From the Provost: Faculty explore learning strategies at institute

Summer Institute participants spent a week discussing engaged-learning strategies.

Forty-three faculty just spent a week exploring ideas for incorporating engaged-learning strategies into their teaching at an institute designed and led by our “Project Active and Collaborative Communities” (Project ACC) faculty fellows.

Daily plenary and breakout sessions included numerous presentations such as “Active Teaching FUNdamentals,” “VoiceThread: Fad or Fab,” and “Turning Group Projects that Bomb into ‘The Bomb.’” Discussions covered techniques and strategies for building a classroom community, using Blackboard for assessment, flipped classrooms, and much more. Participants worked in teams to develop plans to pilot engaged-learning practices they will use in at least one of their fall courses.

Summer Institute participants and their departments were:

D'Maris Allen-Mierl, biology

Deborah Hanson, student development

Suzanne Summers, history

Regina Bohmfalk, veterinary technology Sherry Heiden, anthropology Dawn Tawwater, sociology
Karen Bolton, art Sarah Jesser, ESOL Kelly Stockstad, communication studies
Jill Bosché, English, student development Christina Johansson, government David Thornberry, art
Jackie Burns, sociology Jennifer Lazare, biology, biotech Yam Tolan, professional photography
Bill Cheek, chemistry Ngoc Tram Le, math Alan Turley, sociology
Jeff Chan, English Debi Martin, English, business and technical communications Rosa Vaca, student development
Carla Coleman, English Susan Meigs, English Amy Velchoff, student development
Azzurra Crispino, philosophy Courtney Mlinar, library services Catherine Wadbrook, English
Chris De La Ronde, psychology Tammy Nettles, education instruction Lynne Wiesman, ASL and interpreting
Jodi Denyszyn, student development Femi Onabajo, computer science Sarah Wilson, English, student development
Iris Diamond, economics Cecilia Padilla-Lopez, student development David Wolf, physics
Karen Eisman, English, student development Tobin Quereau, student development Marilyn Yale, government
Patty Gamboa, student development Ali Salzmann, English
Kathie Goldsmith, business and technical communications Patrick Schmidt, English

Project ACC faculty fellows facilitated sessions and served as mentors to participants. These 14 full-time and adjunct faculty were selected last fall to spend four semesters researching, testing, and implementing engaged-learning practices. (See a list of current faculty fellows.)

As the photos below show, it was a spirited week! I want to thank the fellows for leading the institute and the participants for providing their expertise and enthusiasm. I also want to thank the Faculty Development and Instructional Services Offices for handling the logistics of the week.


Do you want to be a faculty fellow?

Full-time and adjunct faculty are invited to apply now to be a Project ACC fellow. View details and access an application on the Project ACC webpage. Applications are due September 1.

Project ACC Summer Institute on Active & Engaged Teaching [June 2017]

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