Keynote Announcement and Program Details

We’re pleased to announce a title for our Faculty Academy keynote address by Siva Vaidhyanathan. Dr. Vaidhyanathan will be speaking about “The Googlization of Higher Education,” exploring the impact of Google on colleges and universities. You can read more about his research and current book project, “The Googlization of Everything” at his Web site.The keynote address will be at 11:00 on Wednesday, May 12.

In addition, you can now view the basic conference program online, with times and dates added for presentations and workshops led by Mike Caulfield and Julie Meloni. After the May 4th Call for Proposals deadline, we will make the entire program available.

The Googlization of Higher Education

The official mission of Google is “to organize the world’s information and make it universally
accessible.” That is also the goal of colleges throughout the world. As institutions
increasingly surrender information organization and technology functions to Google, is the
academy itself surrendering its function and goals to a private corporation?

Faculty Academy 2010: Are We There Yet?

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Faculty Academy 2010 Call for Proposals and Registration

We are pleased to announce that the call for proposals and registration is now open for Faculty Academy 2010.

This spring, the conference will explore the theme “Are We There Yet? Reflecting on 15 Years of Teaching and Learning Technologies.” In particular, we want to mark the signficance of the 15th year of Faculty Academy and the tremendous work with instructional technologies that UMW faculty have done over the last decade and a half. At the same time we want to look forward, continuing to imagine ways in which digital technologies can transform our classrooms and our institutions.

We invite you to submit a formal presentation or panel discussion to share your work and ideas in the area of teaching and learning technologies. In addition, this year we are adding a new presentation format, Lightning Slides. You can read more about the new format on the conference Web site.

As always, Faculty Academy is free, but registration is required. All members of the UMW community are welcome to attend, as are our colleagues at local schools, universities, colleges, and libraries.

Integrative Course Design

Interactive Workshop

Mike Caulfield, Keene State College

If mapping out your course objectives to skills-based hierarchies like Bloom’s Taxonomy seems sterile and unhelpful to you, you are not alone. This workshop will introduce participants to an alternative lightweight course design model that will help you analyze the structure of your instruction and assist you in developing clear course goals while not reducing what you do to a series of sub-bulleted nonsense.

Practical Twitter

Interactive Workshop

Julie Meloni

In this workshop, participants will be introduced to the basics of Twitter and see some practical examples of using Twitter as a microblogging platform and real-time information network useful for both teachers and students. We will take a look at different types of Twitter clients (web-based, desktop, mobile) and ways that Twitter can be integrated into other sites and services (personal web sites, blogs, Facebook, etc.).  Participants will learn about Twitter grammars, various types of tweets (thin vs. thick content, retweets, retweets with comments, etc.), and third-party applications used to enhance and archive Twitter conversations and content.  Finally, participants will learn how Twitter is currently used as a backchannel for lectures and conferences, and some common types of Twitter-based assignments in the classroom. At the end of the workshop, participants will brainstorm additional possibilities for Twitter use by themselves and their students.

System, Self, and Society: Understanding and Controlling the Rhetoric of Information

Plenary Presentation

Julie Meloni

Time and again we’ve been told that our students are digital natives–the most technologically savvy that have ever crossed the thresholds of our institutions, who are able to text, email, use Facebook, and play games on any and all devices and all at the same time–yet as our collective experience has likely shown, the concept
of the digital native is little more than a polite fiction.

In this talk, I will discuss the importance of understanding the social and cultural role of the information that surrounds us and our students and, to some extent, the usefulness of understanding the rhetoric of the underlying code that shapes these systems.  As our students find themselves embedded in a society that is in no small part shaped by our information networks, it becomes necessary to investigate and interrogate how social and collaborative networking, information retrieval, content organization, and copyright issues pervade the lives of the modern student. As instructors who attempt to weave technology into our pedagogy, I discuss ways in which we can (and should) encourage and support student understanding of the function and limits of their own rhetorical choices within information production and retrieval.

We Are All The Pretender Now: Learning In an Age of Just-in-Time Instruction

Plenary Presentation

Mike Caulfield, Keene State College

People with no IT background installing complicated computer systems in a single afternoon. Amateur chess players beating both grandmasters and supercomputers using off the shelf software. Your spouse cooking a meal like a master chef — without any formal training. Coworkers communicating to someone across the world in a language they are just encountering for the first time.
This is not science fiction — it is the average person’s life today, in 2010. Just-in-time instruction is the hidden revolution that has already radically changed how we live. This presentation will demonstrate how pervasive these modes of instruction have become and discuss the implications for university education, and well as introduce some practical classroom applications of just-in-time approaches.

Deck Wars Strikes Again

For the third year in a row, Faculty Academy will include the Deck Wars competition during lunch on one day of the conference.

Join us at Faculty Academy for the second annual Deck Wars competition. What is Deck Wars? Glad you asked!

Deck Wars is a competition in which the presenters deliver a short, impromptu, three-minute presentation based on a deck of PowerPoint slides they have never seen before. Each presenter’s work is judged by the audience for originality, believability, jargon, and poise. Each of the presenters receives a thank you gift for his or her bravery. The winner will receive the grand prize and the bragging rights associated with the coveted title of FA Deck Wars Champion 2010.

Deck Wars Roll of Honor

  • 2008 Grand Champion: Jeff McClurken
  • 2009 Grand Champion: Joe McMahon

If you are interested in competing in this year’s competition, please leave your name in a comment below:

Introducing Lightning Slides at Faculty Academy

This year at Faculty Academy, we will be introducing a new presentation format. Based on the Pecha Kucha presentation format, each Lightning Slides presenter will be asked to assemble a five minute presentation consisting of 20 slides which automatically advance after 15 seconds. The presentation can cover any topic of interest to the presenter that will resonate with the themes and ideas at Faculty Academy.

A special Lightning Slides session will be held on one afternoon during lunch (date to be determined based on availability of presenters), and will be limited to no more than six presenters. Due to the limited space, we will close submissions for this format once it is filled. In addition, presenters will be required to submit their slides a few days prior to the conference so that we can review timing and make sure all of the presentations run smoothly.

Lightning Slides are the perfect presentation format if you have a focused idea that you would like to share quickly with an audience. The key to a good Lightning Slide presentation is a focused topic; simple, visual slides;  and a polished delivery that gets you finished on time!

In particular, we encourage our guests from other institutions to consider a Lightning Slide presentation as a way to share an idea or project with the community at UMW.

If you wish to present a Lightning Slides session, please fill out our Call for Proposals form.

If you want to understand more about the Lightning Slides format, we have embedded a view example presentations below and provided some additional links with more information and examples:

Additional Resources

  • is the Web site of the original Pecha Kucha movement. It aggregates content and information from Pecha Kucha nights held around the world, and includes pages of examples presentations.
    Please note that the original Pecha Kucha format consists of 20 slides for 20 seconds. We’ve modified this format slightly (20 slides for 15 seconds) to result in a five-minute presentation time.
  • The Ignite series, sponsored by O’Reilly, coordinates pecha kucha-like presentations about technology. It also has a video page with archived Ignite presentations.