auditorium and Atrium

Imagining the Future of Research at UB
Thursday, December 5, 12:00-2:00 pm, SC 301
Featuring special guest Dr. Eugene Rice, Senior Fellow, Association of American Colleges and Universities

2nd Annual Fall Teaching & Learning Day
Friday, October 18, 2013, 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., Business Center, First Floor

Full Program

An Introduction to Adobe Captivate  
Paul Walsh, Director, Instructional technologies
Tuesday, October 1, 2013, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., LC215
Using screen-capture tools to enhance online and on-campus courses.

New Faculty Orientation
August 22-23, 2013, LAP 115
A welcome and introduction to UB for new faculty. This orientation covers several logistical and pedagogical approaches to getting started at the University of Baltimore.

Sophomore Seminar Series  
Tuesday, July 9th - Thursday, July 11th, BC 143
Part of the Summer Workshop Series sponsored by the Office of the Provost, this seminar series examines how best prepare Sophomores for academic success.

Networked Learning Workshop Series

Digital Scholarship
Lucy Holman, Director, Langsdale Library
Wednesday, March 13, 2013, 2:00-3:30 p.m., BC 143
Explore how researchers and students can engage with material incorporating digital projects, product development and multimedia.

Google Apps and Docs
Sean Carton, Director, Center for Digital Communication, Commerce and Culture
Wednesday, March 27, 2013, 2:00-3:30 p.m., BC 139
Learn more about real-time collaboration applications designed for higher education that encourage innovation and interaction.

Thinking Outside of the CMS
Anastasia Salter, Assistant Professor, Division of Science, Information Arts and Technologies
Wednesday, April 3, 2013, 12:00-2:00 p.m., LAP 309
Discover platforms and social networks that offer features (e.g., communication skills, digital literacy, collaborative pedagogy) not commonly available in a course management system.

Social Media in the Classroom
Lucy Holman, Director, Langsdale Library
Wednesday, April 17, 2013, 2:00-3:30 p.m., SC 301
Find out how faculty can utilize blogs, microblogs, wikis, and crowdsourcing opportunities for students’ project sites.

Presentation Tools and Skills
Sean Carton, Director, Center for Digital Communication, Commerce and Culture
Wednesday, May 1, 2013, 2:00-3:30 p.m., BC 143
View new resources in action, create dynamic and professional presentations, and organize content for impact, thereby creating a stronger connection with students.

Video in Your Course
Greg Walsh, Assistant Professor, Division of Science, Information Arts and Technologies
Wednesday, May 8, 2013, 2:00-3:30 p.m., SC 301
Learn about ways to utilize video, particularly asynchronous-streaming video, to add depth to curriculum and class discussions.

Games in the Cross-Disciplinary Classroom
Anastasia Salter, Assistant Professor, Division of Science, Information Arts and Technologies
Wednesday, May 15, 2013, 2:00-3:30 p.m., BC 143
Find out more about games and their roles in pedagogy – from helping students explore content from a new viewpoint (e.g., as a participant in an historical event), to building a game, to working in teams.

Community Engagement Workshop Series

Teaching with Baltimore “Vital Signs” Data across the Disciplines 

Seema Iyer, Associate Director, Jacob France Institute
Thursday, April 18, 4:00-5:30 p.m., BC 143

The Baltimore Neighborhood Indicators Alliance-Jacob France Institute at the University of Baltimore compiles and organizes the annual “Vital Signs” data on housing, health, safety, education, and economic development for Baltimore neighborhoods. These quality-of-life indicators, examined over time, allow users to measure progress toward strong neighborhoods, good quality of life, and a thriving city. Learn how to incorporate this “open-data” resource into a variety of types of courses—from the humanities and social sciences to math, business, law, and public policy, and across lower division, upper division, and graduate levels.

Community-Based Experiential Learning at UB
Betsy Nix
, Assistant Professor, LEHS, and Chair, UB21 Experiential Learning Committee and Bill Wells, Survey Lab Manager, Schaefer Center for Public Policy
Thursday, April 4, 2013, 4:00-5:30 p.m., BC 321
In fall 2012, the UB21 Experiential Learning Committee developed a survey that sought to capture faculty involvement with and interest in a variety of types of experiential learning. In this session, Betsy Nix and Bill Wells will share survey results related to community-based experiential learning—including service learning, internships, and field trips. Learn about what motivates faculty to engage in community-based projects and the nature and scope of projects being organized across campus.

Fall Teaching and Learning Day
November 9, 2012
This inaugural CELTT Teaching & Learning Day showcased rich examples of teaching and learning from UB and offered concrete strategies for enhancing teaching to promote significant learning. The conference featured an opening plenary by Dr. Lee Knefelkamp, Professor of Psychology and Education, Teachers College, Columbia University, followed by concurrent sessions led by UB colleagues on topics including:

  • When Students Can't Write
  • Ready or Not: Rubrics, Learning Goals, and Assessment
  • Classroom Authority: Getting It, Keeping It, and Letting It Go
  • The Best of Online Teaching Methods

Race-Conscious Educational Practices: Strategies for Increasing Minority Student Engagement
Dr. Shaun Harper
February 2, 2012
Dr. Shaun Harper is a nationally recognized expert in teaching and learning with a special focus on educational success among African-American male students. Dr. Harper shared his experiences with the effectiveness of high-impact teaching practices among underrepresented student groups and provide us with the opportunity to develop action plans tailored to address our own institutional needs.

Master Teacher Workshop
Dr. Harvey Brightman
January 17-18, 2012
This two-day workshop focused on the most critical factors that affect student learning and student evaluations. Participants learned how to develop objectives for all learning levels; motivate students; and design and implement teaching methods that appeal to different student learning styles.