Conversations with Colleagues about Teaching

graphic_for_web.jpgWelcome! Conversations with Colleagues about Teaching is a community of Minot State faculty members from across campus who come together each month to share their expertise, experiences, and enthusiasm about teaching in an effort to improve their practice and their students' learning. The program was paused when the pandemic began. The VPAA intends to restart the program in fall 2022.

2019-2020 Meeting Information:

Spring 2020:

During spring semester 2020, conversations will center around the book, Robot-Proof: Higher Education in the Age of Artificial Intelligence by Joseph E. Aoun. Dates, times, readings, and location of these meetings are below. Contact Celeste for a copy of the book. 

Jan. 28 at 3:30 p.m. or Jan. 30 at 12:30 p.m.
Introduction and Chapter 1 (pp. ix-22)

Feb. 25 at 3:30 p.m. or Feb. 27 at 12:30 p.m.
Chapters 2 and 3 (pp. 23-76)

Mar. 24 at 3:30 p.m. or Mar. 26 at 12:30 p.m.
Chapter 4 (pp. 77-110)

Apr. 28 at 3:30 p.m. or Apr. 30 at 12:30 p.m.
Chapter 6 and Afterward (pp. 111-150)

Location: 3rd floor of Swain Hall

Fall 2019:

During fall semester 2019, conversations will center around the book, Small Teaching:  Everyday Lessons from the Science of Learning by James M. Lang. Dates, times, readings, and location of these meetings are below. Contact Celeste for a copy of the book. 

Oct. 1 at 3:30 p.m. or Oct. 3 at 12:30 p.m.
Introduction: Small Teaching and Part I: Knowledge (pp. 1-90)

Nov. 5 at 3:30 p.m. or Nov. 7 at 12:30 p.m.
Part II: Understanding (pp. 91-166)

Dec. 3 at 3:30 p.m. or Dec. 5 at 12:30 p.m.
Part III: Inspiration and Conclusion: Beginning (pp. 167-246)

Location: Jones Room - 3rd floor of Administration building


2018-2019 Meeting Information:

Wednesday, September 12, 2018 - Let’s Talk Lecture –Another PowerPoint?  Sigh.
Headliners: Joseph Jastrzembski, Jean-Francois Mondon, Jennifer Sherman 
Photos and resources from Let's Talk Lecture

Wednesday, October 10, 2018 - Student Motivation – How to help students DO before it is DUE.
Headliners: Christina Paxman, Tracey Mays, Tawnya Bernsdorf 
Photos and resources from Student Motivation

Wednesday, November 14, 2018 - The First Day of Class – What I experience is what I expect.
Headliners: Erik Anderson, Mary Huston, Kristi Berg
Photos and resources from First Day of Class

Break for finals and winter vacation

Wednesday, January 9, 2019 - Discussion – Even introverts can be included.
Headliners: Dan Ringrose, Joe Collette, Sarah Aleshire
Photos and resources from Discussion

Wednesday, February 13, 2019 - Collaboration and Groups – Learn to help others play nice in the sandbox.
Headliners: Dan Conn, Jessica Smestad, Nicole Thom-Arens 
Photos and resources from Collaboration and Groups

Wednesday, March 6, 2019 - Student Feedback – It’s more than a grade. The power of criticism and critique.
Headliners: Bill Harbort, Scott Kast, Jan Repnow
Photos and resources from Student Feedback

Wednesday, April 24, 2019 - Reflection & Change
“We do not learn from experience... we learn from reflecting on experience.” - John Dewey
“If we teach today’s students as we taught yesterday’s, we rob them of tomorrow.” - John Dewey
Headliners: Lisa Borden-King, Holly Pedersen, Sandra Groth, Leisa Harmon
Photos and resources from Reflection and Change

Location: Northwest Arts Center (south side of the GBO Library)
Time: 4:30 p.m.
Snacks and prizes: Provided!

All are welcome!

For more information:
Laurie Geller, VP for Academic Affairs
Phone: (701) 858-3310