29th Showcase on Teaching and Learning

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9:00-9:50 am 10:00-10:50 am 11:00-11:50 am

Engaging the Text: Strategies to Prompt the Study of Literature

Phillip Howerton

Literature instructors may be finding it increasingly difficult to compete with the entertainment industry for the minds and ambitions of students. A thick anthology or a stack of novels appears ever less palatable to students in this age of immediate, ubiquitous, and high definition distraction. However, sustained and stimulating classroom discussion about literature can still trump these virtual entertainments, and in this presentation I will share several activities I have collected or constructed that prompt students to read and to respond to assigned texts. These projects, such as creative uses of reading responses, a town meeting, fast-forward connections, and several classroom assessment techniques, are designed to supplement the reading, discussion, and writing that traditionally takes place in literature courses.

Credit by Assessment: Where We Are and Where We Are Going?
Jason Jolly and John Bourhis

As members of the President’s Task Force on Online and Alternative Credit, and members of the subcommittee specifically charged with formulating criteria for a new incentive program the Provost’s Office is supporting to encourage departments to review existing and propose new credit by assessment courses, we propose this panel to discuss the new policy, share the proposal criteria, and provide examples from departments who already use credit by assessment in order to introduce the new initiative, discuss a couple of models, share the call for proposals, and respond to questions.

Discover Student at Risk: Blackboard Retention Center
Kristi A. Oetting

Student retention is being addressed at Missouri State on many levels. On the classroom level, there is a need for instructors to have access to actionable data, preferably right inside of their course, which can be used immediately to engage at risk students without requiring heaps of time that they don't have. This session is designed to demonstrate how the Blackboard Retention Center can be used to discover which students are at risk, communicate with struggling students, help them take immediate action for improvement, and keep track of patterns over time.

How well do we prepare our students for the world of work?
Sharmista Self

There seems to be a disconnect between what business leaders need and what higher education institutions think they are producing. A 2013 Gallup poll of business leaders found that a majority have serious doubts that higher education institutions in the U.S. are graduating students who meet their particular businesses' needs. This seems odd when a similar poll of chief academic officers at higher education institutions found that 96% of them say their institution is effective at preparing students for the world of work. So where are we going wrong? Are text-books the problem or is it how we are teaching or what we are teaching? I will discuss how I have taken this information to change the way I will teach a new Gen Ed course on the Economics of Social Issues. I would expect the session to conclude with an interactive discussion of the broader issue raised above.

Google Hangouts an instant messaging and video chat platform available from Google.
Ching-Wen Chang and Annice Mclean

All you need is a Google+ account. You can text, send photos or emoji (emoticons), and view others via live video calls. Would you like to communicate with your online students – in real time – without expensive equipment? Google Hangouts is a free download software and the newest no-cost tool that allows engagement and real interaction via PC or any mobile device from anywhere in the world with an Internet connection. Join us and learn how to utilize this educational technology to "Hangout" with your students and change the way we teach and learn!

Engaging Students in Large Sections of General Education Courses
Christie L. Cathy, Danae Hudson, Brooke Whisenhunt, Ann Rost, Michelle Visio, and Carol Shoptaugh

Large sections of general education courses can present challenges to optimal student engagement. First, many students see such courses as entirely peripheral to their educational goals. This perception is evidenced by the commonly expressed desire among students to get their general education requirements "out of the way." Another challenge, in large classes in particular, is that students can feel anonymous and thus tune out and disengage while in class. In this presentation, we will discuss the pedagogical methods instructors of the redesigned Introductory Psychology course employ to overcome these particular challenges.  Specifically, we will discuss our use of in-class engagement techniques. We will also present our methods of encouraging students to engage with course material between class meetings.  Finally, we will discuss the importance of social connections to student engagement, and we will present specific ways in which we build a sense of community in the course.  

Archives, Manuscripts, and Library Resources for Student Learning
Dave Richards w/Tracy Stout and Thomas Peters

Faculty from Duane G. Meyer Library will provide important information on new library services and resources. The new State Historical Society of Missouri Research Center located on the 3rd floor of Meyer Library will be introduced. Information will be provided on the library’s Digital Collections site where scanned research materials from the University Archives (including student newspapers and yearbooks) can be found as well as materials from MSU’s wide-ranging Ozarkiana Collection. This session will also cover the library’s new collaboration and self-scanning stations. Additionally, new electronic resources and databases will be highlighted and new services geared toward assisting instructors with library research assignments, library sources related to Distance Education support, and the library’s Blackboard resources.

Deep Approaches to Learning 
Keri Franklin

Join the discussion focused on designing critical thinking tasks that facilitate deeper learning, by reviewing 2012 National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) Deep Approaches to Learning data and leave with five pedagogical approaches to foster deeper learning across all disciplines. 

