January Day 2013

January Day provides a forum for FSU faculty members to present their pedagogical theories and innovative teaching practices, along with ideas to enhance student advising.

 
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2013
Thursday, January 10th
8:30 AM

January Day 2013

Framingham State University

8:30 AM - 3:30 PM

January Day provides a forum for FSU faculty members to present their pedagogical theories and innovative teaching practices, along with ideas to enhance student advising.

9:00 AM

Welcoming Remarks

Claudia Springer, Framingham State University
Linda Vaden-Goad, Framingham State University

Forum, McCarthy College Center

9:00 AM - 9:15 AM

9:30 AM

Blackboard Course Design Strategies

Educational Technology Office

Hemenway G07

9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Please bring your laptop to this session. Learn how to organize your course and integrate new Blackboard tools and functionality into your teaching and create an interactive learning environment that aligns with your teaching style and engages your students. This session is designed as a hands-on workshop.

Less-Centralized Classrooms: Can They Promote Student-Centered Learning?

David Keil, Framingham State University
Aviva E. Liebert, Framingham State University

MC 419

9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

This session will draw on research on emergent behavior in decentralized and self-organizing systems, as it applies to the classroom. It will feature short presentations by facilitators who will define multi-agent interactive systems as illustrated by Mitchel Resnick's work on centralized and decentralized thinking and describe collective accomplishments that emerge from "leaderless" insect societies. This will be followed by a group discussion of applications to the classroom.

Major Decisions: Understanding and Working With Undeclared and Uncertain Declared Students

Chris Gregory
Academic Advising Advisory Group

Faculty/Staff Dining Room

9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

This session will provide some background information about the characteristics of undeclared students and then will facilitate a panel discussion with experienced faculty advisors on advising strategies. The panel will discuss how to guide undeclared students, as well as declared students looking to explore other majors, toward selection of majors and minors, and provide resources for faculty advisors.

Open-Access Publication Through Digital Commons at FSU

Peter Goodwin, Bepress
Millie Gonzalez, Framingham State University

MC 415

9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Contributing your scholarship to Digital Commons at FSU expands the impact of your research by making it available through a highly discoverable online platform. Digital Commons is a showcase for the complete range of scholarship by faculty and students, from peer-reviewed publications to working papers, conference presentations, studio exhibits, multimedia, and all those wonderful projects that don't quite fit through traditional channels of academic publishing. Come learn how FSU is using this new tool to promote open-access scholarship, and how you can participate.

Teaching Research: An Interdisciplinary Roundtable

Sarah Adelman, Framingham State University
Sue Dargan, Framingham State University

MC 417

9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Many academic departments at FSU require students to complete original research and/or creative projects in their respective disciplines. During this interdisciplinary roundtable discussion, we will discuss some of the techniques and challenges involved in teaching research methods. We encourage participants to share exercises, activities, and assignments they have used or plan to use.

10:30 AM

Break

Framingham State University

McCarthy College Center

10:30 AM - 10:45 AM

10:45 AM

An Invitational Approach to Engaging Students: Promises and Challenges

Vandana Singh, Framingham State University
Aline M. Davis, Framingham State University
Catherine Dignam, Framingham State University

MC 417

10:45 AM - 11:45 AM

The presenters will describe the promises and challenges inherent in a very different approach to pedagogy: the invitational syllabus and the creation of a Natural Critical Learning Environment. Could this philosophical and practical shift away from traditional teaching methods, as described by author Ken Bain, truly engage our students and inspire them to excellence? The presentations will be followed by a Q&A and small group work.

Co-Teaching: What's Good, What Can Be Improved, and What's Beautiful?

Lawrence McKenna
Judith Otto

MC 415

10:45 AM - 11:45 AM

Co-taught classes, where faculty share an individual (in some cases interdisciplinary) class, or teach integrated but separate classes, can effectively motivate both faculty and students to learn well. Panelists in this session will share their successes and challenges in creating pedagogically sound and intellectually stimulating interdisciplinary learning. Through an information exchange of ideas, faculty participants will reflect upon ways to make this learning experience even richer.

