Professional Development Sessions

Monday Morning Mentor Sessions

All Monday Morning Mentor sessions can be accessed online after 10:00 AM here and will be available on demand for one week after the published date. Please contact Dr. Oliver Dreon, Director of the Center for Academic Excellence, to receive the pass code to access each session.

August 2017

Monday Morning Mentor: How Do I Release My Students’ Natural Zest and Curiosity for Better Learning?

August 28, 2017

Dr. Lolita Paff, Associate Professor of Business and Economics, Penn State Berks

Studies have shown that students who are deeply interested in their coursework perform better academically. Their brains make more connections, their learning becomes more effective, and they care more about the work. With the right techniques, a teacher can unlock a student’s natural enthusiasm for a rewarding educational experience. This program defines the concepts of zest, curiosity, and interest, how they work together in the classroom, and what teachers can do to unleash students’ abilities.

September 2017

Monday Morning Mentor: What Are the Secrets to Providing Highly Effective Feedback to Students?

September 4, 2017

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

The right kind of feedback can have a significant impact on learning. With good feedback, students become more engaged in the coursework, understand their assignments better, and retain more of what they learn. But what makes good feedback? What are the different types of feedback? What classroom tools can aid feedback? These are some of the issues addressed in this program.
 

Monday Morning Mentor: How Can I Lay the Groundwork for Positive Technology Changes?

September 11, 2017

Stephanie Delaney, PhD, Dean of Academic Programs, South Seattle College

Change may be inevitable, but that doesn’t mean it happens easily. The biggest challenges associated with introducing a new technology sometimes come from the people who are going to use it. Along with a strategic framework for approaching change, this presentation will show you proven and practical tips for gaining that all-important support from your colleagues. You’ll even learn effective techniques for handling the technophobes and “Just say no” crowd.


Introducing YouSeeU Video Assignments in D2L

September 12, 2017

12:05 PM - 1:10 PM

McNairy 502

Presented by: Judith Dutill, Instructional Designer, Office of Online Programs

This year D2L introduced an integrated video assessment tool called YouSeeU. This tool is designed to evaluate learners on speeches, presentations, and other video-based scenarios. In this session, we will review the basics of YouSeeU Video Assignments and tips for designing video assignments into your courses.
  

Embracing Internationalization in Your Classroom

September 12, 2017

12:05 PM - 1:10 PM 

McNairy 118

Presented by: Ms. Patriece Campbell, Director of International Programs & Dr. Katarzyna Jakubiak, Coordinator of Global Education

Positive contribution to global communities has long been at the core of Millersville University’s values, but what can we do to make our commitment to internationalization even stronger? Join the Global Education staff to talk about strategies for embracing internationalization in your classroom. We will discuss tips for working with international students, internationalizing your curriculum, and using campus resources to enhance global literacy of your students.
  

Monday Morning Mentor: How Do I Design Innovative Assignments to Foster Learning in the Online Classroom?

September 18, 2017 

B. Jean Mandernach, PhD, Director of the Center for Innovation in Research and Teaching, Grand Canyon University

Creating effective assignments for online courses requires embracing both the opportunities and the limitations of the online classroom. Once you do, you can create assignments that students find meaningful, engaging, and motivating. You can also steer clear of the workload issues that plague so many online instructors. Perhaps you’ve already experienced being burned out by assignments that create endless, generally unsatisfying feedback loops. This session is packed with ideas and insights to help you create and deliver impactful online assignments.

 

Campfire Session

September 19, 2017

12:05 PM - 1:10 PM

McNairy 502

Based on a Lesson Study model that is popular in Japan, Campfire sessions will allow faculty to volunteer and share their online classes to a group of colleagues. Presenters will share areas of pride (Glows) and areas that they’re still working on (Grows). The sessions are designed to provide positive feedback for improvement, support reflective practice, and foster collaboration across faculty.
 

Preparing Student Learning Outcomes Assessment Reports

September 19, 2017

12:05 PM - 1:10 PM

McNairy 118

Presented by: Dr. Lisa Shibley, Assistant Vice President, 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.

 

 

Monday Morning Mentor: How Can I Implement UDL in the Next 20 Minutes?

