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The IDC coordinates a variety of events featuring topics relating to faculty members in any stage of their career. We welcome every faculty member to participate in events of interest to them. Faculty may volunteer to present on topics of interest to their colleagues, and suggestions are always welcome.
Book Discussion Groups
Each semester the IDC sponsors at least two book discussion groups. Faculty meet every two weeks to discuss the book. Each attendee is provided with a copy of the book to utilize for the semester. Following are the books that will be used this semester:
Teaching Naked - Dustin Summey, Facilitator, Mondays at 2:00 PM
(Jan. 28, Feb. 4, Feb. 18, Mar. 4, & Mar. 25)
What the Best College Teachers Do - Jean McGehee, Facilitator, Thursdays at 3:00 PM
(Jan. 24, Feb. 7, Feb. 21, Mar. 7, & Mar. 28)
Teaching with Your Mouth Shut - Bill Lammers, Facilitator, Wednesdays at 2:00 PM
(Jan. 23, Feb. 6, Feb. 20, Mar. 6, & Mar. 27)
Mini-Conference on Teaching
Monday, January 7, 2013, 11:15 AM - 3:15 PM
Presidential Dining Room & Mashburn Hall
Blackboard 9.1 Training (ONLY for Spring Pilot Participants)
Friday, January 4, 2013, 8:30-11:30 AM, Torreyson West 319
Friday, January 4, 2013, 1:00-4:00 PM, Torreyson West 319
(Identical workshop offered twice)
Focus on Learning: Eat, Engage, Energize
The IDC presents Eat, Engage, Energize. This is a new format of instructional development facilitated by various faculty on the UCA campus. These events will all be hosted in the Presidential Dining Room. Attendees will be provided with a Christian Cafeteria lunch ticket. Attendees can access the Presidential Dining Room through the entry under the black awning at the southwest corner of Christian Cafeteria on the day of event.
Engaging Students in Learning - Student Panel
Wednesday, January 23, 2013 at 12:00 PM - Presidential Dining Room
Teaching Transformation - Melissa Booth, Ryan Fisher, and Joe Howard
Tuesday, February 5, 2013 at 12:15 PM - Presidential Dining Room
Learning with Mobile Technology - Dustin Summey
Thursday, February 21, 2013 at 12:15 PM - Presidential Dining Room
Teaching for Critical Thinking - Ben Rowley
Monday, March 11, 2013 at 12:00 PM - Presidential Dining Room
Helping Student Veterans Succeed -Catherine Swift
Friday, April 5, 2013 at 12:00 PM - Presidential Dining Room
Focus on Learning: Blended Learning Discussion Series
Tech Tools Workshop - Ed Powers, Facilitator
Friday, January 25, 2013 - 2:00-4:00 PM (with 1 hour optional help session), Torreyson West 319
Magna Publications Blended Learning Series - Ed Powers, Facilitator
Fridays at 2:00 pm or Thursdays at 12:15 pm
Session #1 - Thursday, February 7, 2013 at 12:15 PM - Torreyson West 305
Session #2 - Thursday, February 14, 2013 at 12:15 PM - Torreyson West 305
Session #3 - Thursday, February 21, 2013 at 12:15 PM - Torreyson West 305
Session #4 - Thursday, March 7, 2013 at 12:15 PM - Torreyson West 305
Session #1 - Friday, February 8, 2013 at 2:00 PM - Torreyson West 305
Session #2 - Friday, February 15, 2013 at 2:00 PM - Torreyson West 305
Session #3 - Friday, February 22, 2013 at 2:00 PM - Torreyson West 305
Session #4 - Friday, March 8, 2013 at 2:00 PM - Torreyson West 305
Presenters Dr. Ike Shibley and Dr. Tim Wilson, both award-winning faculty members, share their comprehensive approach to blended course design in a series of four fast and focused presentations based on established pedagogical theory and shaped by real-world experience:
- What Is Blended Learning? – An overview of how combining classroom instruction and online activities can transform student learning
- In Blended Courses, What Should Students Do Online? – Explaining how Bloom’s Taxonomy of Learning can help faculty determine whether to deliver content face-to-face or online
- Should I Use ADDIE as a Design Map for My Blended Course? – Providing a comprehensive approach to designing a blended course
- What Three Things Could I Do to Improve My Blended Course? – Focusing on the phases of learning, using technology, and increasing collaboration to enhance blended learning course design
Instructional workshops and consultations are designed to assist faculty in the endeavor to improve instruction, improve classroom management and construct teaching portfolios. These workshops are valuable for course design and preparation of the teaching portion of their promotion and/or tenure documentation. There are two main instructional workshops offered by the IDC: Teaching Portfolio and Teaching Observation Program.
