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AY 2016-2017

Open Educational Resources (OER)  April 6, 2017

Maureen Meyers (Anthropology) leads a discussion in effectively utilizing Open Educational Resources in the classroom. Maureen Meyers received a grant from the College of Liberal Arts and a WOW grant from the Office for Online Learning to replace the standard textbook in Introduction to Anthropology courses, both face-to-face and online. Unlike other disciplines, anthropology has no online textbook available. Meyers will discuss her experiences looking for and using web-based resources to teach the range of topics covered in this course, including natural selection, human evolution, language, archaeology, and globalization.

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

Constructive Feedback in STEM Courses  March 8, 2017

Alicia Bouldin (Pharmacy Administration)  leads a panel discussion on providing feedback to students in STEM courses. Constructive feedback on student performance can be a highly effective learning tool.  What are some of the avenues for effective feedback in STEM courses? What barriers exist? Is the benefit worth the effort?  Panel members will share their experiences and discuss potential applications.

Panelists include Adam Smith (Chemical Engineering), Nathan Hammer (Chemistry), and Gerard Buskes (Mathematics).

Adaptive Learning:  Personalize Instruction via Adaptive Learning  October 25, 2016

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

AY 2015-2016

Using social media platforms as a course tool – best practices, ADA accessibility, and FERPA compliance  April 7, 2016

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.

Hybrid Classes – defining them, teaching them, and supporting them on the UM campus  March 10, 2015

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.

Teaching Evaluations – methods and benefits associated with teaching evaluations  November 18, 2015

Just-in-Time Teaching (JiTT)  October 22, 2015

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.