It's in the Contract: Chairing in a Union Environment

Elaine Beilin
Sue Dargan

MC 419

10:45 AM - 11:45 AM

Department chairs play key roles in the professional lives of faculty. Being a chair at an institution where faculty are unionized presents both challenges and opportunities. During this discussion, we will explore how a collective bargaining agreement might help us to enhance our leadership, manage conflict effectively, conduct fair personnel evaluations, and support the professional growth of the faculty. This roundtable is designed for past, current, and future department chairs.

Quality Matters: Introduction

Robin Robinson
Silka Hermeling

Hemenway G07

10:45 AM - 11:45 AM

Faculty teaching online or blended courses are encouraged to attend this introduction to Quality Matters, a set of course design standards for creating an online or blended learning course. This session is open to anyone interested in Quality Matters and is required for participants interested in joining the spring QM cohort. The conversation continues after lunch with the launch of the 2013 Quality Matters Cohort Program.

What We Talk About When We Talk About Essays

Carlos Martinez

Faculty/Staff Dining Room

10:45 AM - 11:45 AM

Students inevitably make interesting connections between our classes across the disciplines, but how might we? This session provides a space for us to share our varied writing assignment expectations and to learn the terminology we give to our objectives. Our goal will be to discover pedagogical overlap and explore ways to expand upon it. Come prepared to discuss specific assignments.

1:00 PM

Authors' Rights Education

Peter Goodwin, Framingham State University
Millie Gonzalez, Framingham State University

MC 415

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Do you know who holds the copyright to your publications? Did you know that most academic publishers are willing to negotiate their copyright transfer agreements? And did you know that by learning and negotiating your rights as an author you can help bring your research to a wider audience? This session will show you how to bring your publications out from behind high pay walls by contributing your pre-prints, post-prints, and final publications to FSU's open-access institutional repository.

Engaging Students In Peer Review: An Idea Exchange

Deborah McMakin

Faculty/Staff Dining Room

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Do you require or encourage students to review each other's written work? Have you ever thought about utilizing peer review? In this interactive session, we will discuss the benefits, drawbacks, and opportunities for learning that can accompany the peer review process. We will share ways in which we can engage students in the peer review process (e.g., face-to-face, online, use of rubrics, etc.) Come and join this idea exchange!

Flipping the Classroom with Blended Learning

Cynthia Francis Bechtel
Susan Mullaney

MC 419

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

This session will offer a perspective on the teaching modalities of both the flipped classroom and blended learning. The flipped classroom has didactic content delivered online with written narratives, links to videos, websites, and current journal articles, thereby allowing the face-to-face class time for discussion and student activities on that content and interaction with the professor. Student comments will be shared on the effectiveness of the modalities.

Quality Matters 2013 Cohort Workshop

Robin Robinson
Silka Hermeling

Hemenway G07

1:00 PM - 3:30 PM

FSU adopted Quality Matters as our Online and Blended Learning course design strategy in Spring 2011. This session's in-depth look at the QM standards and the semester-long workshop is intended for participants in the Spring 2013 cohort program. Attending this session is required if you are planning to join the spring cohort.

Using the iPad to Enhance Instructional Practices: There’s an App for That!

Mary Grassetti
Silvy Brookby

MC 417

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

This session will focus on using iPad applications to enhance the educational learning experience for students. Presenters will share their experiences using the iPad for instructional as well as for assessment purposes.

2:00 PM

Drop-In Opportunity:

Liz Brosseau

MC 412

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Liz Brosseau will be available in the Career Services & Employer Relations Office to discuss the ways students can benefit from career counseling and assistance with declaring a major/minor, finding internships, applying to graduate schools, and more. The office is in the McCarthy Center 412.

Drop-In Opportunity:

Jane Decatur

MC 518

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Jane Decatur will be available to discuss international education opportunities for students and answer your questions about faculty-led study-abroad trips. Stop by her office in the McCarthy Center 518.