Professional Development Archive

Chat with James : SAVE THE DATES

Do you ever wonder if there’s an easier or a better way to get something done in Blackboard?

I would like to invite you to drop by the Pierce Library to discuss any topics related to learning technology and online strategies for student engagement. I will be hanging out with my laptop and a faculty member in the 3rd Floor Pierce Library Conference Room every Tuesday from 3:30 to 4:00 for unstructured consultation, and what I hope will lead to thoughtful conversation between you, myself, a faculty member, and any of your peers that are also able to stop in.

Thanks! ~ James

Save these dates for Winter Term:

Jan. 14, 21, 28
Feb. 4, 11, 18, 25
Mar. 4

Fall 2013 Faculty Writing Group: 

The purpose of the Faculty Writing Group is (1) to establish a regular writing retreat where faculty can come together to research, write, discuss, and collaborate; (2) to promote professional development; and (3) to enhance faculty community-building opportunities.

Where:  3rd Floor Pierce Library Conference Room and adjacent Coffee Lounge

Rotating Hosts:  Donna Evans, Nancy Knowles, Gary Keller

When:

11 October   1-4p

25 October   1-4p

8   November 1-4p

22 November 1-4p

6   December 1-4p

13 December 1-4p

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Just Flip It:From the Front Lines of the Flipped Classroom

Just Flip It: From the Front Lines of the Flipped Classroom - Available on-demand viewing

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MOOCs on Digital and Online Education Starting In January

Two MOOCs related in particular to online teaching and learning and digital are being offered through Coursera beginning January 28.

The first MOOC, E-Learning and Digital Cultures, is hosted by educational technologists at the University of Edinburgh. The course is designed for, “teachers, learning technologists, and people with a general interest in education who want to deepen their understanding of what it means to teach and learn in the digital age.”  The MOOC runs for five weeks.

The second MOOC, Fundamentals of Online Learning, Planning and Application, is an introduction to online course planning with a focus on converting face-to-face courses into online courses. This course is six weeks long.

Coursera courses are free courses open to the public. For more information about Coursera courses, see https://www.coursera.org/category/education.

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The Academic Forum’s Spring 2013 Conference

The Academic Forum’s Spring 2013 Conference will be held at the Williamsburg Lodge, Williamsburg, VA, April 10 – 12, 2013. The Academic Forum welcomes qualitative and empirical research papers, abstracts, case studies, and works-in-progress on topics in Business, Public Administration, and University Pedagogy.

Please take a few minutes to review the Call for Papers, the Conference information, and the FAQ pages on the web site: www.theacademicforum.org.

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The Critical Mind:
Instructional Strategies That Promote Higher Order Thinking Skills

3-part webinar

Thursday, February 28 ~ 1:00-2:30pm EST
Thursday, March 7, 2013 ~ 1:00-2:30pm EST
Thursday, March 14 ~ 1:00-2:30pm EST

Registration – http://www.innovativeeducators.org/product_p/319.htm

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 From Flipped Classroom to Dual Enrollment: How ENMU Achieved Campus-Wide Capture in 12 Months


Tuesday, February 19, 2013
11:00 – 11:45 a.m. CT (convert to your time zone)

Register today for our free live webinar
While Eastern New Mexico University (ENMU) is the third largest school in the state, it covers more ground than any other university. The entire eastern part of the state, to be exact. In the dean’s quest to make education accessible to the region’s traditional, non-traditional and dual-enrollment students (high school students taking college courses), she had to think outside the traditional classroom experience.

Armed with a Title V grant, ENMU devised a plan to support graduate programs and other key academic initiatives with Mediasite as the central educational technology to bring it all together. Join Mary Fanelli Ayala, Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, as she shares how they successfully met their ambitious timeline – from pilot to full-scale, campus-wide deployment in less than 12 months. She’ll outline the process of getting faculty onboard with some of the most ground-breaking initiatives in higher education including:

