Instructional Innovation 2014: Workshop Spotlight

Puzzle BlocksThe Collegewide Professional Development Task Force has some great things planned for Delaware Tech’s first Instructional Innovation Conference. As promised, here are six more workshops for you to consider attending. If you want to leave comments for the presenter or other participants, click on the titles below to open up a page specially dedicated to that workshop.

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.

Encouraging Critical Thinking in the Classroom
Ric Baker
Practice Session

Critical thinking is a reflective, rational process that helps people make better decisions and form beliefs that are more likely to be true. A critical thinker generally performs better academically, professionally, and personally. In this presentation, we will define critical thinking and explain what a critical thinker is like, what she can do, and what standards she holds. Then we will explore ways that critical thinking can be incorporated into the classroom and share sample assignments that encourage critical thinking; these assignments will address various subject areas. We will end with discussion and practice activities.


Flipping the Mathematics Classroom
Al Drushler
Conversation Session

The flipped classroom is a more active classroom. A brief presentation about the essential elements of a flipped classroom and my experience flipping a precalculus classroom will be given. I have found that flipping my precalculus classroom gave students time in class to collaborate and discuss their work and to practice techniques they were expected to master. Participants in this workshop will have the opportunity to discuss their own experiences of implementing a flipped classroom model. If you have not tried to implement a flipped classroom model, this workshop will allow you the opportunity to ask questions and gain new insights into the theory and practice of the flipped classroom model. While the topics and examples being presented will apply to a mathematics classroom, the flipped classroom can be applied to any classroom.


Problem Based Learning Enhanced by Flipping the Classroom in the Engineering/Science Discipline
Cory Budischak
Conversation Session

Have you or do you want to institute problem based learning (PBL) enhanced by flipping the classroom? If so, this conversation session is right for you. PBL, an active, collaborative, and inquiry-based approach to learning, can require extra in class time that can be tough to fit into a normal class period already stuffed full of lecture. Flipping the classroom, or putting your lecture online, can help to free up this class time for PBL.

This session will start off with a brief overview of PBL, flipping the classroom in an engineering/science classroom, as well as some potential benefits and roadblocks. The rest of the session will be an open discussion. Please bring your ideas, questions, and thoughts to share.

To see an example of PBL enhanced by flipping the classroom, see this video of how I employ this strategy: http://youtu.be/MS9xoBz_JtM?t=5m18s or read about it here: https://sites.google.com/site/corybudischak/eportfolio.

Note: While PBL and flipping can be used in many classroom environments, this discussion will focus primarily on engineering/science classrooms.


Blackboards Enterprise Survey Tool – Stop Guessing and Start Knowing!
Steve Wright
Conversation Session

Have you ever wanted to focus your efforts to improve student success in order to achieve better results?  Would you like to know what your students think – what are you strong points – what areas that may need improvement?  Would you like to evaluate the effectiveness of changes made to improve student success?  If so, this conversation session on The Enterprise Survey tool (EST) is right for you and may help provide the answers.  This session will start off with a brief overview of the EST and how surveys are sent to students.  The rest of the session will be focused on how to analyze the data to make good decisions about your teaching methods and course design.  Please come ready to talk data.


Don’t Fall Victim to Identity Theft
Craig Cox
Conversation Session

In this presentation, we’ll look at the mechanics of all kinds of computer fraud, focusing mostly on phishing and identity theft.  You’ll learn about fraud through email, telephone, fax and other means; phishing, spear phishing, and social engineering; the economics of computer fraud; how to spot a scam; how to detect and prevent identity theft; and what to do if you think your identity information was taken.


Lean Launch Model for Educators
David Hall
Conversation Session

Are you interested in evaluating your program and developing strategies to increase the number and interest of your students? Do you want to learn how to apply cutting edge business practices to improve the quality of your program? This conversation oriented workshop will examine the Lean Launchpad© Approach to business start-ups and apply these concepts to both overall programs and the individual classroom. Attendees will learn the basics of the Lean Launchpad©Approach, and will have the opportunity to explore ways in which they can apply these principles to any program regardless of subject matter.


Check back tomorrow, when we reveal the final six workshop descriptions.

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