Program for the 2014 PDI

Monday, January 13th

1:00 PM

Session Title:
Mindfulness Skills for the Classroom
Presenters:
Debora Colbert
Category:
General Teaching Topics
Date:
Monday, January 13th 2014
Start Time:
1:00 PM
Session Length:
1 Hour
Room:
C142 Clark Building
Description:
Recent clinical research on mindfulness practices has shown benefits that may offer an increased ability to transform stress, improve mental clarity, and help with concentration. This session is designed to explore mindfulness meditation and supportive yoga breath for your daily life both in and out of the classroom. The session will begin with an overview of the multiple physical and mental health benefits, offer background on mindfulness and yoga breath practice, discuss strategies for the classroom, and engage participants in "hands-on" practice of these techniques. Audience participation will be invited in a "learning circle" format. A "start where you are" philosophy is embraced and no previous experience is required. Practice sessions will range from 5-15 minutes, followed with time to share experiences and learn from each other.
Goals and Target Audience:

3:30 PM

Session Title:
GRIT
Presenters:
Michael Brake,Amy Robertson
Category:
Student Affairs
Date:
Monday, January 13th 2014
Start Time:
3:30 PM
Session Length:
1 Hour
Room:
C142 Clark Building
Description:
What is the most important factor for student success? Historically we have used high school grades, first generation status, ACT/SAT scores as indicators of how students will succeed at CSU, but a student’s motivation and persistence may be just as important or more important than the traditional indicators. Did you know that new students already provide information about their attitudes during the first five weeks of classes? This presentation will provide an overview of these non-cognitive factors and early intervention efforts already implemented along with brainstorming future possibilities.
Goals and Target Audience:
Anyone interested in student success at CSU

Tuesday, January 14th

10:45 AM

Session Title:
Aging Parents: How to Help as the Adult Child
Presenters:
Tammi Vacha-Haase
Category:
Safety and Health
Date:
Tuesday, January 14th 2014
Start Time:
10:45 AM
Session Length:
1 Hour
Room:
C142 Clark Building
Description:
This session will focus on the challenges that older adults face as they age, and the difficulties that their adult children experience as they do their best to be of support. Areas such as competency, cognitive decline, driving, declining health, questions about moving to other housing options, need for independence/dignity, and symptoms of depression and anxiety will be addressed. Additional focus will be on those who are in a caregiver role for their older parents (or loved ones), and the importance of self-care and increased coping mechanisms.
Goals and Target Audience:
Targeted Audience: Adult children with concerns about their aging parents (or grandparents/other family members) Goals: 1) Identify common challenges faced by older adults 2) Recognize the role adult children play in the lives of their aging parents 3) List common strategies for dealing with identified difficulties 4) Increase overall coping strategies 5) Discuss possibility of caregiver burnout and need for self-care

1:00 PM

Session Title:
Why does my pet DO that?
Presenters:
Jennie Willis
Category:
Personal/Professional Enrichment
Date:
Tuesday, January 14th 2014
Start Time:
1:00 PM
Session Length:
2 Hours
Room:
C142 Clark Building
Description:
Why does my dog bark at Uncle Ned when he comes over? Why does my cat pee on the carpet? Why does my puppy jump and bite me when I come home? Why can't my cats just get along? This two hour dynamic session will begin with information on how animals learn and how their biology influences natural behavior. We will using examples from the audience to explore different topics that are of interest to many pet owners. Expect to get up and move around and talk to your neighbor as we gain a better understanding of our companion animals.
Goals and Target Audience:
1)To give pet owners tools to think about and change their pet's behavior at home. 2)Learn and practice some steps to changing behavior in pets (and people too!) Target audience: Any interested current or future pet owner

Wednesday, January 15th

8:30 AM

Session Title:
Money Personalities
Presenters:
Laurel Kubin
Category:
Personal/Professional Enrichment
Date:
Wednesday, January 15th 2014
Start Time:
8:30 AM
Session Length:
1 Hour
Room:
C142 Clark Building
Description:
Some people are spenders, others are savers. Personal and family financial decisions are influenced by attitudes, personality types, past experiences, and family dynamics. Awareness and self-reflection can bring clarity and balance to both your psyche and your financial portfolio. With clarity and balance come a sense of control and well-being. In this session, participants will learn more about their personal money style and gain tips on how to communicate with others of different styles.
Goals and Target Audience:
The goals of this session are to : Provide opportunity to self-identify each participant's money style Exchange tips for successful communication among different money styles The target audience participants are adults wanting to balance their use of money to be consistent with their personal and family values.

9:45 AM

Session Title:
Online Learning: Organization is the Key
Presenters:
Leann Kaiser
Category:
General Teaching Topics
Date:
Wednesday, January 15th 2014
Start Time:
9:45 AM
Session Length:
1 Hour
Room:
C142 Clark Building
Description:
It is becoming more common for educators to be asked to teach their courses and content in a distance format and for learners to be asked to complete their learning online. Many have previously only taught or learned in a face-to-face format. As well, they are often given few if any resources to help them transition their materials and teaching and learning methods online. Thus, the task of moving instruction online can be overwhelming. Although there are excellent resources and research available on best practices for online education, educators and learners often need a few key ideas and techniques to simply begin this daunting transition. One of the items that can have a dramatic affect on the success of an online course is creating an organized learning environment. This session will focus on explaining why organization is so important and how to achieve it in online learning settings.
Goals and Target Audience:
This content of this session will be useful for educators who facilitate or design teaching experiences online as well as for learners in online settings. The content may be particularly relevant for those new to online teaching or learning as they try to determine the most important items to focus on to help them transition into this learning environment. But, those who already have experience in online education will also benefit by being introduced to techniques and information that will help them enhance their current situation or address difficulties they may be facing. Participants attending this session will achieve three outcomes. First, they will understand why organization is so important to successful online learning. Second, they will be given practical and applicable information on how to achieve organization in both course design and facilitation. For those who are learners, this applicable information will be oriented toward the organizational factors learners need to achieve. Third, session participants will be encouraged to transfer what they have learned in this session into their own teaching and learning settings.

2:15 PM

Session Title:
General eThority Topics
Presenters:
Clinton Brown,Melissa Hein
Category:
Personal/Professional Enrichment
Date:
Wednesday, January 15th 2014
Start Time:
2:15 PM
Session Length:
1 Hour
Room:
C142 Clark Building
Description:
This session will be a general overview of eThority as well as a Q&A on different eThority topics.
Goals and Target Audience:
Anyone who is looking to use eThority as part of their everyday job.