Program for the 2012 PDI

Wednesday, January 11th

1:00 PM

Session Title:
How can you reach out to students who are struggling in classes BEFORE IT’S TOO LATE?
Presenters:
Gaye DiGregorio,Paul Thayer,Laura Giles,Heather Landers,Heather Matthews,Nancy Levinger and Lisa Dysleski
Category:
Advising Students
Date:
Wednesday, January 11th 2012
Start Time:
1:00 PM
Session Length:
50 Minutes
Room:
Virginia Dale - LSC
Description:
This presentation will provide a brief overview of university efforts that have been put in place to provide early intervention for students including: Taking Stock: First year students complete a survey to access their college experience three weeks into the semester, followed by residence hall assistant meetings with students to discuss their experiences. Early Grade Feedback: Faculty in many of the first year classes assigns satisfactory and unsatisfactory ratings after 5 weeks into the semester. Academic Advisors and Residence Hall Staff outreach to students with unsatisfactory rating. U Turn: Students that have received an “Unsatisfactory” rating attend a program to discuss their situation, become knowledgeable about appropriate campus resources, and develop a plan of action for academic success. The conception and process that chemistry faculty utilized to implement the Early Grade Feedback Program as well as academic advisor outreach to students that received an unsatisfactory rating will be highlighted. Time will be allotted for participants to share and brainstorm other strategies and ideas to assist students experiencing academic difficulty.
Goals and Target Audience:
Faculty and Academic Advisors that are interested in outreach to students having difficulty in courses.

10:00 AM

Session Title:
Teaching Theory and the Classroom: A Working Session for Putting Theory into Practice
Presenters:
Rebecca Wentworth,Dean Nelson
Category:
General Teaching Topics
Date:
2012
Start Time:
10:00 AM
Session Length:
1 Hour, 50 Minutes
Room:
Virginia Dale - LSC
Description:
Participants will be briefly introduced to principles of learning then asked to work with a lesson from their own practice to design a lesson making use of principles of learning to reach more learners. Facilitators will encourage discussion between participants to create a single lesson as a first step in implementing learner-centered classroom practices.
Goals and Target Audience:
Working session targeted to classroom instructors with little background in learning theory and principles of learning. TAs, GTAs, content instructors, and anyone looking to add an extra dimension to their classroom practice will benefit from this instruction.

1:00 PM

Session Title:
What Works in Undergraduate Science Education?
Presenters:
Heidi Iverson
Category:
General Teaching Topics
Date:
2012
Start Time:
1:00 PM
Session Length:
2 Hours, 50 Minutes
Room:
Virginia Dale - LSC
Description:
The organization of the session will involve short mini-presentations to introduce topics followed up by interactive group-work, where participants will have time to talk about their ideas and give and receive feedback from other participants.
Goals and Target Audience:
This session has two goals. The first goal is for participants to learn about recent reform-oriented curricular and instructional approaches in undergraduate science education. The second goal of this session is for participants to learn about how to best conduct a study on the effect of an educational intervention. In other words, this session will focus on best practices in undergraduate science education as well as best practices in studying undergraduate science education. The three hour session will be split roughly into two equal parts. Individuals interested in knowing more about reform in the college science classroom or individuals currently reforming their teaching will benefit from hearing what others are trying and how best to study the effectiveness of their efforts.