Center for Educational Excellence

Drop Shadow

December 2014 - January 2015 Upcoming Events!

Course Design Workshop

Puzzle Course Design

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., MRH (SOLES)-135

   Whether you are rethinking your course from the ground up or just tinkering with an assignment or two, this is the workshop for you!!  In a thoroughly hands-on session, we’ll help you explore your course ideas by:

  • Crafting and tailoring your ideas and expectations to assignments and assessments.
  • Improving the connection between your assignments and your grades.
  • Examining your course fit with the learning outcomes of your department.
  • Constructing a syllabus that moves beyond the basics to establish a climate of interest for your students.

     Using key models of course design and tested assignment solutions, Dr. Sandra Sgoutas-Emch, CEE Director; and Marcelle Darby, Adjunct Instructor, Biology, will facilitate this session to help you with your course questions. 

Bring any and all of your syllabi to work on as time permits; we’ll also be on hand to arrange future individual consultations.

Please RSVP by Monday, January 5, 2015

Syllabus Construction Workshop

Friday, January 16, 2015

1:30 - 3:00 p.m., Copley Library Seminar Room

     The course syllabus is indispensable guide for your students.  Often described as contract, the syllabus should make clear both the students’ and your responsibilities. What goes into your syllabus and the tone are key to facilitating a positive learning environment for all of your students.

     Bring your ideas and existing syllabi and find out more about designing a comprehensive learning-centered syllabus for your courses.


Fabulous First Friday: To Test or Not to Test, Different Forms of Assessing Student Learning

Friday, January 9, 2015

9:30 - 11:00 a.m., MRH (SOLES)-135

     The two basic types of assessment, formative and summative, will be discussed with a special emphasis on Classroom Assessment Techniques (CATs).  CATs are formative assessments done during the class period and provide timely feedback for you to guide improvements in student understanding.  You will leave with several CATs to try in your courses as well as ideas about using formative assessments to prepare your students for exams. RSVP Here

Drop in Course Design Sessions

Course Design Outcomes

  • Thursday, January 15, 2015

9:30 - 11:30 a.m., Copley Library Seminar Room

  • Friday, January 20, 2015

1:30 - 3:30 p.m., Copley Library Seminar Room

     The spring semester is rapidly approaching and maybe you are in the midst of revising an old course or even designing a new one, or maybe you just want to breath new life into your old syllabus. Faculty and CEE staff will be on hand to consult with you about any and all aspects of your course design from developing learning outcomes to creating assignments and other assessments to enhance student learning. 

Please note, you may drop in and out of these sessions as your time allows.


New & Junior Faculty Social @ the Cosmopolitan

Cosmopolitan Hotel & Restaurant

Thursday, January 29, 2015

4:30 - 6:30 p.m., Cosmopolitan Hotel & Restaurant (2660 Calhoun Street)

Located in the heart of Old Town, The Cosmopolitan Restaurant & Hotel is the ideal setting for USD’s new and junior tenure- track faculty to meet and mingle.  A special patio area has been reserved for us, complete with an appetizer buffet and refreshments.

Free parking is available in the lot adjacent to the restaurant. It is accessible from Juan Street, just north of Mason Street.

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Please RSVP by Tuesday, January 27, 2015

CEE & ATS Tech Talk: Strategies for Enhancing Academic Integrity for Your Online Assessments

Tech Talk

Friday, January 30, 2015

2:00 - 3:00 p.m., MRH (SOLES)-135

     Join us as USD faculty share some long-standing (Turnitin & SafeAssign) and new (ExamSoft) technologies for assuring academic integrity in online assessments. 


USD Just Read 2014-2015

Stuffed and Starved


USD Just Read! encourages literacy and deep dialogue on social themes presented through outstanding literature. The program promotes active learning and reading not only within the USD community but within the San Diego community at large. During the 2014-2015 academic year, the book selection is Stuffed and Starved, written by Raj Patel.

Visit the USD Just Read! page for more information.

Stuffed and Starved in the Classroom

Frank Jacobitz

To learn more on about how USD faculty are using Stuffed and Starved in their courses, click here to read this month's interview with Frank Jacobitz.

December's Events!


• Writing and the International Student I


• Fabulous First Friday: The Fine Art of Lecturing-Socratic Method


• Jose Bowen Keynote: Teaching Naked—How Moving Technology out of your Classroom will Improve Student Learning

• Jose Bowen Workshop: Flipping  101—Designing Assignments and Activities for Massively Better Classes


• Inclusive Education Series: Mental Health and the Classroom


• Post Doc Research Colloquium


• CEE & ATS Tech Talk: Digital Humanities