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Wednesday, August 16, 2017, 9am - 3pm

Logan Campus, Taggart Student Centerete conference

We are excited to announce the 4th annual Empowering Teaching Excellence Conference at Utah State University. This event will energize and inspire you as you begin the next teaching year. Presentations are faculty submitted, faculty led, and focused on teaching innovations that have worked well right here at USU. Topics and presenters span multiple disciplines and delivery formats. Invitees include all who teach at USU, regardless of role statement or campus, including graduate student instructors and teaching assistants. Here are some things you can expect:

  • Opportunities to network with other USU teachers.
  • A chance to formally share your teaching ideas and innovations with others.
  • Insightful breakout sessions.
  • Graduate Student Instructor Track
  • Showcase examples of well-built instructional products.
  • Interactive roundtable discussions.
  • Staff on hand to help you with questions about Canvas and other tools.
  • Updates on the latest improvements in educational technologies.
  • A free lunch!
This conference is well attended, enjoyable, and comfortable.
Register is now closed. We look forward to seeing you there. 

Keynote Speaker:

Kelli Munns, Equine Science Center, College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences

Kelli Munns at the Equine Science Center.Targeted Outcomes for Mastery Learning

Canvas and other tools provide instructors the opportunity to target learning goals, check for understanding, and evaluate their instruction. This session addresses how to develop effective learning outcomes by selecting measurable verbs from the appropriate cognitive domains. These learning outcomes become the connection between what is taught, what is assessed (and how it is assessed), and what is ultimately learned.  Once they are established, learning outcomes can be incorporated into Canvas, linked to assignments, and graded in a mastery learning grading scheme, thus providing educators with reliable data and granting more accountability to students in their learning.

Speaker Bio

Kelli Munns is a lead lecturer and English Equestrian Team coach at the Equine Science Center. Her teaching career began in science education for secondary public schools, where she developed expertise in mastery learning, curriculum mapping, reliable assessment design, leadership in professional learning communities, and formative data analysis. At USU, she has applied these principles to the Equine program, mapping course and program curriculum based upon established outcomes and incorporating mastery learning principles.


General Session
8:00

9:00
Registration and Check-In 
201 Ballroom - Taggart Student Center (view map)
9:15 – 9:30 Welcoming Remarks and Keynote Introduction
Robert Wagner
Vice President for Academic & Instructional Services
9:30 – 10:05 General Session Keynote - Targeted Outcomes for Mastery Learning
Kelli Munns
Lead Lecturer, Animal, Dairy and Veterinary Sciences, College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences
10:05
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10:10
Thanks and Conference Logistics
Travis Thurston
Faculty Development Coordinator, Academic & Instructional Services
Breakout Sessions A
10:30 – 11:05
Collaborating Across the Miles to Coordinate Service Learning Opportunities for RC Students: An innovative approach
Jen Evers, Clinical Assistant Professor of Social Work,
Jessica Lucero, MSW Program Coordinator and Assistant Professor,
College of Humanities and Social Sciences
(
Senate Chambers, TSC 336)

Panel/Discussion - Course Design Strategies Track

We hope this will illustrate the importance and efficacy of coordinating teaching efforts between Logan faculty and RC faculty.  We will discuss logistical concerns, challenges, and problem-solving that took place throughout this course as well as the outcomes with regard to student and community satisfaction/perception.  
Taking Pedagogical Risks: Why It Matters
Mary Ellen Greenwood, Lecturer
Bonnie Moore, Lecturer
Susan Andersen, Senior Lecturer & Associate Director of USU Writing Center
College of Humanities and Social Sciences
(ESLC 053)


Model Effective Teaching - Student Engagement Track & Graduate Instructor Track

In this session, we will focus on risk taking as teachers in the classroom as a way of encouraging students to take their own risks with their learning.
Online Student Engagement: A Few Ideas
Ryan Seedall
Assistant Professor, Emma Eccles Jones College of Education and Human Services
(WIDT 007)

Informational - Student Engagement Track

In this session, you will learn four practical strategies for engaging students in an online course and identify the benefits and challenges of each engagement strategy.
Learn. Teach. Lead. It's a Two-way Street.
Denise Stewardson
Professor, College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences
(Auditorium, TSC 227)

Model Effective Teaching - Student Engagement Track & Graduate Instructor Track

In this hands-on session, you will learn innovative strategies that engage and motivate students. You will model activities for classroom teaching and learning, and explore how to integrate these strategies into your course instruction.

