October 25, 2016 UM FacChat

Time: 2:00 pm
Location: Lyceum 200

Adaptive Learning:  Personalize Instruction via Adaptive Learning

Adaptive learning is a hot topic in higher education these days.  Patricia O’Sullivan, UM Adaptive Learning Program Manager, conducts this chat about the challenges and benefits associated with the transition from lecturing to adaptive learning.  It’s not just about instructors’ adding technology to the class; it’s also about instructors’ changing their pedagogical approaches in the class.  She shares her own experiences with adopting Realizeit, adaptive courseware,  in her pharmacy ethics course.

We hope you can join us for this informal conversations, and enjoy a cup of coffee/tea too


April 7, 2016 UM FacChat

Time: 2:00 PM4716FacChat

Location: Center Manufacturing Excellence (CME), 3rd Floor Multi-Purpose Room

Using social media platforms as a course tool – best practices, ADA accessibility, and FERPA compliance.

More and more faculty are moving class discussions and updates to social media platforms such as Google Communities, Facebook, and Twitter despite concerns that social media poses risks for students, faculty, and universities. What are the pros and cons of using social media as a course tool? What Federal, state, and university policies regulate social media use by educators? Please join Patricia O’Sullivan, UM Instructional Designer, and UM faculty who use social media in classes for coffee and conversation about this instructional tool.

March 10, 2016 UM FacChat

Time: 2:00 PM

Location: Union, Room 41231016FacChat

Hybrid Classes – defining them, teaching them, and supporting them on the UM campus.

Study after study tells us that hybrid class formats are the most effective way to increase student recruitment, retention, and performance, but what exactly is a hybrid class, and why is this format leading to better student outcomes? At this forum we’ll talk to faculty at UM who are teaching hybrid classes and ask them to describe how their class is hybrid, why they are teaching with this format, how it benefits their students, what challenges they’ve encountered in teaching with the hybrid format, and what kind of administrative support is necessary to conduct a successful hybrid class.

November 18, 2015 UM FacChat

Time: 3:00 PM
Location: J.D. Williams Library, 3rd Floor, Harrison Room

Teaching Evaluations -Our next FacChat topic will address methods and benefits associated with teaching evaluations.

October 22, 2015 UM FacChat

Time: 2:00 PM
Location: Lyceum, Room 200

Just-in-Time Teaching (JiTT) is a pedagogical strategy that uses feedback between classroom activities and work that students do at home, in preparation for the classroom meeting. The goals with JiTT are to increase learning during classroom time, to enhance student motivation, to encourage students to prepare for class, and to allow the instructor to fine-tune the classroom activities to best meet students’ needs.