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.

January 2016

Monday Morning Mentor:
How Do Master Teachers Create a Positive Classroom?

January 25, 2016

Kristin Roush, Ph.D.  Central New Mexico Community College

There are simple ways you can liven up the classroom experience so it feels fresh. This program shows you how to incorporate creativity, optimism, enthusiasm, approachability, and humor to reenergize your teaching and create a positive classroom environment that engages students and supports learning.

February 2016

Monday Morning Mentor:
How Do I Assign Students to Groups? 

February 1, 2016

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

Despite the widespread acceptance and demonstrated success of group learning, many teachers do not know how to create small groups effectively. Learn key factors involved in successfully facilitating group learning and teach you the benefits of group work.

   

Brown Bag Discussion: Title IX

February 2, 2016

12:05 PM – 1:10 PM, McNairy 106

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 Do I Get Students to Come to Class Prepared? 

February 8, 2016

J. Robert Gillette, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Economics, University of Kentucky

Unprepared students might seem to be a standard ingredient of higher education, but it doesn’t have to be that way. This program shows you what you can do to create the kind of courses that naturally encourage student preparation and eliminate some of the common frustrations of higher education.


Faculty Convocation

February 9, 2016

11:00 AM - 1:00 PM, Lehr Dining Room, Gordinier Hall

     

Monday Morning Mentor:
What Key Concepts Improve Student Learning and Memory?

February 15, 2016

Kristin Roush, Ph.D.  Central New Mexico Community College

This program presents five different memory-boosting strategies to incorporate into your teaching. Learn how to use cueing, the testing effect, semantic encoding, peer teaching, and the spacing effect to help your students learn more course content, move to higher levels of learning, and recall information more easily on exams. 

     

Exploring Opportunities with Virtual Reality

February 16, 2016

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

Moderators: Josh Fleming, Instructional Technologist & Dr. Oliver Dreon, Director of the Center for Academic Excellence 

Virtual reality as a medium has exploded across the digital landscape recently.  But did you know the Lancaster is home to one of the international leaders in virtual reality?  In this session, we meet the founders of Greenfish Labs and discuss collaborative opportunities for education and research.


Monday Morning Mentor: 
How Do I Create Engaging Threaded Discussion Questions? 

February 22, 2016

John Orlando, Ph.D. Associate Director of Training, Northcentral University

Despite the widespread acceptance and demonstrated success of group learning, many teachers do not know how to create small groups effectively. Learn key factors involved in successfully facilitating group learning and teach you the benefits of group work.

     

Increasing Student Engagement with Plickers

February 23, 2016

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.

CAE Special Event: Meet & Greet

February 25, 2016

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

Dr. Marie Norman - Co-Author of the book How Learning Works: Seven Research-Based Principles for Smart Teaching

Dr. Norman will be the keynote speaker for the Lancaster Learns conference and will be arriving to Millersville early to informally meet with faculty.  Don’t miss this opportunity to meet Dr. Norman.


Lancaster Learns 

February 26, 2016

9:00AM - 4:00 PM, HACC Lancaster

This day-long conference was borne from a county-wide partnership involving all of the institutions of higher education in Lancaster.  Marie Norman, the co-author of How Learning Works: Seven Research-Based Principles for Smart Teaching is the keynote speaker.  Choose from over 21 peer-reviewed sessions focused on teaching and learning.  To register, visit:  www.lancasterlearns.com

     

Monday Morning Mentor:
How Can I Effectively Use Class Preparation Assignments?

February 29, 2016

J. Robert Gillette, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Economics, University of Kentucky

Class preparation assignments, or CPAs, enable you to use your class time more effectively and move students toward higher levels of learning. This program prepares you to create class preparation assignments that will transform the classroom experience for you and your students. 

March 2016

Promoting Accessibility Online 

March 1, 2016

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

Ms. Lauren Edgell, Director of Online Learning & Dr. Oliver Dreon, Director of the Center for Academic Excellence

In this session, we will discuss practical strategies for making online content more accessible for all students.

     

Monday Morning Mentor:
How Can I Make the Activities in My Course More Inclusive?

March 7, 2016

Elizabeth Harrison, Ph.D. Director, Office of Learning Resources, University of Dayton

Students dealing with physical, cognitive, and other barriers to learning might not be able to participate fully in some activities because of their challenges. This fast and focused session will show you a practical approach to making accommodations and promoting equitable opportunity for learning and engagement for all your students.

     

Monday Morning Mentor:
How Do I Build Community in My Classroom?

