Opportunities to Network and Share

Faculty Conversations about Teaching are designed as a space for faculty to share and discuss teaching and learning experiences with peers, collaboratively exploring new ways to address common challenges and opportunities. These on-site sessions will be facilitated by Mason faculty and will provide participants with opportunities to share best practices for teaching in any format. All members of the Mason community interested in teaching (i.e., faculty, students, administrators, staff) are welcome to participate in Faculty Conversations.


Small Changes, Big Learning… It’s A Teaching Share-A-Thon!
Thursday, February 8, 2018
12:00 pm-1:30 pm
Fenwick Library 1014B

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Want to re-energize your teaching strategies and practices? Learn how small changes in your teaching can result in big learning for your students. Come prepared to discuss and share your teaching tips and best practices with other Mason faculty in informal discussion groups.

Bring examples of your assignments or activities related to:

  • Creating Active Learning Classes
  • Working with Teams or Groups
  • Improving Critical Thinking

We’ll have tables available for small group discussions of strategies and best practices related to these teaching topics. There also will be a potluck table for open discussion on any teaching topic.

Registration for this event will open January 16, 2018.


Mason Impact: Creating Engaged Citizens and Well-Rounded Scholars Prepared to Act
Thursday, March 8, 2018
12:00 pm-1:30pm
Fenwick Library 1014B

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How can we can deepen students’ learning and development to create engaged citizens and well-rounded scholars prepared to act? Join our discussion of strategies to give Mason students opportunities to participate in Mason Impact activities, with emphasis on undergraduate research, civic engagement, global learning, and entrepreneurship. Faculty will share ideas and experiences about how to implement Mason Impact into courses and programs.

Come prepared to discuss and share your teaching tips and best practices!

Registration for this event will open January 16, 2018.


Transforming Your Teaching through Course Redesign
Wednesday, April 11, 2018
12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Fenwick Library 1014B

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Join us as we discuss how to plan, create, or revise courses, assignments, materials and teaching. Whether you’re redesigning a course for 20 or 200 students, to take place in a classroom or online, for a STEM program or a capstone experience or an introduction to the major, we will provide tips, feedback, and community. Faculty will share ideas and experiences about strategies for course redesign and teaching transformation. Also, learn more about the Stearns Center Course (Re)Design Academy.

Come prepared to discuss and share your teaching tips and best practices!

Registration for this event will open January 16, 2018.


Previous Events

Teaching Without Textbooks: Collaborating and Developing OER for Your Course


Wednesday, November 15, 2017
In our faculty conversation, we discussed strategies for “teaching without a textbook”, i.e., creating and adapting course materials from a wide variety of sources, to better address course learning outcomes. Mason faculty shared how they’ve created, adapted, and incorporated open educational resources (OER) and non-traditional textbooks in their courses.

Facilitators: Catherine Saunders, Term Associate Professor, Department of English, College of Humanities & Social Sciences; Joyce Johnston, Adjunct Faculty, Department of English, College of Humanities & Social Sciences; Sean Dunaway, Term Instructor, Language Education, INTO George Mason University, Provost Office

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How to Increase Quality Feedback and Save Time


Wednesday, October 11, 2017
In our faculty conversation, we addressed strategies for using feedback to achieve greater learning. How can we provide our students with feedback that is goal-directed, tangible, actionable, timely and ongoing? What are some workload and time management tips (e.g., use of technology, rubrics, etc.) to allow for richer and timely feedback?

Facilitators: Jered Borup, Graduate School of Education, College of Education and Human Development; Michelle LaFrance, Director of Writing Across the Curriculum, English Department, College of Humanities and Social Sciences

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Promoting Critical Thinking and Critical Reading


Thursday, September 14, 2017
How can we help our students “dig deeper” in what they are reading or viewing or hearing? How may we guide students in processing information, communicating information, and in crafting arguments?

Facilitators: Julie Miner, Department of Global and Community Health, College of Humanities and Social Sciences; Psyche Ready, Department of English, College of Humanities and Social Sciences

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