Welcome to LIFE's February Newsletter! We hope you have had a great start to the Spring semester. Here you will find new resources we've developed on alternative grading and social annotation tools as well as access to an array of events available to all faculty members. Join us for some exciting PETAL events, this year's TALIS day, and a new faculty reading group.
NEW Events
Thursday, March 3rd
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Join the newest session for the PETAL Speaker Series. This session features 
a panel of UM faculty who will identify the ways in which student evaluations of teaching are weakly related to other measures of teaching effectiveness and more.


Claire Oueslati-Porter, Senior Lecturer

Scotney Evans, Associate Professor
Educational & Psychological Studies

Sumita Chatterjee, Lecturer
History and Gender and Sexuality Studies

Thursday, March 3rd
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Object-based learning (OBL) is a form of active learning that uses artworks, artifacts, archives, digital representations, and everyday materials to inspire close observation and deep critical thinking. This workshop will focus on ways instructors can integrate discussion-based teaching with object-based learning and more.
Friday, March 25th
9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

The College of Engineering will be hosting their 4th annual T.A.L.I.S. Day event. The event is part of their 75th-anniversary celebration and will highlight innovations in S.T.E.A.M. and showcases different strategies to create a more inclusive college that helps transform the way we see the future.
Tuesday, April 5th
2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

We are delighted to welcome Susanna Calkins of Northwestern University’s Searle Center for Advancing Learning and Teaching as the spring featured speaker for the PETAL Speaker Series. Dr. Calkins will discuss the history of course evaluations, and explore meaningful, inclusive, and effective approaches to evaluating teaching that have greater potential to support UM’s teaching advancement visions.
Wednesday, April 6th
1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

During the I-ATE Lowe Art Museum presentation, presenters from the museum will give an overview guided tour while highlighting specific onsite and digital resources and providing guidance on how to access museum resources and support for the enhancement of their teaching practice. 
Apply to the 2022 FLC: Learning Through Dialogue & Discussion

Applications are now open for the Faculty Learning Community (FLC) on Learning through Dialogue and Discussion in support of the University of Miami’s Quality Enhancement Plan. The deadline to submit your application is Friday, March 11, 2022.
Submit Application
TEACHING Resources
Alternative grading systems encourage students to think critically about their own learning and educational goals. Learn more about specifications grading, contract grading, and ungrading:
Social annotation tools enable students to highlight, comment, and respond to their peers, ask questions, and post links, images, and videos. Learn about the latest social annotation tools instructors can implement into their courses:
JOIN Our Spring Faculty Reading Group

We are facilitating a faculty reading group for the spring semester! This semester we will be reading Radical Hope: A Teaching Manifesto by Kevin Gannon. Our reading group will focus on the many challenges universities face at the intersection of higher education and social justice, and more. All faculty members are invited to join, but space is limited. We will be meeting 3 times throughout the semester via Zoom.

Dates to be determined based on survey responses.

You can purchase the book here, or access an online copy through UM Libraries


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