Focus On Student Learning Series (FOSL)

The Focus On Student Learning Series (FOSL) offers monthly discussions on a variety of topics related to student learning and development. Each session is recorded to DVD and is available for 4-day checkout at the Scarborough Library Public Service Desk. Ask for the specific topic under “FOSL Reserves”. The following sessions were offered during the Fall 2011 semester:

AUGUST: Ways to Incorporate the Common Reading
This year’s Common Reading selection offers a host of insights on topics from disciplines across the board. At this FOSL, faculty shared ways in which they were using This I Believe to engage students in the classroom. Writing reflection papers and personal essays, creating digital stories, entering the student essay contest, and assigning research papers on the core beliefs of famous persons were just a few of the ideas shared by attendees to relate the common reading to their coursework. 

SEPTEMBER: Assessor Refresher Workshop
The current assessment cycle is coming to a close and reports from all departments and support units are due to the Center for Teaching and Learning by January 13, 2012. This workshop helped department and unit assessment facilitators get a jump on the process by providing examples of how to turn a plan into a report and components of a good assessment report, as well as offering one-on-one help from members of the Assessment Task Force to assist with individual questions and concerns. 

OCTOBER: Time Saving Tips for Busy Professionals
During this FOSL we explored ways to manage your time best to truly balance work and play. We shared a lecture by CMU professor Randy Pausch on “Time Management” and attendees discussed tips they individually have collected to save time and better approach a busy lifestyle.

NOVEMBER: Recognizing ADHD
 Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, or ADHD, is a developmental disorder in which certain traits (such as attentiveness) lag in development. During this FOSL session, Psychology professor, Dr. Ann Murtagh, TRiO director, Cynthia Copney, and Disability Support Services director, Christana Johnson, highlighted ways to recognize signs of ADHD in students and discussed campus resources available to help them cope and succeed.  

Stay tuned for an announcement on topics planned for Spring 2012! Visit the FOSL page on our CTL website for more information: http://www.shepherd.edu/ctl/fosl.html.