Program for the 2019 PDI

Monday, January 14th

9:00 AM

Session Title:
The Introverted Teacher: Strategies for Teaching and Leading
Presenters:
Emily Morgan
Category:
General Teaching Topics
Date:
Monday, January 14th 2019
Start Time:
9:00 AM
Session Length:
50 minutes
Room:
LSC 322
Description:
Particularly with the publishing of Susan Cain’s book, Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking, we are paying attention to and more thoroughly considering the role of introverts in society. There is a call to celebrate introverts’ contributions and destigmatize the personality type, and rightly so. Educators are frequently in a performance situation – teaching class, leading discussion - and so, on some level, forced to behave more like an extrovert and if introverted, less like ourselves. As an introvert, I have struggled with this spectrum for years. I love what I do, but teaching with an extroverted personality is exhausting. It stands to reason that some sort of extroverted behavior is needed for classroom management alone, but how do introverted teachers navigate that and preserve our energy while serving our students in the best possible ways? How do we share our enthusiasm and passion for what we do in our own, somewhat quieter way? How do we function (and sometimes survive) as introverted teachers? My session will start with a brief discussion of an introverted personality type, largely culled from the field of psychology. Then, I will share my own experiences as an introverted teacher over the past ten years, as well as those of others with whom I’ve spoken. I will also draw upon existing ideas and approaches for introverted teachers and leaders. I will share strategies for educators culled from research on introverted teachers and leaders, as we are both. Attendees will leave with concrete strategies for being their true selves in their teaching lives. Studies indicate introverted teachers burn out more quickly than others. The teaching profession benefits from all personalities, and it behooves us to support introverts in this field. Figuring out how to be true to oneself, to be as authentic as possible, makes us better, more efficient teachers and leaders.
Goals and Target Audience:
While the session is geared toward teachers, I will also address teaching introverted students, so students, professors, and graduate assistants may also get something from this session.

10:00 AM

Session Title:
I’m Not a “Theory” Person: Practical Ideas and Applications to Help YOU Use Theory to Improve Your Teaching
Presenters:
Leann Kaiser,Kalpana Gupta
Category:
General Teaching Topics
Date:
Monday, January 14th 2019
Start Time:
10:00 AM
Session Length:
50 minutes
Room:
LSC 376
Description:
Whether you have been teaching for 2 months or 20 years, there is always more we can learn to be effective educators. For many adult educators, what we have learned has been gained “on the job” and we may have little formal background on how or why what we do works, nor ideas based on solid evidence on how to improve in areas where we struggle. Luckily, there is a depth of knowledge about how adults learn and how to facilitate that learning. During this session the presenters will share the major academic foundations of adult education. The presenters are professors in a graduate level program, teaching adult education practitioners. The information they present will be drawn from their knowledge of theoretical underpinnings and how application of those can lead to improved instructional methods and design. During this session the knowledge and experience of the participants will be utilized as their questions, struggles, and areas in which they want to improve will form the basis for the content presented. These issues presented by the participants will be directly addressed through the lens of adult education theory and foundations to assist participants to both understand the importance of these foundations and also to use them to improve their own teaching practices.
Goals and Target Audience:
GOALS: 1. Participants will be introduced to major theoretical foundations on how adults learn and how to facilitate learning. 2. Participants will share their own questions and issues related to teaching adults and apply adult learning theory to address those items. 3. Participants will be given tools to apply what they have learned during the session to improve their own teaching practice. TARGET AUDIENCE: Faculty and staff with teaching and/or instructional design responsibilities

11:00 AM

Session Title:
An Introduction to Teaching Squares: A Peer Observation Program
Presenters:
Tonya Buchan,Jennifer Todd
Category:
General Teaching Topics
Date:
Monday, January 14th 2019
Start Time:
11:00 AM
Session Length:
50 minutes
Room:
LSC 300
Description:
Piloted in Spring '18 at CSU, the TILT-sponsored Teaching Squares peer observation program allows faculty, instructors, and GTAs to observe each other, learn from each other, and support each other in their quest to become better teachers. Join us for this informational session that will give more details about this new program. Official Teaching Squares training for Spring '19 will take place on Wednesday, January 16th.
Goals and Target Audience:
Faculty, Instructors, GTAs will learn about the Teaching Squares program, its objectives, and schedule for Spring '19

