Student & Faculty Collaborative Events

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We believe in order to achieve the best outcomes for Plymouth State everyone should have a voice. That is why the Center for Transformation is committed to bringing together students, faculty, and staff to discuss the important issues facing all of us in our community. By sharing our challenges and solutions with each other we build a path toward our common goal of being our best selves. The first of these will be a faculty and student round table described below.

Faculty & Student Round Table: Grades are more than a letter.

Tuesday, February 20  3:30pm – 4:30pm

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We all know that one of the most stressful aspects of any class, for both faculty and students, is the giving and receiving of grades. Instead of being an opportunity to assess progress toward stated learning outcomes, grading often becomes a flash point between teacher and student. As Plymouth State continues its transition to integrated clusters with a focus on creating real-world experiences to enhance learning, the nature of assessment is also shifting with more focus being put on Formative Assessment.

The Center for Transformation invites faculty and students to join us in an open and honest round table conversation about assessment. This 1 hour conversation will cover the shifting focus of assessment in higher education, and will also provide an opportunity for students and faculty to discuss the conflict points of grading in a context safely removed from the classroom.

The Wicked Problem of Open Learning

The Center for Transformation is proud to host a panel discussion featuring faculty and students on USNH’s Open Education Initiative followed by a talk with Dr. Gardner Campbell. Please join us on Friday, February 16th from 3-5 p.m. in the Boyd Science Center Room 144. Gardner’s talk, The Wicked Problem of Open Learning, was developed specifically for PSU to draw connections between the various facets of open education (Open Resources, Open Access, and Open Pedagogy) and the work we are doing in First Year Seminar with wicked problems. The panel discussion preceding Gardner’s talk will highlight the work PSU faculty and students have done relating to open education. The panel will also provide a framework for Gardner’s talk for those unfamiliar with open education or the new format of First Year Seminar.

Gardner is known for his ability to make space for the unexpected in learning, for his passion for the gently-nurtured epiphany, and for his uncanny skill at weaving Paradise Lost metaphors into conversations about higher education. He lives at the lively intersection of the human, the technological, the artistic, and the unknown, and he has been an urgent and critical voice for the value of intellectual thinking, the liberal arts, and learner-driven educational environments in today’s university. As a speaker, Gardner is inspiring, smart, and provocative, and his work has changed the shape of teaching in learning in the United States and beyond.

Gardner Campbell is currently Associate Professor of English at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia. For nearly three years he served as Vice Provost for Learning Innovation & Student Success and Dean of the University College. Gardner has worked with and studied teaching technologies for over twenty-five years. He has served as a member of numerous advisory boards as well as the governing board of the New Media Consortium.

| Blog: http://www.gardnercampbell.net | Twitter: @GardnerCampbell

Open ed panel and talk:

Date: Friday Feb 16, 2018 Time: 3-5 p.m. Location: Boyd 144

Sponsored by Center for Transformation

Email cft@plymouth.edu for more info