Adams Center Summer Workshops

We are pleased to host several workshops for faculty this summer. These sessions are open to all faculty members who wish to attend. If you are in the Tenure and Promotion process, these activities will help you build your portfolio. Spaces are limited. Please RSVP at or call ext. 2455.

Courage to Teach ® Teaching Institute

May 12 12:00-5:00 pm (Lunch Included)

May 13 8:30-5:00 pm (Lunch Included)

May 14 8:30-12:30 pm 

We often ask the what, how and why of teaching but seldom do we ask the “who” question. Who is the self that teaches? Building on the Courage to Teach ® model (We teach who we are), pioneered by author Parker Palmer, participants will:

• Reflect upon their journeys of faith and learning, remembering the lessons from significant milestones,
• Remember the power and importance of courageous teaching in their own lives as well as those of colleagues.
• Explore what encourages them, even in the midst of great challenge,  to continue to connect students with their subject.
• Draft a philosophy of education – and who they are as an educator.
• Participate in a community of learning and exploration with colleagues from across the university.
Courage to Teach, offered by facilitators prepared by the national Center for Courage & Renewal, offers faculty opportunities to reflect on the inner dimension of teaching and leading and explore “the heart of a teacher.” In exploring questions about purpose, values, and commitment to their challenging work, faculty increase their capacity to listen, to stay true to their mission, and to engage with the work of teaching wholeheartedly.
Introduction to Canvas Workshop
Monday, May 18 9:00 am & 1:00 pm 
In this workshop, we will show faculty members and teaching assistants how to use Canvas in general. Each session will last two hours. Please indicate which session time you are attending when making your reservation.

Applying Make it Stick Workshops

May 19 12:00-3:30 pm: Using Canvas to Encourage Durable Learning (Lunch Included)

This workshop will help participants use tools and practices within Canvas to help students learn in a way that sticks beyond the end of the semester. The workshop is based on the principles of Make it Stick: The Science of Successful Learning (Brown, Roediger and McDaniel). Bring a laptop and at least one syllabus/course schedule.

May 20 12:00-3:30 pm: Designing Courses to Encourage Durable Learning (Lunch Included) 

Based on the principles of Brown, Roediger, and McDaniel’s book, Make it Stick: The Science of Successful Learning, this workshop will help participants focus on designing courses that facilitate spaced, interleaved retrieval practice in order to achieve durable learning foundations and promote higher levels of learning. Bring a laptop and at least one syllabus/course schedule.

Canvas Training Camp 

Session 1: June 8-9, 2015, 9:00-4:00 each day (Lunch Included) 

Session 2: August 3-4, 2015, 9:00-4:00 each day (Lunch Included)

During this two-day camp, we will be exploring the basic functions and features of Canvas. You will also have time to work on building your courses. No prior experience with a learning management system is needed. All faculty are welcome to participate. However, please RSVP for us to make proper reservations. By the end of the workshop, we hope that you will be sufficiently prepared to teach with Canvas during the fall semester.

“Packing List” for Camp

  •  Willingness to Try
  • Your Laptop
  • A Syllabus
  • A Quiz/Test/Exam
  • An Assignment
  • A File to Upload to Canvas
  • A Rubric that You Might Use


Hosted by the Learning Studio

Digital Storytelling Workshop
May 13 8:00-5:00 pm 
May 14 8:00-5:00 pm 
May 15: 8:00-11:00 am 
The Learning Studio will be hosting a 3-day digital storytelling workshop that provides faculty a chance to learn about media creation and work with colleagues and media specialists to develop an original digital story.
This workshop is perfect for anyone wanting to share their teaching vision in an upcoming teaching portfolio or considering a media project in a course in the fall.  This May we’ll have two tracks:
Why I Teach
Our lives have been shaped by great teachers. So much of the way we look at the world as parents, as men and women of faith, and as teachers ourselves is the product of those who modeled a unique vision for us. As we talk to our students and colleagues about who we are as teachers today, an important first step is learning to share our story.
First Person
We’ll also be leading a traditional digital storytelling workshop based on the methods of the Center for Digital Storytelling at Berkeley. The workshop provides equal parts writer support group and technology training to lead new storytellers and old hands through the process together.
Here are a few stories from your colleagues produced in previous workshops:
Space will be limited so please RSVP today at

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