Professional Development

Please review these conferences and special events for professional development opportunities  - either to present or attend.

RWU Special Events & Programs

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2017 Events and Program

  • Rhode Island Teaching & Learning Consortium (RITL) will sponsor a Blended Course Design workshop hosted by RWU on June 7, 2017. This all-day workshop will be facilitated by Dr. Katie Linder from Oregon State University. This event will bring together faculty from 5 RI institutions (PC, URI, NEIT, CCRI and RWU) who are interested in developing a hybrid or blended course. Space is limited to 15 participants per institution so register early. Registration deadline is April 20. Bonus - all participants will receive a copy of Dr. LInder's book The Blended Course Design Workbook.
  • Fourth Semi-Annual RWU Faculty and Staff Writers Retreat - Tuesday, May 23 - Wednesday May 24. This is a great opportunity to set aside time to work on a book manuscript, research paper, journal article, grant application or anything you've been wanting to focus on.Registration deadline is April 28, 2017 and space is limited so be sure and complete this form as soon as possible.Please note that preference will be given to participants who can commit to the full two days.  This event is co-sponsored by the Writing Center, the University Library and CSALT2.
  • Huddewall display demonstrations held on April 12 at noon, 2 PM and 3:30 PM in SE 115.
  • Congratulations to the new Open Educational Resources (OER) Fellows for 2017: Paula Bailey, Bob Dermody, Peter Hahn, Heather Micelli, Kathy Micken, Chantelle Messier and Janine Weisman. 
  • Faculty and Staff Writers' Retreat - Tuesday, January 10 - Wednesday, January 11 in the University Library. 
  • Reacting to the Past (RTTP) Faculty Fellows program. Interested candidates should submit a brief (300-400 words) statement explaining their interest in the RTTP pedagogy, how they would integrate an RTTP game into a course of their choice, and how the impact on student learning would be measured. Questions may be submitted to either Bob Shea or Laura D’Amore,

2016 Events and Programs

  • OER Fellows Showcase - Friday, December 9 from 2:00-4:00 PM in the Library Instruction Lab (LIL).
  • Innovations in Teaching Fall 2016 - Session 2. Fostering Reflection and Metacognition through Journaling. Presenters: Brian Wysor, Ph.D. and Donna Dimery, M.Ed. November 30, 2016
  • Innovations in Teaching Fall 2016 - Session 1. Using an Interactive Syllabus. Presenter: Jason Jacobs, Ph.D.  November 9, 2016
  • Learning Assessment Techniques: How to Integrate New Activities that Gauge What and How Well Students Learn webinar - October 27, 2016
  • SoTL Fellows Follow-Up - Wednesday, October 12, 2016, 3:00 PM in the LIL
  • OER Faculty Fellows Meeting - September 28, 2016
  • Socrates Cafe - September 21, 2016 Moderated by Bob Shea: Should privacy be sacrificed for the public good?
  • Anthropology & Sociology Assessment Workshop - September 12, 2016
  • Fall Faculty Conference - Tuesday, August 30, 2016. Topics include: update on Experiential Learning Taskforce; Fostering Academic Integrity
  • Living Learning Community Faculty Workshop - August 25, 2016
  • New Faculty Orientation - August 23, 2016
  • CORE Summit - August 18, 2016
  • Faculty Bridges Semester Quick Start (Metro) - August 24
  • Faculty Bridges Semester Quick Start (Metro) - August 23
  • Faculty Bridges Semester Quick Start (Online) - August 22
  • Faculty Bridges Semester Quick Start (Bristol) - August 19
  • Faculty Bridges Semester Quick Start (Bristol) - August 17
  • Faculty Bridges Semester Quick Start (Bristol) - August 15
  • Faculty Bridges Semester Quick Start (Bristol) - August 11
  • Faculty Bridges Semester Quick Start (Bristol) - August 9
  • Reacting To The Past Faculty Fellows - Barnard Summer Institute - June 9-12, 2016
  • SoTL Summer Institute - June 7, 2016
  • Faculty & Staff Writers Retreat- June 2016
  • Teaching Online Certification Course (self-paced, online): May - August 2016
  • Honors Program Workshop - May 16, 2016
  • Make It Developmental: Building a Process for Student Development webinar- Tara Harvey. May 19,  2016
  • Open Educational Resources (OER) Faculty Fellows
    • Workshop – April 22, 2016
    • Workshop – April 29, 2016
  • Key Concepts for Overworked International Educators: Lessons Learned in Putting Theory into Action webinar- Janet Bennett. April 21, 2016
  • Developmental Learning for Intercultural Competence webinar- Michael Paige. March 17, 2016
  • Intercultural Learning Courses Before and After Study Abroad: Four Decades of Preparing Students for International Education Experiences webinar - Bruce La Brack. February 18, 2016
  • Reacting to the Past Faculty Fellows (RTTP): Role Playing Workshop - February 2, 2016
  • Intercultural Learning Through Education Abroad: Theories, Processes and Practices webinar- Mick Vande Berg, lead editor of Student Learning Abroad: What Our Students Are Learning, What They’re Not, and What We Can Do about It. January 21, 2016
  • Faculty & Staff Writers Retreat- January 2016
  • Center for Student Academic Success (CSAS) Winter Retreat - January 11, 2016

