Program for the 2021 PDI

Rooms

Monday, January 11th

9:00 AM

Session Title:
Is Anybody out There? Technologies and activities to engage your students during online synchronous classes
Presenters:
Frederique Grim
Category:
General Teaching Topics
Date:
Monday, January 11th 2021
Start Time:
9:00 AM
Session Length:
80 minutes
Room:
https://zoom.us/j/98746310251?pwd=WmdpUGhmOGIvZHVsRXhLTFBjMDdYUT09
Description:
During the Fall 2020 semester, I used a variety of online learning programs to engage students during class, to check for understanding and to keep attention on the content. I will share these learning programs, my successes, and lessons learned, and help you brainstorm how to apply these programs to your content and class size.
Goals and Target Audience:
Participants will be able to… • Explore technologies that can be used to engage students during synchronous classes • Assess the learning objectives through formative tools • Apply learning activities to their content and class size

1:00 PM

Session Title:
Adapting to our times: Transforming assignments for remote work
Presenters:
Jenny Morse,Theresa Wernimont,Lori Adair
Category:
General Teaching Topics
Date:
Monday, January 11th 2021
Start Time:
1:00 PM
Session Length:
50 minutes
Room:
https://teams.microsoft.com/l/meetup-join/19:meeting_ZTFiZTczZTYtNmNlYi00NGYzLTg3M2MtYzNjODNhNzhjNmE0@thread.v2/0?context={"Tid":"afb58802-ff7a-4bb1-ab21-367ff2ecfc8b","Oid":"49e2ae49-876f-4deb-8a31-11d32749f166"}
Description:
In Spring 2020, all of us experienced a hard shift from working face-to-face to working online. In our Bus300: Business Writing and Communication class, we needed to change a Team Project with multiple components that lasted over 6 weeks from an in-person experience to a virtual one. In addition, the content of the Team Project has always addressed real-world communication challenges, which meant that we could transform the content of our assignment to ask students the very questions we were struggling with ourselves: what's the best way to communicate in our remote environment? how would a business choose which virtual platforms to use? what communication challenges are businesses facing at this moment? Our session shares both the ways in which we changed our assignment content to match the changes in the real world and how we changed the practical deployment of the Team Project to accommodate our new circumstances.
Goals and Target Audience:
Goals: share how face-to-face Team Projects can be adapted for remote environments and how assignment content can reflect real-world circumstances Targeted Audience: other instructors who are still exploring strategies for working with groups and/or want to make assignments more practical for students
Session Title:
Returning Wolves to Colorado: Lessons from a Carnivore on Overcoming Challenges
Presenters:
Cassiopeia Camara
Category:
General Teaching Topics
Date:
Monday, January 11th 2021
Start Time:
1:00 PM
Session Length:
50 minutes
Room:
https://teams.microsoft.com/l/meetup-join/19:meeting_YWNlMDBiNjItMjUzNC00MTRjLTljNDYtZmE1MGE0NDg1NGVi@thread.v2/0?context={"Tid":"afb58802-ff7a-4bb1-ab21-367ff2ecfc8b","Oid":"49e2ae49-876f-4deb-8a31-11d32749f166"}
Description:
This session will discuss the recent wolf reintroduction effort in Colorado and pull lessons from a contentious carnivore conservation effort on how to overcome challenges, in today’s seemingly increasingly polarized society.
Goals and Target Audience:
Target audience is anyone feeling overwhelmed in today’s society, particularly those who appreciate conservation. The goals are to inform the audience of the recent carnivore reintroduction effort in Colorado and have them identify strategies used during the process that are applicable to their live and give them the tools to implement those.