Learn Canvas Basics
Elisa Taylor
Instructional Designer, Academic & Instructional Services

(Classroom, TSC 335)

Workshop/Bring Your Own Device - Content, Resources, and Tools Track

In this session, you will learn Canvas basics like: how to create an assignment and allow online submission to utilize the plagiarism checker, how to use the SpeedGrader for grading student work, sending announcements to students to communicate about class-related information and events, accessing online library resources, and putting your Canvas dashboard to work for you.
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Breakout Sessions B
11:15 – 11:50
Powering Up Your Online Discussions: How Scaffolds and Hashtags Can Lead to Deeper-Learning and Engagement in Online Discussions 
Courtney Stewart, Assistant Professor, Emma Eccles Jones College of Education and Human Services
Travis Thurston, Faculty Development Coordinator, Academic & Instructional Services
(ESLC 046)

Informational - Course Design Strategies Track

Creating and facilitating engaging and effective online discussions is an ongoing challenge for instructors and instructional designers alike. Students can often feel lost in what to post, or simply lack depth in comments to their peers. This session will focus on the "Digital Power-ups" concept to reinvigorate your online discussions whether for online, blended or flipped model courses. Add more depth to your discussions through the use of scaffolding, and ignite more engagement in your content and conversations through the use of Digital Power-ups in both posts and comments.

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Library Confidential: What Librarians Know About Your Students, and How it Can Impact Your Teaching
Rachel Wishkoski, Reference and Instruction Librarian
Pamela Martin, Coordinator for Outreach and Peer Learning
Kacy Lundstrom, Head of Reference & Instruction
Utah State University Libraries

(ESLC 053)

Informational - Student Engagement Track & Graduate Instructor Track

You will learn common questions, challenges, and successes your students have interacting with library services and materials. In addition to librarians sharing their information about how students study, research, and learn in our online and physical library environments, you will be invited to share your thoughts about student learning.
Learning Menus: Freedom and Structure for Student Engagement
Karin deJonge-Kannan
Co-director and Principal Lecturer, Department of Languages, Philosophy, and Communication Studies
College of Humanities and Social Sciences
(WIDT 007)


Informational - Course Design Strategies Track & Graduate Instructor Track

In this session, you will learn about the rationale and outcomes of an approach that promotes learner autonomy and student engagement through the use of Learning Menus. You will be introduced to samples of instructor-designed learning menus and student-generated learning logs as well as creative products that demonstrate student learning.
Sweaty Palms is Not a Resort;
Jason Sparks,
Senior Product Manager, Assessment Platforms, Instructure
(Auditorium, TSC 227)

Informational - Course Design Strategies Track

In this session, you will learn how to use effective assessment methods to improve the process.
Intro to CIDI Labs Design Tools
Erin Wadsworth-Anderson
Instructional Designer, 
Academic & Instructional Services
(Classroom, TSC 335)


Workshop/Bring Your Own Device - Course Design Strategies Track

In this session, you will learn how to use CIDI Labs Design Tools to create eye-catching front pages, build modules in minutes, and get your entire course looking sleek and ready for content.  
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12:00 – 1:00   Networking Lunch
Breakout Sessions C
1:00 – 1:35
Self-Graded Assignments
Nicole Vance
Clinical Assistant Professor, 
College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences
Lacie Peterson
Clinical Assistant Professor, 
College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences
Nikki Kendrick
Clinical Assistant Professor, 
College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences
(ESLC 046)

Informational - Student Engagement Track

In this session you will learn at least two ways self-graded assignments have been beneficial for interns in the USU Dietetic Internship and identify an assignment in your own program that may be appropriate for student self-grading.
Critical Thought in a Time of Doubt
Timothy Slocum, Department Head, Special Education & Rehabilitation
Laura Gelfand, Department Head, Art & Design
(ESLC 053)


Panel/Discussion-  Content, Resources, and Tools Track

In this session, you will learn from colleagues about strategies for deepening engagement around competing claims of truth. You will learn about upcoming events (public panels and faculty workshops) in support of promoting critical thinking around validity claims. 
USU Faculty-Led Study Abroad Information Session
Monika Galvydis
Study Abroad Program Director, Office of Global Engagement
(WIDT 007)


