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Annual Teaching Symposium

 August 14, 2017 | J. Willard Marriott Library | 8:30AM - 3:30PM

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Keynote Address

Teaching and Learning: It's Personal

Pearl Sandick Head shot

Dr. Pearl Sandick

Pearl Sandick is an Associate Professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Utah.
She earned a Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota in 2008 and was a postdoctoral fellow in the Theory Group
at the University of Texas at Austin before moving to Utah in 2011. Professor Sandick is a theoretical particle physicist
studying physics beyond the Standard Model, including possible explanations for the dark matter in the Universe.
In addition to her research, she’s passionate about teaching, mentoring students, and making science accessible
and interesting to non-scientists.


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Workshop Descriptions

Did you know that, as a University of Utah affiliate, you have access to Adobe Creative Cloud applications for free, to use at work and at home? You can’t be the expert in all things. And that’s ok! Encourage your students to adopt and use Adobe tools to achieve better learning outcomes, even if you don’t have the expertise. They’ll become better creative problem solvers and better communicators if you point them toward the resources shown in this session.

Presenter: Jason Katsoff, Customer Success Manager - Education, Adobe

Assigning and evaluating writing poses challenges in every discipline. In this session, we will discuss best practices to help you include and assess writing in your classes.

Anne McMurtrey, Director, University Writing Center
Justin Whitney, Faculty Writing Fellow; Education, Culture & Society; Writing & Rhetoric Studies

No matter how you use Canvas, a solid course navigation and structure is essential. This presentation will explore customizing the left-hand course navigation, setting a course homepage, and using pages/modules to structure your content. We will do this using a feature in Canvas called Course Design Tools. These tools provide course templates, advanced Canvas functionality, and take the monotony out of adding content. The content from this session applies to face-to-face, hybrid, and online courses.

Presenter: Nathan Sanders, Senior Instructional Designer, Teaching & Learning Technologies

Evaluating student performance can be an overwhelming and daunting task…. come to this session to explore an effective evaluation tool that will decrease student confusion on what you want them to know/do and increase student understanding on how they can demonstrate exemplary on a learning task. During this session, we will discuss what is a rubric, why rubrics should be used, and how to develop an effective rubric using 8 simple steps. You will leave this session with all the resources you need to construct, develop, and create effective evaluation rubrics to use with students in your classes.

Presenter: Tara Putnam, Grad Fellow, CTLE; Doctoral Student, Adapted Physical Education; Graduate Teaching Assistant, Dept of Health, Kinesiology, & Recreation

Rubric to Evaluate Rubrics.pdf 

Words and Phrases.pdf

The most effective lessons are planned with careful attention paid to certain critical components. In this session we will explore and evaluate effective lesson planning methods. We will discuss writing clear and concise learning objectives, effectively planning and managing your time, and how to engage students in active learning. By the end of the session you will have the tools you need to plan your first or your 500th lesson more effectively.

Presenter: Kevin J. Priest, Grad Fellow, CTLE; MA British and American Literature, Dept of English; Graduate Teaching Fellow, Dept of Writing

You’ve all seen it; the students are in neat rows facing the front of the room as the instructor drones on at the chalkboard. Let’s turn the tables and allow the students to take responsibility for the information and learning in the classroom. Come to realize how a simple transfer of power can create an enriching and exciting classroom environment. The focus of the discussion will be how student-centered instruction differs from teaching‐centered instruction and the strategies one can employ to make a classroom environment more enjoyable and thus more conducive to learning.

Presenter: MaryAnn Christison, Professor, Dept. of Linguistics / Urban Institute for Teacher Education

In this session, learn easy to apply strategies to engage your audience in large lecture courses. Engaging resulting leads to information processing and retention of material covered during class. The strategies can be used in seminars, medium sized classrooms, and large lecture halls alike.

Presenter: Pamela K. Hardin, Associate Professor and Assistant Dean for MS/DNP Programs, College of Nursing; Associate Director, Center for Teaching & Learning Excellence

Experiential or “hands-on” learning requires innovative engagement with ideas, often proving to be transformative for students. Providing opportunities to interact with course material in meaningful ways can motivate students to think creatively and to become life‐long learners. In this session, you’ll participate in an experiential learning exercise and discuss ways in which you can incorporate this approach to learning in your own discipline and classroom.

