eLcc Faculty Development Day

eLcc Faculty Development Day

DU faculty members show strong presence at regional teaching with technology conference

Several faculty and staff members from DU attended a one-day conference, Teaching and Learning with Technology, sponsored by the e-Learning Consortium of Colorado (eLCC) and hosted by Metropolitan State University of Denver.

The OTL’s Bridget Arend was the keynote speaker and provided all in attendance with food for thought. Her address focused on being purposeful and thoughtful in how we integrate technology in our teaching and learning practices. Bridget is also the co-author of Facilitating Seven Ways of Learning. In her talk, she urged everyone to reflect on their learning goals, while considering the percentage of time students should spend on particular ways of learning in their courses. Bridget provided attendees with a worksheet to guide this activity.

Additionally, DU was well represented by other faculty who generously gave of their time and offered enlightening and informative sessions. We want to recognize and thank these individuals for their support (in no particular order).

Scott Toney, Daniels College of Business, presented “Flipping the Lecture: A  5-minute Teaching Model”. In this presentation, Scott discussed the benefits and difficulties in implementing short, pre-recorded online lectures as the only instructor-led delivery method for course content within a blended class.

Barb Stuart, Daniels College of Business,  presented “Use Teach-Backs to Increase Engagement in Blended Courses”. Barb’s discussion focused on the pedagogical method of using teach-backs to reinforce critical content learning.  Teach-back is a simple mechanism where the learner restates or re-presents (teaches back) what he or she is supposed to know.  Her session included a rubric for assessing teach-backs.

Susan Sadler, from the department of Biological Sciences, discussed “One Approach to Hybrid Teaching/Learning in a Large Lecture Class.” She presented the strategies and tools she used to develop her hybrid course (first-year biology), as well as student reactions to the course and quantitative measures of its success.

John Kayser and Ryan Garrett, from the Graduate School of Social Work, got everyone laughing with their presentation of social work content using Google Hangouts, Jib-Jab animation techniques, and Powtoons. Their work served to better engage students in social work history and ethics.

Kellie Keeling, Business Information and Analytics, presented on the use of TopHat in hybrid courses.  Top Hat is a web-based clicker mechanism and Kellie discussed her experiences with this new, hardware independent  technology.

Susanne  Sherba, from the department of Computer Science, talked about how she survived her first online course and actually enjoyed it!  She offered her top ten tips for preparing and teaching one’s first online course.

Many thanks again to these individuals for their time and contributions!


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