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 2015

Monday Morning Mentor:
What if a Student Asks a Question I Can't Answer? 

August 31, 2015

Therese Huston, Ph.D. Director of the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, Seattle University

Students view professors as experts and authority figures.  Because of this, when a student asks a difficult question in class and you don’t know the answer, it’s easy to feel flustered, embarrassed and anxious.  Should you stumble through your response?  Ramble off on a tangent?  Make something up on the spot?  There’s no need for any of that.  Develop a reliable teaching technique strategy for fielding students’ questions without losing your cool or undermining your credibility.

September 2015

Monday Morning Mentor:
What Should I do When a Student Cheats? 

September 7, 2015

James Lang, Ph.D. Director of the Center for Teaching Excellence, Assumption College

Cheating and plagiarism are serious problems in higher education today, but the rate of academic dishonesty hasn’t changed much in 50 years.  Severe punishment doesn’t have much of an effect on the incidence of cheating, and there is a great deal faculty and student leaders can do to promote academic integrity.  Find out the most effective ways to confront cheating in this session.

   

Brown Bag Discussion: Title IX

September 8, 2015

12:05 PM – 1:10 PM, McNairy 118

Robert G.M. Wood, Title IX Coordinator, Student Affairs & Enrollment Management

In this session, recent reporting mandates will be discussed and recent legal developments will be presented.  Campus security and reporting authority will also be addressed.  Be sure to attend this important session with Millersville’s new Title IX coordinator.

    

Monday Morning Mentor: 
How Can I Measure My Faculty Development Center's Impact?

September 14, 2015

Bruce Kelley, Ph.D. Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning, University of South Dakota

In an era of ever-tightening budget restrictions placed on universities and departments, no program or academic center is safe from cutbacks. This program prepares you to measure and articulate the value of your center in ways that matter to people who think about line items and dollar signs.

    

Changing Space, Changing Practice

September 15, 2015

12:05 PM - 1:10 PM, McNairy 106

Dr. Oliver Dreon, Director, Center for Academic Excellence

Learning spaces come in many sizes, styles, and arrangements. Walk across campus and you’ll encounter a variety of classrooms. There are those large lecture rooms where introductory courses are taught and smaller, more intimate environments where labs or upper-level classes are scheduled. Extend the lens to the variety of online class arrangements and you’re bound to see a diversity of design. But what impact do these learning spaces have on overall classroom culture and instructional practice.  In this presentation, we will consider how the design of physical and online spaces can impact learning and pedagogy.

     

IT Session: Student Engagement and Plickers

September 15, 2015

12:05 PM - 1:10 PM, McNairy 502

Mr. Joshua Fleming, Instructional Technologist

Formative assessment and active learning are more than buzz words. Attendees of this session will learn how to leverage no-cost classroom response technology to create a more engaging and successful classroom experience.

     

Monday Morning Mentor: 
What Is the Best Way to Grade Participation?

September 21, 2015

Maryellen Weimer, Ph.D. Professor Emerita of Teaching and Learning, Penn State Berks

You know how essential it is for students to be active participants in their education. But how do you grade them on it? In this program, you’ll learn an overview of what not to do when grading participation, activities worth doing, how to do them, and how to evaluate your own process.

     

Brown Bag Discussion: 
Supporting Students with Autism and Their Professors in a University Learning Community 

September 22, 2015

12:05 PM - 1:10 PM, McNairy 106

Thomas Neuville, Associate Professor Educational Foundations

Each year, more information about the college experiences of those on the autism spectrum is written by their parents, professionals and these students on the autism spectrum. Intellectually these students are often very bright but many may face a variety of “hidden challenges” that can undermine their ability to navigate a typical college campus and perform well in class. This workshop will discuss some of the challenges and possible academic supports for students on the autism spectrum. We will also rely on participants to contribute strategies and challenges as we work together to implement supports and services for the university the student and faculty.

     

IT Session: Using Turnitin for Writing Assignments

September 22, 2015

12:05 PM - 1:10 PM, McNairy 502

Ms. Marie Firestone, Instructional Support Specialist

Want to verify originality of student work or Markup written assignments without having to download or print?  This session will demonstrate how to use the features of D2L Dropbox’s Turnitin integration to make assessing writing assignments faster and easier. Additional features found on the new Turnitin tab will be explored.

     

Monday Morning Mentor: 
How Can I Use Technology to Improve Learning?

September 28, 2015

12:05 PM - 1:10 PM, McNairy 502

Kenneth Alford, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Church History and Doctrine, Brigham Young University

The rapidly expanding body of instructional technologies can quickly overwhelm you, but it doesn’t have to when you know how to narrow your options. This program presents some simple guiding principles for choosing technology to use in the classroom.

     

Brown Bag Discussion: Banned Books

September 29, 2015

12:05 PM - 1:10 PM, McNairy 118

Krista Higham, Assistant Professor, Library

As part of Banned Book Week, join Krista as she moderates a panel discussion on banned books and the impact on scholarly work. 

