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  • MON
    2
    Monday Morning Mentor: How Do I Create a Lively, Yet Functional, Online Classroom?

    Monday Oct 2
    (All Day)

    Deidre Price, PhD, Professor of English, Northwest Florida State University

    A common complaint of students in online classes is they feel that they're getting a second-rate educational experience compared to students in traditional face-to-face classrooms. Other students say that they feel alone, unable to manage the online class on their own because they don't have a 'real' teacher leading them. Some instructors worry that their professional integrity is at risk, as retention rates drop for online enrollment. This session provides ready-to-use solutions that help instructors run efficient interactive classrooms that challenge and enrich students. 

    This session can be accessed after 10:00 AM online at: http://9nl.pw/MUMentors and will be available on demand for one week.

    Please contact Dr. Oliver Dreon, Director of the Center of Academic Excellence (oliver.dreon@millersville.edu) for the passcode to access the session.

  • TUE
    3
    MU Therapy Dog Meet & Greet!

    Tuesday Oct 3
    12:05 pm - 1:10 pm

    McNairy 502

    Dr. Kelsey Backels, Chair of Counseling & Human Development

    Dr. Lisa House, Associate Professor, Counseling & Human Development

    In this session, participants will meet therapy dogs from Keystone Pet Enhanced Therapy Services (KPETS) and hear about their work with MU students. Dr. House and Dr. Backels will also share research they've collected on the impact of this initiative on campus.

  • MON
    9
    Monday Morning Mentor: How Should I Manage Conflict Within My Department?

    Monday Oct 9
    (All Day)

    Robert E. Cipriano, EdD, Professor Emeritus, Southern Connecticut State University

    Some college and university departments could show the Hatfields and the McCoys a thing or two about feuding. Maybe you're all too familiar with the wasted time, plummeting morale, and other negative consequences of poorly managed conflict. But it doesn't have to be like this. Discover a better way with this session. In less time than you might spend discussing the latest dust-up - just 20 minutes - you'll learn how to take a proactive approach to behavior that is less than collegial. You'll also discover that 'constructive conflict' is not an oxymoron. Just as not all forms of stress are necessarily bad for you, conflict doesn't have to lead to negative consequences. It can refocus a department and help propel it forward.

    This session can be accessed after 10:00 AM online at: http://9nl.pw/MUMentors and will be available on demand for one week. 

    Please contact Dr. Oliver Dreon, Director of the Center of Academic Excellence (oliver.dreon@millersville.edu) for the passcode to access the session. 

  • THU
    12
    Preparing Student Learning Outcomes Assessment Reports

    Thursday Oct 12
    12:05 pm - 1:10 pm

    Stayer MPR

    Dr. Lisa Shibley, Assistant Vice Presient, Institutional Assessment & Planning

    Participants will review the outline for the annual Student Learning Outcomes Assessment Report and explore strategies for reporting on the elements of the report. The SLOAR Feedback Rubric will be shared with participants. Session outcomes will be tailored to participants' needs, as appropriate.

  • MON
    16
    Monday Morning Mentor: How Can I Build Momentum for Change with Short-term Wins?

    Monday Oct 16
    (All Day)

    Lynn Gillette, PhD, Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs, Nicholls State University

    It doesn't happen overnight. We all know that any kind of meaningful change takes time. And yet sometimes your constituents run out of patience before you prove the validity of your efforts. Even when you've had substantial success, your project could fail if you don't adequately demonstrate what you've achieved before your critics and skeptics have written things off. There is a way to hold everyone's attention and maintain support for your change effort. The key is to use short-term wins to demonstrate early achievements and create a clear path to success. In fact, when you correctly utilize short-term gains, you will build interest in and momentum for your efforts, and that vastley increases the likelihood of overall success. You can learn how to harness the power of incremental progress in this session.

    This session can be accessed after 10:00 AM online at: http://9nl.pw/MUMentors and will be available on demand for one week. 

    Please contact Dr. Oliver Dreon, Director of the Center of Academic Excellence (oliver.dreon@millersville.edu) for the passcode to access the session. 

