Instructional Innovation 2014: Workshop Spotlight

Innovation 2Here are six more workshops to look forward to at Delaware Tech’s upcoming Instructional Innovation Conference on August 14th. Click on the workshop titles to visit that workshop’s static page, where you can leave comments and questions for the presenter and other participants.

Note that each workshop is classified as either a practice session or a conversation session.

Practice sessions focus on sharing, modeling, and discussing pedagogy in higher education, while allowing for interaction among session participants. These sessions go beyond simply “why to” to include “how to”. Participants should come expecting to do something, not just to receive information.

Conversation sessions provide a time and space for participants to discuss pedagogy in higher education. Each session will consist of a brief (10 minutes or less) presentation to contextualize the topic, followed by active participant discussion.

Motivational Teaching
Kim Bates
Practice Session

Motivation is a key component of student success. But what does that really mean? What is motivation? How can faculty identify motivational issues early in the semester? What can faculty do to enhance student motivation? In this session, we will briefly discuss research findings about motivation from the fields of education and addictions counseling. We will also identify methods to assess and enhance motivation.


Setting Up For A Better Screen Capture – Flipping the Classroom
Jerry Pearson
Practice Session

Screen captures are often used to flip the classroom but many times they are done poorly with technical or presentation issues that dampen or inhibit the student’s ability to learn. Some of the most common issues that arise are problems with audio, size of the video, readability of the text, playability on multiple systems, and adequate graphics. We will discuss these issues and then start with a practice activity on how to set up the audio on your computer. Then we will explore the steps to setting up for a good screen capture with Screen-Cast-O-Matic and Camtasia. Finally, we will discuss ways to make your video more appealing and how to get it to your students.


Are We There Yet?
Tim Mello and Ernest Kulhanek

Conversation Session

Teaching is like a vacation. You need to plan where you’re going, when you’re leaving, and how you’re going to get there. But, how do you know when you have reached your destination? Backwards Planning is the travel agent to assist you in your journey. Learn how to apply this approach to assist students in arriving at the right place at the right time.


Great Expectations: Unspoken Implications
Bonnie Ceban
Conversation Session

Consider how college classrooms are represented in film and television. Can you picture the boring lectures, large class sizes, and intimidating professors? Students carry these same mental images with them into their first semester, often increasing their anxiety and influencing how they perceive instruction. According to Rebecca Cox, author of The College Fear Factor: How Students and Professors Misunderstand One Another, unspoken expectations and miscommunication surrounding how learning will take place in the classroom can create a significant divide between first year students and their instructors. Join me to discuss practical solutions to bridging the divide between student perceptions and instructor expectations as we seek to overcome the ‘College Fear Factor.’


Blackboard Retention Center
Dallas Hayes
Conversation Session

The Retention Center provides an easy way for you to discover which students in your course are at risk. Based on preconfigured rules and rules you create, students’ engagement and participation are visually displayed, quickly alerting you to potential risk. From the Retention Center, you can communicate with struggling students and help them take immediate action for improvement. Best of all, you can begin using the Retention Center features immediately—no setup required.


What is Self-Service Banner?
Pauline Pauley Sturgeon
Conversation Session

Self-Service Banner is a web-based application that is accessible through the MyDTCC portal. Students and instructional faculty have access to SSB by default. No additional access request is required in order to access the registration, advising, and student records system.

This workshop will be an introductory overview of SSB, highlighting Faculty Services in how to submit Final Grades, No Shows and LDA’s.

If you have questions regarding Self-Service Banner, this is the workshop to attend.


Come back tomorrow for more workshop teasers.

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