     

Brown Bag Discussion:
Support and Funding for Student Research and Creative Activities

September 29, 2015

12:05 PM - 1:10 PM, McNairy 502

Rene Munoz, Director, Sponsored Programs and Research Administration

In this session, Rene will discuss funding opportunities for student research and creative work at the undergraduate and graduate levels.  

October 2015

Monday Morning Mentor: 
How Do I Create a Climate for Learning in My Classroom?

October 5, 2015

Maryellen Weimer, Ph.D. Professor Emerita of Teaching and Learning, Penn State-Berks

We’ve all encountered “toxic” learning environments–apathetic students, disillusioned faculty, an entire roomful of people waiting for class to just end, already. Keeping the classroom climate positive is the responsibility of both sides. Learn valuable concepts you can put to work right away in every class.

     

IT Session: Location Independent Learning

October 6, 2015

12:05 PM - 1:10 PM, McNairy 502

Mr. Joshua Fleming, Instructional Technologist

At a conference? Bad weather? Class can continue with proper planning and preparation. Attendees of this session will learn the technological and organizational steps to take to continue the learning process – no matter the location of the students and instructor.

     

Monday Morning Mentor: 
Can Service-Learning Work in My Discipline?

October 12, 2015

Barbara Jacoby, Ph.D. Faculty Associate for Leadership and Community Service-Learning, University of Maryland

Many educators believe that service-learning can be a valuable practice … for other educators. But they’re sometimes at a loss to understand how it can be incorporated into their own disciplines. In this program, you will learn what service-learning can add to your courses and concrete implementation strategies.

     

Brown Bag Discussion: Predatory Open Access Journals

October 13, 2015

12:05 PM - 1:10 PM, McNairy 106

Scott Anderson, Associate Professor, Library

Tatiana Pashkova-Balkenhol, Assistant Professor, Library

Avoid being poached!   Join your colleagues to discuss and learn about the various Open Access publishing models, identifying and understanding the clues and hallmarks of a predatory open access publication and how to identify credible venues for your scholarly activities.

     

Monday Morning Mentor: 
What Can I Learn From Student Ratings?

October 19, 2015

While student ratings are dismissed by some educators for having little to offer, these ratings can in fact be highly beneficial to teachers who want to improve their skills. Students can provide helpful and legitimate feedback on what they feel they learned, workload levels, and observable behaviors that include the teacher’s pace, volume, clarity and organization. We show you how to read student ratings to help make you a better teacher.

     

Monday Morning Mentor: 
How Can I Reduce Student Apathy and Increase Motivation?

October 26, 2015

Kenneth Alford, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Church History and Doctrine, Brigham Young University

There are things you can do to improve student focus and connection to the course. In 20 minutes learn how to increase relevance in five areas of your teaching—your course design, your syllabus, your classroom, your assignments, and your exams.

     

Brown Bag Discussion:
The Transportable Writing Tool:  A Guide for Writing & Revising

October 27, 2015

12:05 PM - 1:10 PM, McNairy 106

Dr. Kerrie Farkas, Associate Professor, English

This session will share The Transportable Writing Tool, a systematic framework for writing developed over the last 10 + years, which can be used for writing in the humanities, social sciences, or the sciences.   This tool synthesizes and taxonomizes the important elements of writing in a focused and manageable heuristic that can be applied to writing across multiple contexts.

Whether you are a faculty member teaching writing within your discipline, teaching a writing-intensive course, or teaching introductory or advanced writing, this session will have information you can use.

     

Career & Life Studies:
Students with Intellectual Disabilities in the Learning Community

October 27, 2015

12:05 PM - 1:10 PM, McNairy 502

Thomas Neuville, Associate Professor Educational Foundations

The Higher Education Act as amended in the Higher Education Opportunity Act contained several provisions aimed at increasing access to higher education for youth and adults with intellectual disabilities (ID).  Millersville University’s Career & Life Studies welcome individuals with an intellectual disability as they access a high-quality, individualized postsecondary education that leads to social and professional networks, careers and a bright future.

What does this mean for the individual professor and the many courses and learning communities at MU? How does each faculty member, who welcomes’ a CLS student into their course, meet the needs of all the students and the courses established outcomes?  Come and engage in a discussion and exploration of the Career & Life Studies program and its impact on the classroom. Professors who have welcomed students from CLS into the classroom are invited to share outcomes & strategies.

November 2015

Monday Morning Mentor: 
How Do I Get Started with Service-Learning?

November 2, 2015

Barbara Jacoby, Ph.D. Faculty Associate for Leadership and Community Service-Learning, University of Maryland

If you’re looking for guidance in integrating service-learning into a new course or an existing one, we provide you with valuable insights on everything you need to develop an engaging service-learning syllabus in your discipline. Learn how you can successfully manage the logistics of service-learning, from transportation to training to risk management.

