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2015 Empowering Teaching Excellence Conference

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2015 Program

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Cynthia Furse

Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Assoc. VP for Research at the University of Utah

Cynthia Furse

Dr. Furse teaches / has taught freshman circuits, electromagnetics, wireless communication, computational electromagnetics, microwave engineering, and antenna design. She began flipping her classes in 2007, and has seen a substantial increase in student satisfaction and academic success as a result. She is now regularly engaged helping other faculty flip their classes (see http://Teach-Flip.utah.edu). Dr. Furse has received numerous teaching and research awards including the 2009 IEEE Harriett B. Rigas Medal for Excellence in Teaching. She has an active electromagnetics research lab and has mentored and graduated 67 graduate students, 121 undergraduate researchers and 12 high school students. She is a Fellow of the IEEE with 14 patents, over 225 professional publications and presentations, has written three books and several book chapters.

A Busy Professor's Guide to Sanely Flipping Your Class

Flipped, hybrid, online, technology-assisted, active learning... wow, we've all heard about these courses, and how effective active learning can be. But it can be daunting to figure out how to apply this in YOUR class. This session describes how I have 'flipped' the classroom for a large required undergraduate engineering course. The students watch video YouTube lectures before coming to class, freeing up in class time for problem solving and engineering applications. In this session, I'll talk about why I did this and how I got started, what worked and what didn't, what I've learned that seems to be key to making the videos successful and also the in class time be successful. We'll talk about this from a student point of view (what works for them) and from a faculty point of view (a busy professor's guide to sanely flipping your class).

Conference Schedule

Event
8:00 Check-In and Continental Breakfast
Room 236 Sunburst Lounge - Taggart Student Center (view map)
9:00 – 9:15 Welcoming Remarks
Noelle Cockett
Executive Vice President & Provost
9:15 – 10:15 General Session Keynote: A Busy Professor's Guide to Sanely Flipping Your Class
Cynthia Furse
Professor of Electrical and Computer Enginering and AVP of Research at the University of Utah
Breakout Sessions
10:30 – 11:05
Faculty Panel: What I wish I'd known when I started teaching.
David Wall, Marlene Graf, Harrison Kleiner, Alexa Sand
College of Arts, College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences, College of Education and Human Services, College of Arts
A day where sh!# hits the fan: Building simulated learning environments
Matthew LaPlante
Assistant Professor of Journalism, College of Humanities and Social Science

In this session, you will learn how to leverage social media and other tools to create simulated learning environments that support learning objectives and can be implemented in periods ranging from one classroom hour to an entire semester.
Student Learning Paths: Self Directed Learning in Online Courses
Courtney Stewart
Assistant Professor, Emma Eccles Jones College of Education and Human Services

In this session you will learn about four different adult learning styles. You will also learn how the learning path tool in Canvas can be used to provide a self directed educational experience. You will learn how content can be created for different student learning styles.
Active and Passive Learners: Permitting Student Choice
Scott L. Hunsaker
Distinguished Associate Professor of Honors Education, Emma Eccles Jones College of Education and Human Services

In this session, you will learn how to involve students who prefer a passive learning style in your class discussions. Strategies include student choice, random selection, think-pair-share, and peer tutoring.
Cross-Device Classroom Polling with i>Clicker Reef
Tyler Clair, Tracy Tanner
Instructional Tools Admin, AIS | Senior Sales Specialist, Macmillan

This session will introduce the new Reef polling system by i>clicker, a cloud-based application that allows students to respond via smartphone, Internet-enabled device, or clicker. Learn how to use it in your face-to-face or broadcast classes.
Excellence in Teaching and Learning Grant Presentation
Alan Blackstock
Associate Professor, College of Humanities and Social Sciences
Breakout Sessions
11:15 – 11:50
Teaching Sample Showcase
Amy Hochberg, Oenardi Lawanto, Courtney Stewart, Idalis Villanueva and Andreas Wesemann
Faculty Panel: Facilitating Lab-Based Courses
Stan Martineau, Brian Warnick, Hilda Fronske, Paul Grossl, Jessica Habashi
College of Eastern Utah, College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences, College of Education and Human Services

Objective
Transitioning to Open Educational Resources
Erin Davis and Becky Thoms
Library Coordinator of Regional Campuses and E-Learning, Library | Head of Digital Initiatives, Library

In this session, participants will learn how to identify and evaluate open educational resources that could replace or supplement their traditional textbooks.
The Seven Year Deal
John Engler
Senior Lecturer, College of Humanities and Social Sciences