1:00 PM

Session Title:
Communicating Compassion in Teaching
Presenters:
Lara Pantlin,Ryan Rahm-Knigge
Category:
General Teaching Topics
Date:
Monday, January 14th 2019
Start Time:
1:00 PM
Session Length:
1 hours 50 minutes
Room:
LSC 322
Description:
As instructors, we know that relationships with students enhance learning outcomes. Communicating compassion with students can foster relationships that help students feel empowered and motivated. This workshop is designed to help instructors identify, develop, and practice skills to communicate compassion to students, connect students with resources when necessary, and develop more personal relationships with students. Instructors will be encouraged to reflect on how skills discussed in the workshop can be applied to their courses.
Goals and Target Audience:
Target audience: any instructor Goals: 1) Learn skills to develop rapport with students 2) Learn to create an atmosphere where students can share ideas and feel respected 3) Identify verbal and nonverbal communication strategies to convey compassion and understanding 4) Create a plan for ongoing self-awareness and reflection
Session Title:
Setting Goals to Develop Your Teaching Effectiveness
Presenters:
Karen Falkenberg,Jennifer Todd
Category:
General Teaching Topics
Date:
Monday, January 14th 2019
Start Time:
1:00 PM
Session Length:
50 minutes
Room:
LSC 308-10
Description:
When you finish teaching a lesson, or unit, or course, how do you know how effective you were? What does effective teaching even look like? And what can you do to improve your effectiveness and student success? Join instructional designers from TILT who will share with you the work they have been doing around defining and developing teaching effectiveness at CSU. This hands-on workshop will bring you through a process of establishing a teaching goal, creating action steps to carry out the goal, and assessing progress toward that goal.
Goals and Target Audience:
Instructors will set a teaching goal and create action steps to carry out that goal.

Tuesday, January 15th

10:00 AM

Session Title:
Seven Strategies for Embracing the Emotional Labor of Teaching
Presenters:
Ashley Harvey
Category:
General Teaching Topics
Date:
Tuesday, January 15th 2019
Start Time:
10:00 AM
Session Length:
50 minutes
Room:
LSC 376
Description:
Educators have learned that in order to promote academic success, they have to support students’ social and emotional learning. Research suggests that in order do this, teachers need to reflect on their own emotional responses to students. In this workshop, we will explore this invisible emotional labor associated with teaching at the college level and focus on seven emotion-regulation strategies and mindsets for college instructors drawn from early education frameworks. Attendees will examine their own attitudes towards students’ challenging behavior, explore what “pushes their buttons,” and identify helpful reframes for hard moments with students. The goal of this session is to help academic instructors increase their experience of genuine, positive emotion, so that they can enjoy teaching more, as well as successfully engage students and promote their success.
Goals and Target Audience:
The goal of this session is to provide strategies that help academic instructors increase their experience of genuine, positive emotion, so that they can enjoy teaching more, as well as successfully engage students and promote their success.

11:00 AM

Session Title:
First Four Weeks: A Faculty Initiative
Presenters:
Stephanie Clemons,Jennifer Todd
Category:
General Teaching Topics
Date:
Tuesday, January 15th 2019
Start Time:
11:00 AM
Session Length:
50 minutes
Room:
LSC 312
Description:
The first four weeks of a freshmen class not only have an impact on students’ final grades but on students’ overall retention and graduation rate. Faculty can make small changes to instruction during the first four weeks that can have major impact on students’ academic lives. Join participants of the 2018-2019 First 4 Weeks initiative as they share inspirational stories of successes and challenges of implementing First 4 Week teaching strategies into their classes.
Goals and Target Audience:
CSU Faculty

1:00 PM

Session Title:
Fly around the world with interactive maps...and pick up data along the way!
Presenters:
Elizabeth Tulanowski,Melinda Laituri,Sophia Linn
Category:
General Teaching Topics
Date:
Tuesday, January 15th 2019
Start Time:
1:00 PM
Session Length:
1 hours 50 minutes
Room:
Morgan Library Computer Lab 174
Description:
Dynamic maps are everywhere -- in our cars, on our phones, in the news, and even in museums. Everything from government agencies to travel blogs use interactive maps to tell stories and share information using engaging media and data. In addition to showing just locations, spatial data can be very powerful in interpreting what's going on in the world, and can be an effective teaching aid in the classroom. In this two-hour hands-on workshop, staff from the Geospatial Centroid will take you on an exploration of a few cool web mapping applications that you can use for teaching or just for fun.
Goals and Target Audience:
Geared towards professors, instructors, and graduate students who teach or develop course material, this session will show attendees how they can enhance their curriculum by incorporating maps and spatial data as a way to share and visualize information.
Session Title:
The Rare Plants of Colorado
Presenters:
David G Anderson,Pam Smith,Crystal Strouse,Ann Grant
Category:
General Teaching Topics
Date:
Tuesday, January 15th 2019
Start Time:
1:00 PM
Session Length:
1 hours 50 minutes
Room:
LSC 304
Description:
In this session we will go on an adventure focusing on the rarest, weirdest, and most interesting plants of Colorado. We will explore our state through the lens of habitats for rare plants, and what the rare plants tell us about our natural history, cultural history, and landscapes. We'll also talk about early botanical explorers of Colorado, focusing on the amazing women who made key discoveries, and about how we are saving the rare plants of Colorado. Then we will have a panel of amazing female botanists here in our community. They will talk about their work and career path and discuss ways that you can be a rare plant explorer. We will also take some time to look at specimens of rare plants.
Goals and Target Audience:
Goals: Learn about Colorado's rare plants and their natural history, and meet some botanical super-stars. Become aware of ways you can be involved. Target Audience: Anyone who is interested in nature