September 25, 2017

Thomas Tobin, PhD, Coordinator of Learning Technologies at the Center for Teaching and Learning, Northeastern Illinois University

Universal Design for Learning (UDL) has been a giant step forward in education. Many teachers have boosted student performance by relying on its sound principles to customize the curriculum. Students who might have felt “left behind” or “shut out” are having a richer educational experience. Yet some educators are intimidated by the supposed demands of the program. They believe that UDL takes a lot of work to set up, or they’re unsure of how to address the diverse needs of their students.  This session demystifies these misconceptions and provides a realistic blueprint that any educator can follow.

 

Promotion & Tenure Panel Discussion

September 25, 2017

3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

McNairy 118

Join us as we hear multiple perspectives on the Promotion and Tenure process. Attendees will be able to ask questions and get advice from recent members on the University Promotion and Tenure Committee. The promotion and tenure guidelines will also be distributed and discussed at this session.

 

Proposing a New Academic Program

September 26, 2017

12:05 PM - 1:10 PM 

McNairy 117

Presented by: Dr. Jeff Adams, Associate Provost for Academic Administration

This session will outline the curricular steps for proposing new academic steps on campus.


Advising Students 

September 26, 2017

12:05 PM - 1:10 PM

McNairy 502

Presented by: Dr. David Henriques, Director of Academic Advisement & Student Development and Mr. Joseph Sciarretta, Academic Advisement Coordinator for Underrepresented Students 

In this session, strategies for providing effective academic advising will be discussed. 

October 2017

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

October 2, 2017 

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.  

 

MU Therapy Dog Meet & Greet!

October 3, 2017

12:05 PM - 1:10 PM

McNairy 502

Presented by: Dr. Kelsey Backels, Chair of Counseling & Human Development and 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.

 

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

October 9, 2017

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. 

 

Preparing Student Learning Outcomes Assessment Reports

October 12, 2017

12:05 PM - 1:10 PM

Stayer MPR

Presented by: Dr. Lisa Shibley, Assistant Vice President, 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.

 

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

October 16, 2017

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 of success. In fact, when you correctly utilize short-term gains, you will build interest in and momentum for your efforts, and that vastly increases the likelihood of overall success. You can learn how to harness the power of incremental progress in this session.  

 

Assessing General Assessment Across the Curriculum

October 17, 2017

12:05 PM - 1:10 PM

McNairy 118

Presented by: Dr. Lynn Marquez, Professor of Earth Sciences, Coordinator, General Education, Dr. Robyn Davis, Associate Professor of History, Dr. Robert Spicer, Assistant Professor of Communication & Theater, & Dr. Oliver Dreon, Director of the Center for 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.

 

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

October 23, 2017 

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.

 

ArcGIS Online: Its GIS Resources and Collaboration Potential

October 24, 2017

12:05 PM - 1:10 PM 

McComsey 212

Presented by: 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.


 

Monday Morning Mentor: How Do I Align Learning Objectives with Technology Using Backward Design?

October 30, 2017

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.

 

Introducing Qualtrics, MU’s Online Survey Research Tool

October 31, 2017

12:05 PM - 1:10 PM

McNairy 118

Presented by: 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.

 

Dismantling White Supremacy in the Archives

October 31, 2017

12:05 PM - 1:10 PM

McNairy 502

Presented by: Marilyn Parrish, Associate Professor & Chair, Library, Rita Smith Wade-El, Professor & Director of African American Studies and Janet Dotterer, Library Technician

The goal with this session is to talk about how a community 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.



November 2017

Universal Design for Learning Workshop

November 3, 2017

10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

MPR Room, Stayer Hall

Presented by: Dr. Janet Josephson, Associate Professor, Early, Middle & Exceptional Education

Join us for this workshop that will explore ways to make course contentaccessible for a wider variety of learners. The workshop will discuss how UDL strategies can support Veteran Students, International Students and students with disabilities by providing better access to course materials.

 

Monday Morning Mentor: How Do I Overcome Faculty Barriers to Online Teaching?

November 6, 2017

Brian Udermann, PhD, Director of Online Education, University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse

Even though colleges and universities are enlarging their catalog of online courses and degree programs, faculty resistance to this trend is common. Some educators claim that cheating is more pervasive online than in face-to-face classrooms. Others believe that online courses are inferior and less academically rigorous. Still others think that developing and teaching online courses is more arduous than traditional classes. Because online courses are here to stay, school officials have to find thoughtful ways to address these concerns.