  • Facilitating a flipped instruction pilot Faculty are exploring pre-recording their lectures for students to watch prior to class, leaving class time dedicated to dynamic discussions and interactions
  • Creating hybrid classes Students in the classrooms and online interact simultaneously via live webcasts
  • Branching out into asynchronous distance learning 
  • Helping high school students earn college credits New Mexico’s Dual Enrollment program allows high school students to take college classes, either on campuses or online, to earn high school and college credit.
  • Recording special events and guest speakers, providing professional development online, connecting alumni and more
  • Presenter: Mary Fanelli Ayala, Ph.D., has been Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Eastern New Mexico University in Portales, New Mexico since 2006. Before that, she served as Chair of the Department of Languages and Literature and then as the college’s Assistant Dean. A Professor of Latin American Literature and Culture, she was the recipient of the Carnegie Foundation’s CASE Professor of the Year Award (NM 2001). Mary has been a core team member in a number of collegiate renewal initiatives, such as BEAMS; Greater Expectations’ Inclusive Excellence; AAHE’s Teaching, Learning, and Technology Roundtable; and the university’s Pew Foundation Leadership Award for Undergraduate Renewal.  In addition, she serves on several international boards related to higher education and cultural initiatives. Her teaching incorporates Mediasite technology.Moderator:Sean Brown, vice president of education for Sonic Foundry
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Summer Institute for Innovative Technology 2013 (SIIT 3.0)

The Summer Institute for Innovative Technology 2013 (SIIT 3.0) is now accepting nominations. The deadline to nominate yourself or someone else for the institute is February 1, 2013.

This year’s institute will take place during ten days between August 22 and September 6, 2013.  A $1000 stipend is provided when completing the institute.

The SIIT allows faculty to explore new technologies related to teaching in both online and computer-enhanced on-campus courses. To date, 32 faculty have participated in the first two SIIT sessions.

If you or someone you know would like to be a part of this summer’s SIIT cohort, please send an email to Heidi Harris (hharris@eou.edu) by February 1. Nominees then will be asked to fill out a short questionnaire, and participants will be notified of their acceptance by February 15. Previous attendees are welcome as nominations, but priority will go to first-time attendees.

If you have questions, please email Heidi Harris.

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What: Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) information session/open forum to learn about and share experiences.

When: Wednesday, November 14 from 12-1 in Inlow 201 (brown bag)

Why: Become informed and voice concerns

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National Distance Learning Week

Google Hangouts on Best Practices in Online Instruction

When: Wednesday, November 7 and Friday November 9, 2012 (3:00-4:00 p.m. EST)

Who: Participants in the Summer Institute for Instructional Technology and Interested Faculty and Advisers

Where: Google Hangouts On Air

Want to talk online teaching with other faculty and advisers? Don’t have the time to leave your house to do so? Or is your house nowhere close to the EOU campus?

You are in luck! In honor of National Distance Learning Week (November 5-9), the Center for Teaching, Learning, and Assessment will sponsor two Google Hangouts on Air. Participants from the EOU Summer Institute for Instructional Technology will join interested faculty and advisers online in Google Hangouts to discuss best practices for teaching online.

There are three ways you can access these Hangouts:

1) As a participant. If you want to join the conversation on Hangouts, contact Heidi Harris (hharris@eou.edu) to arrange to join the Hangout. (Hangout participation is limited, so please contact Heidi ASAP if you would like a seat online).

2) As an observer. You can access the link to watch participants discuss in real time during the times above. As an observer, you can send in questions via Google Chat for the participants to discuss during the chat.

3) After the Hangout ends. If these times don’t work with your schedule, you can access the recorded conversation at any time through the CTLA website.

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What: FREE Google Summit
When: Saturday, October 20th
Where: La Grande Middle School

Time: 7:30 (breakfast) 8:30 am-1:00 pm
Register here: http://summit.lagrandesd.org/Learn tips and tools for using Google Applications in the classroom and to reach students online, join us for breakfast, two 90 minute workshops, and a “Birds of a Feather Un-conference” (where you can network with and ask questions of fellow teachers who are using Google in the classroom).We will build the schedule around your needs, so please indicate on the registration form which sessions you would most like to attend! You can experience Google Docs, Presentations, and Forms interactively or focus on building websites usingGoogle Sites or setting up class blogs with Blogger. Bring your own laptop to access wifi from your machine, or use one of the Google tablets provided.One graduate hour will be available for those attending and completing online follow-up activities. Cost for the graduate credit is $100. Please direct questions about the graduate credit to Heidi Harris (hharris@eou.edu).

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Faculty Orientation September 17, 2012

Session 1:  Civic Engagement as a High Impact Practice Jeff Dense
Session 2:  Best Practices for First Year Students Nancy Knowles/Colleen Cascio
Session 3:  SIIT Showcase
Session 4:  High Impact Practices in the Co-Curriculum Camille Consolvo—student affairs panel
Session 5:  Regional Solutions Internships as a High Impact Practice Randy Jones (DEQ) and Kris Olson