Joint Symposia: January 13-14, 2014
The university will hold its third annual Symposium on Excellence in Teaching and Learning in the Sciences on Jan. 13th and 14th, 2014. This year, the event will be part of a two-day symposium co-sponsored by the Science of Learning Institute and the Gateway Sciences Initiative. The first day will highlight cognitive learning research; the second day will examine the practical application of techniques, programs, tools, and strategies that promote gateway science learning. The objective is to explore recent findings about how humans learn and pair those findings with the latest thinking on teaching strategies that work.Speakers for the symposium include
Sian Beilock, Psychology, University of ChicagoThis event is free and open to the public.
Luca Bonatti, Social & Behavioral Sciences, University of Pompeu Fabra
Lisa Feigenson, Psychological & Brain Sciences, Johns Hopkins University
Regina Frey, Florence Moog Professor of STEM Education, Washington University of St. Louis
Sharon Goldwater, Language, Cognition, & Computation, University of Edinburgh
Greg Hager, Computer Science, Johns Hopkins University
Takao Hensch, Molecular & Cellular Biology & Neurology, Harvard University
Jim Knierim, Neuroscience, Johns Hopkins University
Sarah-Jane Leslie, Philosophy & Psychology, Princeton University
Margaret Livingstone, Neurobiology, Harvard University
Michael McCloskey, Cognitive Science, Johns Hopkins University
Hal Pashler, Psychology, University of California, San Diego
Scrollbars Unavailable in Grade Center – a Fix for Mac Users
If you are a Mac user, you may be have had trouble scrolling through your grade center columns because of the lack of scrollbars. A new default setting for Mac OS X is to keep scrollbars hidden until activated by use, which is causing frustration for some users. Fortunately the setting can be changed to 'always show scrollbars', which fixes the problem. Here is a link with more information and steps to change the setting: http://osxdaily.com/2011/08/03/show-scroll-bars-mac-os-x-lion/
Upgrade to Blackboard coming this December
On December 26, 2013, Blackboard will be unavailable to all users from 8am-8pm as Service Packs 12 and 13 are installed on the servers. New features and enhancements will be included:
Congratulations to the Inaugural Cohort of the Johns Hopkins University
Preparing Future Faculty (PFF) Teaching Academy!
Too often, PhD students are trained as researchers who graduate with little knowledge of pedagogy or skills needed for successful teaching, although those who pursue academic careers are usually assigned undergraduate and graduate teaching assignments as part of their first faculty appointments.
Through a new initiative — the Johns Hopkins PFF Teaching Academy — participants acquire critical skills needed in initial faculty appointments, including an overview of pedagogy, the opportunity to explore different educational models, teaching and assessment skill acquisition, and focused time with a faculty teaching mentor in a classroom, online course, or laboratory environment. An optional component at the end of the program offers the opportunity to contribute to the scholarship of teaching and learning by developing a teaching-as-research project as part of a hands-on teaching experience.
The program is designed to permit maximum flexibility for participants to gain exposure to good teaching practices while fulfilling their PhD research requirements. Upon completion of the three phase program, participants are presented a certificate that can add to their competitive advantage in today’s challenging job market. Please visit the Preparing Future Faculty Teaching Academy website for additional information.
The Johns Hopkins Preparing Future Faculty Teaching Academy Program is pleased to extend congratulations to each student selected for the inaugural cohort!