Join a Special Interest Group (SIG)! A SIG is a community of learners who explore themes in teaching, learning, and technology. 

Do you want to increase student engagement in the classroom? Do you want to try out new technologies? Or, do you want to solve a real teaching problem you are currently facing?

We invite you to participate in our Teaching with Technology Special Interest Group (SIG). This SIG provides faculty the opportunity to work with others across campus to participate in a shared experience around exploring and using Design Thinking as a strategy to help address teaching challenges. Design Thinking is a creative approach to designing solutions for complex challenges by understanding people’s needs and forming insights to meet those needs.

In this SIG, you will learn and apply the Design Thinking process to solve a real teaching challenge you’re facing. We will meet five times throughout the semester for 90 minutes. Meeting times are determined by participant availability. When we meet, we will discuss, plan, and reflect on different design thinking activities. During the weeks when we don’t meet, you will be doing some light, assigned reading and will be implementing your planned design thinking activities. 

All faculty and instructors are eligible to participate. Space is limited so please RSVP to express interest and provide availability by Wednesday, January 31, 2018

In the Encouraging and Developing Students’ Critical Thinking Skills SIG we will engage in some common readings, discussions and brainstorming of ideas of how we might encourage undergraduate students to engage in deep and critical thinking during. We will investigate the interdisciplinary similarities and differences of critical thinking and participants will design activities to encourage critical thinking in their own courses. Goals of this SIG are:
  • Investigate the what is meant by critical thinking
  • Identify strategies for teaching critical thinking
  • Explore ways we can assess critical thinking
  • Design an activity that provides an opportunity for students to practice critical thinking

We will meet 4 times for approximately 60 - 90 minutes depending on applicants schedules. All faculty and instructors are eligible to participate. Space is limited so please RSVP to express interest and provide availability by Wednesday, January 31, 2018.

ASSETT and the University Libraries are pleased to invite you to join the Cultivating Students’ Digital Identity and Ownership SIG. As educators, we strive to build students’ capacity to draw meaning from and contribute to the rich, complex, and global information landscapes in which we reside. Here we will explore information literacy and open pedagogy as methods for approaching this goal. Led by Amanda McAndrew and Caroline Sinkinson, we will discuss ways to engage students in critically analyzing how their digital identities are created, managed and represented. We will meet four times throughout the fall semester. Space is limited so please RSVP to express interest and provide availability by September 24, 2017

This SIG is designed to support and create a community for newly hired faculty who are teaching undergraduate classes for the College of Arts & Sciences. Participants will meet four times throughout the fall semester and discuss topics such as active learning, technology integration, and assessing the learning impact of students. ASSETT staff will also help you navigate the campus and help you find resources. They look forward to meeting and working with you! If you’re interested in participating, please RSVP by September 24, 2017. For more information, please email assett@colorado.edu or call our office at x53813.