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Extended Learning & Quality Enhancement

University Week Activities: Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013

 

Morning – Pedagogy and Strategy Panels – ULIB 106

9 am – Excellence in Teaching - Dr. Sandra Lunte and Dr. Charles Holloway, the two recipients of the ULM Foundation Awards for Excellence in Teaching.

To begin this panel discussion Lunte and Holloway will give a synopsis of the pedagogy and activities for which they received the awards. Then they will lead an open discussion about excellence in teaching, engaging the participants in a vibrant exchange of ideas. Come and see how your colleagues across the campus are impacting teaching and learning at ULM and share your viewpoints about effective teaching.


10:15 am – Active Learning Strategies – This will be a roundtable discussion led by Dr. Allison Wiedemeier, Dr. Jeffery Evans, Dr. Lynn Clark, Dr. Mary Adams, and Dr. Candice Chelette

Panel will lead the discussion about active learning strategies and related activities and results that impact student learning. This roundtable discussion will provide a venue for faculty to collaborate and discuss why active learning is important, what are the challenges to implementation, and interesting outcomes.


 

Afternoon – Technical assistance sessions – ULIB 3A, 3B, 3C, 3D, 3E, 3F, and 3G have been reserved.

1:30 pm - The Beginning to Moodle 2 - Sheau Yun Choo – ULIB 3A

Begin learning about the new features that will be available in Moodle 2, as ULM begins to plan the move to the new Moodle environment.

Let’s take a look at what is in a Moodle 2 course and how to navigate in it. We will access a course in Moodle 2 from an instructor’s view and look at how activities such as forums, quizzes, assignments are now listed.  In this session we will have an overview of the following:

 


Graduate Assistants – An Update Dr.Bill McCown and Jeff Hendrix - ULIB 3B

The graduate assistant inhabits a gray area as part apprentice, part employee. We will discuss “best practices” to enhance the academic experiences of graduate assistants. We will briefly describe mechanics of assistantship employment, documentation, and compensation.

We will pay particular attention to state regulations and emerging concerns from accrediting bodies, including SACS. We will focus on methods to limit personal liability for potential assistant errors, while maximizing the students’ educational experiences. We will also discuss grievance options for faculty who may have problems with specific assistants.

Attendance at this session is strongly encouraged by the Office of Academic Affairs for anyone who works with graduate assistants.


Academic Advising at ULM: An Assessment of Its Current State
Barbara Michaelides and Dr. Eric Pani – ULIB 3C


Vice President for Academic Affairs Eric Pani has identified academic advising as one of three important topics for examination during the year.  To begin this undertaking, he and Barbara Michaelides, Director of Retention and Chair of the university Advising Committee, solicit your input on the following questions during this session: what is going well with ULM advising? what could be improved with ULM advising? what would it take to make these improvements?


50 ways to use Twitter in the classroom – Dr. Claudia Grinnell – ULIB 3D

Twitter has caught fire across many professional fields as well as personally, but it seems to be in the beginning stages in the realm of higher education. The creative ways Twitter users have incorporated micro-blogging has become inspirational, so the recent trend of using Twitter at college is sure to keep evolving into an ever more impressive tool. Make sure you don’t get left behind by incorporating some of these educational and fun ways that Twitter can be used in the college classroom.

 


2:30 pm - The Beginning to Moodle 2 - Sheau Yun Choo – ULIB 3A

Begin learning about the new features that will be available in Moodle 2, as ULM begins to plan the move to the new Moodle environment

Let’s take a look at what is in a Moodle 2 course and how to navigate in it. We will access a course in Moodle 2 from an instructor’s view and look at how activities such as forums, quizzes, assignments are now listed.  In this session we will have an overview of the following:

 

 


Academic Affairs Conversation – Dr. Eric Pani – ULIB 3C 

Vice President for Academic Affairs Eric Pani will be available to discuss issues and answer questions important to ULM faculty and staff. This informal gathering is intended to develop better mutual understanding, to improve awareness of faculty and staff concerns, and to increase knowledge about the factors influencing ULM academics. 

 


Active Learning Strategies: Results from Peer Led and Instructor Led Study
Ms. Katie Dawson, Department of Communications and Ms. Cheyenne Wilson, Emerging Scholar - ULIB 3B

Dawson and Wilson engaged in a semester long study in which active learning strategies were implemented.

They will present examples of the strategies they employed as well as data that compare outcomes from peer-led and professor-led active learning strategies.


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