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Executive Vice President and Provost

Flipped and Blended Presentations

Flipping through My Journey

Facilitator: Katheryn East, Educational Psychology and Foundations

How can flipping affect our teaching? East will discuss learning more about flipping has affected her teaching. She’ll discuss some considerations and thoughts about flipping, including definitions of the flipped classroom, benefits, and constraints.

Benefits of a Flipped and Blended Education Methods Class

Facilitator: Denise Tallakson, Curriculum & Instruction

Do you want more time for project based learning in your class?  Flipped and blended learning can help. In this session, strategies that encouraged more experiential learning in an arts integration methods course will be discussed.

Open Textbooks: Opportunities in transformative learning and student success

Join Sarah Cohen, managing director of the Open Textbook Network (launched by the University of Minnesota), for a presentation on the potential of open textbooks in advancing excellence in teaching, learning, student success, and scholarly publishing.  She will outline the role open education and open textbooks play in addressing the crisis in higher education affordability, and share ways to overcome barriers to adoption of open textbooks that benefit students, and sustain and support the mission of the university.  Co-sponsored by, Rod Library, the CETL and the Provost’s Office.

What Makes a “Good and Effective Professor”?

In September, Inside Higher Education published “How to Be a Good and Effective Professor,” a list of 22 items the authors deemed important for the daily work of being a professor. Join your colleagues for a discussion of their top three picks. Check out the article here

Panelists: John Burnight, Philosophy and World Religions; Rusty Guay, Management; Kris Mack, SAC; and  Jim O’Loughlin, Languages and Literatures.

Faculty/Staff First-Year Student Forum

The Novice-to-Expert model helps place the first-year experience -both in and outside the classroom- within the context of the comprehensive collegiate experience. The model can help students introduce behaviors and processes that promote problem-solving skills; develop understanding of college learning and campus environment; learn the language and transition into post-secondary education.

Join us to learn more about the model and discuss with a panel strategies that work with first-year students.

Panel: Steve Taft, associate professor, Theatre; Nikki Harken, instructor, Communication Studies; Kristin Woods, associate dean of students/new student programs; Dawn Del Carlo, associate professor, Chemistry & Biochemistry; Sara Judickas, Peer Mentor FYO Course

 Co-sponsored by the Office of Academic Advising and the Provost’s Office.

Using Improv Techniques to Improve Teaching

Facilitator: Doug Shaw, Mathematics

One important aspect of teaching (perhaps THE most important) is the ability to completely listen, and then react; to think on one's feet.  Many teachers who have had improv training have found that this training has greatly improved their teaching.  This fun session will introduce you to techniques of improv, and help you to teach "in the moment." The fact that this session will also be “fun” and “hilarious" is an unavoidable byproduct of the work, and we apologize in advance. Registration is limited to 15 participants. 


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