The New Technologies of Academic Dishonesty
Rebecca Swearingen, Thomas Tomasi, and Katie Stinnett

This session will provide an update on current trends in academic dishonesty.  The focus will be on new technologies students are using to circumvent the academic integrity policy.   These technologies include websites like ClusterFlunk and electronic devices like SmartWatches.  The presenters will discuss how to prevent and discourage academic integrity violations and specifically how to deal with the new technologies.

Designing Deeper Learning Through Faculty Peer-Review 
Faculty Panel Discussion 

The process of peer-review encourages the sharing of best practices and also provides the opportunity for feedback and self-reflection. A panel of faculty who have participated in the Digital Professor Academy (DPA) peer-review process describe their experiences of the process and highlight the challenges and benefits, both for themselves and their courses.

Innovative Service-Learning Practices
Emanuelle M. Wessels and Brian Calfano

Service-Learning is an effective pedagogy to increase academic learning and commitment to civic life.   In this session, the 2014 CASL Faculty Research Stipend Award recipients will share results of their research based on innovative programming that inspired students to collaborate with community partners, locally and nationally, to address significant policy issues and provide research to address a community need.  Faculty will present on two important issues – Bullying and Access to Health Care.  One such service-learning project utilizes students’ skills in new media design and social media to assist in promoting health care exchanges available under the new health care law, and the second project, involving political science students, who conduct research with the Los Angeles Human Rights Commission, in an effort to eliminate bullying.  Please join us for this inspiring session.

What Do We Know About Student Learning and Public Affairs?    

Faculty and staff have submitted over 3,000 samples of Public Affairs work for the Quality Initiative Project (QIP). During this session, past QIP Reviewers will facilitate a review of this collection using a collaborative protocol and/or the Public Affairs Rubric to help foster a deeper understanding of how Missouri State students perceive the Public Affairs Mission. You will also leave with a deeper understanding of what the QIP is, how you can submit your coursework to be a part of the sample, and how you can sign up to be QIP Reviewer at the next QIP Reviewing Conference, May 20th-23rd.

Master Online Course Recognition Award
Caryn Saxon w/Stan Leasure, Eric Nelson, Brett Garland, Gary Rader

The annual Master Online Course Recognition Award requires the recipient to present his or her master online course to the faculty in an open forum on campus. For the 2013 award MS Online is planning a panel made up of all the previous award recipients to discuss and share how recognition has subsequently impacted their awareness of best practices in various teaching disciplines.

“Show Me How”: Creating How-To Resources for Students
Todd E. Daniel

Providing detailed, individualized assistance to students can be facilitated through technology. This presentation will demonstrate a workflow for creating three resources (a) a how-to class handout, (b) a how-to audio, and (c) a how-to video. Each how-to resource will be created using technology readily available to the MSU community and will focus on choosing the appropriate tools and workflow to effectively create, record, produce, and present three types of resources.   (I would like to make available to all participants the finished copy of tools that I will be demonstrating in the course.)

Design & Development like a Black Belt:  Unlocking Potential in Blackboard   
Chulapol Thanomsing and David White

This presentation is for everyone.  Black Belt is not required for this presentation.  The purpose of this presentation is to demonstrate and share some of the learning activities / modules developed in Blackboard using some of the great features available in the system.  The presenters will share some work examples and discuss useful features available in Blackboard and their implications for teaching and learning.  Examples of learning modules include self-paced/game-based quizzes, badges for training, certificate of completion, SmartView, Grading Periods, etc.  Based on the Community of Learning idea, participants are encouraged to share ideas and discuss different ways to incorporate some of Blackboard features in enhancing teaching and learning at Missouri State University.

Erin Buchanan, Matthew Siebert, and Chris Thompson   

In this session, a panel of 2014 Curriculum Innovation winners will share highlights from Curriculum Innovation projects they are currently developing and discuss impacts on student learning.

Best Practices for Recording Lectures: + a Look at a New Desktop Recorder
Mike Fisher & Chuck Coopman

This presentation will examine best practices for recording instructional content for online delivery; lectures, topic reviews, course introductions, guest lecturers, or other instructional content.  The research-based practices will look at relevance across broad disciplines and provide the participants with opportunities for comments and questions appropriate to their application.   We’ll conclude with a “snap-shot” view of MyMediasite, a new desktop recording application available at MSU and explore some of its possibilities.

Turning Data Into Action 

Look at how other institutions are taking their data and turning it into action!  During this session we will take a deeper look into the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) and Beginning College Survey of Student Engagement (BCSSE) data that universities are turning into action. Through this process you will be able to share how you are making data meaningful at Missouri State, explore new uses for your data, and gain a deeper understanding about students’ perceptions of student learning and student engagement at MSU.


Blackboard + YouTube = a winning combination!
Ching-Wen Chang and Annice Mclean

Did you know you can record an instructional YouTube video from inside your Blackboard course site? All you need is a webcam and microphone and your office (or your home) will become your private studio! In this session we will show you how to take advantage of this underutilized Blackboard feature. And, we will also show you how to set up a private YouTube account so that only the students in your class can see the instructional videos you create. It is easier than you think, so join us for this session!