Tuesday, January 12th

9:00 AM

Session Title:
A dynamic first day of class impacts your whole semester
Presenters:
Deborah Garrity
Category:
General Teaching Topics
Date:
Tuesday, January 12th 2021
Start Time:
9:00 AM
Session Length:
80 minutes
Room:
https://zoom.us/j/97092752221?pwd=TVpzZU5oSHJxM0ltOVdwci9jNE9idz09
Description:
On the first day of class, students arrive with the same questions: Will this professor be “good” (engaging, approachable, organized)? Will this course be stimulating? Can I see myself succeeding in this course? For instructors, these questions mean that the first day of class offers a unique opportunity that will not come again as students get busier and the workload heavier. In this workshop, we will discuss ways to answer the above questions in a positive, even inspiring way. We can be highly intentional about capturing student interest, building community, priming students to be willing to participate in active learning, and laying out the pathway for success. For better or worse, first day impressions and early practices set a tone that impacts the whole course. This workshop represents one piece of the highly successful CSU student success initiative known as the First Four Weeks.
Goals and Target Audience:
TARGETED AUDIENCE: -faculty and GTAs GOALS: -Acquire tools and perspectives to optimize the first day of class in your course -Plan strategies to launch course community and clarify expectations right from the beginning -Start the conversation with students about how people learn and why active learning is beneficial to them
Session Title:
Chegg: What it is, How it is Influencing your Class, and What you can do about it.
Presenters:
Joseph Brown
Category:
General Teaching Topics
Date:
Tuesday, January 12th 2021
Start Time:
9:00 AM
Session Length:
50 minutes
Room:
https://zoom.us/j/99411051741?pwd=dVhiUTRzTEZHVk8wQk9Sek4vcEplQT09
Description:
Chegg and other third-party academic service/tutoring sites have dramatically disrupted higher education in 2020. This session will help you minimize the impact on your class and student learning by explaining how students are using these sites, familiarizing you with the services offered that might compromise exams and assessments, and equipping you with education-based strategies for preventing their influence on students.
Goals and Target Audience:
Faculty, student support staff, academic leadership.

Wednesday, January 13th

1:00 PM

Session Title:
Fostering Well Being in Academic Environments: Easy to Implement Practices, and Digital and University Resources
Presenters:
Viviane Ephraimson-Abt,Janelle Patrias ,Stephanie Zee
Category:
General Teaching Topics
Date:
Wednesday, January 13th 2021
Start Time:
1:00 PM
Session Length:
80 minutes
Room:
https://zoom.us/j/91978407476?pwd=SXNhRHZVaHp6dlJma1MvYnJleFZnQT09
Description:
In this time of increasing stress, and multiple challenges, faculty and staff are asking about ways to support student wellbeing. This session provides an overview of CSU students' mental health and how it compares nationally. You will learn about the Well-Being in Academic Environments Tool Kit, which you can use in your teaching and work with students. This web-based resource has easy to implement strategies for fostering well-being, while creating effective learning environments. It is based on a successful initiative from the University of Texas Austin. You will also hear about additional digital resources for students, like an online cognitive behavioral therapy tool, an app that helps mitigate loneliness, and updated features of You @ CSU.
Goals and Target Audience:
Faculty and Staff
Session Title:
Student Experience Project: Practices, Pivots, and and Ponderings
Presenters:
Jennifer Reinke,Lisa Dysleski,Amy Cailene,Paul Laybourn
Category:
General Teaching Topics
Date:
Wednesday, January 13th 2021
Start Time:
1:00 PM
Session Length:
80 minutes
Room:
https://zoom.us/j/95872532169?pwd=TFp0SkRwRXU3Y1Vlb1ZqUGgySlpMUT09
Description:
In this collaborative presentation, instructors from across the university will present on their experiences working with the Student Experience Project (SEP) - a nationwide, multi-institutional initiative focused on increasing students’ sense of belonging on college campuses. In addition to providing a general overview of the SEP framework, presenters will share specific research-based practices they implemented in their courses, aimed at fostering students’ sense of belonging, encouraging a growth mindset, and promoting an inclusive classroom environment. Presenters will share their insights on what worked, what didn’t work, and what pivots were made based on regular student feedback throughout the semester. Class examples presented will differ according to subjects, size, length, and modality. Participants will evaluate messages about instructor mindset, equity, and student belonging conveyed through course policies, design, and phrasing in a course syllabus. Presenters will share examples of wording in a syllabus that can convey a growth mindset and address uncertainty students might have about their belonging.
Goals and Target Audience:
Upon participation in this session attendees will be able to: 1. Describe the purpose and goals of the national, collaborative Student Experience Project. 2. Highlight pedagogical practices that promote students’ sense of belonging, growth mindset, and inclusive classroom environment. 3. Critically examine a course syllabus for messages that communicate instructor mindset, equity, and student belonging. The target audience is any instructor or graduate teaching assistant that teaches undergraduate or graduate courses, small or large, face-to-face, hybrid, or online.