Program for the 2016 PDI

Monday, January 11th

8:30 AM

Session Title:
The Art of the Recommendation Letter
Presenters:
Mary Swanson,Nancy Levinger
Category:
Writing and WAC
Date:
Monday, January 11th 2016
Start Time:
8:30 AM
Session Length:
2 Hours
Room:
312 LSC
Description:
Writing letters of recommendation can be a daunting task. How do I write the best possible letter for a student I barely know? How can I recommend a really great candidate who has some flaws in their past? How do I know where to begin, what to include, how to best represent the candidate? These types of issues can challenge even the most seasoned letter writer. This workshop aims to increase faculty and staff comfort, confidence and effectiveness when writing letters of recommendation. Topics covered in this session will include: the job of the recommender, the job of the applicant, how to say "no", and best practices for letter writing. Most of the workshop will focus on recommendation letters for students, but topics and activities apply quite universally to recommendations for any situation. Come prepared to interact with workshop participants and leaders in activities designed to develop your skills.
Goals and Target Audience:
This workshop aims to increase faculty and staff comfort, confidence and effectiveness when writing letters of recommendation.

2:15 PM

Session Title:
The Americans With Disabilities Act and Pregnancy
Presenters:
Jennifer Mayhew
Category:
Other
Date:
Monday, January 11th 2016
Start Time:
2:15 PM
Session Length:
1 Hour
Room:
312 LSC
Description:
This presentation provides information on the interplay between the ADA and pregnancy, including whether pregnancy can be a disability, guidance on work restrictions associated with pregnancy, and the accommodation process.
Goals and Target Audience:
The goal is to help supervisors, staff, and faculty understand the relationship between pregnancy, pregnancy-related impairments, and protection under the ADA. The goal is also to help supervisors understand their responsibilities when presented with work restrictions associated with pregnancy, and to help all faculty and staff understand the reasonable accommodation process as it relates to pregnant employees and faculty. The target audience is all staff including student staff, all faculty, and any staff or faculty member in a supervisory position.

3:30 PM

Session Title:
You Can Save Energy at Home - Take the WorkWise Challenge!
Presenters:
Stacey Baumgarn,Heidi Wagner
Category:
Green Initiatives and Issues
Date:
Monday, January 11th 2016
Start Time:
3:30 PM
Session Length:
1 Hour
Room:
312 LSC
Description:
We invite you to take the WorkWise Challenge! The community of Fort Collins is currently involved in a two year competition to reduce energy use in homes and raise awareness around energy efficiency. With your help, we could win 5 million dollars for the community! If you’re interested in helping Fort Collins win, sign up for this fun, interactive presentation that challenges you to take simple actions at home - then log onto the http://lose-a-watt.com/workwise-challenge website to tell us what you’ve done. Participating employees will be given a free home conservation kit and/or LED lightbulb and have a chance to receive prizes!
Goals and Target Audience:
Any CSU employee interested in learning about simple ways to reduce energy use at home. Please join us!

Tuesday, January 12th

8:30 AM

Session Title:
Why the Classified Personnel Council Matters to You
Presenters:
Stacey Baumgarn,Carol Carroll
Category:
HR & Employee Concerns
Date:
Tuesday, January 12th 2016
Start Time:
8:30 AM
Session Length:
1 Hour
Room:
312 LSC
Description:
Are you a State Classified employee? If yes, did you know there is an entire Council that works to promote, improve, and protect your role within the CSU shared governance model? We invite you to come learn more about the Classified Personnel Council (CPC) and its representatives – what we do, how we do it, and how we can be of service to you. This session will bring you up to date on the actions and activities of your Council, and highlight the many ways State Classified employees can get involved at CSU. Moreover, it will give us a chance to hear from you – what issues are most relevant and important to you, what questions can we help answer, and what ideas do you have to make CSU a better place for State Classified employees? In short, how can we help? Please join us for this informative and interactive session. CSU depends on a strong, dedicated, and informed Classified Personnel Council to ensure State Classified views, ideas, and concerns are respected in University decision-making. And we cannot fulfill this mission without YOU.
Goals and Target Audience:
State Classified employees interested in learning more about the actions, activities, and opportunities available to them through the Classified Personnel Council (CPC), as well as learning more about the practice of shared governance at Colorado State University. Supervisors and co-workers of State Classified employees are also encouraged to attend.

9:45 AM

Session Title:
Human Subjects Protection Training Offered by the Research Integrity & Compliance Review Office (RICRO)
Presenters:
Matt Hickey,Gene Gloeckner,Evelyn Swiss,Tammy Felton-Noyle,Molly Gutilla,Claire Calhoun
Category:
Research
Date:
Tuesday, January 12th 2016
Start Time:
9:45 AM
Session Length:
2 Hours
Room:
312 LSC
Description:
Do you plan to conduct research that involves human volunteers? If so, do you know that if your research meets the regulatory definition of “research” with “human subjects,” you are required to complete a documented form of human subject’s protection training prior to conducting your research? This session provides you an opportunity to receive this required training (conducted by the IRB Chairs and RICRO IRB staff). The session includes: a. History and Ethical Principles b. Regulations that all human subjects research must follow c. Basics of Informed Consent, and what form is appropriate? d. CSU protocol submission-and-review processes
Goals and Target Audience:
The IRB training policy at CSU is that all Principal Investigators (PI), Co-Principal Investigators (Co-PI), and “key personnel,” on NIH-funded grants are required to complete human subjects training. The goal of this training is to ensure that all participants learn the history and basic ethical principles that the IRB follows, an overview of the regulations that must be adhered to, key consent requirements, and the nuts and bolts of submitting a protocol to the IRB. Training must be updated every three years.

1:00 PM

Session Title:
Commuting to CSU - Travel Training for Bicyclists, Carpoolers and Transit Riders
Presenters:
Aaron Fodge
Category:
Green Initiatives and Issues
Date:
Tuesday, January 12th 2016
Start Time:
1:00 PM
Session Length:
1 Hour
Room:
312 LSC
Description:
This session provides best practices for commuting to CSU without the use of a personal vehicle. The session will include a presentation about transit, bicycling, and carpooling along with a targeted break-out to identify routes to the University. Parking and Transportation Service will also introduce new employee programs including Emergency Ride Home, Commuter Parking 10-Packs, and Zipcar. Attendees will receive maps of the local transit and bike system.
Goals and Target Audience:
Employees considering a change in how they commute to campus seeking to: 1. Reduce their personal cost of transportation (fuel, insurance, maintenance, depreciation of their vehicle) 2. Avoid searching for available parking on campus 3. Improve their physical and mental health by commuting by bicycle, transit or carpool. 4. Enjoy the social nature of commuting by transit, bicycle, or carpool.

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:
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.