Faculty Learning Communities

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Faculty Learning Communities for 2016-17 include:

  • New Faculty Learning Community: Co-facilitators Erin Tooley and Sara Shirley
  • Ethical Dimensions of Experiential Learning: Co-facilitators Autumn Quezada-Grant and Paola Prado

Past Faculty Learning Communities

  • Quantitative Teaching & Learning Community: Co-facilitators Rupayan Gupta and Adria Updike 
  • Community Engagement Learning Community: Co-facilitators Steve Esons and Kerri Warren

Innovations In Teaching Series

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Each year we celebrate RWU faculty expertise in teaching with an Innovations in Teaching Showcase event held during the academic year. Each session has a theme and brief presentation(s) by an RWU faculty member(s) followed by an opportunity for sharing ideas, perspectives, strategies, etc.

Innovations in Teaching Series - Spring 2017
This is the 3rd in a series in Spring 2017 semester is being sponsored by Center for Scholarship, Assessment, Learning, Teaching, & Technology (CSALT²). 
Session 3 - Creating/Selecting Open Educational Resources presented by Paul Webb, Ph.D. and Marci Recher, Ph.D.
Friday, March 24, 2017 from 1:00 PM - 1:50 PM in Library Instruction Lab (LIL)
The Open Educational Resources (OER) movement is dedicated to providing high quality materials that can be used for teaching, learning or research that are of little or no cost. Our two presenters are OER Fellows and will be sharing the benefits and challenges of designing, developing, selecting, and distributing OER materials to
their classes (and colleagues!) as well as their assessment of the effects on student performance and success.
Please check the OER resources collection at RWU often for new resources. Want to learn more about adopting OER for your course? Contact Lindsey Gumb, RWU Instructional Technology Librarian, via email at or phone 401-254-3225.

Marci Recher's PowerPoint Presentation

View the recording of the session for Paul Webb, Ph.D.:
Innovations in Teaching Series - Fall 2016
This series of the Fall 2016 semester is being sponsored by Center for Scholarship, Assessment, Learning, Teaching, & Technology (CSALT²). 
Session 1 - Using an Interactive Syllabus presented by Jason Jacobs, Ph.D.
Wednesday, November 9, 2016 from 2:00 PM - 2:50 PM in Library Instruction Lab (LIL)
Creating an interactive format for a syllabus in Bridges allows an instructor to build student engagement, interactivity and accountability in and out of the classroom. Join us for this session to see one approach to organize and sequence resources and activities like assignments, forum discussions, and quizzes by class, by week or by module. This allows students anytime-anywhere access to what is needed and when for a course.
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Session 2 - Fostering Reflection and Metacognition through Journaling
Wednesday, November 30, 2016 from noon to 12:50 PM in Library Instruction Lab (LIL)
Journaling is a simple strategy that has a powerful effect on learning. When students reflect on a learning experience they draw on both cognitive and emotional information to make meaning. In this session the presenters will demonstrate how they have used different approaches to journaling, both private and shared, to engage and deepen the learning of their students.
View the recordings for each session below:
  • Donna Dimery's Video Presentation
  • Brian Wysor's Video Presentation
Innovations in Teaching Series - Spring 2016
This first series of the Spring 2016 semester is being co-sponsored by Instructional Design & Technologies and the Center for Teaching and Learning. 
Session 1 - Capture everything with Evernote presented by Raquel Ortiz, Assistant Dean for Library and Information Services, Associate Professor of Law
Thursday, February 25, 2016 from 2:00 PM - 2:50 PM in Library Instruction Lab
Have you ever wished that you had a single digital file cabinet to organize all your files, as well as notes, tweets, quotes, projects, photos, web pages, special email messages, and random bits of information? Would you also like to be able to get to your digital file cabinet from any device? How about if this digital file cabinet was free and easy to access?
Evernote is a multi-platform, mobile friendly tool used by many professionals to save and share information. In this demo, you will see how to add different types of content to Evernote, how to organize content in Evernote, the basics of searching Evernote, how to share content with others, and resources that exist to help you use Evernote to its full potential.
Session 2 - Online Course Tools and the Live Classroom presented by Tony Hollingsworth, PhD. from the Department of Foreign Languages in the Feinstein College of Arts and Sciences
Thursday, March 24, 2016 from 2:00 PM - 2:50 PM in the Mary Tefft White Cultural Center, Learning Commons
Developing online courses introduces instructors to a variety of new challenges and new tools to meet those challenges. Many of these tools, ironically, enhance the classroom experience as well. These tools directly address the need for student engagement, repetition and feedback. In this lecture, we will explore how to use several of these tools (i.e. LiveScribe, Adobe Captivate, MS OneNote, Camtasia) in both virtual and live settings in order to make a livelier and richer learning experience.
View the recording of the session:
This first series of the Fall 2015 semester is being co-sponsored by Instructional Design & Technologies and the Center for Teaching and Learning. 
Session 1 - Specifications Grading: Restoring Rigor, Motivating Students and Saving Faculty Time presented by Roxanne O'Connell, Department of Communication & Graphic Design
Tuesday, October 20, 2015 from 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM in GHH 300
Looking for a practical and EFFECTIVE way to motivate students, eliminate grade negotiations, and recover some of your precious time? What if there was a way to help your students become more responsible and accountable without having to nag them into completing work? What if your course syllabus helped students see exactly what is needed to get the grade they want? Dr. Roxanne O’Connell has experimented with Specifications Grading in her classes and will report on the benefits and challenges she and her students have discovered.
Session 2 - Never Miss Class Again! Leveraging Technology for Just-in-Time, Just-in-Case Learning presented by Lynn Ruggieri, JD, CPA/CFE from the Department of Accounting in the Gabelli School of Business
Thursday, November 12, 2015 from 2:00 PM - 2:50 PM in ARCH 239A
Technology has allowed courses to be delivered to students anytime, anywhere. However these same technologies can provide a solution to address individual class disruptions caused by weather, illness, travel or conference participation. Lynn Ruggieri, JD, CPA/CFE from the MJG School of Business will describe strategies she has used to guarantee that you will never miss class again.