Informational - Course Design Strategies Track

Faculty-led study abroad programs are valuable and enriching for both students and faculty, and can be developed for any discipline. Learn the steps involved to create a new program and gain insights from other experienced faculty leaders.
Learning is a Process, Not an Event: Can Modifying Your Assessment Structure Improve Student Learning?
Kami Dupree
Lecturer, College of Science
(Auditorium, TSC 227)


Informational - Course Design Strategies Track

In this session, participants will reflect on their approach to assessment and how small modifications may improve student engagement and endurance in meeting course goals.
Using Learning Analytics from Canvas to Document Teaching and Learning
Kevin Reeve, Director, Teaching and Learning Technology
Meghan Lewis, Data Analyst
Academic and Instructional Services
(Senate Chambers, TSC 336)


Informational - Content, Resources, and Tools Track

In this session you will understand typical student behaviors in classes. You will also learn what visualizations can be produced for faculty to document their teaching and the learning taking place in Canvas.
Things You Probably Don't Know About Canvas, but Should
Neal Legler
Director of the Center for Innovative Design and Instruction, 
Academic & Instructional Services
(Classroom, TSC 335)


Informational - Content, Resources, and Tools Track

In this session, you will learn some less-obvious features of Canvas that will help you recover lost data, manage students with different schedules or learning capabilities, measure and present learning progress by outcomes, facilitate greater student interaction, and more, time permitting.
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Breakout Sessions D
1:45 – 2:20
Is It Really Worth a Thousand Words? Image Use in the Classroom
Jessica HabashiSenior Lecturer, College of Science
Mikayla Austin, Student, Emma Eccles Jones College of Education and Human Services

(ESLC 046)


Informational - Course Design Strategies Track

In this session, participants will evaluate their own use of images in the classroom and gain an appreciation of how their choices may affect students and the classroom environment. Suggested readings and online resources will be provided.
Beyond the Norm: A Faculty Panel on Collaborating with the Library
Teagan Eastman, Online Learning Librarian
Genevieve Ford, Assistant Professor, College of Humanities and Social Sciences
Victoria Grieve, Associate Professor, College of Humanities and Social Sciences
Rebecca Charlton, Professional Practice Assistant Professor, College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences
Utah State University Libraries
(ESLC 053)


Panel/Discussion - Content, Resources, and Tools Track

Instructors will be able to improve the quality of their courses, look for new and innovative approaches to teaching and student learning, and be able to create unique student experiences in their courses.
 “It’s not me, it’s you: Avoiding attribution bias during the process of course development”
Mitchell Colver
Learning Analytic Tools Administrator, 
Academic and Instructional Strategies
(WIDT 007)


Model Effective Teaching - Course Design Strategies Track

In the era of newly emerging analytics tools that can expose to faculty and institutions courses that are associated with positive student outcomes, being able to successfully attribute the causes of student floundering is an important skill. This session highlights how faculty can overcome several common attribution biases through interrogative openness, self-reflection, and pedagogical intentionality. 
Pop Culture Integration in the Classroom
Jason Olsen
Assistant Professor, 
Division of Arts and Sciences, USU Eastern
(Auditorium, TSC 227)

Workshop - Student Engagement Track

In this session, you will learn to effectively use popular culture in your teaching. You will learn that the secret to successfully integrating popular culture in your classroom is to share your personal interest and passions while respecting and learning about the interests of your students. 
What Can Microsoft Office 365 Do for Your Course?
Tyler Clair
Instructional Tools Administrator, Academic & Instructional Services
(Senate Chambers, TSC 336)


Informational - Content, Resources, and Tools Track

Microsoft Office 365 is more than just Word, PowerPoint, and Excel. It is a growing suite of online tools that enables you to collaborate with anyone at USU. This presentation will show you what Microsoft Office 365 is and how you can utilize the available tools in your courses to provide a collaborative and dynamic experience for you and your students. You will also be able to use these techniques within your Department and College.

New Tools for Building you Canvas Course
Kenneth Larsen, Programmer/Analyst
Academic & Instructional Services
(Classroom, TSC 335)


Informational - Content, Resources, and Tools Track

In this session you will learn how to utilize some new features in Design Tools for Canvas to streamline your course development process.
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