Program for the 2016 PDI

Monday, January 11th

8:30 AM

Session Title:
Teaching effectiveness: tips on pursuing excellence in teaching and learning.
Presenters:
Matthew Hickey,Meena Balgopal
Category:
General Teaching Topics
Date:
Monday, January 11th 2016
Start Time:
8:30 AM
Session Length:
2 Hours
Room:
308-10 LSC
Description:
This is a session designed to share suggestions on alternate ways to evaluate teaching effectiveness, and to mentor faculty on creating effective teaching and learning environments. The session will be led by members of a TILT working group on evaluating teaching excellence.
Goals and Target Audience:
All faculty of all ranks and appointment types, department heads, tenure and promotion committee chairs, graduate students.

10:45 AM

Session Title:
Spring Ramp-Up: Best Practices for Student Engagement
Presenters:
Debora Colbert
Category:
General Teaching Topics
Date:
Monday, January 11th 2016
Start Time:
10:45 AM
Session Length:
1 Hour
Room:
Longs Peak Room (LSC)
Description:
Our student population becomes more varied each year with more first generation, non-traditional, racially, and ethnically diverse students. Come join this session to discuss student engagement and look at some strategies for reaching this wonderfully changing student population in both your face to face and online courses.
Goals and Target Audience:
The goal of this session is to provide faculty and GTA's tools for student engagement. The target audience is faculty and GTA's

1:00 PM

Session Title:
The Syllabus Makeover
Presenters:
Julie Taylor-Massey
Category:
General Teaching Topics
Date:
Monday, January 11th 2016
Start Time:
1:00 PM
Session Length:
1 Hour
Room:
304 LSC
Description:
The syllabus is arguably the most ubiquitous yet overlooked element of a college course. Have you given much thought to the efficacy of yours? If your syllabus is filled with pages upon pages of black text and you question whether students are even reading it, then it may be time for a syllabus makeover. Attend this session for a discussion about the functions of a syllabus; points to consider when designing a syllabus to be a useful course tool; and a framework for taking a syllabus from looking like a boring, bloated legal document to a visually appealing, lean class brochure.
Goals and Target Audience:
Goals: - To describe the functions of a syllabus and their implications for syllabus construction - To provide points to consider in order to make a syllabus a more effective teaching and learning tool - To identify a framework for approaching a syllabus makeover with the objective of creating an engaging, appealing, and useful document for students Target Audience: This session is appropriate for graduate students, new instructors, and more experienced faculty--anyone interested in creating or revisiting their syllabus.
Session Resources:

2:15 PM

Session Title:
The Science of Learning: Infusing Memory Research into the Classroom
Presenters:
Lauren Bates
Category:
General Teaching Topics
Date:
Monday, January 11th 2016
Start Time:
2:15 PM
Session Length:
1 Hour
Room:
324 LSC
Description:
The Science of Learning centers on research-based strategies to promote effective studying among students. This information will help you (or your students) maximize the time spent on studying course material. We will go over some strategies that can be utilized to ensure students are emphasizing quality of study over quantity (i.e., hours spent studying). We will also discuss examples of how these methods can be used in a classroom setting.
Goals and Target Audience:
This session benefits a wide array of individuals in academia. Its information is helpful for students who are looking to harness more effective study strategies, advisors who are looking to provide academic advice to their students, as well as instructors who may want to implement some of these effective learning and memory techniques into their classroom.

3:30 PM

Session Title:
Simple Steps to Measure the Effectiveness of Teaching Innovation
Presenters:
Dave Johnson,James Folkestad,Sean Burns
Category:
General Teaching Topics
Date:
Monday, January 11th 2016
Start Time:
3:30 PM
Session Length:
1 Hour
Room:
300 LSC
Description:
Join a workshop-style discussion with three learning researchers from the Education Department and CSU Research & Analytics who will discuss some simple, but effective methods to evaluate the effectiveness of innovations in your classroom. Come prepared to discuss specific learning problems you would like to address and expect to leave the session with a clear plan for collecting evidence, analyzing and evaluating evidence, and connecting your efforts to your students’ learning outcomes. In addition, you can expect to hear about campus resources already and soon-to-be available to assist your evaluation efforts.
Goals and Target Audience:
Our goals would include having instructors from any discipline leave with some clear ideas for creating and implementing their own assessment plans to measure teaching innovations in their classrooms.

