Our Winter 2014 Teaching Symposium featured a broad variety of topics, including robots, curriculum design, experiential learning, new media, and student motivation, to name just a few.
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Building Universal Design into Curricular Development and Instruction
Presenters: Gabe Merrell, Martha Smith
Often, courses are designed for the ‘average’ enrollee. In this session, we’ll explore the concept of universal design of instruction, a process by which design is intended to work for the widest possible audience, to the greatest extent possible, without the need for adaptation or specialized design. The goals for the session will be to explore how to maximize the learning of all students, coming to OSU with a wide range of experiences and backgrounds. The session will focus on students with disabilities, though the point of universal design of instruction is to discover how the use of course design, space, technology, and interactions to benefits all. We’ll also discuss how planning ahead for potential accommodation needs will ensure seamless delivery of content.
Designing Effective Library Research Assignments
Presenter: Anne-Marie Deitering
Have ever wondered why your students do research the way they do, or been mystified by all the things they don't seem to know? Maybe you'd like to require research, but don't want to do a traditional research paper? In this session, we will talk about undergraduate information skills, where our students are developmentally and how to design meaningful research-based assignments that will help them become independent, critical and effective information seekers.
Ed Tech on the Edge: Demo and Dialogue
Presenters: Cub Kahn, Stevon Roberts
Session Notes and Links (Google Drive)
Can you imagine an iPad running Skype or FaceTime, mounted on a tiny, remote-controlled Segway? Join us for this lively session, which will include a demonstration of Double, a telepresence device by Double Robotics. The demo will be followed by a wide-ranging discussion about trends in educational technology, and technologies that will help shape the future of pedagogy and student-instructor interaction.
Experiences in Global Learning
Presenters: Brad Boovy, Minjeong Kim
What does "being global" mean to you? How would you bring a global perspective to your course? Explore these questions with faculty from diverse fields who draw from their own experiences at OSU.
Presenters: Emily Bowling, Michelle Inderbitzin, Josh Norris
Elevate your content to a transformational and meaningful experience for students through this workshop. High-impact practices do more than increase learning, they contribute to the greater missions of the university. Learn how to create student engagement on multiple levels through experiential education concepts, practices, and theory.
Faculty Learning Communities (FLC): Recommendations for Initiating and Implementing a FLC within your Department
Presenter: Marian Moore
This workshop is designed to give attendees the basic tools for understanding how to develop a faculty learning community (FLC). The basics include a definition of FLC and examples of FLC’s, handouts for getting started, and discussion targeted at audience questions and interests.
Grading Models: What’s Fair and What Works?
Presenter: Kay Sagmiller
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.
Helping Students Retain Knowledge
Presenter: Lynne Hindman
Memory Handout (pdf)
In this interactive session, participants will learn about 9 essential principles for structuring their classes to increase students' capacity to acquire and hold onto information delivered in class.
Improving your Research Assignments: Tools and Tips for Reading, Writing, and Critical Thinking
Presenter: Vicki Tolar Burton
In this session, we will identify key reading, writing, and critical thinking skills needed by students to complete a successful research assignment. We will also share tools, tips, and reflections that teachers can include in assignment design to address these student needs.
Inspiring Students’ Motivation to Learn
Presenter: Robin Pappas
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.
New Media for Fun and Effective Instruction
Presenter: Catherine Liggett
Description: Through teaching German both on campus and online, Catherine Liggett has developed a rich array of online resources to make instruction fun, interactive, and effective. From creating an original series of 33 entertaining grammar lectures, to blogs, video projects, Google+ Hangouts, and Prezis, the options are endless to make any subject come to life and keep your students engaged and inspired.
Teaching Standards for University Faculty? Friend or foe?
Facilitator: Kay Sagmiller
InTASC Standards (doc)
What are the critical characteristics of an effective university-level teacher? How might "effectiveness" be defined and documented? These complex questions are at the center of national and international dialogue regarding the reform and transformation of universities. Join OSU CTL members in this dynamic conversation as we share our efforts to summarize the research into succinct statements around which professional teaching portfolios can be organized. Teaching portfolios are increasingly becoming a preferred method of determining teaching proficiency. Portfolios allow faculty members explain the dynamics of class size, technology, student readiness, professional development and many other variables that influence our teaching. What's more, when portfolios are used as the primary source of evidence of teaching proficiency, student evaluations are appropriately contextualized as one source of data, rather than as the sole evidence. Participants will review, discuss, and revise the first draft of OSU "teaching standards" designed to support faculty in the requirement to illustrate teaching effectiveness.
Work/Life Balance. Is it really possible?
Presenter: Lisa Hoogesteger
This session will introduce ideas and resources to support your own wellness and will address strategies for how to “reset” for personal and professional success.