Innovations in Teaching and Learning

A Valdosta State University à la carte Conference

Thursday, November 7, and Friday, November 8, 2013

 University Center

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 Join VSU faculty, staff, and students to learn about and discuss innovative practices across the campus.  This conference is à la carte because you can come and go as your schedule permits.  Each “mini-session” will have a panel discussion session either followed or proceeded by one or more break-out/workshop/discussion sessions.

Conference Schedule

 MORNING SESSION, THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 7:
ENGAGING CRITICAL THINKING IN THE CLASSROOM 

Learn more about the ways faculty are encouraging their students to think critically across the disciplines.

Time and Location

Session

Presenter(s)

Description

11:00-11:50
Magnolia 1

Break-Out 1:
Writing to Engaged Learning and Critical Thinking

Dr. Molly Stoltz, Department of Communication Arts

 

This break-out session will connect writing to learn or low-stakes writing assignments to critical thinking.  It will outline the difference between writing to learn and learning to write and the benefits of informal or low-stakes writing, including the development of critical thinking skills. Dr. Stoltz will share examples of assignments she uses in her classes and then help participants generate ideas for what they can do in their own classes.

Session PowerPoint

11:00-11:50
Magnolia 2

Break-Out 2:
Flipping the Lab Lecture

Dr. Giso Abadi, Department of Chemistry

With the evolution of technology, we realized that the classroom needed to evolve as well.  With the digitization of information on a large scale, we also realized we could streamline the processes involved in learning.  By flipping the classroom, students have ample opportunity to be fully prepared for labs because the information is now accessible on demand as opposed to a one-time lecture at the beginning of the week.  Strategies and approaches, as well as successes and obstacles, to flipping’ a chemistry lab – or any classroom – will be shared.

11:00-11:50
Rose Room

Break-Out 3:
Creating a Critical Thinking Community in the Classroom: Techniques, Strategies, Questions, and Assessments

Dr. James Reffel, Department of Psychology and Counseling

               

Participants will explore various ways to engage students in critical thinking using an array of techniques (i.e., discovery through analogy, metacognition, debate), strategies (i.e., Bloom’s taxonomy, reciprocal teaching), questions (i.e., Socratic discussion, “what if...” questions), and assessments (i.e., using the universal intellectual standards as a scoring rubric). Taken together, these approaches will help faculty develop a classroom environment that encourages critical thinking. Participants will also discuss the works of Richard Paul, Linda Elder, Gerald Nosich, and Rush Cosgrove and their contributions to critical thinking.

Center for Gifted Studies website

Session PowerPoint

11:50-12:00
Cypress Room

Refreshment Break
Sponsored by the Langdale College of Business

12:00-12:45
Cypress Room

Panel Discussion:
Strategies for Mentoring Undergraduate Research: Faculty Perspectives from the QEP Projects

Drs. Tom Manning (Chemistry), Jade Coston (Communication Sciences and Disorders), John Dunn (History), Victoria Russell and Adolfo Carrillo-Cabello (Modern and Classical Languages)

Faculty who were funded in the first and second round of QEP projects will discuss various models and strategies for mentoring undergraduate research.  Faculty will describe undergraduate research projects ranging from the archives to the lab to the field to study abroad experiences. 

QEP website

 AFTERNOON SESSION, THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 7:
ENGAGING STUDENTS OUTSIDE THE CLASSROOM

Learn more about your students and strategies to encourage their success. Visit one or more of the breakout sessions and then come share your experiences in the concluding panel session. 

Time and Location

Session

Presenter(s)

Description

2:00-2:50
Magnolia 1

Break-Out 1:
First Year Learning Communities: Student Perception and Experience

Ashley Myers, First Year Learning Community Coordinator, and FLC Participants Sara Hobbs, Sean Bartley, Brandon Preston, Brittany Blaschke, Amy Barrett, Mariah Nuckles

How do FLCs truly impact students in their first year on campus? In this session, students who have participated in FLCs in the past share their experiences and how being a part of a first-year learning community has impacted their academic career at VSU.

Freshman Learning Communities website

2:00-2:50
Magnolia 2

Break-Out 2:
What Advisees Really Want: Perspectives from Adult Learners

Alyse Jenkins, Graduate Assistant in Adult and Military Programs and ORGL Advisor; Phillip Metzner, GA, Adult Student; Selensia Holmes, ORGL Graduate: Quania Martinez, ORGL Adult Student

  • Adult Learners will share fears and apprehensions related to being college student.
  • Adult Learners will share the challenges they face balancing work, homelife, and school
  • Adult Learners will share success stories to illustrate examples of what they need from advisors and faculty.

 Adult & Military Programs website

2:00-2:50
Rose Room

Break-Out 3:
Assistance with Graduate Assistantships

Michelle Jordan, Graduate Assistantship Coordinator, and Graduate Assistants: Matthew Lovelace, Jill Hohnecker, and Katie Colip

•       How do I hire a Graduate Assistant?
•       What is the purpose of a graduate assistant?
•       What are the benefits of having a graduate assistant?
•       How may I best utilize my graduate assistant to serve the purpose?
•       Basic dos and don’ts when dealing with graduate assistants.

