Adams Center Summary Report 16-17

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As we prepare to begin a new school year, the Adams Center staff would like to reflect upon and share with you the variety of work we did in 2016-2017. Click on the link below to see our end of year summary and learn about some new projects.

Final End of Year Review 2016-2017

We look forward to 2017-2018 and the opportunity to support you in your teaching, scholarship, and the way you live out the mission of ACU and God’s calling every day.

 

Faculty Fusion 2017

Faculty Fusion 2017 — August 18

Transform

Join us in thinking about transforming our teaching, our students, and ourselves this year in the Adams Center. We’ll kick off our year with Faculty Fusion on Friday, August 18, 2017, 8:30am-1:00pm. Come for breakfast, learning, and lunch!

You can RSVP 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!

8:30-9:00 Continental Breakfast: Adams Center

9:00-9:50 Session 1

Using screencasting to give students feedback (The Woods) Berlin Fang

If you find that you spend too much time typing feedback, only to be ignored by students, perhaps you should try using screencast to give feedback to students.  Research shows that students perceive such feedback favorably. Students are also more likely to use such feedback to improve their work. Come to this session to learn how to create screencast feedback and use it to improve student learning!

Engaging Spiritually with Students (The Classroom)  — Amy Boone

What are college students thinking about faith? What are they wondering? What frustrates them about religion? Come explore tangible ways to engage spiritually with students in and out of class.

Introduction to Specifications Grading (Bamboo Room) — Suzie Macaluso

In this session we will introduce you to Specifications Grading as developed by Linda Nilson. We will look at syllabi from Specifications graded courses and actual assignment details. Following this introduction there will be a book group that meets throughout the semester in which we discuss the book and workshop course syllabi to include Specifications Grading.

10:00-10:50 Session 2

20/20 Innovation Grants: What We Learned in the First Year (The Classroom)

In this session, you’ll hear from a few of the 2016/17 recipients of the 20/20 Envisioning the Future of Education Teaching and Innovation Grants about their projects’ successes and failures and what we learned from those. In addition, find out how you can apply for future 20/20 grants.

What did you read on your summer vacation? (Bamboo Room) — Laura Carroll

Come find out what we’ll be reading in our three reading groups this fall and share what’s been on your reading list this summer, from heady academic reads to pulpy beach fiction

Using screencasting to give students feedback (The Woods) Berlin Fang

If you find that you spend too much time typing feedback, only to be ignored by students, perhaps you should try using screencast to give feedback to students.  Research shows that students perceive such feedback favorably. Students are also more likely to use such feedback to improve their work. Come to this session to learn how to create screencast feedback and use it to improve student learning!

11:00-11:50 Session 3

Media Spaces for Students and Faculty (Bamboo Room and Learning Studio) — Kyle Dickson and Melissa Henderson

Interested in assigning a media project or sharing audio or video with your class? Come see the redesigned One Button Studio and media production suites upstairs in the Learning Studio. We’ll share tips for teaching with media and describe how we provide training and web resources to support your students.

Designing Assignments for Student Success (The Woods) — Laura Carroll

Research indicates that that creating transparent assignments “boosts students’ success (and especially underserved students’ success) significantly in three important areas: academic confidence, sense of belonging, and mastery of the skills employers value most when hiring.” Join us to learn about the principles of transparent assignments and to have a chance to think about your own assignments.

Engaging Spiritually with Students (The Classroom)  — Amy Boone

What are college students thinking about faith? What are they wondering? What frustrates them about religion? Come explore tangible ways to engage spiritually with students in and out of class.

12:00 Lunch: Adams Center

 

Adams Center 2015-2016 Summary Report

As we prepare to begin a new school year, the Adams Center staff would like to reflect upon and share with you the variety of work we did in 2015-2016. Click on the link below to see our end of year summary and learn about some new projects.

Adams Center 2015-2016 Summary Report

We look forward to 2016-2017 and the opportunity to support you in your teaching, scholarship, and the ways you live out the mission of ACU and God’s calling everyday.

