2018 Winter Workshop

Session 1

Meghan Halbrook – Sport & Exercise Studies
Study Power Hour

The average attention span for high school to college-aged individuals varies between 10-50 minutes in length. This span makes studying and concentration in classes difficult. The Study Power Hour is designed to keep students engaged in and outside of the classroom. By breaking studying or course content into specific sections that last between 5-30 minutes each, students are able to capitalize on their attention, as well as improve comprehension and retention of material. The Study Power Hour really encompasses the “work smarter, not harder” approach to teaching and learning.

Peter Sheldon – Physics & Engineering
Interactive Presentations Using a Wireless Tablet

In this presentation, Peter demonstrates how he uses an iPad wirelessly in the classroom as a whiteboard, an internet device, and as a platform that can be used to increase students participation.

Cheryl Lindemann – Education
Cultivating Scholarly Habits of Mind

Generating an idea for a topic paper to the final submission requires “touch base” activities to make the final product meaningful for students. In this presentation, Cheryl walks us through the activities developed for a 100 level education class to assist students in realizing they can create scholarly work. The culminating sharing activity will demonstrate how students realize they have developed scholarly habits of mind by staging a group sharing activity after topic papers are submitted.

Victor Gosnell – Information Technology
Lighten Your Load

Learn how to use the Randolph College Faculty LightBoard studio to record lessons that can be saved and used repeatedly for flipped classroom lessons, as student Moodle resources, for online courses, or for sharing outside the Randolph College community. Record it once… use it multiple times and ways!

Lunch Intermission 12:30 – 1:30

Session 2

Adam – Information Technology
An Introduction to the Moodle Lesson Module

Lessons are Moodle activities that allow instructors to present adaptive lesson plans to students in a self-paced online environment. With this tool, each choice a student makes can show a different teacher response/comment and send the student to a different page in the lesson. Thus with planning, the Lesson module can customize the presentation of content and questions to each student. In this presentation, Adam will demonstrate the Lesson module functionality and provide faculty with tips for developing lessons.

Blair Gross – Psychology
Collaboration and Integration: Bringing New Ideas Into the Classroom

In this presentation, Blair invites us to join her in the process of bringing a new pedagogical tool into one of her classes.  Attendees are invited to provide feedback on approaches to integrating new instructional material, assessing the effectiveness of newly adopted teaching methods, and the particulars of a teaching strategy under consideration.

J. Nikol Jackson-Beckham – Communication Studies
Improving Student Writing with Verb Audits

It’s all too easy to spot issues, mistakes, and failures in student writing.  It’s more difficult to give students concrete ways to substantively improve their writing.  Especially when writing instruction is not a core component of the course. In this presentation, J. walks through the “verb audit” workshop she conducts with students in communication studies courses and explains which common writing pitfalls this strategy addresses.