Averting Death by Academic PowerPoint! From Killer Professors to Killer Presenters
Facilitator: Christy Price
Even when using active learning methods, most college professors still have to disseminate information to students via mini-lecture or lecture capture, often employing PowerPoint to support the content they are providing. In order to be effective in this endeavor, we may need to change the way we think about conveying messages to our modern learners. We will draw from the research in both cognitive and educational psychology to apply what we know about learning and memory, and then look to the business, communication, and persuasion literature in order to optimize our effectiveness in motivating students. The secrets of great communicators and what works regarding planning, design, and delivery of information will be discussed. Together, we will model these practices and participants will receive a guide for developing content and practices that resonate, captivate and transform students.
Facilitating ESL Students’ Writing Development across the Curriculum
Facilitator: Jill Swavely
As English as a second language (ESL) student populations continue to increase, our classrooms are increasingly enriched by the knowledge, skills and experiences these students bring. At the same time, many faculty are challenged by the need to adapt their teaching to best support these students. This workshop will engage participants in discussion and activities designed to help faculty develop effective strategies for responding to and assessing ESL student writing. Through analyses of sample student texts and reflection on teaching experiences, participants will learn how to set priorities when responding to student texts and how to develop ethical and efficient ways of assessing these texts.
Reality Check: Using Real World Scenarios in Higher Education
Facilitator: Storm Wilkins
“Why do we have to know this?” and “Will we ever really use this?” are frequent refrains in the college classroom. This session will examine utilizing Problem Based Learning and Case Studies in your course design, techniques which have been found to increase student motivation. Attendees will discuss how to develop problems and case studies, and will strategize about how to overcome the challenges inherent in the use of these dynamic learner-centered approaches.
Take a Risk! Engaging Students in the Art of Creative Thinking
Facilitator: Rebecca Michaels
The purpose of thinking is to collect information and make the best possible use of that information. Creative thinking skills help students restructure information into new ideas. Focusing on four of the Creative Thinking Strategies from Edward DeBono’s "Lateral Thinking Theories," this session will engage you in the risky behavior of creative thinking and will address why creative thinking is an important skill in all disciplines.
Using Metacognitive Techniques to Turn your Students into Self-Regulated Learners
Facilitator: David Ingram
Some students just seem to have it: they know how to go about learning at the university level, no matter the subject matter. Others, unfortunately, passively endure classes, making minimal effort and falling apart when they encounter any obstacle. The truth is that many students don't know how to go about the job of being a student. But with only minor changes to our classes, we can help them develop those skills as they learn the content of the class. Participants in this session will consider how metacognition - the ability to self-assess one's own thinking and learning - can be used to get students to truly engage with the material and develop as self-regulated learners not just in our classes, but for the rest of their lives
Participation and Practice through Polling: Active Learning in the Classroom
Facilitator: Casey Breslin
While today’s college students can’t be torn away from their electronic devices, the research affirming the benefits of active learning is mounting. Stop competing, and start incorporating this technology in your classroom to actively engage students in their learning! Come to this breakout session to discuss the pedagogy behind allowing devices in class to engage students and assess learning.