View the recording of the session:

Review the Sessoin Handout on technology strategies to deal with weather, illness, travel or other interruptions in class time. Need help or additional info? Contact the ID team at: or call 401-254-3187.

Session 3: Back to the Future: How Emerging Technologies Can Change How We Teach and Learn presented by Russell Beauchemin, M.A. RWU School of Continuing Studies, RWU Instructional Design & Technlolgies and YearUp Providence.
Wednesday, December 2 from 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM in the Mary Tefft White Cultural Center
Emerging technologies are offering new opportunities for teaching and learning. This session will demonstrate some cutting edge technologies and also allow some hands-on exploration. Technologies covered are:
  • A tele-presence robot for increasing engagement and participation for online learners.
  • A Circuit-Scribe pen that can draw circuits which can be used to demonstrate electricity
  • iSense 3d Scanner for the iPad
  • Drone photography/videography

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Innovations in Teaching Series - Spring 2015

Wednesday, April 15, 2015 from 3 PM - 4 PM in GHH 300

This year’s Showcase will feature Charlotte Carrington-Farmer from the History/American Studies Department and Hank Kniskern from the Gabelli School of Business who will share their experiences with managing Community Partnerships Center (CPC) projects with their students. According to their website, CPC projects “provide assistance to nonprofit organizations, municipalities, government agencies and low to moderate communities in Rhode Island and Southeastern Massachusetts.” These projects provide students true experiential learning in real-world settings where their work matters. Both Charlotte and Hank will talk about the benefits and challenges for faculty and students in taking on a CPC project. For examples of current and past CPC projects see the CPC website.


Innovations in Teaching Series 2014

Innovations in Teaching 2014 Brochure
Innovations in Teaching 2014 was offered three sessions this spring.

Session 1 - Using Qualtrics for Research:  You, Your Students, and Your Classes by Kathleen Micken, D.B.A., Professor of Marketing, Gabelli School of Business
February 20, 2014   11-11:50 AM
Session Description: Now that RWU has a site license for the Qualtrics online survey software, do you wish you knew more about how to use it? This presentation will provide an introduction to Qualtrics, plus information about some of its advanced features that make survey research a little easier. The discussion uses classroom Community Partnerships Center projects as examples to illustrate the many ways that Qualtrics can facilitate different kinds of research studies.

Qualtrics PowerPoint Presentation by Kathy Micken

Session 2 - Think-Pair-Share & Clickers in the Classroom by Adria Updike, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Physics, School of Engineering
March 5, 2014  2-2:50 PM
Session Description: Think-Pair-Share is a cooperative learning strategy that provides some time and structure for students to think about a topic, concept  or problem individually, then share their thoughts with a peer. Including clickers with this technique allows for a broader formative assessment of student learning. This is an easy and engaging strategy that can fit into any classroom.