The Seven Year Deal is an innovative teaching model based on a broad spectrum of research and nearly two decades of teaching experience.Those who attend this discussion will not only become familiar with principles of The Seven Year Deal and the rationale behind it, they will also walk away having taken the first steps in strategizing how to personally make use of the model to deepen student learning in their own classrooms.
2 Answers and a Question
Johanna Rigas
Assistant Professor, College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences

In this session you will learn an additional technique to assist in active student learning and review of course material.
Integrating Pearson MyLab and Mastering Into Canvas
Jeff Von Rosenberg and Jason Hales
Associate Director, Center for Innovative Design and Instruction | Regional VP, Equella Sales

Learn how to engage students effectively with immersive content, tools, and experiences. Learn how to design and deliver rich learning opportunities to your students in Canvas using Pearson content and platforms.
Excellence in Teaching and Learning Grant Presentation
Clayton Brown
Assistant Professor, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Vernal Education Center
12:00 – 1:00:   Networking Lunch
Breakout Sessions
1:00 – 1:35
Faculty Panel: Student Engagement
Sylvia Read, Alan Warnick, Mark Damen, Kevin Reeve
College of Education and Human Services, Hunstman School of Business, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Academic and Instructional Services Objective
Tools for Teaching Narcissistic and Entitled Individuals: A review of personality, motivations, and interpersonal styles
Kari Joseph Olsen
Assistant Professor, Huntsman School of Business

In this session, you will learn what narcissism and psychological entitlement are and how they affect students' motivations, attitudes, and behaviors. You will also learn theory-based techniques to inform your teaching style, curriculum design, and student evaluations.
From Peer to Self-Observations of Teaching: A Tool to Promote Personal and Institutional Growth
Maria Luisa Spicer-Escalante
Associate Professor, College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Participants will compare affordances of traditional peer-observation with those of self-assessment of teaching. They will learn what the new protocol for self-assessment of teaching entails while they expand their understanding of this approach and the implications it may provide to transform their own classroom practices.
Using Storytelling for Effective Teaching
Andreas Wesemann
Assistant Professor, College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences

In this session, you will discover why stories are memorable, how to effectively use object lessons, and that you can paint pictures with words. You may not remember the name of the presenter, or even why you had to attend the conference, but personal stories have a lasting impression.
Using 21st Century Skills to Engage Learners
Sandie Nadelson and Louis Nadelson
Nursing Program Director, College of Education and Human Services | Associate Professor, College of Education and Human Services

In this session, you will: 1. be able to explain what are 21st century skills, 2. describe three benefits of using the 21st skills, and 3. apply the 21st century skills concepts to one of your courses.
Excellence in Teaching and Learning Grant Presentation
Michael Christiansen
Assistant Professor, College of Science, Vernal Education Center
Breakout Sessions
1:45 – 2:20
Faculty Panel: Learning Assessment Strategies
Camille Fairbourn, Pam Dupin-Bryant, Cathy Bullock, Courtney Stewart
College of Science, Huntsman School of Business, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, College of Education and Human Services
Engaging the class through service learning: Utilizing You-Tube Presentations
David Robinson
Program Director and Associate Professor, College of Education and Human Services

In this session you will learn: 1) Key aspects of service learning. 2) How to engage your class in service learning opportunities. 3) Through an example of service learning how to apply it to your classroom setting.
Ditching the Textbook and Adopting OER Resources
Kevin Reeve
Director of Teaching and Learning, Academic and Instructional Services

In this session you will learn the pros and cons of ditching the textbook in favor of open educational resources.
Help, Instructor Overload!: The Pros and Cons of Distance Education and Interactive Video Conferencing Formats for Instruction in an Engineering Graphics/Design Computer Laboratory Course
Idalis Villanueva
Assistant Professor, College of Engineering

In this session, you will learn about best practices in engineering education seeking to implement broadcast technology into their classes. Issues of coordination, recording constraints, teacher assistant training, and time and technology management will be discussed and recommendations will be provided.
Learn and Teach, Apply, Demonstrate: Helping Students Learn by Teaching
Brad Winn and Neal Legler
Associate Professor, Hunstman School of Business | Associate Director, Center for Innovative Design and Instruction

In this session, you will learn to engage students in higher levels of learning through teaching and application.
Excellence in Teaching and Learning Grant Presentation
Lianna Etchberger and Becky Williams
Associate Professor, College of Science, Vernal Education Center | Assistant Professor, College of Science, Vernal Education Center
Closing
2:30 – 3:00 Closing - Wrap Up
Robert Wagner
Executive Vice Provost & Dean