2:00 PM

Session Title:
Developing and Evaluating Teaching Effectiveness at CSU
Presenters:
Matt Hickey,Paula Rodriquez,Jennifer Todd
Category:
General Teaching Topics
Date:
Tuesday, January 15th 2019
Start Time:
2:00 PM
Session Length:
1 hours 50 minutes
Room:
LSC 374
Description:
Over the last year, TILT has developed a program to develop and evaluate teaching effective at CSU. This program is an extension of the work that began in 2011 by the COTL Evaluating Teaching Effectiveness Task Force and was triggered by revisions to the CSU Faculty Manual (E.12.1 - Teaching and Advising) in December 2017. After extensive research into best practices in teaching and learning, along with feedback from CSU faculty and leadership, the TILT Teaching Effectiveness Team has identified 7 essential criteria for effective teaching and, therefore, student learning. Although the Framework separates each of the criteria, TILT recognizes the deep connections among them and is working to align the framework with the proposed student survey (LENS). The team has developed a program that outlines a process for departments and faculty to set teaching goals and evaluate teaching effectiveness. The program includes a set of tools that can be modified by each department to meet their needs. Join us for a tour of these tools, their alignment to professional development and the research behind it all.
Goals and Target Audience:
Faculty and Administration will be able to compare a proposed teaching development and evaluation process to their current one.

Wednesday, January 16th

9:00 AM

Session Title:
PROPERTY MANAGEMENT
Presenters:
Debra Ellison
Category:
General Teaching Topics
Date:
Wednesday, January 16th 2019
Start Time:
9:00 AM
Session Length:
50 minutes
Room:
LSC 308-10
Description:
DEALING WITH CAPITAL ASSETS
Goals and Target Audience:
ANYONE WHO DEALS WITH CAPITAL ASSETS
Session Title:
Teaching Squares Peer Observation Program: Training Session
Presenters:
Tonya Buchan,Jennifer Todd
Category:
General Teaching Topics
Date:
Wednesday, January 16th 2019
Start Time:
9:00 AM
Session Length:
2 hours 50 minutes
Room:
LSC 374
Description:
This session is for faculty, instructors, and GTAs who know they definitely want to participate in the Teaching Squares Peer Observation program during the Spring 2019 semester. Participants will form Teaching Squares groups, practice using observation forms, and schedule observations. If you're unsure whether or not you would like to participate, we will present an informational session on Teaching Squares before this session during PDI.
Goals and Target Audience:
Interested faculty, instructors, and GTAs will select a teaching goal for Spring '19 and join a supportive group to work on that goal.

11:00 AM

Session Title:
Access for All: Partnering with Student Disability Center to Support Disabled Students
Presenters:
Nico Gowdy,Allison Penfield,Alisha Zmuda
Category:
General Teaching Topics
Date:
Wednesday, January 16th 2019
Start Time:
11:00 AM
Session Length:
50 minutes
Room:
LSC 372
Description:
You’ve gotten a memo from Student Disability Center letting you know a student has been approved for accommodations. Now what? Staff members from SDC will walk you through the accommodation process at CSU, including how to manage accommodations that might not fit with your class, how to schedule and submit your exams online, and how to best support students who need text in an alternative format. As partners in this process, we’ll ensure access for students in an environment that wasn’t built with them in mind.
Goals and Target Audience:
Faculty and instructors, anyone interested in learning about the accommodation process for students with disabilities at CSU.

1:00 PM

Session Title:
Increased student engagement through the use of cold calls and surveys
Presenters:
Medora Huseby
Category:
General Teaching Topics
Date:
Wednesday, January 16th 2019
Start Time:
1:00 PM
Session Length:
50 minutes
Room:
LSC 386
Description:
I plan to discuss student engagement in the undergraduate classroom. I will discuss my use of cold calls and student surveys to increase student engagement.
Goals and Target Audience:
Undergraduate instructors.