2018-2019 Professional Development Events

The Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning

Advancing Virtual Reality Series

Dr. Leanne Coyne

An Introduction to Virtual Reality - August 31, 2018  

Introduction to Building Activities for Mobile VR - September 28, 2018  

Unity Tutorial          

Introduction to Building Activities for Desktop VR - October 26, 2018 

Small Teaching: Everyday Lessons from the Science of Learning 

Dr. Belinda Deal 

Workshop #1 - September 12, 2018 

Workshop #2  - February 27, 2019 

In Part I of our workshop on Small Teaching, we discussed teaching strategies by author James Lang that included predicting, retrieving, connecting, practicing, and self-explaining. Such strategies are based on learning sciences and have shown numerous benefits for higher education.

In Part II of this Small Teaching series, we will review strategies you can use for enhancing motivation, growing, and expanding. In addition, we will discuss how to get students to care. The learning objectives for this session will include:

Differentiating between intrinsic and extrinsic motivation.

Discussing the role of a sense of purpose in motivation.  

Discovering how emotions enhance motivation.

Exploring how a growth-mindset in teaching and learning.

Considering how you can use activity-based learning, service learning, and games and simulations.

Lastly, reflecting on resources to expand your vision as a teacher including suggested books, web resources, and the use of social media applications like Twitter.

Why Won't They Talk? Using Discussion to Facilitate Learning

Dr. Jay Howard

September 21, 2018

Faculty often wish to engage students in class discussion, but sometimes our efforts fall flat and we give up the effort.  Why should we seek to engage students?  What classroom norms sometimes undermine students’ participation?  Which students are most likely to participate and to choose not to participate? How can an instructor manage both the dominant talkers and the quieter students?  We will engage each of these questions utilizing a review of the research to identify ways to structure class discussion to engage students and maximize learning. 

Ditch Your Textbook: Create Your Own OER to Drive Diverse and Inclusive Pedagogy

Dr. Kyle Gullings & Mrs. Terra Gullings, MLIS, CA

October 2, 2018

Learn a basic overview of what OER are, best practices for designing them, and the process of making them as open as possible. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own self-authored teaching materials (homework assignments, projects, exams, textbooks/chapters, etc) to the workshop.  

If We Learn Like That, Why Do We Teach Like This?

Dr. Robert Duke

October 12, 2018

Bob Duke is the Marlene and Morton Meyerson Centennial Professor and Head of Music and Human Learning at The University of Texas at Austin, where he is University and University of Texas System Distinguished Teaching Professor, Director of the Center for Music Learning, and Clinical Professor in the Dell Medical School. For the past six years, he directed the psychology of learning program at the Colburn Conservatory of Music in Los Angeles. Dr. Duke’s research on human learning and behavior spans multiple disciplines, and his most recent work explores the refinement of procedural memories and the analysis of gaze in teacher-learner interactions. A former studio musician and public school music teacher, he has worked closely with children at-risk, both in the public schools and through the juvenile justice system. He is the author of Scribe 4 behavior analysis software, and his most recent books are Intelligent Music Teaching: Essays on the Core Principles of Effective Instruction, The Habits of Musicianship, which he co-authored with Jim Byo of Louisiana State University, and Brain Briefs, which he co-authored with Art Markman, his co-host on the public radio program and Podcast Two Guys on Your Head, produced by KUT Radio in Austin.

New Library Resources

Rebecca Fernandez, MLS, MBA

October 19, 2018

The library has new resources in support of faculty research and publication. Join the Electronic Resources librarian, Rebecca Fernandez, for a discussion on the many ways Nature Masterclasses, Scopus, Web of Science, and even Google Scholar can help. Learn how to search by research subject to find and evaluate appropriate journals; identify fellow scholars conducting similar research; and, analyze search results to make better informed decisions regarding journals and publishing choices. 

Teaching for the 21st Century: Incorporating Cultural Awareness and Cultural Competence in the Classroom

Dr. Colleen Marzilli

October 23, 2018

Cultural awareness and cultural competence is a skill that those in the 21st century need to compete in the professional environment.  Faculty members have a responsibility to provide an environment where cultural awareness and cultural competence are modeled and incorporated into the classroom in any subject manner. This workshop will review the basics of cultural awareness and cultural competence and provide three strategies to help faculty members prepare their students to compete with the advantage of cultural awareness and cultural competence as part of their toolbox. 

