36th Showcase on Teaching & Learning – Wednesday, August 18, 2021
Equity and the Higher Education Classroom
The Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning annually presents the Showcase on Teaching Learning to bring together innovative teaching and learning principles developed and applied by the academic community. Please register through My Learning Connection and links to the sessions will be provided.
8:30 a.m.: Opening and Welcome
9:00 a.m.- 9:50 a.m.: Jamboard: Not Your Ordinary Whiteboard
Presenters: Annice McLean and Ching-Wen Chang
Session description: Jamboard is a free Google app that offers the basic features of a whiteboard plus tools for interactivity. It is not just a simple-to-use whiteboard for the instructor to ‘show’. Jamboard can also help engage students and student groups in collaborative activities. It can be used to provide students with independent self-paced activities or used with ZOOM, ZOOM breakout rooms, or Google Meet to engage students in a synchronous learning environment. Join us as we explore the features of Jamboard and share some ideas and Jamboard templates that can be used to enhance virtual and classroom lessons.
10:00 a.m. – 10:50 a.m.: When Business *IS* Personal: Convenient Methods to Show Students You See/Hear/Know Them!
Presenter: Carly Pierson
Session description: No matter your class size, delivery, or content, it’s harder than ever to foster a sense of connection and individual attention for each of your students. Students need recognition for their good work, and you can provide it in a scalable way. You don’t need a special (paid) platform to deliver meaningful interactions. Caring about your students and communicating such should be planned, structured, and methodical…or else it’s not likely to be happening. Through my experience and the advice of colleagues across campus, I’ll share my best tips for showing students you care through scalable, convenient methods.
11:00 a.m. – 11:50 a.m. What’s Love Got to Do with It?
Presenter: Amy Artman
Session description: In times like our pandemic era of social and technological distancing, it is more important than ever to find ways to create a sense of wonder in our classes. Online, blended, or in a regular classroom setting, how can we not just impart information, but foster a desire in students to want to learn more about our subject? In other words, how can we help our students fall in love with our classes, no matter the modality? In this session, we will explore ways to draw students into the kind of class experience that fosters curiosity, improves retention, and stimulates the desire to take more such classes in the future.
11:50 p.m. – 12:30 p.m.: Lunch Break
12:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.: Keynote and Workshop with Bryan Dewsbury, Ph.D.
About Our Keynote Speaker:
Bryan Dewsbury is an Associate Professor of Biology at the University of Rhode Island. He is the Principal Investigator of the Science Education and Society (SEAS) research program whereas a team they blend research on the social context of teaching and learning, faculty development of inclusive practices and programming in the cultivation of equity in education. He is also a Fellow with the John N. Gardner Institute where he assists institutions of higher education cultivate best practices in inclusive education. He was born and raised in Trinidad and Tobago. He immigrated in 1999 and attended Morehouse College for his Bachelor of Science in Biology after which he attended Florida International University for a Master’s and Ph.D. also in Biology. From there he transitioned to URI where his research focuses on inclusion and equity. Among his many publications is his 2019 piece “Deep Teaching in the STEM classroom” (CSSE) that recentralizes dialogue as the basis for good teaching. He has conducted faculty development and given plenary addresses on this topic to over 50 institutions of higher education, corporations and K12 institutions across North America.
12:30 p.m. -1:20 p.m.: Keynote: Equity and the Higher Education Classroom
In this presentation we will revisit carefully what it fundamentally means to educate, and the power and agency that a truly inclusive experience grants its participants. We will explore a particular classroom that enacts this principle with a charge to consider our own journeys to deliver transformative educational experiences.
1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.: Workshop: Teaching Students – Strategies for the Cultivation of the Individual
In this workshop we will consider specific strategies that transcends content delivery, and instead address the maturation of the civically engaged individual toward living for meaning and purpose. Regardless of content, we will unpack inclusive approaches with suggestions for their implementation in different contexts.
Faculty Summer Writing Retreat
Plan on attending the Summer Writing Retreat July 12-16. Details are still being worked out and registration will be available soon on My Learning Connection.
Apply for a Curriculum Innovation Mini-Grants
The Curriculum innovation mini-grants provide tools and technology that can used with teaching online.
What faculty are saying about the Curriculum Innovation Mini-Grants:
Holly Holladay – MJF; COAL
Award: Camtasia (1 year license), USB Microphone
” . . . it’s been relatively quick to create my 20-minute lectures, and very fast to do my weekly updates since they’re all in one take . . . It has made such a difference in the quality of my course content, and I’ll be able to use the videos I’m recording now for classes this summer.”
Damon Bassett – GGP; CNAS
Award: Digital Camera and GoPro HERO9
“ . . . developing virtual field experiences, [the] desire to provide better online experiences for students, we quickly realized that these tools could be used to make the geosciences more accessible as well.”
Kayla Lewis – RFT, COE
Award: Wacom Tablet and Document Camera
“ . . . so helpful in my teaching!”
Awards are limited to $1,200 per grant application and are considered one-time funding. One-year software purchases are allowable, but faculty/department are responsible for any ongoing costs such as annual renewal or subscription services.
Mini Grant Application available beginning July 1, 2021.
Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning
Meyer Library Room 202