March 14, 2016

Milton D. Cox, Ph.D. Founder and Director Emeritus of the Center for the Enhancement of Learning, Teaching, and University Assessment, Miami University of Ohio

Community is an essential ingredient in the educational experience. Studies show that community building can increase retention, improve students’ cognitive intellectual development, and promote contributions to society. Find out why it’s important for you to know how to create community.

     

Cheap Tricks: Incorporating Inverted Pedagogy, Active Learning, and Learner-Preference Into Lecture Courses 

March 15, 2016

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

Dr. Steven Kennedy, Assistant Professor, Chemistry 

This session will describe some of the successes, failures, and compromises observed during the incorporation of learner-centered instruction into medium to large enrollment lecture courses. Creating and employing simple pre-lecture videos with EDpuzzle to merge formative assessment and just-in-time instruction, will be discussed. This inverted pedagogy prepares students for face-to-face classroom time by helping them engage with knowledge and comprehension based concepts.

     

What's in a Name?

March 15, 2016

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

Ms. Jan Bechtel, Director, Office of Diversity & Social Justice & Dr. Tiffany Wright, Assistant Professor, Educational Foundations

As an increasing number of students identifying as transgender come out, there is an increased need for the provision of culturally competent and fully inclusive trainings to help create a more affirming campus community. Education and training is an essential component in ensuring that all students have access to a supportive and enriching learning community that respects and values who they are as human beings. What’s In a Name? provides insight, information and best practices for supporting students who identify as transgender, specifically regarding the use of a chosen name and pronouns.  This session will offer some foundational knowledge about issues impacting students who identify as transgender, guidance on how to navigate the nuances of utilizing a chosen name/pronouns and additional resources to build further knowledge. As a result of this training, you will be more prepared to acknowledge, support, and engage with students who identify as transgender in an affirming manner.

     

State of Assessment Luncheon

March 18, 2016

12:00 PM - 1:30 PM, University Room, Gordinier Hall

Organized in conjunction with the Academic Outcomes and Assessment Committee (AOAC) & Planning, Assessment and Analysis

Join us for lunch as we discuss ongoing assessment activities on campus and share data from recent surveys.

        

Monday Morning Mentor:
How Do I Give Feedback That Improves Student Writing?

March 21, 2016

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

Trying to teach students to improve their writing can be like trying to teach cats to fetch: Demonstrate all you want, encourage all you want, implore all you want; you’re apt to be met with nothing but blinks. We share seven novel feedback techniques that will motivate your students and drive real improvement in their writing.

     

Tech for Teaching: Tools for Student Management and Assessment

March 22, 2016

12:05 PM – 1:10 PM, McNairy 106

Dr. Janet Josephson, Assistant Professor, Early, Middle & Exceptional Education

Are students not reading your emails? Is classroom attendance important to you but too time consuming to monitor? Are you tired of the same formative assessment techniques? Attendees of this CAE session will learn how to implement several student management and assessment tools into everyday class sessions. Please bring a smartphone, iPad, or laptop to this session. 

       

Monday Morning Mentor:
How Do I Assign Students to Groups?

March 28, 2016

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

Despite the widespread acceptance and demonstrated success of group learning, many teachers do not know how to create small groups effectively. Learn key factors involved in successfully facilitating group learning and teach you the benefits of group work.

     

Rubric Workshop: Writing and Public Speaking Rubric 

March 29, 2016

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

Organized in conjunction with the Academic Outcomes and Assessment Committee (AOAC) & Planning, Assessment and Analysis

In this session, we will introduce the University’s writing and public speaking rubrics and examine how they can be used to assess assignments in classes.  The workshop will include application of the rubrics to artifacts from real classrooms.


IT Workshop: MU Video 

March 29, 2016

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

Ms. Marie Firestone, Instructional Support Specialist, Information Technologies

Use of MU Video is gaining momentum on campus. Instructors have found the tool to be a quick and simple way to convey content, engage students and collect robust examples of student learning. Attendees will learn the basic features of MU Video, features integrated with D2L and the new “CaptureSpace Lite” desktop app recently added to the system. Attendees will also discuss the use of MU Video to enrich course communication and facilitate multimedia assignments. 

April 2016

Monday Morning Mentor: 
How Do I Prepare a SoTL Article for Publication?

April 4, 2016

Milton D. Cox, Ph.D. Founder and Director Emeritus of the Center for the Enhancement of Learning, Teaching, and University Assessment, Miami University of Ohio

This program covers tips to help you publish a SoTL article including how to design a new SoTL project, prepare a SoTL manuscript, and avoid the pitfalls that lead to rejection of SoTL articles. It will guide you from topic selection to contacting editors regarding publishing possibilities.

     

Intro to Qualtrics, Online Survey Research Tool

April 5, 2016

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

Dr. Lisa Shibley, