Oregon State University

2013 Fall Teaching Symposium

Our Fall 2013 Teaching Symposium featured three tracks: Promoting Learning, Ensuring Rigor, and Supporting Inquiry. The sessions covered a wide range of topics such as rubrics, Blackboard, IRB, classroom interaction, and student motivation. The all-star slate of presenters included Kathy Becker-Blease, Mary Beisiegel, Jonan Donaldson, Jon Dorbolo, Milo Koretsky, Melanie Kroening, Lisa Leventhal, Robin Pappas, Scott Peterson, and Kay Sagmiller.

Beyond Clickers: Concept Questions and Rapid Formative Feedback
Presenter: Milo Koretsky

This session will describe data collected from a project recently funded by an L. L. Stewart grant to develop a Concept Inventory to enhance student learning of core STEM content.

Blended Learning:  How and Why to Create a Successful Hybrid Course
Presenter: Cub Kahn

Hybrid ("blended") courses are a natural outgrowth of the increased use of online tools and resources to complement face-to-face courses.  Attend this session to learn effective practices for hybrid course design, to discuss benefits of a blended approach, and to find out how to get instructional design support to develop a hybrid course.

Hybrid ("blended") courses are a natural outgrowth of the increased use of online tools and resources to complement face-to-face courses. Attend this session to learn effective practices for hybrid course design, to discuss benefits of a blended approach, and to find out how to get instructional design support to develop a hybrid course.

Coaching Teaching Quality: SUPER-vision and Teaching
Presenter: Kay Sagmiller, PhD

What is the most effective way to improve teaching practice? Join like-minded cross-campus faculty who are actively investigating this question.  They formed a study group last year and are using peer coaching and midterm student feedback to enhance the quality of their classrooms. It’s fun, relational, and results in improved teaching practice. Attend this session to get a glimpse of what they are doing.

Designing Rubrics to Support Student Learning
Presenter: Robin Pappas

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Bacc Core Categories and Learning Outcomes

In this session we'll explore what rubrics are, how they work, and how to design them to make grading more efficient and to help close the gap between your expectations and those of your students.

Enhancing ALL Students’ Learning Through Cooperative Learning
Presenter: Amy Belcastro, Ph.D.

Instructional strategies originally designed to support English Language Learners, are now hailed as “everybody strategies,” that is, they have been shown to support all learners in meeting academic proficiencies. Join our guest faculty presenter, Dr. Amy Belcastro, for an engaging, active session in which high yield instructional strategies for university students are both taught and modeled.

Grading models: What’s fair? What works?
Presenter: Kay Sagmiller, PhD

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Depth of Knowledge Chart (pdf)

What are we rewarding in our grading practices? Progress? Proficiency? Persistence? This activity-based session place OSU faculty in the center of the national debate about what is worth teaching, assigning, and grading. Clearly communicating our academic expectations to students is a powerful key to student success. Join us for a fun and engaging session.

Inspiring Civility, Participation, and Engagement in Discussions
Presenter: Robin Pappas

Problem number 1: how do I get my students to talk? Problem number 2: Once they start talking, how can I ensure they'll do it in respectful, productive ways? Problem 3: …and make sure they get the content in my course? In this session, we will consider some of the common barriers to active learning and engagement in the classroom and discuss ways of increasing student participation that reaffirm interpersonal rapport and contribute to their learning of the course material.

Inspiring Students' Motivation to Learn
Presenter: Robin Pappas

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Creating and sustaining learning environments where students want to take charge of their own learning and develop mastery require effective organization, communication, and appropriate levels of sophistication, to be sure. But such environments also require something more: scholarship shows that effective college teachers take active, intentional steps to nurture students' motivation. In this discussion we'll discuss what "motivation" actually comprises, review the literature about the links between motivation and learning, and outline strategies for enhancing student motivation in our classes.

IRB at its Best, Worst, and Most Imaginatively Rumored: A Discussion
Presenter: Lisa Leventhal

What are the more interesting rumors or urban legends you've heard about the IRB process? How are these colleagues of yours shaping where research is going at OSU? In this open forum discussion, we'll introduce a range of stories that have been circulating about IRB and open the floor to questions you've always wanted to pose but didn't know when or to whom to do so.

IRB "How To"
Presenter: Lisa Leventhal

This session will introduce procedures for entering into the IRB approval process and provide guidelines for understanding how the decision making occurs.

Pedagogy of Hope Discussion: Developing Efficacious, Responsible Learners
Panel Discussion

Do you struggle to keep students - and yourself - motivated? Are you looking for strategies to help equip students to be responsible learners and citizens both inside and outside of the classroom? If so, please join us for a dynamic lunchtime conversation with interested and engaged colleagues. Together, we'll share ideas and promising practices for a pedagogy of hope.

Revising Math 111 to Increase Student Success
Presenters: Scott Peterson & Mary Beisiegel

A major intervention in the delivery of Math 111, college algebra, required deep collaboration, a significant time commitment, and lots of trial and error. This session will introduce the pedagogical model underpinning the "new" math 111 model and discuss data collected to date on the impact of the new course on student learning.

Turning Face to Face Courses into Hybrids: What I Learned
Presenter: Kathy Becker-Blease

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For the past couple of years, an increasing number of faculty across campus have been exploring hybrid (blended) courses. This session will provide an overview of how one Bacc Core course was converted to hybrid format and the study that was done to compare student learning during a term when the face-to-face and hybrid sections were taught concurrently. Discussion will then turn to how data from the study prompted revisions to future versions of both the hybrid and traditional versions of the course.

Using Clickers Effectively in Large Lecture Classes
Presenter: Jon Dorbolo

Response systems, “clickers,” are widely used in teaching and learning. The technologies and brands are not so very different from one another. The pedagogical strategies for using the tools, by contrast, vary significantly. In this session the successful participant will be able to explain what clickers do, the fundamental principles of teaching with clickers, and some specific strategies for lecturing and presenting with clickers. This session will be hands-on with clickers (of course!)

Using the E-campus QM Course Template to Organize your BlackBoard Course
Presenters: Jonan Donaldson & Melanie Kroening

Did you ever wish there was a template to help organize your course that both 1) made effective use of Blackboard's capabilities and 2) built in means to keep track of how well your students are learning? This session will introduce the QM, Quality Matters, course template used in many e-campus courses and suggest ways that its features may be used in in-person and blended courses.

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