Program for the 2012 PDI

Wednesday, January 11th

9:00 AM

Session Title:
Building Community in an Online Learning Environment
Presenters:
Leann Kaiser
Category:
Web 2.0 / Social Networking
Date:
Wednesday, January 11th 2012
Start Time:
9:00 AM
Session Length:
50 Minutes
Room:
105 TILT Building
Description:
This session will present best-practices to create a safe, collaborative, and community oriented online learning setting. This session is important for educators as we strive to be inclusive and safe for learners. As well, understanding how to develop a community of learners in an environment (online) that is often viewed as isolated or disconnected from other learners is important. This factor is particularly pertinent as we experience an increase in online learning opportunities.
Goals and Target Audience:
This session is appropriate for those who teach in an online environment in which collaboration and collective learning among students is expected or desired. As well, the information presented is applicable in other instructional settings if the learning facilitator has an interest or need to encourage the development of a community of learners. The session will emphasize that what we have learned regarding community building and the value of collaborative learning should not be lost as education is translated into a distance learning format. The major information on this topic will be briefly presented regarding the factors within an online learning environment that may lead to the creation of community among course learners. The majority of the session will then allow the participants to interact with this material. This may include discussion of best practices, sharing ideas to apply these factors in the participants' own learning settings, and participants sharing their own experiences with community building among learners.

10:00 AM

Session Title:
Using Case Studies to Energize Teaching and Deepen Learning about Sustainability
Presenters:
William Timpson
Category:
Critical Thinking
Date:
Wednesday, January 11th 2012
Start Time:
10:00 AM
Session Length:
1 Hour, 50 Minutes
Room:
105 TILT Building
Description:
In this workshop, participants will engage in a case study that addresses aspects of sustainability and illustrates how critical and creative thinking can be guided with active and interactive learning.
Goals and Target Audience:
GOALS: Understand more about the design, delivery and assessment of case studies that address aspects of sustainability. Explore publishing opportunities through the scholarship of teaching and learning. AUDIENCE:Instructors. Teaching Assistants. Department Heads.

1:00 PM

Session Title:
Writing & Pre-Writing Strategies for the Large Classroom
Presenters:
Natalie Barnes,Sue Doe
Category:
Writing and WAC
Date:
Wednesday, January 11th 2012
Start Time:
1:00 PM
Session Length:
50 Minutes
Room:
105 TILT Building
Description:
Master Teacher Initiative Presentation covering three easy and engaging write-to-learn strategies that work in the large classroom. Designed to meet the GT Pathways writing requirement, these strategies will help define content, give students practice with the writing process (and they might not even know they’re doing this), and remove the stress that comes with grading yet another essay.
Goals and Target Audience:
All

2:00 PM

Session Title:
What is Drupal and how can I learn to use it?
Presenters:
James Folkestad,Lindsay Ogden,Brent Robbins
Category:
Web 2.0 / Social Networking
Date:
2012
Start Time:
2:00 PM
Session Length:
1 Hour, 50 Minutes
Room:
105 TILT Building
Description:
This session will introduce participants to Drupal (see Drupal.org) a powerful content management system (CMS) that can be used to develop content-rich websites. Local developers, from the Northern Colorado Drupal Users Group, will help participants appreciate the concept of “do-ocracy” and help them understand how to learn through the Drupal community.
Goals and Target Audience:
The primary goal of this session is to provide participants (no previous experience necessary) a basic understanding of Drupal, how to get involved in this “do-ocracy,” and how to learn Drupal.