 

Develop and Lead an MU-Guided Study Abroad Program

November 7, 2017

12:05 PM - 1:10 PM

McNairy 502

Presented by: Olivia Cordero, Assistant Director, Global Education

Looking to take students abroad? Learn about ways to design and lead a successful short-term study abroad experience. You will have the opportunity to network with faculty and staff members familiar with the process and gain insight into program leader responsibilities, choosing a location, risk assessment and management, and budget and administrative matters

 

Monday Morning Mentor: How Can I Make My Exams More Accessible?

November 13, 2017

Elizabeth Harrison, PhD, Director, Office of Learning Resources, University of Dayton

Do you think making exams accessible amounts to a “dumbing down” of your course? Think again. Designing exams with accessibility in mind can provide you with a more accurate assessment of student learning and bring your assignments into closer alignment with learning objectives. Learn more about how enhancing accessibility can improve your assessments in this session.


 

Creating an Inclusive Learning Experience in the Classroom

November 14, 2017

12:05 PM - 1:10 PM

McNairy 118

Presented by: Jan Bechtel, Program Director of Career & Life Studies, Dr. Onek Adyanga, Assistant Professor of History

Join us in an interactive discussion on how to create an inclusive learning experience for students. This session will provide insights and strategies for engaging students with diverse learning styles and experiences.

 

Monday Morning Mentor: How Do I Stay Calm When Students Push My Buttons?

November 20, 2017

Brian Van Brunt, EdD, Senior Vice President for Professional Development Programs, National Center for Higher Education Risk Management

Students aren’t always perfect. Sometimes they can be downright rude, arrogant, and insulting. How do you, as an instructor, keep your cool when your students are clambering on your LAST NERVE? The program presenter shares his approach in this session.

 

Middle States

November 21, 2017

12:05 PM - 1:10 PM

McNairy 118

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

 

Monday Morning Mentor: How Do I Establish an Engaging Atmosphere in My Online Classroom?

November 27, 2017

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

Ensuring the feel of a face-to-face classroom in an online environment is an area that instructors often struggle with. Typical online classrooms can sometimes feel like websites and read like textbooks—instead of like welcoming spaces where students feel encouraged to participate. Educators can avail themselves of good design practices to make their online classrooms transparent and authentic for a rich learning experience. This session walks you through easy, effective ways to create an online atmosphere where students feel comfortable engaging with you, the curriculum, and each other.

 

Transform your Course with Design Thinking Workshop

November 28, 2017

12:05 PM - 1:10 PM

McNairy 502

Presented by: Judith Dutill, Instructional Designer, Office of Online Programs & Michele Santamaria, Learning Design Librarian

Design thinking is a methodology used by designers to innovate and problem solve. In this session, we will review design thinking methodology as a strategy for transforming your course through the redesign of a course syllabus.

Note: please bring a syllabus for a course you would like to refresh

December 2017

Monday Morning Mentor: How Can I Make My Exams More about Learning, Less about Grades?

December 4, 2017

Maryellen Weimer, PhD, Professor Emerita of Teaching and Learning, Penn State Berks

Students usually hate exams, and they aren’t much fun for teachers either. Rather than advancing the educational experience for learners or helping instructors evaluate students’ mastery of the material, exams can lead to “testy” interactions between students and faculty. Learn how you can transform exams into enhanced opportunities for student learning in this session.

 

Office 365: The Coolest Tools You Never Knew You Had

December 5, 2017

12:05 PM - 1:10 PM

McNairy 502

Presented by: Judith Dutill, Instructional Designer, Office of Online Programs

Office 365 is a suite of Microsoft applications that all MU faculty, staff, and students can access for free. In this session, we will introduce you to the suite’s most powerful classroom tools: Word, PowerPoint, Sway, and Forms. We will also discuss easy ways to design these tools into your courses.

 

Monday Morning Mentor: What Do Adjunct Faculty Need to Be Successful in the Online Classroom?

December 11, 2017

B. Jean Mandernach, PhD, Director of the Center for Innovation in Research and Teaching, Grand Canyon University

“Welcome to the college. You’re on your own.” You’d never treat a full-time faculty member that way. Yet with adjuncts – online ones, especially – that is sometimes only a slight exaggeration of their experience. For online adjuncts, a lack of early information and ongoing support is even more acutely felt than it is by on-campus faculty. Adjuncts’ academic experience is typically not as extensive; their familiarity with and access to your institution is certainly not as great; their ability to work things out by walking down the hall with a question – well, they simply don’t have it. So they need help, and they need information. But what kind – and on what subjects? You can find out in this session.