10 Tips to Making Online Teaching More Effective & Efficient

Dr. Jean Mandernach

November 8, 2018

Innovative instruction can revolutionize student learning. Embracing this philosophy, Jean Mandernach blends her passion for teaching and research to explore the power of online education for transforming students one asynchronous interaction at a time. She applies her background in psychology to explore the dynamic influence that instruction has on student learning, engagement and satisfaction… and examines how institutions can effectively evaluate online teaching to ensure students receive a high-quality learning experience. Further, recognizing the clash between the ubiquity of the online classroom and the human need for sleep, Jean researches practical pedagogical approaches to help faculty be simultaneously effective and efficient.

Student Success, What Does it Really Mean? 

Forum Panel: Susan Doty, Moderator, Drs. Danielle Bailey, Gregory Bock, Mark Owens, Sarah Roberts, Catherine Ross, ACUE Cohort

January 18, 2019 

Join a panel of "out of the box" educators who are committed to enhancing the scholarship of teaching and learning. Be part of the discussion to encourage students to think critically, analyze quantitatively, communicate effectively, work in teams meaningfully and take seriously both personal and social responsibility. This will be an active session where the most seasoned professionals and newest colleagues alike will learn from each other and leave with proven strategies and tools that can lead to meaningful changes in student success this semester.

Building Student Resilience

Kimberly Harvey-Livingston, MS, LPC-S

January 22, 2019

It can be difficult to understand the reasons why students are succeeding or failing in our classes. Depression and stress are some of the main issues that today’s students face. Resiliency is the ability to bounce back in the face of life’s challenges.This workshop is designed to provide instructors with ways to help students develop the skills needed when they encounter adverse conditions.

Academic Integrity

Dr. Tricia Bertram-Gallant

January 29, 2019

Dr. Bertram Gallant is an internationally known expert on integrity and ethics in education. She has consulted with or presented at high schools, colleges, universities and professional associations throughout the U.S. and around the world, including in Australia, Canada, Egypt, England, Jamaica, Mexico, and Singapore. She is the author of numerous journal articles and book chapters, as well as author of "Academic Integrity in the Twenty-First Century" (Jossey-Bass, 2008), co-author of "Cheating in School" (Wiley-Blackwell, 2009), editor of "Creating the Ethical Academy" (Routledge, 2011), and section editor for the Handbook of Academic Integrity (Springer, 2016).

Tricia is a long-time leader with the International Center for Academic Integrity (ICAI), of which UC San Diego is an institutional member, and currently serves on their Board of Directors. In 2018, Tricia was the first recipient of the Tricia Bertram Gallant Award for Service presented by ICAI. You can follow Tricia professionally on Twitter or Facebook (@tbertramgallant).

Making Informed Decisions: Smartphones, Laptops, and Learning

Dr. Ashley Waggoner Denton

February 19, 2019

Millennials or Generation Y are a highly diverse group of students and the first group to grow up with the Internet and cell phones. Their younger counterparts (Gen Z) are the first generation to grow up in the era of Smartphones. Both groups have always lived in a connected world and are used to constant technology immersion and distractions.

This session, will focus on recent research regarding the effects of laptop and smartphone use on learning. While emphasis will be placed on research examining the use of electronic devices inside the classroom, how these devices affect cognitive resources outside of the classroom (i.e., when studying) will also be considered. Electronic devices are not the enemy – they are wonderfully useful tools that have enhanced our lives in myriad ways! However, like any tool, they are not ubiquitously helpful. Research can help us figure out when these tools are useful and when they are not. In addition, this research is so important, because one of the major findings is that we are bad at judging for ourselves whether these devices are distracting or disruptive to our learning. Dr. Denton will describe how she presents some of the key findings in this area to her students so that she and her students can make informed decisions about how best to deal with electronic devices.  Resources and tips on how instructors can best communicate these findings to their students will be shared.

Ashley Waggoner Denton is an Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream in the Psychology Department at the University of Toronto. She teaches Introductory Psychology, Social Psychology, Statistics, and the Social Psychology Laboratory. She received her PhD in Social Psychology from Indiana University. Her research examines questions that lie at the intersection of her two main passions - social psychology and pedagogy. For example, one current line of research examines the types of impressions that students form of professors based on course syllabi. Outside of the classroom and the laboratory, Prof Waggoner Denton facilitates numerous undergraduate initiatives within her department, including the Alumni Mentorship Program and Second-year Learning Community for psychology majors.

Team Based Learning 

Drs. Jody Takemoto & Leanne Coyne

March 4, 2019

Ready for a change in your classroom?  Team Based Learning (TBL) is an active learning strategy that motivates students to take charge of their learning experience while growing skills in accountability, critical thinking, problem solving, communication, and teamwork.

In this workshop, you will learn more about how to:

1.            Explain the key components of a successful TBL module and elements of productive teams

2.            Summarize how to convert a current course/lecture into a TBL module.

 Watch this brief video about TBL to learn more.