Faculty Fusion 2015 — EXPLORE

Let’s explore new ideas at Faculty Fusion, August 18, 2015. Save the date and register for activities here, by emailing  rsvp2ac@acu.edu or by calling the Adams Center at 325-674-2455. Registering saves your spot in each session and allows us to know how many to expect. We look forward to seeing you!Fusion invite8:30-9:00 Continental Breakfast: Adams Center

9:00-9:50 Session 1

Courage to Teach — Stephanie Hamm

Parker Palmer reminds us that “Good teaching cannot be reduced to technique; good teaching comes from the identity and integrity of the teacher.” This interactive session will explore ways of creating community in the classroom.

Canvas Intro — Berlin Fang and David Christianson

Ready to get started with the Canvas LMS? In this session, we will cover creating a Canvas course, sharing your content, collecting assignments, managing grades and creating quizzes.

How Learning Works — John Erhke, Sarah Lee and Rachel Slaymaker

How do students learn? What gets in their way? How can faculty set up our classes in ways that lead to optimal learning? This is what the faculty who piloted the new Master Teacher Program last year sought to understand. Join them as they talk about what they learned over the year-long program and share practical tips for helping students engage prior learning, organize knowledge to build mastery, and become self-directed learners.

How to Make it Stick in the First Week of Class — Trey Shirley, Phyllis Bolin, Karen Cukrowski, Steve Hare

Interested in learning about ways to help your students remember material? Participants in last year’s Make it Stick reading group share some helpful suggestions you can use in the first few classes of the semester.

10:00-10:50 Session 2

Courage to Teach — Stephanie Hamm

Parker Palmer reminds us that “Good teaching cannot be reduced to technique; good teaching comes from the identity and integrity of the teacher.” This interactive session will explore ways of creating community in the classroom.

Canvas Intermediate — Berlin Fang and David Christianson

Familiar with Canvas, but ready to learn more? This session will cover: promoting student interaction in Canvas, grading with rubrics, checking assignment originality with Canvas, harvesting data to improve learning, moderating quizzes, and using Canvas mobile apps.

Adobe Creative Cloud and Lynda.com — Kyle Dickson and Mike Wiggins

This fall all ACU students will again have access to Adobe Creative Cloud and Lynda.com. Adobe CC provides professional media and design tools like Photoshop, Illustrator, and Premiere Pro (among others). Lynda.com offers over 100,000 video tutorials for teaching most any software title as well as professional skills like interviewing and public speaking. Join us for a quick overview of Adobe’s Creative Cloud and Lynda.com and ways they support a range of classes on campus.

IDEA — Marisa Beard

According to Dr. Rhodes, “IDEA-CL provides an extensive database of ideas for improving teaching that faculty can apply based on the robust student feedback the instrument gathers.” Join this session to learn about your role in the new student feedback form process and how it can positively impact you.

How to Make it Stick in the First Week of Class — Trey Shirley, Phyllis Bolin, Karen Cukrowski, Steve Hare

Interested in learning about ways to help your students remember material? Participants in last year’s Make it Stick reading group share some helpful suggestions you can use in the first few classes of the semester.

11:00-11:50 Session 3 

IDEA — Marisa Beard

According to Dr. Rhodes, “IDEA-CL provides an extensive database of ideas for improving teaching that faculty can apply based on the robust student feedback the instrument gathers.” Join this session to learn about your role in the new student feedback form process and how it can positively impact you.

How Learning Works — John Erhke, Sarah Lee and Rachel Slaymaker

How do students learn? What gets in their way? How can faculty set up our classes in ways that lead to optimal learning? This is what the faculty who piloted the new Master Teacher Program last year sought to understand. Join them as they talk about what they learned over the year-long program and share practical tips for helping students engage prior learning, organize knowledge to build mastery, and become self-directed learners.

Practical Ways to Use Social Media in the Classroom — Stephen Baldridge

How do you engage students more effectively in class? Is it possible to teach a class without being face-to-face (or without them being stuck behind a computer monitor)? How can you create learning communities within your classes where students generate content long after your course is over? This session will rely on recent research to discuss best practices in pairing mobile learning strategies with frequent use of social media. Real course examples as well as syllabus wording and policies will be given.

Storytelling Through Digital Media — Kyle Dickson

Faculty at ACU have been teaching with digital storytelling since 2011 and the projects and approaches continue to mature. Come hear how digital media projects have been used to support teaching, scholarship, and tenure and promotion and how you can get involved in the next year.

Backwards Course Design — David Christianson

The usual questions one begins a course design with are, “What content do I need to cover?” and “What textbook will I use?” Later, attention is given to how the content will be covered, and how to assess the students’ knowledge. In their now classic “Understanding by Design,” Williams & McTighe encourage us to approach course design “backwards.” Come find out how to approach your course design (and redesign) using Backwards Design, to the benefit of your students’ learning.

12:00-1:00 Lunch: Hunter Welcome Center

1:15-3:00 Session 4

Maker Lab Demonstration — Nil Santana

This demonstration will be on laser cutting. A maximum of 15 people can attend, so RSVP soon if you want to reserve a spot!

Master Teacher Session One — Karen Maxwell and Lloyd Goldsmith

This session is for anyone planning on participating in the 2015-2016 Master Teacher Program.

Welcome to the Learning Studio Tour — Kyle Dickson

Canvas for Cornerstone — Cliff Barbarick 

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