Using Picture Books with College Students
Picture books are a terrific way to activate prior knowledge, engage visual learners, and vary the text you use to cover academic standards. This workshop will focus on why students today are particularly attuned to visual communications, help you work towards identifying picture books germane to your content area, and present best practices for reading aloud and sharing visual literature in both electronic and print formats.
Artificial Intelligence and Tools: Applications in Higher Education
Monica Trifas and Robert Elliott
What does artificial intelligence (AI) mean to you? When you read those words, do you think of robots performing advanced tasks on their own? Most likely. Well, artificial intelligence is much more than that. In fact, many things use AI these days. Programs like Google Translate, Amazon Book Recommendations, and Netflix Movie Suggestions all use AI. Artificial intelligence is showing up more frequently in college classrooms, particularly at big institutions that are seeking to make large courses more intimate and interactive. In this presentation, we will learn how to integrate AI-based tools that have been integrated in the education system. Ontologies are specific tools which are being used in higher Ed and will be focused on as a potential tool in long term research.
It's a LARP! Integrating Live Action Roleplaying into the Classroom
While LARPing tends to have negative connotations, having students take on alter egos and role-play those characters' potential actions has been shown to increase engagement, critical thinking, and intellectual risk-taking. Learn about three ways to integrate LARPing into your classroom: mock trials, Reacting to the Past, and tabletop roleplaying games. These three forms of LARPing can be integrated into any discipline and subject with little to no cost.
Connecting Meaningfully with Students...and Enjoying It: Lessons and Strategies from an Evolving Practice
Research demonstrates that students who develop strong relationships with teachers give greater effort. They are more persistent, engaged, and confident in their ability to succeed. They are more likely to earn higher grades. Although not as often talked about, cultivating strong relationships also benefits teachers. Teachers who develop positive relationships with students are more likely to experience joy (versus anxiety) in the classroom. This session will focus on building relationships with students and enjoying our time in the classroom with them, drawing from my own experiences as a post-secondary (and secondary) teacher. Participants will leave with several concrete—and easy-to-implement!—strategies to help deepen connections with students regardless of field or discipline. We will also dedicate time for strategy sharing among participants. Please come prepared to talk about strategies that have worked for you.
Teaching with Open Educational Resources (OER)
Open Education Resources are defined as: “The open provision of educational resources, enabled by information and communication technologies, for consultation, use and adaptation by a community of users for non-commercial purposes” (UNESCO 2002, p. 24). These OER are meant to be universally free and accessible for teaching and learning purposes. Since 2002, many high-quality textbooks have become available from Openstax, The Saylor Foundation, Washington State’s Open Course Library, and the Minnesota Open Textbook Library. The plethora of material that is currently available leads to the question: why are we still using traditional textbooks in the college classroom? The use of OER can be broken down into three sections: cost, performance, and student learning outcomes.
Style, Emphasis and Coherence in Student Writing
Carmine Di Biase
This presentation will show how we can aspire to a very high goal, even among first-year writers. The focus will be on combining the task of making transitions between one sentence and another with that of controlling emphasis in order to achieve an ever higher level of clarity. This involves introducing students to unusual sentence patterns, patterns which depart from the simple declarative sentence and which are often avoided out of fear and insecurity. The student's ultimate goal of such lessons is the same as the poet's goal: that is, to make the shape of a sentence reflect in some way the shape of the meaning it carries - in short, to achieve a marriage of form and content.
Working at the Bibliotheque Droit Letters: Perspectives from a JSU Librarian in France
Ms. Knight discusses her professional development leave in Burgundy, France during the academic year 2018-2019. She offers her perspective on professional development leave as well as what it was like to work in France during the Yellow Vest protests.
Somewhere Over the Rainbow: Best Practices for Supporting LGBTQ+Students and Colleagues
This presentation discusses how the university setting can be a safe environment for all LGBTQ+ students and faculty. Faculty can show support to students by incorporating LGBTQ+ topics in the curriculum of classes and recognizing and ending homophobia displayed by bullying. These methods will also instruct faculty in the correct way to inquire of LGBTQ+ colleagues about sensitive topics pertinent to the community, including no-shame questions.
Using Student Response System in Anatomy and Physiology
Faculty will learn about the using a Student response system "Turning Point" for formative assessment during class. The presentation will go over how to set up and use the system and how students log in and sign up. The presentation offers a practice session to demonstrate how the system works.
Interactive Learning Strategies
This session explores strategies to enhance student engagement and participation in lectures. It will also provide some examples of active learning that can be used across disciplines. In addition, it will encourage faculty to incorporate professional experience into their courses.
Anti-Intellectualism: A Crash Course!
Arguably one of the most important components of contemporary American culture--and yet one of the least recognized and understood--the slippery notion of "anti-intellectualism" is something all Americans should know more about, especially the faculty of a university. Dr. Michael Boynton will be sharing some of his latest research into American anti-intellectualism, including past research (or lack thereof), definitional challenges, potential theoretical frameworks, as well as examples of how this cultural prejudice against intellect impacts all of our lives (not to mention our teaching!)
Using Field Trip and Video Projects to Teach Consumer Behavior Model
Jianping Coco Huang
Self-esteem and lifestyle influences our brand preference and purchase behavior. It inspired me to create a video project for my consumer behavior class. In this video, students have to compare two similar subjects, such as Jimmy John's and Subway. They take a field trip to a local store, interview customers, and ask about their preferences, then try to figure out what factors determined the preference.
Communication for Cultivating Mentoring Relationship With First Generation Students
Sayyed Fawad Shah
This session focuses on cultivating mentoring relationships with first-generation students through improved communication. The session explores the role of instructor-student communication in maximizing the engagement of first-generation students in our classrooms, optimizing our immediacy, facilitating constructive dissent, and creating an inclusive classroom.
Integrating Library Information and Services Into the Canvas Classroom
Jodi Poe and Kimberly Westbrooks
Working with Online@JSU, the JSU Library has integrated library services into Canvas courses in a seamless and customizable way. This new, improved access point will offer your students an easier experience locating quality information. Learn how we can collaborate with you to make the Library more accessible to your students through Canvas!
This is What Your Students Say!
Ulises Herrera and other JSU students discuss strategies for positively affecting individuals in your classes from the student perspective. They will mention their most poignant and frustrating moments in college classes, as well as tangible and easily implementable ways for faculty members to help their students reach their goals. This informal panel discussion will end with an opportunity for faculty members to ask questions and get honest answers straight from our very own students.
In 2020, Faculty Commons offered multiple presentations and development opportunities. These sessions focus on ways to more effectively build relationships through teaching, mentoring, and advising with our students while bearing in mind KSE: kindness, support, and encouragement. They also focus on ways to be innovative in our classes by employing creative pedagogy, purposeful technology, and unique alterations to best practices.
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