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2018 Teaching and Learning Conference

The 2018 Fall Teaching and Learning Conference was held on Thursday, August 23 - Friday, August 24.

Thursday, August 23

8:30 am — Coffee
Todd Wehr Center, Jockey Room B

9:00 am - 11:00 am — Opening Workshop
Todd Wehr Center, Jockey Room B

Capitalizing on Psychological Science to Cultivate Learning and Enhance Teaching

Presenters: Dr. Regan Gurung, Professor of Human Development and Psychology, University of Wisconsin, Green Bay
Description: There is a wide array of research on how best to learn and how to teach effectively. Unfortunately, much of this research does not get to faculty in an effective way. Far too often we are burdened by buzzwords tossed around higher education without fully knowing the evidence behind them. In this session Dr. Gurung will review major way higher education aims to help students learn and provide a new metaphor for teaching, treating learning as a pearl and then providing ways to cultivate it. He will review 40 years of psychological science highlighting key variables influencing learning, while knocking down major myths. The session will provide pragmatic tools and ways for attendees to change their teaching practices immediately.
Speaker Bio: Dr. Regan Gurung is the Ben J. and Joyce Rosenberg Professor of Human Development and Psychology at the University of Wisconsin, Green Bay. His research interests include health psychological and social psychological research on cultural differences in stress, social support, smoking cessation, body image and impression formation. Dr. Gurung has published articles in a variety of scholarly journals, and his textbook, Health Psychology: A Cultural Approach, is now in its 4th edition. Dr. Gurung has been the recipient of numerous teaching awards, including the UW System Regents Teaching Award and the APA Charles L. Brewer Award for Distinguished Career in Teaching Psychology. Dr. Gurung has an extensive background in faculty development and research focused on teaching and learning. He was Co-Directory of the University of Wisconsin System Teaching Scholars Program, and is currently President of the Society for the Teaching of Psychology. He is the founding co-editor of the APA journal Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in Psychology.

11:30 am - 12:45 pm — Lunch in the Bookstore!
Barnes & Noble Bookstore, Campbell Student Union
Check on your book orders, meet the staff, and find out what’s new in the bookstore while enjoying lunch provided by Barnes & Noble and the Teaching Commons. (No registration necessary.)

Friday, August 24

8:30 a.m - 9:00 am — Registration and Coffee
Hedberg Library, Lower Level

9:00 am - 10:00 am — Carthage News You Can Use
Niemann Media Theater, HL 159
This session will be a “news you can use” format with multiple five minute topics. Topics include: 

  • Update on the new Schoology learning management system
  • Information security policies and reminders
  • Research services at Hedberg Library
  • Textbook initiative for eligible students
  • Recycling at Carthage
  • How to get help with library and technology issues
  • New employee introductions

10:00 am - 10:45 am — Morning Session 1

technology security for beginners

Presenters: Michelle Hobbins, Associate Vice President of Information Technology; Max McGrath, Infrastructure and Security Manager
Location: Hedberg Library Conference Room, HL 138
Description:  This session is for folks that have never attended Security training at Carthage before, or those that need refresher training on data classification, safe computing, email and browsing, and enabling 2-Step Verification.


Presenters: Mark Mahoney, Associate Professor of Computer Science, Wagner Teaching Fellow
Location: Niemann Media Theater, HL 159
Description: This session will cover the principles and features of metacognitive practices and self-regulated learning. These practices are involved in the conscious planning, monitoring, and evaluation of one’s learning, and hold potential for maximizing learning. There will be a particular emphasis on using these approaches when we ask our students to undertake problem solving tasks. Best practices for facilitating students’ use of metacognition and self-explanation will be presented and participants will discuss those most relevant for students in their courses.

Research services at Hedberg Library

Presenters: Carthage College Librarians
Location: HL 170
Description: Students have access to more information than ever before. With this information overload, teaching them how to access, evaluate, and use information properly becomes more and more important. This session will introduce the fundamental thresholds for information literacy and practical ways the library can help bring information literacy skills into the classroom to create more effective researchers.


Presenters: Chris Grugel, Instructional Technology Librarian
Location: HL 172
Description: Carthage is implementing a new learning management system beginning Fall 2018. Schoology will be replacing eLearning on our campus. Please join Chris Grugel of LIS for a quick training session to make sure you are ready for utilizing Schoology with your classes in the fall.