Faculty Fusion 2016 – CREATE

Let’s create together at Faculty Fusion, August 12, 2016, 8:30am-1:00pm. Please join us in the Adams Center for breakfast, learning, and lunch. 
 
You can RSVP 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!

8:30-9:00 Continental Breakfast: Adams Center

9:00-9:50 Session 1

  • Save Time, Prevent Cheating, and Provide Swift Feedback: Testing in Canvas  (Woods) — David Christianson and Berlin Fang
    If you still use Scantrons or paper and pencil for quizzes and exams, come find out how using Canvas can make grading easier, testing more secure, and feedback to students more effective.
  • Welcome to Stage 1: Faculty Video Projects (Meet in Foyer of Adams Center) — Melissa Henderson
    If you haven’t toured the redesigned main studio upstairs, we invite you to a hand-on introduction to Stage 1. Whether you have a couple lecture videos you’d like to record or would like to try out the new greenscreen or Lightboard setup, Melissa Henderson will show you how even first-timers can give their video project a professional look.
  • Teaching Like a Christian? (Classroom) — David Kneip
    Christian faculty sometimes struggle to find ways to integrate their Christianity and their pedagogy. Come encounter ideas for deepening the connections between your faith and your teaching and discover ways these methods connect to tried-and-true Christian practices.
  • iF (Innovation Foundry, 3rd Floor) — Marisa Beard
    The Innovation Foundry is a new teamwork and technology hub in the ACU library located in the southwest corner of the 3rd floor. We offer coaching and support to help connect your students to the resources they need in designing and publishing their work to the web, as well as other real-world applications.
  •  Creativity Challenge (Collaboration Space)Nil Santana

10:00-10:50 Session 2

  • Sparking Creativity in the Classroom, (Classroom) Kyle Dickson & Mike Wiggins
    What part does creativity play in the university? In what way is creativity related to our work as scholars, researchers, and teachers in a range of disciplines? As part of the 20/20 Teaching Innovations program, Mike and Kyle will introduce upcoming opportunities to reflect upon and practice the creative process to better understand its role in 21st-century teaching and learning.
  • Big Classes and Big Questions, (Woods) — Rodney Ashlock
    Large classes pose many pedagogical challenges for teachers. This session will focus on how to create a positive classroom environment so that learning can take place even when lecture is the dominant mode of instruction.
  • New Integration, New Look: Using Turnitin Feedback Studio in Canvas (Bamboo Room)— David Christianson and Berlin Fang
    Some of you may use Turnitin mainly to detect plagiarism, but the tool can actually be used for more than that. It can make grading easier. It allows you to give dynamic feedback, facilitate peer evaluation and even does word count for you! In the past three months, both the integration of Turnitin in Canvas and the Turnitin interface itself have changed. In this session, the instructional designers will demonstrate how to use the new Turnitin in Canvas.
  • Creativity Challenge (Collaboration Space) — Nil Santana

11:00-11:50 Session 3

  • Teaching Like a Christian? (Classroom)– David Kneip
    Christian faculty sometimes struggle to find ways to integrate their Christianity and their pedagogy. Come encounter ideas for deepening the connections between your faith and your teaching and discover ways these methods connect to tried-and-true Christian practices.
  • What did you read on your summer vacation? (Bamboo Room) — Laura Carroll
    Come find out what we’ll be reading in our three reading groups this fall and share what’s been on your reading list this summer, from heady academic reads to pulpy beach fiction.
  • Welcome to Stage 1: Faculty Video Projects, (Woods) — Melissa Henderson
    If you haven’t toured the redesigned main studio upstairs, we invite you to a hand-on introduction to Stage 1. Whether you have a couple lecture videos you’d like to record or would like to try out the new greenscreen or Lightboard setup, Melissa Henderson will show you how even first-timers can give their video project a professional look.
  • Creativity Challenge (Collaboration Space) — Nil Santana

12:00 Lunch: Adams Center