Think-Pair-Share & Clickers in the Classroom PowerPoint Presentation by Adria Updike

Session 3 - Writing Fellows Pilot Program by Margaret Case, Ph.D., CAS  Associate Professor of English;  Matthew Ulricksen, M.A., Adjunct Professor, CAS Political Science; and Karen Bilotti, M.A., Associate Director for Tutorial Support Services & Coordinator of the Writing Center
April 16, 2014 11-11:50 AM
Session Description:   One English course and one Political Science course partnered with the Writing Center for the 2013-14 academic year to pilot embedded Writing Fellows for students. Each Writing Fellow worked with 3 or 4 assigned students for the duration of the semester, fostering relationships through written and face-to-face exchanges during the revision process. The presenters will describe this collaborative effort and report on its effectiveness so far in improving student writing along with plans for expansion.

Writing Fellows Pilot Program PowerPoint Presentation by Karen Bilotti, Meg Case, and Mat Ulrickson

Innovations in Teaching Series 2013

The Innovations in Teaching 2013 Showcase included three sessions, one held each month beginning in February.
Innovations in Teaching 2013 brochure

Session 1 - Applying Inquiry-Based Learning by Jennifer Pearce, Ph.D., Assistant Professor in CAS Department of Chemistry and Physics
February 21, 2013

Session 2 - Using iPads in the Classroom by Kelly Donnell, Associate Professor; Madge Thombs, Professor and Li-Ling Yang, Assistant Professor. School of Education.  March 22, 2013

Session 3 - Flipping Lessons in a College Course by Loren Byrne, Assistant Professor and Kerri Warren, Associate Professor. Department of Biology, Marine Biology and Environmental Science.

Innovations in Teaching Series 2012

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Organizing and Delivering an Online Course by Nancy Craven, Writing, Rhetoric & Composition; and Amiee Shelton, Ph.D., Communication. February 24, 2012

Clogs, Blogs and Forums: Enhancing Communication and Collaboration by Michael Swanson, Ph.D., American Studies; and Fred Gould, PE., C.P.C., Construction Management. March 9, 2012

Fostering Student Reflections using Portfolios by Cliff Timpson, Ph.D., Chemistry; and Kelly Donnell, Ph.D., School of Education.  March 23, 2012

Student Engagement, Interaction and Feedback by Kathryn Thompson, J.D., Law School; Chris Menton, Ed.D., Criminal Justice; Nancy Breen, Ph.D., Chemistry and Brett McKenzie, Ed.D., Business. April 5, 2012

Using Prezi to Promote Reflective Practice by Jim Beitler, Ph.D., Writing, Rhetoric & Composition.  April 20, 2012

Innovations in Teaching Showcase 2011

Innovations in Teaching 2011 Brochure
Wednesday, April 13th, 2011

This event featured three faculty members drawn from across all departments who graciously shared with colleagues a strategy or technology and using ePortfolios. See agenda and session descriptions.

From Vision to Reality by Gregory Laramie and David Corbin, School of Architecture, Art and Historic Preservation.

Mixing Elements of E-Portfolios with Upper-Level Chemistry Students: An "Alchemist's Dream" or "No Reaction"? (ppt) by Cliff Timpson, Ph.D., Chemistry.

A Dynamic e-Duo: Creating Complementary Electronic Portfolios to Enhance Student Learning (ppt) by Jim Beitler, Ph.D., Writing, Rhetoric and Composition.

Innovations in Teaching Showcase 2009

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Wednesday, April 8th, 2009

This event featured seven faculty drawn from across all departments who graciously shared with colleagues a strategy or technology that has enhanced the teaching and/or learning in their classes.

Take a Byte Out of Greek (video) by Tony Hollingsworth, Ph.D. Foreign Languages

Digital Manufacturing Integration with Architectural Design (video) by Andrew Thurlow, M.Arch.

Using Blackboard to Manage Undergraduate and Graduate Courses (video) by Michael Hall, Ph.D., Public Administration

Are They Getting This?  (video) by Matthew Stein, Ph.D., Engineering.

Just Click:  Assess and Engage (video) by Madge Thombs, Ph.D.

Simple Screen Casting (video) by W. Brett McKenzie, Ed.D., Business

Video as a Field R&D Tool: A User's Guide (video) by Michael Scully, M.A.,


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Calls for Proposals

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Annual Sakai Apereo Conference (Bridges) - Deadline December 12, 2016

Annual International Conference on E-Learning in the Workplace - Deadline December 16, 2016.

Northeast Decision Sciences Institute (NEDSI) Conference 2017 - Deadline December 20, 2016.

Professional Development Video Collection

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Note: if you don't have time to attend a conference check out our subscriptions to Magna Publications. We offer both the 20 Minute Mentor Series as well as the longer Magna Commons video collections. These videos are focused on teaching and are made by faculty for faculty.

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  6. This will bring up links to both the 20 Minute Mentor series and the Magna Commons series