27th Showcase on Teaching and Learning - August 15, 2012

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Dr. Eric Mazur is the Balkanski Professor of Physics and Applied Physics at Harvard University and Area Dean of Applied Physics. An internationally recognized scientist and researcher, he leads a vigorous research program in optical physics and supervises one of the largest research groups in the Physics Department at Harvard University.

In addition to his work in optical physics, Dr. Mazur is interested in education, science policy, outreach, and the public perception of science. He believes that better science education for all – not just science majors – is vital for continued scientific progress. To this end, Dr. Mazur devotes part of his research group’s effort to educational research and finding verifiable ways to improve science education. In 1990 he began developing Peer Instruction a method for teaching large lecture classes interactively. Dr. Mazur’s teaching method has developed a large following, both nationally and internationally, and has been adopted across many science disciplines.

Luncheon Keynote
Presenter: Dr. Eric Mazur
Location: Plaster Student Union, Grand Ball Room
When: August 15, 2012, from 12:00 - 1:30 p.m.

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Morning Sessions A: 9:00 - 9:45 a.m.

A Paradox: Learning Communities and Student Engagement in the Digital World
Location: Strong Hall 200
Presenters: Eduardo Acuna-Zumbado and Dr. Tonia Tinsley
Description: Where do students learn? Where do they go first to find answers?
Who do they trust, and to what degree? How do they interact? How does their behavior influence their learning environment?

Dealing with Misconceptions and Conceptual Change: The Use of Clickers and Peer Instruction Technique
Location: Strong Hall 201
Presenters: Chulapol Thanomsing and Joseph K. Rugutt
Description: Peer instruction technique is used, along with Clickers, to allow;
(1) the instructors to make lectures more engaging and interactive, and (2) the students to intellectually confront their misconceptions and interact with their peers. This presentation will describe our implementation and results. Instructional design theories and practices will also be discussed.

Hybrid Vigor: Integrating the Best of Classroom and On-line Learning
Location: Strong Hall 202
Presenters: Lisa Proctor and Jill Oswalt
Description: This session will report on two blended-learning classes, an undergraduate integrated service-learning class and a graduate class on professional issues.
Blended learning was implemented in the undergraduate class to allow students more flexibility in scheduling service-learning experiences.

MSU Master Online Course 2011
Location: Strong Hall 203
Presenter: Brett Garland
Description: Dr. Garland will explain and demonstrate how he was able to strategically employ best practices in online teaching and learning to create an engaging and superior learning experience for his students.

A Picture of Our 21st Century Learners
Location: Strong Hall 204
Presenter: Kelly Cara
Description: Come find out what our students expect and what they find at MSU based on the latest results from the Beginning College Survey of Student Engagement (BCSSE) and the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE).

Presenters presentation - PDF

21st Century Learners and Study Away
Strong Hall 205
Presenters: Elizabeth Strong, Miko McFarland, Dan Beckman, Courtney Pham, and Roger Dowdy
Description: Preparation for the new world order includes gaining cultural competence with which one recognizes, interprets, and navigates cultural differences. Join Study Away faculty program directors and staff to focus on the anti-technology solution for 21st century learners: Study Away.

Using Writing to Engage Learning in All Disciplines
STRO 300
Presenters: Keri Franklin and Rachelle Darabi
Description: In this interactive session, we will write, share writing, and discuss writing in our courses. This is the kick-off session to share snapshots of writing at our university and to kick-off conversations about writing for the coming year. How might we improve writing in our courses without increasing the grading workload? How do we use writing to engage students? What are ways in which we are already successfully integrating writing in our courses? What writing are we asking students to do? What are the purposes for the writing? Bring your questions about writing. If you are interested in participating in conversations throughout the year about writing, please attend this session.


Morning Sessions B: 9:55 - 10:40 a.m.

Measuring Engagement in an Inverted/Flipped Class Format
Strong Hall 200
Presenter: Jeffery S. Thomas
Description: Techniques for measuring student engagement, inside and outside the classroom, will be discussed. Dr. Thomas has spent the past six years redesigning how, when and where his students study and take exams so that he can now scientifically refine his open-learning resources and teaching techniques.

Presenters presentation - PDF

Assessing You, Assessing Me, and Engaging Us: Assessment of Learning Styles and Instruction using Student Response System (Clickers)
Location: Strong Hall 201
Presenters: Joseph K. Rugutt, Alexandra E. Graham, and Chulapol Thanomsing.
Description: This presentation will describe strategies for using Clickers to engage students in learning, to assess their learning styles, and to evaluate teaching effectiveness.

Living-learning Community Program (LLC) + Faculty Fellow (FF) = Engaged Student (ES)
Location:Strong Hall 202
Presenters: Alisa Garbisch, Joshua Smith, BMS; Jon Spire, student; Darryl Mitchell, student
Description: Come hear, two current LLC students and one of their faculty fellows as they share their experiences, interactions, and perspectives in creating an engaged student. Walk away with a greater understanding of what LLC+FF=ES looks like at Missouri State University.