Tuesday, January 12th

8:30 AM

Session Title:
The CSU Honor Pledge: Making it Make a Difference
Presenters:
Elaine Green
Category:
General Teaching Topics
Date:
Tuesday, January 12th 2016
Start Time:
8:30 AM
Session Length:
1 Hour
Room:
304 LSC
Description:
CSU has codified our Honor Pledge since the ASCSU recommended it and the Faculty Council adopted it in 2011. In this session we will examine the research behind it and explore how to use it in ways that are optimally effective in discouraging cheating and promoting a culture of integrity in your class.
Goals and Target Audience:
Faculty and other Instructors

1:00 PM

Session Title:
Facebook, Friends with Engaged Pedagogy
Presenters:
Cori Wong
Category:
General Teaching Topics
Date:
Tuesday, January 12th 2016
Start Time:
1:00 PM
Session Length:
1 Hour
Room:
304 LSC
Description:
You may think Facebook is just a place where your friends post mundane status updates and questionably curated photo albums from the weekend. But did you know that Facebook can be a powerful pedagogical platform where your students write, reflect, and engage with one another at levels that would make Canvas jealous? I've used Facebook in all of my courses for the past five years with tremendous success. This workshop will share what I've learned in terms of rationale, tips, and best practices for how to make Facebook part of your pedagogy to encourage students' critical engagement with course materials, current events, and one another.
Goals and Target Audience:
Faculty, staff, grad students, post-docs and anyone else who wants to engage students in their courses.

Wednesday, January 13th

8:30 AM

Session Title:
Introduction to the CSU Learning Analytics Working Group (LAWG)
Presenters:
Dave Johnson,James Folkestad,Gwen Gorzelsky,Laura Jensen
Category:
General Teaching Topics
Date:
Wednesday, January 13th 2016
Start Time:
8:30 AM
Session Length:
1 Hour
Room:
312 LSC
Description:
More-and-more course activities are being delivered electronically or online. As students complete these activities they leave behind data trails that are logged in computer databases. These data trails are expanding and can be analyzed to understand learning processes and learner behaviors, behaviors that can be used to develop responsive learning interventions. In this session we will discuss the activities of the Learning Analytics Working Group and how that group is working to help faculty to conduct research to enhance teaching and learning.
Goals and Target Audience:
This is an introduction to the structure and activities of the Learning Analytics Working Group (LAWG). Our goal is to introduce the LAWG and to provide worked examples of learning analytics activities that are being supported through the LAWG.

9:45 AM

Session Title:
Instructional Strategies for Student-Centered Learning
Presenters:
Stan Kruse
Category:
General Teaching Topics
Date:
Wednesday, January 13th 2016
Start Time:
9:45 AM
Session Length:
1 Hour
Room:
306 LSC
Description:
This session will discuss instructional strategies and activities centered on student collaboration and engagement. Topics presented included active learning, group dynamics and collaborative learning, classroom assessment techniques, and strategies that create self-regulated learners.
Goals and Target Audience:
Goals: 1) Provide techniques that promote student-centered learning 2) Provide insight into active learning and collaboration. 3) Created interest in innovative teaching strategies that fosters further exploration. Target Audience: Instructors
Session Title:
Is it a dog? (And other animals on campus.)
Presenters:
John Malsam,Kathleen Ivy
Category:
General Teaching Topics
Date:
Wednesday, January 13th 2016
Start Time:
9:45 AM
Session Length:
1 Hour
Room:
312 LSC
Description:
Service Dogs and Emotional Support Animals are an increasing presence on campus. This session presents relevant materials on the rights an responsibilities that faculty and staff have regarding animals on campus. We will also explore issues that faculty and staff may have faced, or questions and concerns they may have regarding animals on campus. Both legal and procedural guidelines will be available and open for discussion during this session.
Goals and Target Audience:
To: 1) provide legal and procedural guidelines that could impact interactions with students within the campus community, 2) offer insights to observations that faculty and staff may be making when they see students who have service and/or support animals, 3) provide a forum where questions and concerns can be voiced and discussed openly.

1:00 PM

Session Title:
Implementing Competency-Based Teaching, Learning, and Assessment--Information and Tips
Presenters:
Barbara Wallner
Category:
General Teaching Topics
Date:
Wednesday, January 13th 2016
Start Time:
1:00 PM
Session Length:
2 Hours
Room:
382 LSC
Description:
Information and tips for beginners or those already using competencies...for teaching and learning, self-assessment, evaluation, and/or accountability.
Goals and Target Audience:
Raise awareness, reactivate or reposition prior knowledge, and challenge all to think in new ways!