Presenter: Mimi Locher, Chair, School of Architecture

Experiential Learning.pdf

How do we help to create and sustain an authentically-inclusive environment so that everyone feels connected? Creating this environment means that the richness of ideas, backgrounds, and perspectives are treated with respect and value. Intentionally examining our implicit biases with compassion and empathy helps to put the concept of authentic inclusion into practice and policy. In this interactive workshop, we will examine the influence of implicit bias. We will look at ways to reduce the bias effect in order to create and sustain an inclusive environment for learning.

Presenter: David Parker, Adjunct Professor, College of Social Work; Director, Center for Creating Community

One part of teaching that many instructors dread is speaking in front of a large audience. Even if you are not afraid of speaking in public, this session will provide you with essential strategies and skills for becoming a highly effective speaker.

Presenter: Don Walton, Retired Portfolio Manager / State of Maryland; Toastmaster

For many instructors, discussing difficult topics like racism or sexism can be difficult, especially if they are not speaking from personal experience. Students often experience these issues viscerally and having a professor who seems deeply uncomfortable even talking about the topic can be deeply frustrating for them. This workshop is a crash course on how instructors can talk about race, class, gender, and other sensitive topics in a way that keeps students comfortable and engaged. We'll cover some basic reading material that will give participants a starting place for further self-improvement with regards to race and gender.

Presenter: Kurt Güner, PhD Candidate, History; Manager, SLCC Prison Education Program

Engage your students in the learning process by using strategies that will encourage them to take an active role in their education. In this session you will learn several activities that can be used in classes from the humanities to the sciences and everywhere in between.

Presenter: Holly K. Johnson, HEI Consultant, Center for Teaching & Learning Excellence; Adjunct Assistant Professor, Graphic Design

Whether you find yourself at the beginning of your teaching career or anywhere along the road of experience, sometimes we simply don’t know what we don’t know. This session will offer one library faculty member’s experience with teaching foundational research skills to non-native English speakers. This session will offer perspective for development of strategies that increase teaching and learning successes for both professor and student.

Presenter: Darby L. Fanning, Associate Librarian, Graduate & Undergraduate Services, J. Willard Marriott Library

This presentation will explore the findings of research into gamification, its applications, and simple techniques you can incorporate into you classes, to motivate and engage students.

Presenter: Chris Hoffman, Instructional Designer, Teaching & Learning Technologies

Ever wish you could peer into your students’ minds and figure out what is going on in there? The answer may not be as remote as you think. Researchers have learned a great deal about how the human brain works, and not surprisingly, there are some clear applications for education. Attend this session to take a tour of the mind of a learner, and come away with some practical tips for improving classroom instruction based on how we actually learn.

Presenter: Karen Marsh Schaeffer, Director, English for Academic Success

Learning and Memory presentation slides.pptx 

Learning and Memory handout.docx

Teaching formulas can be so… formulaic and boring. Is there a better way? Come to this lively session to discuss how to translate formulas and equations for students, making it a dynamic, interactive process of learning.

Presenter: Patrick Tripeny, Director, Center for Teaching & Learning Excellence; Associate Dean, Undergraduate Studies; Professor, School of Architecture

Did you know that our brains process images 60,000x faster than they do text? PowerPoint is a dynamic tool instructors can use to relay valuable course information to help students retain knowledge long after the final exam. In this workshop, you will learn how to create impactful PowerPoint presentations using five basic tools: Layout, Type, Color, Icons, and Photos/Video.

Presenter: Holly K. Johnson, HEI Consultant, Center for Teaching & Learning Excellence; Adjunct Assistant Professor, Graphic Design

This session will present some new research on the information seeking behaviors of students in this age of emerging technological change. How can we help them be more effective researchers? What strategies can you implement to develop student’s higher confidence levels with using information resources? What U of U resources are available to you to help mentor and scaffold students across their college paths? Come and learn how the library can help you integrate research attitudes and skills resources into your course research assignments.