  • TUE
    17
    Assessing General Assessment Across the Curriculum

    Tuesday Oct 17
    12:05 pm - 1:10 pm

    McNairy 118

    Dr. Lynn Marquez, Professor of Earth Sciences, Coordinator of General Education

    Dr. Robyn Davis, Associate Professor of History

    Dr. Robert Spicer, Assistant Professor of Communication & Theater

    Dr. Oliver Dreon, Director of the Center of Academic Excellence

    This session shares the steps taken by faculty in cooperation with the Office of Institutional Research to develop four robust general education rubrics that have been adopted and used across campus for course level, departmental level, and institutional level assessment. 

  • MON
    23
    Monday Morning Mentor: What Are the Secrets to Making Highly Effective Educational Videos?

    Monday Oct 23
    (All Day)

    John Orlando, PhD, Associate Director of Training, Northcentral University

    The popularity and proliferation of the video medium is unassailable. Videos' potential to educate and engage has been proven repeatedly. Software and camera options abound. Yet while some educators have probably considered creating their own videos, they often fear that they lack the technical know-how to do so. Making your own videos that support classroom learning (face-to-face or online) is simpler than you think, as demonstrated in this session. 

    This session can be accessed after 10:00 AM online at: http://9nl.pw/MUMentors and will be available on demand for one week.

    Please contact Dr. Oliver Dreon, Director of the Center of Academic Excellence (oliver.dreon@millersville.edu) for the passcode the access the session. 

  • TUE
    24
    ArcGIS Online: Its GIS Resources and Collaboration Potential

    Tuesday Oct 24
    12:05 pm - 1:10 pm

    McComsey 212

    Dr. Chuck Geiger, Associate Professor of Geography

    This session introduces faculty to the online mapping tools in ArcGIS Online. By examining the features and collaboration possibilities, faculty will identify some research possibilities for this powerful tool.

  • MON
    30
    Monday Morning Mentor: How do I Align Learning Objectives with Technology Using Backward Design?

    Monday Oct 30
    (All Day)

    Flower Darby, Instructional Designer, Northern Arizona University

    Do-it-yourselfers everywhere know they need to use the right tools for the job. So do college and university faculty. But even the latest high-tech 'cool tool' won't solve learning problems if it isn't thoroughly integrated into your course. This presentation shows you how to use educational technology to enhance teaching and learning. Educational technology can throw your teaching off balance when it doesn't support your learning objectives or when it isn't the right tool for the job at hand. Drawing on the principles of backward design, this program will show you how to bring your course back into alignment or make sure it stays that way.

    This session can be accessed after 10:00 AM online at: http://9nl.pw/MUMentors and will be available on demand for one week.

    Please contact Dr. Oliver Dreon, Director of the Center of Academic Excellence (oliver.dreon@millersville.edu) for the passcode to access the session.

  • TUE
    31
    Introducing Qualtrics, MU’s Online Survey Research Tool

    Tuesday Oct 31
    12:05 pm - 1:10 pm

    McNairy 118

    Dr. Lisa Shibley, Assistant Vice President, Institutional Assessment & Planning

    Dr. Lawrence Adams, Assistant Director, Research & Assessment

    In this session, we will examine strategies and techniques for using Qualtrics, MU's online survey tool. Acquired in Spring 2016, the tool has powerful instructional and research opportunities.

  • TUE
    31
    Dismantling White Supremacy in the Archives

    Tuesday Oct 31
    12:05 pm - 1:10 pm

    McNairy 502

    Marilyn Parrish, Associate Professor & Chair, Library

    Rita Smith Wade-El, Professor & Director of African American Studies

    Janet Dotterer, Library Technician

    The goal with this session is to talk about how a communit typically remembers its history - in public spaces but most especially in the written record kept in archives. We will look at ways we seek to include a variety of voices in Archives & Special Collections at Millersville. Participants will also consider how whiteness is privileged in their disciplines and what positive approaches can be taken to address that.

 
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