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Regional Campus Faculty Workshop

Regional Campus Faculty Workshop April 5–6, 2018 • USU Eastern - Price

 Regional Campuses Faculty Workshop

The Regional Campus Faculty Workshop of Utah State University is an exclusive event where faculty from the Regional and Eastern Campuses can expand their peer network and focus on the issues most relevant to them. Presentations include faculty-led sessions focused on case studies, research, and best practices, mingled with special updates and tips from USU administrators and other campus offices. Open forums and networking lunches will give attendees a chance to exchange ideas with peers and campus leadership. Registrants can expect the following:

  • Opportunities to network with other USU regional campus and Eastern faculty.
  • A chance to present research and teaching practices (please see the call for proposals).
  • Insightful breakout sessions.
  • Opportunities to share feedback with campus leadership through an open forum.
  • Staff on hand to help with questions about Canvas, IVC, teaching documentation, and other topics.
  • Updates on the latest improvements in educational technologies.
  • One free lunch, a free dinner, and a continental breakfast


Registration is now closed.

Proposals are no longer being accepted.

Proposal Guidelines

Keynote Speaker

Dr. Katie Linder

Helping Students Learn in an Age of Digital Distraction • 4:00-5:00pm • JLSC Multipurpose Room

Our students are inundated with an overwhelming amount of information each day as they navigate social media, peruse various websites, listen to the radio, read print media, and flip through innumerable television channels. Unfortunately, very little of this information is directly connected by our students to their interactions with us in the classroom. In this session, we will explore how to break through the cognitive overload that our students experience on a daily basis and discuss how we can help our students develop effective strategies for learning in the midst of this Age of Digital Distraction.

Speaker BioKatie Linder headshot

Dr. Katie Linder is an avid writer and researcher with a passion for process and peeking behind the scenes at what it takes to be a successful academic. Currently, she hosts two weekly solo podcasts (You’ve Got This and The Anatomy of a Book), a weekly interview-based podcast (Research in Action), and a seasonal podcast (AcademiGig) co-hosted with Dr. Sara Langworthy. Katie also writes a weekly essay series. Her most recent book is The Blended Course Design Workbook: A Practical Guide. Katie is also the director of the Oregon State University Ecampus Research Unit and an associate editor for the International Journal for Academic Development.

For the past several years, Katie’s work has focused on blended course design best practices, institutional supports for accessible online learning, and research literacy for scholarship of teaching and learning practitioners and distance education stakeholders. She speaks on topics related to writing and publication; creativity and productivity; self-promotion and personal branding, and teaching and learning with technology.

Katie earned her BA in English Literature from Whitworth University in Spokane, WA, and her MA and PhD in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies from The Ohio State University.

Thursday, April 5

Preconference Session • JLSC Alumni Room
9:00 – 11:00 Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) 101 Workshop
Katie Linder, Oregon State Ecampus

In this preconference workshop, participants are introduced to the best practices for designing SoTL research projects and will begin to structure problem statements, methodology, and plans for classroom implementation. Information on the relationship between SoTL research and the IRB as well as publication outlets will also be provided. 

*(Only 40 seats available - faculty must contact Travis Thurston travis.thurston@usu.edu to RSVP)
General Sessions • JLSC Multipurpose Room
10:30 – 11:00 Registration and Check-In 
11:00 – 12:30 Welcoming Lunch and Opening Remarks
Gary Straquadine
Vice Chancellor, USU Eastern - Price

General Session Keynote 
Larry Smith
Interim Provost, Utah State University

Breakout Sessions A • 1:00  1:45
Grading to Learn
Katie Linder, Oregon State Ecampus
(CIB 224)

Workshop - Teaching Improvement Track

In this workshop, participants examine common definitions of assessment, feedback, grading, and testing to better understand how assessment tools can help our students learn. Through discussion and a small group activity, participants develop strategies to hold conversations with their students about learning. Participants leave the workshop with ideas that may revolutionize their personal philosophies of assessment.

Empowering the 'Inconvenient Youth' via a Utah High School Clean Air Poster Contest
Roslynn Brain, Associate Professor, NR/Moab
(RV 122)

Informational Session - Student Engagement Track

In what Dr. Edwin Stafford and I call the 'Inconvenient Youth' effect, teens participating in our annual Utah High School Clean Air Poster Contest are pestering their parents, family and friends about air pollution. Combining science, marketing and art, contestants design educational posters to be eligible to win desirable prizes donated by local businesses (mostly $50 gift cards, merchandise, and cash).  The resulting posters have been funny, edgy, and tied to teen pop culture and values.  Winning posters have been displayed in community schools, shop windows and bulletin boards. This presentation will share our process and measured impacts.

Mnemonic Mechanisms for Making Memories
Thayne Sweeten, Senior Lecturer, Science/Brigham City
(CIB 225)

Informational Session - Content, Resources, and Tools Track

Mnemonic mechanisms can be useful tools for creating quick and long-lasting memories. This presentation will describe three such mechanisms: word associations, visual images, and stories. Examples of how these mechanisms can be applied, either individually or in combination, will be provided in the context of teaching human anatomy. Whether used by teachers or students, these techniques can be incorporated into a class, providing fun and effective ways to both teach and learn.

