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Faculty Academy 2011: Future: This Way

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Faculty Academy in the News

It was pretty cool to wake up this morning and find a write-up of Faculty Academy by Joshua Kim (of Dartmouth University) in the “Technology and Learning” blog in Inside Higher Ed.In addition to a great synopsis of the conference, Kim has this to say about the work being done at UMW with teaching and technology:

The list of ways that the University of Mary Washington sets the example in learning and technology is indeed long. UMW is at the forefront of a movement to provide open access to course material and faculty and student contributions through its pioneering UMW Blogsplatform. Check out the “Courses” section of UMW blogs for an aggregated view of the most recent semester’s classes available for viewing on this open platform.

UMW is the home of Jim Groom, and the birthplace of the EduPunk movement. You can check out Jim’s course on Digital Storytelling through its course blog, and judge for yourself what is gained or lost by going around the traditional LMS.

UMW is also the home of Steven Greenlaw, a leading thinker and practitioner of innovative teaching methods that leverage technology for learning. Some of Steve’s amazing ECON courses can also be viewed on the UMW course blog site.

Jim Groom and Steve Greenlaw’s work are great examples of the kinds of innovative teaching we witness every day at UMW; we’re looking forward to hearing from our colleagues across the University at Faculty Academy this week as they share their own experiences with innovation in the classroom!

Initial Thoughts on Teaching with an iPad

This presentation is a brief list of possible uses of the iPad by teacher and student. Demonstrations using an iPad will occur but this is an information session rather than a hands on session.

Final Faculty Academy Program Available

We’re pleased to announce that the final Faculty Academy program is available. We had a fantastic slate of proposals, and we think the line-up has something for everyone. Over the weekend, abstracts will be added to the site.

Proposal Deadline Extended

In order to accommodate the grading schedule of UMW faculty, we have decided to extend the proposal deadline to THURSDAY, MAY 6 @ NOON. Hopefully, this will allow a few more people to submit a proposal and participate in this year’s program.

The registration deadline is still 5:00 on Friday, May 7.

We hope to see your proposal soon!

Faculty Academy Program Outline Available

While scheduling of all of the conference presentations won’t happen until after the call for proposals deadline on May 4th, you can check out the schedule of presentations by our keynote and guest presenters now. Take a look at the developing program and plan your Faculty Academy attendance accordingly. In particular, you may wish to mark your calendar for the keynote presentation and the plenary talks by our guest presenters:

In addition, make sure you plan to join us at the end of the first day of the conference for a wine and cheese reception at 4:45.

Workshop Registrations Open

As you prepare for this year’s Faculty Academy, we encourage you to register for the two workshops by our presenters:

  • “Practical Twitter” by Julie Meloni on May 12 at 3:30 and
  • “Integrative Course Design” by  Mike Caufield on May 13 at 2:00.

On May 12 at 3:30, Julie Meloni will be presenting “Practical Twitter” in which she’ll explore examples of using the micro-blogging platform for teaching and learning. You’ll learn the practical ins and outs of setting up a Twitter account,  get an introduction to the language and culture of Twitter, and explore how the tool is can be used as a  medium for classroom assignments. Read more about the session and sign up here.

On May 13 at 2:00, Mike Caulfield will be presenting “Integrative Course Design.” If you’d like to think through ways to redesign or revisit a course you’re teaching, Mike will be on hand to offer ways to do this without getting bogged down in taxonomies and approaches that can seem sterile and limiting. Read more about the session and sign up here.

Which Presentation Format is Right for You?

Not sure if you should be submitting a formal presentation, panel discussion, or lightning slides? This quick guide will help you determine which Faculty Academy format is the best fit.

Formal Presentation

This format type makes up the bulk of presentations at Faculty Academy. You’ll be asked to talk for 10-15 minutes about your topic of project. You’ll be presenting alongside 2-3 others in a session that will last 60-75 minutes. A session convener will keep time and reserve 10 minutes or so at the end of the session for all of the presenters to answer questions from the audience. You can present with another person, but you’ll still need to keep your presentation under the 15 minute time limit. You’ll have access to a computer (you can also plugin your own laptop) and projector. If you need additional technical support/equipment, you’ll need to note that when you submit your presentation.

This format works best for:

  • An individual who has a project they would like to share
  • A small group of people who would like to present a project or idea
  • Someone (or a small group) who would like an opportunity to answer questions/get feedback
  • Someone who is comfortable presenting their topic/project for 10-15 minutes

Panel Discussion

Faculty Academy usually includes 4-5 panel discussions that run 60-75 minutes each. When you submit your presentation, you’ll be expected to have assembled a group of people to present. Your group will have 30-45 minutes or so to present and discuss their projects/ideas, and then the floor will be opened to discussion. A session convener will introduce you and keep the conversation moving. You’ll have access to a computer (you can also plugin your own laptop) and projector. The most successful panels include plenty of time for discussion. If you have an idea for a panel discussion but are having difficult assembling a group, please contact a member of DTLT. We can work with you to put together a session.

This format works best for:

  • A group who is working on a project together
  • A group who have tackled similar projects and wish to compare them
  • A group  who want to have a discussion about a broad-ranging topic or idea

Lightning Slides

Lightning Slides is a new format at the 2010 Faculty Academy. You’ll be expected to put together a set of PowerPoint slides for your presentation. You will need to have 20 slides, and each must be set to automatically advance after 15 seconds (we can help set this up for you). You’ll have 5 minutes to get through your presentation (20 slides x 15 seconds). You will be expected to submit your slides a day or two prior to the session so that we can make sure all of the presentations are properly configured and the session runs smoothly. You will present as part of group during lunch on Wednesday or Thursday. There will be no formal Q&A after Lightning Slides.

This format works best for

  • Someone with a narrowly-defined/focused project or idea
  • Someone who is interested in experimenting with a new session format
  • Someone who is comfortable with PowerPoint and putting together a compelling visual presentation
  • Someone who is not expecting time for discussion or feedback on their presentation
  • Someone who does not need to use anything but PowerPoint in order to present

You can find more information about the formats on our Presenting page. If you have any questions about any of the Faculty Academy formats, feel free to contact anyone in DTLT. We’re always happy to discuss the options with you!