 Graduate School website

2:50-3:00
Cypress Room

Refreshment Break
Sponsored by the Langdale College of Business

3:00-3:50
Magnolia 2

Break-Out 1:
Student Success Center (SSC) Tutors: What we really do

Raymond Fontanez, Aubrianna Lundy, Aysia Guy, Briana Tookes, Max Loudermilch, Hannah Pittman, Matthew Keen, and Edwin Saint-Louis

Listen to tutors from Math, Writing, Chemistry, Biology, and French address the following frequently asked questions:
•        How do tutors address student errors?
•        How do tutors get tutees to do the work?
•        How are tutors trained?
•        What can faculty expect tutors to know?
•        What can't faculty expect them to know?
•        How do tutors handle references to the instructor and the course?

 Student Success Center website

3:00-3:50
UC Theatre

Break-Out 2: Developing a Relevant Freshman Orientation Experience

Drs. Mark Smith, Byron Brown (English), Ashok Kumar (Mathematics and Computer Science), and Jay Rickman (History) with students Ashley Dailey and Adrienne Fry

Is VSU’s first-year academic orientation useful and meaningful for entering students?  In this session, students and faculty will have the opportunity to comment on the current orientation experience and offer suggestions for improvement.

Preparing Freshmen for Academic Life at VSU (Brown)

Contrast College w/High School for VSU Orientation (Rickman)

3:00-3:50
Rose Room

Break-Out 3:                Creating a Welcoming Campus through Inclusive Design

Dr. Kimberly Tanner, Dan Nix, and Sharia Stripling

Hear from students with disabilities about their experiences at VSU as you consider ways to design courses and programs that demonstrate a commitment to teaching all students.

 Access Office website

3:50-4:00
Cypress Room

Refreshment Break
Sponsored by the Langdale College of Business

4:00-4:45
Cypress Room

Panel Discussion

Dr. Chere Peguesse (Student Success Center Director), Ms. Alicia Roberson (Centralized Advising Center Director), Dr. Mark Smith, Ms. Michelle Jordan, Dr. Kimberly Tanner, Ms. Alyse Jenkins, and Ms. Ashley Myers

In this session, panelists will review strategies for engaging students outside of the classroom, and invite audience members to share what they learned in the break-outs they attended.

Student Success Center website

Centralized Advising website

MORNING SESSION, FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 8:
INNOVATIONS IN TECHNOLOGY

Learn about ways faculty can use technology to improve student learning.

Time and Location

Session

Presenter(s)

Description

10:00-10:35
Cypress Room

Panel Discussion:
Innovative Technology for Classroom Learning

Dr. Larry Hilgert (Psychology and Counseling), Dr. Kathe Lowney (Sociology), Dr. David Nelson (Communication Arts), Dr. Victoria Russell and Dr. Beatriz Potter (Modern and Classical Languages), and Dr. Penelope Schmidt (Organizational Leadership)

In this session a panel of faculty will discuss how they are utilizing technology to enhance their courses through the use of Quality Matters, student response systems, social media, and/or other innovative technologies.

10:35-10:45
Cypress Room

Refreshment Break
Sponsored by the Langdale College of Business

10:45-11:45
Magnolia Room 2

Break-Out 1:
Innovative Technologies in Face-to-Face and Hybrid Courses

Drs. Larry Hilgert, Kathe Lowney, and David Nelson

Come share your experiences - what's worked well and possible areas for improvement - incorporating technology into face-to-face and hybrid courses through the use of Quality Matters, student response systems, social media, and/or other innovative technologies.

Using Social Media in Higher Ed Classes (Lowney)

Student Response Systems-Clickers (Hilgert)

10:45-11:45
Magnolia Room 1

Break-Out 2:
Innovative Technologies in Online Courses 

Amanda King-Spezzo, Victoria Russell, and Dr. Beatriz Potter

Come share your experiences - what's worked well and possible areas for improvement - incorporating technology into online courses through the use of Quality Matters, student response systems, social media, and/or other innovative technologies.

AFTERNOON SESSION, FRIDAY NOVEMBER 8:
ASSESSING LEARNING AND MEASURING SUCCESS

Learn more about successful ways to assess the knowledge and skills your students are developing.

Time and Location

Session

Presenter(s)

Description

1:00-1:35
Cypress Room

Panel Discussion:
Assessing Learning in the Core

Dr. Michael Black,  Institutional Effectiveness; Dr. Fleming Bell, Modern and Classical Languages; Dr. Maren Clegg-Hyer, English

This session will concentrate on measuring success in the core curriculum.  Colleagues from across campus will talk about some approaches used in their departments.

Introduction to Assessment (Black)

Assessing the Core Using an Automated Test (Bell)

Improving World Literature Assessment (Hyer)

1:35-1:45
Cypress Room

Refreshment Break
Sponsored by the Langdale College of Business

1:45-2:30
Cypress Room

Break-Out Session:
Measuring Learning in the Major and in Graduate Programs

Dr. Michael Black,  Institutional Effectiveness; Dr. Ray Elson, Accounting and Finance;  Dr. Kate Warner, Marriage and Family Therapy; Dr. James LaPlant, Graduate School              

Do your graduates know what you think they know?  Yes, but can you prove it?  In this session, we will review techniques for assessing in the major and at the graduate level and share some helpful handouts.

Assessment in the Major - LCOBA (Elson)

Comprehensive Exam I Rubric (Warner)

MFT Strategic Planning Cycle Flow Chart (Warner)

 

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