The Teaching Portfolio workshop offers an opportunity to learn how to construct a portfolio to document one's teaching. Writing and discussion exercises provide a starting point for the portfolio development process. This three hour session will help faculty prepare the teaching portion of their promotion and/or tenure application.
Bill Lammers, IDC Coordinator, will facilitate two Teaching Portfolio workshop sessions for faculty this semester:
Teaching Portfolio - February 26, 2013
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., Torreyson West, 305
Teaching Portfolio - February 27, 2013
1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m., Torreyson West, 305
Bill Lammers, IDC Coordinator, will also facilitate two orientation training sessions on the Teaching Observation Program (TOP) for faculty this semester. Participants will form pairs to conduct mutual classroom observations for instructional improvement purposes.
Teaching Observation Program (TOP) - January 29, 2013
1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m., Torreyson West 305
Teaching Observation Program (TOP) - January 30, 2013
8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m., Torreyson West 305
Teaching & Learning with Technology
The IDC hosts various workshops throughout the year for faculty members seeking to improve their skills in instructional technologies. These include a variety of topics ranging from online and hybrid course design to building effective presentations.
Face-to-Face Workshop for Online Teaching - TBA
Blackboard Learn 9.1 Introduction - See the Blackboard Training Events Page
Online Teaching and Course Design
Dustin Summey, instructional design specialist in the IDC, offers a variety of resources and services intended to support faculty who are involved in online teaching. He is available to provide individual consultations and customized training for faculty groups in addition to the workshops, seminars, and other scheduled events listed here.
Online Course Design Workshop - January 17, 2013
9:00am - 12:00pm, Torreyson West 319
Fulfills the 3-hour face-to-face workshop requirement in the Recognition Program
Online Course Design Workshop - January 18, 2013
1:00pm - 4:00pm, Torreyson West 319
Fulfills the 3-hour face-to-face workshop requirement in the Recognition Program
Asynchronous Online Seminar on Online Teaching (Jan. 28 - Feb. 17 or Feb. 18 - Mar. 10)
This fully-online seminar is designed to give faculty the experience of taking an online course from the perspective of both the student and the instructor. It is delivered asynchronously over a 3-week period of time using Blackboard. A model course is used to demonstrate the essential components of an effective online learning experience.
Instructional Development Center Recognition of Achievement
The IDC has developed a plan to allow faculty to follow one or more of three tracks to achieve a recognition of achievement in the following areas:
- Distinctive Growth in On-Ground Teaching
- Focused Study of Blended/Hybrid Teaching
- Certificate in Online Teaching
The objectives of the IDC through this program are to encourage ongoing instructional improvement, to recognize faculty for engaging in rigorous faculty development activities, and to establish a campus-wide mark of professional achievement related to teaching.
Faculty members wishing to participate should simply complete the necessary activities for the track in which she or he wishes to be recognized. For a full list of activities, please review the Recognition for Achievement document (click here).
New Faculty Orientation
The IDC coordinates a two-day pre-semester orientation for new full-time faculty to help them become familiar with the campus and meet their colleagues.
For a full list of past events, see the following documents: