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!

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!

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.

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.

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

  • pechakucha.org 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.