11:00 am - 11:45 am — Morning Session 2

Why and How to Incorporate CITI training modules into Your Course Content

Presenters: Aidana Lira, Director, Office of Sponsored Programs; Kate Schenk, Sponsored Programs Administrator; Dr. Cheryl Peterson, Clinical Assistant Professor of Nursing; Dr. Paul Martino, Associate Professor of Biology
Location: Hedberg Library Conference Room, HL 138
Description: Carthage has subscribed to the CITI (Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative) Program, a rich, online resource for faculty, staff, and students to acquire knowledge and expertise in a broad range of content areas related to the ethical design and implementation of research. This session will provide a general introduction to the CITI Program, followed by a focused discussion of specific modules for value to students if integrated into their coursework. Faculty planning to integrate modules this fall will discuss their plans.

Equitable Classroom Practices

Presenters: Michele Hancock, Professor of Practice in Education; Roger Moreano, Assistant Director of Student Involvement, Diversity, Equity, Inclusion
Location: Niemann Media Theater, HL 159
Description: Participants will consider diversity, equity and inclusion perspectives with an emphasis on facilitating each and every student’s development in applying equitable classroom practices. Participants will be challenged to consider various perspectives that hinder students’ abilities to effectively participate in classrooms. Interactive individual and group activities from varied resources will be provided as a strategy for employing equitable classroom practices to specifically address marginalized, underrepresented students in order to promote a sense of belonging.

Introduction to the Schoology lms

Presenters: Chris Grugel, Instructional Technology Librarian
Location: HL 172
Description: Carthage is implementing a new learning management system beginning Fall 2018. Schoology will be replacing eLearning on our campus. Please join Chris Grugel of LIS for a quick training session to make sure you are ready for utilizing Schoology with your classes in the fall.

Become a Google Mail and Calendar Guru

Presenters: Carol Sabbar, Director of Library and Instructional Technology Services
Location: Saemann Lab, HL 217
Description: Save time and grief by becoming a Google Mail and Calendar guru. Learn about features like canned responses, appointment slots, and how to set up meetings in a flash. Google Chat and Google Groups will be mentioned as a bonus. We will also cover 2-step authentication for security.

12:00 pm - 12:45 p.m. — Promenade Lunch
Hedberg Library, Lower Level
Please join us for a promenade lunch in the lower level of Hedberg Library, provided by Sodexo catering. Take this opportunity to mingle with Carthage Community members and meet those newly employed by the College.

1:00 pm - 1:45 pm — Afternoon Session

technology security - hands-on session

Presenters: Michelle Hobbins, Associate Vice President of Information Technology; Max McGrath, Infrastructure and Security Manager
Location: Hedberg Library Conference Room, HL 138
Description: Two-step verification (aka two-factor authentication) is the single easiest thing we can do to protect ourselves from bad actors outside of the US. It is effective because it blocks those that don’t have one of the devices we recognize as yours, even if they hack into your account. Drop in to this session for assistance in turning on Google 2-Step Verification. Bring your laptop to the session.

Flipped Classrooms

Presenters: Mark Mahoney, Associate Professor of Computer Science; David Brownholland, Assistant Professor of Chemistry
Location: Niemann Media Theater, HL 159
Description: Discussion of the instructional strategy of utilizing classroom time for problem-solving and hands-on practice and delivering lectures and other instructional content to students to view outside of class time.


Presenters: Chris Grugel, Instructional Technology Librarian
Location: HL 172
Description: Carthage is implementing a new learning management system beginning Fall 2018. Schoology will be replacing eLearning on our campus. Please join Chris Grugel of LIS for a quick training session to make sure you are ready for utilizing Schoology with your classes in the fall.

Streaming video services

Presenters: Carol Sabbar, Director of Library and Instructional Technology Services; Danelle Orange, Digital and Instructional Archivist
Location: Saemann Lab, HL 217 
Description: Hedberg Library subscribes to multiple streaming video services. In this session, discover Academic Video Online, Films on Demand, Kanopy, and for personal use or classroom instruction.



  • Quick Facts

    • Carthage is named a Best Midwestern College by The Princeton Review (2021), a designation given to only 25 percent of four-year schools.

    • The Tower, Carthage’s newest residence hall, provides some of the best views on campus — if not in the Midwest! In addition to #carthageviews of the lake from seven stories up, residents enjoy suite-style living and two floors of shared campus spaces for gaming, cooking, group meetings, or quiet studying. Learn more about all housing options.

    • You’re going to need brain fuel. Grab a morning coffee and a snack and Starbucks or Einstein Bros. Bagels. Later, meet friends at “The Caf,” where the specials change daily but the staples are constant, or swing through “The Stu” for wings, a burrito, or a sub. A new option, Carthage Cash, even covers some off-campus meals.

