Fall 2012 Activities

Please RSVP to fctl@ferris.edu or call 231-591-3826 for all events.

Discussions on Teaching and Learning

Speed Debating
Brooke Moore and Jennifer Johnson

Thursday, September 13 from Noon-1 in FLITE 438

With today's students, engagement is a constant struggle.  How do we get every student to think, express and discuss ideas in our classes?  Learn an adaptable exercise that you can use immediately in the classroom, no matter what your content area.  Join us for a Lunch and Learn session on Thursday, September 13th from 12:00 - 1:00pm in FLITE 438. RSVP to fctl@ferris.edu or 231-591-3826. 

Building Community in an Online Class
Jonathan Taylor and Elaine McCullough

Friday, September 14 from 1:00-2:30 in FLITE 135

Building Community in an Online Class
Spence Tower, Beverly DeMarr, and Sheila MacEachron


Tuesday, September 25 from 11:00-12:30 in FLITE 135

These sessions will focus on building a community of learners in an online environment. Faculty-to-student, student-to-faculty, and student-to-student community building will be explored. Participants will have an opportunity to discuss, practice, and take away strategies to foster a community of learners in their own online courses; the session's panelists are faculty who have experience with this issue. Participants may want to bring a current course syllabus as a means of fostering reflection and growth for their own online course.  We are offering this topic on two occasions to accommodate more participants.  It is not necessary to attend both.  RSVP to fctl@ferris.edu or 231-591-3826. 

“Academic Freedom and Free Speech: What You Need to Know” Webinar

Tuesday, September 25 from 2:00-4:00 in FLITE 438

Is Academic Freedom a Myth? 

Ignorance isn’t bliss. It’s dangerous.

Academic freedom might give college and university professors license to say (or write) almost anything they please, but there are limits. And crossing over those boundaries can invite serious repercussions. If you don’t know what is protected and what isn’t, you could find yourself knee-deep in a lawsuit or without a job.

Find out what you can say and what you can’t in Academic Freedom and Free Speech: What You Need to Know on Tuesday, September 25, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. This 60-minute Magna Online Seminar will familiarize you with: 

  • The current state of the law
  • Legal definitions of academic freedom and free speech
  • Steps you can take to protect yourself or your faculty and staff

RSVP to fctl@ferris.edu or 231-591-3826.

Sponsored by FCTL, Diversity and Inclusion Office, and the Office of General Counsel.