Presenters presentation - PDF

Interactive Learning Approaches
Location: Strong Hall 203
Presenter: Aida Y. Hass
Description: This presentation will describe an approach to teaching which facilitates learning by including a substantive context that goes beyond simply presenting core theories, historical facts, criminal justice practices, and research findings, to incorporate a pedagogy which creates balance and harmony by including more of the practical, everyday occurrence and application of the material.

Making an Impact: Innovative Service-Learning Research
Location: Strong Hall 204
Presenter: Katherine Nordyke, Jill Black, Wafaa Kaf, and Sockju Kwon
Description: Dr. Jill Black will present her work entitled Physical and Historical Geography Project: Valley Water Mill and Lost Hills. Dr. Wafaa Kaf will present on Otoacoustic Emissions: Special Hearing Assessment for Children with Special Needs. Dr. Sockju Kwon will present on The Effectiveness of Student Oriented, Short-Term, Problem-Focused, On-site Food Safety Trainings on Restaurant Scores in Springfield-Greene County, Missouri.

Blending Synchronous and Asynchronous
Communication Tools in an Online Class
Location: Strong Hall 205
Presenters: Stan Leasure & Nancy Gordon
Description: With the use of Adobe Connect, Skype, and Blackboard Group pages students were able to participate in these activities without coming to campus. Using these communication tools not only facilitated effective role-playing but it also provided a richer overall learning experience by introducing students to communication tools many businesses are using to conduct their own online negotiations.

Blended Format in Multi-Instructor, Activity-, Technology-, and Manipulative-based Courses
Location: Strong Hall 300
Presenters: Kurt Killion, Lynda Plymate, Gay Ragan, and Bruce Richards
Description: This session will outline the struggles, strategies, and solutions for the redesign of two mathematics courses into a blended learning format. The discussion will include improving student success and achieving higher-order thinking during face-to-face engagement. Sample blended modules for teaching and assessment will be shared.


Morning Sessions C: 10:50 - 11:35 a.m.

Edutainment: Graphic Lectures in the Online Classroom
Strong Hall 200
Presenter: Anthony Priest
Description: Still using the standard PowerPoint text/clipart for lecture delivery? Get inspired and engage students with visually enhanced, customized storyboard lectures. These lectures combine academically rigorous information with stimulating, entertaining visuals –
what I like to call "Edutainment."

Enhancing Critical Thinking Skills in Fitness-
Wellness Courses: A Preliminary Study

Location: Strong Hall 201
Presenters: John Downing and Thomas Altena
Description: In selected sections of our general education course, KIN 100, we employed a Critical Thinking Model (CTM) combined with a Student Response System (SRS) in an attempt to increase student content knowledge (CK) and problem-solving skills.
Course Transformation in Action: Increasing Student Engagement in Introductory Psychology
Location: Strong Hall 202
Presenters: Brooke Whisenhunt, Danae Hudson, Carol Shoptaugh, Rachel Happel, and Ann Rost
Description: After the implementation of a pilot section in Spring 2012, the psychology redesign team will share specific details regarding the redesigned course. The presentation will address how the redesigned course differs from the traditional version.
Teaching as Caring: Using a Theory as a Best Teaching Practice
Location: Strong Hall 203
Presenters: Rhea Faye D. Felicilda-Reynaldo, EdD, RN
Description: By using Orem's nursing systems concepts, a nurse faculty incorporates nurse caring attitudes to understand students' perceptions towards the course and learning needs, and use this information to create a plan for improved student engagement. Class activities and teaching-student relationship examples will be shared.

“RIY” Record It Yourself!: Lecture Recording and Capture Systems, Tegrity and Mediasite
Location: Strong Hall 204
Presenters: Chulapol Thanomsing and Mike Fisher
Description: The purpose of this presentation is to help us see the broader view of lecture capture systems and choose appropriate equipment for different teaching scenarios, using the lecture capture systems, Tegrity and Mediasite.


Mediasite: At-a-glance (Prezi)

Recipe for Success
Location: Strong Hall 205
Presenters: Abbe Ehlers and Jo Ann Mattson
Description: We will share our recipe for creating a successful learning environment to engage students. We will take you through the process of experimenting with the ‘ingredients’ to come up with the final plate of activities.

Luncheon 12:00 - 1:30 p.m. PSU Ballroom
Guest Keynote Speaker Dr. Eric Mazur

Breakout Session - Dr. Eric Mazur
Location: Myer Library Room 101
Time: 2:00 - 3:00 PM
Description: Open discussion
(Balkanski Professor of Physics and Applied Physics
at Harvard University and Area Dean of Applied Physics.)

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