UCITE First Fridays

Conversations with Colleagues


4 February 2022 (11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.) [Re]-Invigorating Your Syllabus

In a 2018 Chronicle of Higher Education article, “How to Create a Syllabus” Professor Kevin Gannon offered ideas to better engage and inform students using a course syllabus:

"A syllabus is more than just a checklist or collection of policies and procedures. In fact, approaching it as akin to a “contract” — while that’s a popular analogy in higher education — is not the way to create an effective syllabus. We should aim to do more than badger our students with arbitrary dictates that suggest we fully expect them to misbehave. The course syllabus is, in most cases, the first contact that students will have with both us and the course. As the cliché goes, we don’t get a second chance to make a first impression. The syllabus sets the tone for the course. Rather than emphasize what they can’t do, an effective syllabus is a promise that, as a result of our course, students will be able to do a number of things either for the first time or at least better than they could before”

Join UCITE Assistant Director Jenny Hadingham to explore ideas from recent articles in the Science of Teaching and Learning to consider syllabus options that may work for you and your students. Participants will consider ideas that might work with their personality, teaching style, and disciplines.


4 March 2022 (11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.) Successful Teaching and Learning in Large Classes
Teaching and Learning in large classes (75+ students) can present unique opportunities to engage with students. Sometimes, even small tweaks in your teaching can have a huge impact on student learning. UCITE refers to the Science of Teaching and Learning research literature to support the use of active learning in these settings, but sometimes the most helpful ideas come from CWRU colleagues who are working with students on our campus, in our learning environments. Join faculty colleagues from the College of Arts and Sciences as they share their ideas for successful teaching and learning in large classes. Participants will take away ideas to improve student engagement and have the opportunity to ask questions about “what has worked at CWRU?”


1 April 2022 (11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.) 
Connecting to Community: Enhancing a Course with Service-Learning
Have you considered incorporating a community-based experience into one of your courses?  Join UCITE and the Center for Civic Engagement & Learning (CCEL) to explore service-learning - a powerful, high impact practice that integrates community engagement to strengthen learning goals while addressing community needs.

We’ll discuss how service-learning differs from community service and other forms of experiential education, fundamentals of a strong service-learning course, and what to keep in mind when developing a community-based component. We’ll also engage in conversation about responsible community engagement to avoid a service-learning approach that may inadvertently perpetuate harm and “service saviorism.” 
As an example of service-learning at CWRU, one of our faculty members partnered with Eliza Bryant Village (a senior living community in the Hough neighborhood). Students worked with elder community members to create stories that were later presented as a component of a journalism course.

Throughout our conversation, we’ll consider both the challenges and rewards of service-learning and provide information about CCEL resources available to support community engagement.


6 May 2022 (11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.) UCITE Reunion
Faculty and Staff who have participated in UCITE programs are welcome to join us for a “class reunion!” If you have been a Learning Fellow, Glennan Fellow, Mentor Fellow, Nord Grant recipient, Assessment Learning Community Member, or if you have taken part in any of our past and ongoing programs, join us for a casual reunion to catch-up and re-connect.



3 September 2021 (11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.)  [Re]-Engaging Students in Pandemic Learning Environments: People (Faculty) Teaching People (Students)

1 October 2021 (11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.)  Creating Community with CWRU International Students

5 November 2021 (11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.)  Integrating Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in CWRU Classrooms - Connecting with Students

3 December 2021 (11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.)  UCITE Reunion!