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Greenfield Community College

Greenfield Community College

Summer Faculty Workshop: Research Across the Curriculum

The 2020 workshop is canceled due to the coronavirus outbreak. We hope to be back in 2021. Stay safe!

We are pleased to announce the fifth annual offering of Research Across the Curriculum, a professional development program to help faculty create or modify a research-based assignment in a course. The 2020 workshop will consist of three half-day sessions, from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm on June 9th, 10th, and 11th, facilitated by librarian Liza Harrington and science faculty member Amanda Hyde. Participating faculty will received a $300 stipend.

Apply for the 2020 workshop here!
This workshop will provide you with the time, support, and peer feedback to improve an existing research-based assignment, or try adding a research component to your class for the first time. In addition to an assignment, participants will create a curriculum to support research skills and a method for grading and giving feedback.

There are 10 available spots, open to both adjuncts and full-time faculty. Those that apply by May 8th will be given preference.

We have had 34 faculty participate in this workshop in previous years. Ask your colleagues about it! One of last year’s participants said:

“I really enjoyed this workshop and I got so much more out of it than I was expecting. Besides just doing a huge amount of work in a few days I left the workshop feeling connected to the faculty in a way that I had not experienced before and with my enthusiasm for teaching my courses expanded even further. Thank you for the experience!”

Not quite sure what this workshop might look like? Here is a sample of our syllabus:

Day 1

  • Icebreakers and introductions
  • Defining information literacy
  • Introduction to backwards design
  • Discussion of applications within your discipline/course
  • In-class assignment and/or homework: develop and/or finalize information literacy learning outcomes for your course; reading(s)

Day 2

  • Present and discuss learning outcomes
  • Teaching research skills
  • Teaching supports for information literacy
  • Example information literacy curricula
  • In-class assignment and/or homework: revise learning outcomes; create a rough outline for a research curriculum for a course; brainstorm ideas for research assignments.

Day 3

  • Information literacy and student transfer – what happens after GCC?
  • Examples of creative research assignments
  • Work in groups to develop research assignment(s) and update syllabi
  • Present research assignments and final thoughts
  • Final deliverable: research assignment(s) and updated syllabi for one course

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to either of the facilitators:

  • Liza Harrington, harringtonl@gcc.mass.edu, 413-775-1836
  • Amanda Hyde, hydea@gcc.mass.edu, 413-775-1450
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