     

Designing Choice Based Assessments

November 3, 2015

12:05 PM - 1:10 PM, McNairy 106

Leslie Gates, Assistant Professor, Art & Design

What would it look like to involve students more thoroughly in the assessment process? What might we learn from having students set their own goals and create the assessments used to judge the quality of their work? Student ownership within the process of assessing their work is usually minimal at best as objectives are often set in district curricula, and scoring tools are often designed and used solely by the teacher. However, offering students choices in these processes increases the type and quality of engagement and ownership students have with feedback, assessment, and personal goal-setting. This session will provide a brief overview of the principles of democratic and choice-based pedagogies as a background for considering how these principles could inform assessment in arts classrooms. Examples of choice-based assessments developed in student-teacher collaborations will be shared.

      

Monday Morning Mentor: 
How Can I Connect Students' Interests to Course Content?

November 9, 2015

Alice Cassidy, Ph.D. First Year Seminar Coordinator, Faculties of Science and Land and Food Systems

When students see a clear link between their concerns and your course content, teaching and learning improve. The trick is establishing those connections. This program shows you how to get students to make a personal investment in their learning – no matter how large or small your class may be.

      

Brown Bag Discussion: Understanding the Millersville Student

November 10, 2015

12:05 PM - 1:10 PM, McNairy 106

Ms. Katy Ferrier, Director of Admissions

Dr. M. William Redmond, Assistant Vice President for Student Success & Retention

In this session, we outline an in-depth profile of the Millersville student by looking at admissions trends and outlining retention efforts.

     

Panel Discussion: Promoting Quality in Online Learning

November 10, 2015

12:05 PM - 1:10 PM, McNairy 502

Moderator:  Oliver Dreon, PhD Director of the Center for Academic Excellence

Join faculty from across campus in discussing ways to promote quality learning experiences in online classes.

     

Monday Morning Mentor: 
How Can I Better Manage Difficult Conversations with Faculty?

November 16, 2015

Richard Ogle, Ph.D. Chair of the Department of Psychology, University of North Carolina-Wilmington

Is there a conversation you should have with a faculty member that you’re putting off because you’re afraid of how she or he will react? A technique called motivational interviewing is the key and you’ll learn how it could help you do a better job of navigating the rough spots of academic life in this program.

     

IT Session: Using Collaborate Ultra for Synchronous Online Learning

November 17, 2015

12:05 PM - 1:10 PM, McNairy 502

Mr. Joshua Fleming, Instructional Technologist

Preview the next generation of web conferencing technology – Collaborate Ultra. Collaborate Ultra is a complete rework of the Collaborate product that does not require any software to be installed in addition to providing a uniform experience across devices (computer / tablet / smart phone). Current or prospective Collaborate users are invited to attend this session to preview upcoming changes. Collaborate Ultra Customer Success Advocate will be on hand to answer specific questions (TBD).

      

Monday Morning Mentor: 
How Can I Build a Successful Faculty Development Program?

November 23, 2015

Kenneth Alford, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Church History and Doctrine, Brigham Young University

With the right programming, you can make sure that your faculty have access to and actually use the professional development resources they need in order to remain compliant and relevant. This presentation covers the major points of inservice program development, from goal setting and generating faculty buy-in to logistics and content management.

     

IT Session: Using D2L Templates to Design More Efficiently

November 24, 2015

12:05 PM - 1:10 PM, McNairy 502

Ms. Marie Firestone, Instructional Support Specialist

Good design does make a difference. D2L makes it easy for instructors to create well-designed content pages that can be replicated with the click of a button. This session will share simple tips for instructors who want to use Templates to save time and create a more polished look and feel for content delivery.

     

Monday Morning Mentor: 
In Blended Courses, What Should Students Do Online?

November 30, 2015

Ike Shibley, Ph.D. Associate Professor, Penn State-Berks

Tim Wilson, PhD, Associate Professor, The University of Western Ontario

For instructors interested in exploring blended learning, deciding which course elements to teach face-to-face and which to address through online technology can be a major stumbling block. Learn a framework for making those essential educational judgment calls. Be confident that your selection of which materials to present online and which to present in the classroom will provide the best learning experience for your students.

December 2015

Brown Bag Discussion: Syllabus Share and Swap

December 1, 2015

12:05 PM - 1:10 PM, McNairy 104

While the Spring 2016 semester is many weeks away, this session will provide faculty the opportunity to share syllabus strategies and language.  Bring along your best ideas to share with your colleagues.

     

Monday Morning Mentor: 
How Do I Design Courses to Enhance Student Veterans' Success?

December 7, 2015

Bruce Kelley, Ph.D. Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning, University of South Dakota

Military service is a formidable educational experience. Learn how to use course design to help student veterans make the most of it. In the process, you’ll also learn how to enhance learning for all students. This program covers situational factors, assessment, and learning activities.