    • More than 90% of Carthage alumni report that they have secured a job or are continuing their studies six months after graduation. Visit The Aspire Center.

    • 91% of employers say critical thinking, communication, and problem-solving skills matter more than your major when it comes to career success. Learn more about how the liberal arts prepare you for a successful career.

    • Lots of schools wear the four-year label. Carthage stands behind it. More than 90% of Carthage graduates earn their degrees in four years. Learn more

    • Oscars. Emmys. Tonys. Golden Globes. The playwrights we’ve brought in have them. Each year, the Carthage Theatre Department commissions an original script by a renowned playwright for its New Play Initiative. Carthage students then work with the writer to stage it. 

    • Carthage has ranked as a top Fulbright producer for four of the past five years. Read about Carthage Fulbright winners.

    • Things look new at Carthage because they are. Our science center, student union, athletic and recreation center, and numerous residence halls have all been constructed or newly renovated in the last 15 years.

    • Carthage offers majors, minors, and concentrations in more than 50 areas of study, from marketing to neuroscience, nursing to music theatre.

    • Our Summer Undergraduate Research Experience offers select students a research budget, one-on-one mentoring with a professor, and 10 weeks of analyzing, deciphering — and getting paid.

    • So the lake is kind of a focal point, but there’s a lot more to love about our campus — like the fact that our more than 80-acre campus is also an arboretum and wildlife sanctuary. Focused on keeping campus lush forever, we plant between 50 and 75 new trees every year from a variety of species.

    • Carthage was founded in 1847. That’s more than 170 years of leaders, makers, and go-getters going out and going forth. Read more about Carthage’s rich history.

    • More than 90 percent of students receive financial aid. Carthage awards more than $20 million in scholarship and grant assistance. That includes $5.5 million in competitive scholarships in business, mathematics, science, languages, the fine arts, leadership, and overall academic strength. Learn what’s available.

    • Abraham Lincoln was an early Trustee of the College, and U.S. Secretary of State John Hay was a Carthage alum. The two still have a proud place on our campus. Spend some time with them in our Sesquicentennial Plaza. On warm days you’ll find professors leading their classes here.

    • Come to Carthage; hear yourself think — think … think …
      Legend has it that Sesquicentennial Plaza holds a perfect echo. Just stand with both your feet on the “1847,” face Straz, and start talking. “You’re the only one who can hear you, but you’ll be crystal clear,” promises English and theatre alumna Mikaley Osley.

    • Our Great Lake provides Carthage students with some amazing views. Think classes on the beach, lake views from the lab, and sunrises from your dorm room. “I love waking up in the morning with the sun shining off the lake. Nothing compares to the view in the morning,” recalls biology and neuroscience major Ann O’Leary.

    • Carthage awards up to 35 Presidential Scholarships each year, which range from $25,000 up to full tuition. Learn more.

    • For a full decade, NASA has selected Carthage students to conduct research aboard its zero-gravity aircraft. Lately, the stakes have risen. A team of underclassmen is grinding to prepare a tiny but powerful Earth-imaging satellite for launch to the International Space Station. Learn more about the space sciences at Carthage

    • Carthage is the only college or university in the Midwest where every freshman takes a full-year sequence of foundational texts of the Western intellectual tradition. Learn about Intellectual Foundations.

    • With a student-faculty ratio of 13:1, your professors will know who you are. They will also know who you want to be — and how to get you there. Meet our faculty.

    • There are more than 130 student organizations on campus, from Amnesty International to Fencing to Frisbee, Chem Club to Stand Up Comedy. See how easy it is to get involved.

    • True story: There are more than 27 art galleries, a dozen museums, and nine theatres within 25 miles of Carthage. Some highlights: The nationally recognized Racine Art Museum, the world-renowned Art Institute of Chicago, and the Milwaukee Art Museum. Learn more about our location.

    • What’s better than one professor? Two professors. What’s better than two professors? Two professors from totally different fields teaching a single class. There’s debate. Discussion. Differing perspectives. This is where the magic happens. That’s why every student takes a Carthage Symposium.

    • You can’t hide here — not with only 17 other students in the classroom with you. That’s going to be rough some mornings. But later, when you’re able to argue your point of view thoughtfully, express your opinions succinctly, and meet challenges head-on, without fear … Yep, you’ll thank us.

    • Carthage is ranked in the Top 5 in the country for student participation in short-term study abroad. Every J-Term, hundreds of students travel all over the world on faculty-led study tours. Imagine a month in Sweden, Rome, Cuba, Senegal, India, Japan …