Presenter: Donna Ziegenfuss, Associate Librarian, J. Willard Marriott Library

One of the things that students seem to dread the most in college is working in groups. Since this is the way that work happens most often when they start their new jobs, college is a great place to introduce ways to help students be successful with working in groups. This workshop provides some strategies for incorporating group work into coursework, both for in-class discussions and for term-length projects.

Presenter: Jeff Bates, Assistant Professor (Lecturer), Materials Science & Engineering

Teaching online can be stressful and time-consuming, especially if you’re doing it for the first time. Not only do you have to learn new technologies, but you must be more organized when presenting instructional content. Even if you’ve taught a subject before, it takes time to create pages, assignments, discussions, and assessments specific to the online environment. And students in online classes seem to have different expectations about how and when to interact with the teacher. Stop the insanity! Come to this workshop and learn proven strategies for surviving and thriving as an online instructor. You spend a lot of time trying to make things better for your students. How about spending a little time making things better for you?

Presenter: Heather J. Stone, Doctoral Candidate, Dept of Communication, Dept of Writing & Rhetoric Studiesp>

Online courses can feel anonymous and automated to students, which is an attitude that fosters disconnect between students and instructors. This presentation covers Canvas features and strategies instructors can use to increase student engagement by developing their teaching presence in the virtual classroom – including tools that will make communication and interaction more convenient for both students and instructors.

Presenter: Cecile Paskett, Instructional Designer, Teaching & Learning Technologies

Instructors create assignments to help meet their course learning outcomes; how we grade those assignments and provide feedback to our students is an integral part of the teaching and learning process. This session will include information on how instructors can use assessment tools to achieve clear communication of assignment expectations resulting in improved learning for learners.

Presenter: Pamela K. Hardin, Associate Professor and Assistant Dean for MS/DNP Programs, College of Nursing; Associate Director, Center for Teaching & Learning Excellence

Did you know that, as a University of Utah affiliate, you have access to Adobe Creative Cloud applications for free, to use at work and at home? Easy-to-use tools like Adobe’s Behance and their suite of mobile apps empower all students to showcase their work, find their voice, and tell engaging stories. Even if you don’t have prior exposure to Adobe’s offerings, come away from this session with ideas on how to pull them into your courses.

Presenter: Jason Katsoff, Customer Success Manager - Education, Adobe

We know it takes more than exposure to information for learning to happen. In this workshop, you will apply selected instructional frameworks to structure your classes in a way that supports your students’ internal learning processes.

Presenter: Rebecca Wilson, Assistant Professor, College of Nursing; Specialty Track Director, Nursing Education

Planning Template.docx

Learn how to use student-created videos in your face-to-face, hybrid, or online class to help students engage with you, your course material, and each other in new, creative, and more deeply meaningful ways. In this session we will cover a range of assignment types and situations that can be effective in many different disciplines and course formats.

Adam (царевич) Halstrominov, PhD Candidate, Dept. of English; Program Manager, Student Course Feedback, CTLE
Heather Zinnbrooks, Doctoral Candidate, Dept. of Mathematics

Producing video for online, flipped, and hybrid courses has never been easier. This presentation will demo software for creating video lectures, demonstrate best practices for managing your videos, and provide tips to consider when producing lecture material.

Presenter: Erik Hjorten, Associate Director, UOnline

In 2014 we decided to flip all of our large (~300 students per section) classes to make the students do homework and reading before class then do interactive clicker exercises in class. Since doing this our class attendance has consistently been 80-90%. Furthermore, the changes we have made in instruction and assessment have improved overall student performance especially for the bottom two quartiles of our student population. On nationally normed final exams our bottom quartile now scores 54th percentile, 4 percentile above the national average. Overall our classes perform on average at the 82nd percentile with a median score of 89th percentile. In this workshop I will show you some of the techniques we have employed to actively engage our students, discuss some of the hiccups we experienced with the switch to a flipped classroom, and attempt to explain the benefits and risks of doing so.

Presenter: Charles H. Attwood, Ronald and Eileen Ragsdale Professor of Chemical Education; Professor, Chemistry

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Last Updated: 8/25/17