What's New in Canvas
Elisa Taylor, Senior Instructional Designer, Center for Innovative Design and Instruction (CIDI)
(CIB 209)

Information Session - 
Content, Resources, and Tools Track

New Canvas features are released every three weeks and you may or may not notice. This session will highlight a new gradebook that allows for filtering, automatically entering a score for a missed assignment, automatic percentage deductions for late work, and more.
Breakout Sessions B • 2:00  2:45
Designing Impactful Online Assessments
Katie Linder, Oregon State Ecampus
(CIB 224)

Workshop - Teaching Improvement Track

Based on principles from The Blended Course Design Workbook: A Practical Guide this interactive workshop focuses on designing impactful online assessments that are both engaging for students and accurate measures of the goals and learning objectives of a course. Using their own course goals and learning objectives, participants will have the opportunity to design an online assessment that they can immediately implement into their course.

Making the Global, Local: Bring Global Perspectives to USU‚ Foundations of Education Course
Shireen Keyl, Assistant Professor, TEAL/Southwest Center
(RV 122)

Panel/Discussion - Student Engagement Track

It is estimated that there are 65,000 refugees, including U.S.- born children, currently living in Utah from more than 20 countries (Utah Department of Workforce Services, 2016). USU pre- and in-service teachers will foreseeably encounter a student in their classrooms who is either the child of refugees or is a refugee him/herself.  Since last year, there has been an uptick in violent activity toward refugees other communities of color (npr.org, 2016). It is my belief that K-12 teachers can be the first line of defense against xenophobia and racism; as such, it is increasingly important that our Utah teachers be exposed to more global perspectives in their teacher preparation and graduate level programs. My research project will examine student perspectives on global issues after having been exposed to my Foundations of Education course that incorporates the funds of knowledge from global experts via real-time lecture series.

Engaging Students in IVC Courses With Videoconferencing
Amy Piotrowski, Assistant Professor, TEAL/Uintah Basin-Vernal
Marla Robertson, Assistant Professor, TEAL/Uintah Basin-Roosevelt
(CIB 225)

Informational Session - Student Engagement Track

The presenters will share how they have used the CMA videoconferencing tool in Canvas during IVC class meetings to engage students in small group discussions and group work.

Spring Cleaning - Making Your Course More Usable and Accessible
Christopher Phillips, Electronic and Information Technology Accessibility Coordinator, Center for Innovative Design and Instruction (CIDI)
(CIB 209)

Informational Session -
Content, Resources, and Tools Track

Your Canvas course already has great content, but have you considered how usable and accessible that content is? There are a number of tools available to delete content that is no longer used, focus on your most important content and make it available in student-friendly formats to better support learning preferences. This session will review several tools and share examples of instructors who have increased the learnability of their content.
Breakout Sessions C • 3:00  3:45
Navigating a Rough and Tumble Information Landscape
Laura Gelfand, Head of Art and Design, Caine College of the Arts
Britt Fagerheim, Instruction Librarian, Merrill-Cazier Library
(CIB 224

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

In this session, we will look at ways to help students through the challenging process of evaluating sources. Our discussion will include scholarly and some popular sources. We will review research from the USU Libraries that pinpoints where students typically struggle to evaluate sources. We will also consider General Education requirements for research, evaluation, and critical thinking. Participants are encouraged to bring assignments and they will have a chance to review and revise these during the workshop. You will also learn where to find resources to help your students with source evaluation for face to face, broadcast, and online courses.

Helping Students Adapt to Change
Rob Powell, Lecturer, PTE/USU-Eastern Price
(RV 122)

Informational Session - Student Engagement Track

This workshops looks at three Major obstacles to change that when recognized by Instructors can help them assist students to identify and deal with change in the classroom and life.  The three obstacles are 1. Rejecting Change 2. Overthinking change 3. Not knowing how to change. I will use concepts taken from a training entitled "Increasing Human Effectiveness" by Edge Learning, Inc. And concepts from the book "Who Moved My Cheese" by Ken Blanchard.

IRAT-TRAT: An Innovative Approach to Team Based Learning
Laura Dotson, Professional Practice Assistant Professor, Nursing/USU-Eastern Price
(CIB 225)

Informational Session - Content, Resources, and Tools Track

Team-based learning is a structured, student-centered learning strategy that encourages active learning, teamwork, collaboration, accountability, complex decision making, and communication skills in students. Principles and techniques for implementation of team-based learning into an undergraduate curriculum will be presented. The second half of the session will be attendee participation in a team-based learning scenario demonstrating effective strategies for pre-class preparation, readiness assurance and application of course content.

Things You Probably Don't Know About Canvas, but Should
Neal Legler, Director, Center for Innovative Design and Instruction (CIDI)
(CIB 209)

Informational Session - 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.
Promotion to Professor
Rich Etchberger, Vice Provost 
(JLSC Alumni Room)

Panel/Discussion - Content, Resources, and Tools Track

You have been promoted to Associate Professor and tenured - congratulations!!  Now what happens?  This panel discussion will feature Professors from Regional Campuses who will share their experiences.
General Session • JLSC Multipurpose Room
4:00 – 5:00 Helping Students Learn in an Age of Digital Distraction
Katie Linder, Oregon State Ecampus
ETE Seminar
Dinner • 5:30  8:30 • Library & Learning Commons

Friday, April 6

General Session • JLSC Multipurpose Room
7:00 – 8:00 Continental Breakfast
8:00 – 9:00 Campus Updates
Regional Campus leadership will provide updates on the current status of each campus and answer questions.
9:15 – 10:30 Open Commons
Vice Provost Rich Etchberger will host a question and answer session open to any topics of interest with the Regional Campus leadership.

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