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May 2023 Teaching & Learning Sessions

On May 9th-11th, we invite you to join colleagues across campus to celebrate the end of the spring semester, welcome warmer days ahead, and to ponder ideas for your Fall 2023 classes!

A variety of teaching and learning sessions will be offered (most with breakfast, lunch, or snacks!). Check out the program descriptions below and RSVP for all sessions no later than Friday, April 28th. Please note: sessions have individual RSVP forms to complete, but all are short!

If you want more details, please contact session organizers/facilitators directly.

We look forward to seeing you in early May!

Tuesday, May 9th

9:00 – 10:00 a.m.: Coffee with the Library @ HCC Digital Auditorium (RSVP form)

What can Simpson Library do for you? Panel discussion with Library staff on Open Access resources, Eagle Scholar, Course Reserves, Special Collections, and more! Open Q&A for faculty to learn about the resources and services the Library offers, and for the Library to learn about faculty needs for research and instruction. Light breakfast with coffee and tea will be provided.

Contact: Carolyn Parsons (

10:30 – 11:30 a.m.: The BIG Deal with Big Interview-Using Big Interview in Your Course @ Zoom session (RSVP form)

This session will focus on introducing the software tool Big Interview and helping you use the tool in building course assignments. The session will include a tutorial, brainstorming, and sharing of best practices using the software tool, Big Interview. 

Contact: Kimberly Young (

12:00 – 1:30 p.m.: Al Dente Teaching-Navigating Flexibility and Learning Habits @ Seacobeck 151 (RSVP form)

Concerned that your students do not seem to know and practice effective learning habits? Unsure about whether your flexible teaching practices are helping students? We will dissect current student learning needs and evaluate evidence-based strategies, like BBQs and Evil Assignments, that can help students develop more effective learning habits through practice and feedback. Be prepared to try the strategies out yourself and have a little fun! Lunch and resource materials will be provided. Session limited to 32 participants.

Contact: Victoria Russell (

4:00 – 5:00 p.m.: Five Minutes of Fame @ HCC Digital Auditorium (RSVP form)

Need a break from long presentations?  Digital Learning Support has the answer – Five Minutes of Fame!  Watch our participants make 5-minute presentations about an interesting teaching and learning technique they tried this year.  And since we all know how difficult it can be for some of us to limit ourselves to 5 minutes, we’ll have a gong on hand to remind presenters that their time is up. 

Contact: Digital Learning Support (

5:00 – 6:00 p.m.: Garden Reception @ Convergence Garden (RSVP form)

After a day of networking and presentations, join colleagues for drinks, snacks, and socializing in the Convergence Garden.

Contact: Digital Learning Support (

Wednesday, May 10th

8:00 – 10:00 a.m.: Difficult Conversations-When Academic Advising Extends Beyond Course Selection @ HCC Digital Auditorium (RSVP form)

The role of a traditional academic advisor has changed as students often need support that can extend well-beyond traditional academic advising.  Mental health, financial, and learning support are just a few of the areas that students now regularly bring into academic advising conversations and while we try to be the best support possible, it can leave academic advisors feeling helpless and frustrated.  This session is a roundtable discussion for open dialog about academic advising and participants are encouraged to bring your questions, success stories, and horror stories to share with colleagues and content experts.  Information will be provided about self-support opportunities for faculty advisors who are feeling overwhelmed and burnt out by the stress of academic advising.  A hot breakfast will be provided for all participants and, as such, this session is limited to 50 faculty.

Contact: Wes Hillyard (

10:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.: FSEM Instructors Workshop @ HCC Digital Auditorium (RSVP form)

12:30 – 1:30 p.m.: New FSEM Instructor Lunch and Workshop Debrief @ HCC Digital Auditorium

Fall FSEM instructors will meet to discuss learning outcomes, support services, assessment and syllabus planning. This workshop will partner with support services from across campus and allow time for instructors to discuss concrete strategies for working with post-pandemic first-year students. The session for all instructors will run from 10:15 to 12:15 and new instructors will get treated to a working lunch (12:30 – 1:30 pm) to debrief the workshop. Anyone interested in teaching a future FSEM are welcome to join the workshop!

Contact: April Wynn (

Thursday, May 11th

10:00-11:30 a.m.: Student Mental Health Gatekeeper Training @ HCC Digital Auditorium (No RSVP required)

Join Talley Center staff for an overview of what staff and faculty should know in order to identify a student who may be struggling with a mental health (or other) challenge and how to support them. 

Contact: Tev Zukor (

2:00 – 3:30 p.m.: Can We be a Part of Your Class?: Scaffolding Assignments and Incorporating the Speaking and Writing Center into your Course @ HCC 407 (RSVP form)

Come to afternoon tea and engage in conversation about ways to scaffold your writing and speaking assignments throughout the semester, purposefully building in usage of the SWC as part of your assignments, and methods for giving your students concrete goals for their SWC visits. An afternoon tea, including desserts and assorted snacks, will be provided. Session is limited to 35 participants.

Contact: Leah Schweitzer (

3:45 – 4:45 p.m.: Life After Mary Washington Trivia Hour @ HCC Digital Auditorium (RSVP form)

Enjoy a rousing game of trivia with food, fellow faculty members, and a few surprise guests.  This is more than happy hour, it’s sure to be a fast-paced hour with food and fun that will test just how much you know about Life After Mary Washington.

Contact: Kimberly Young (

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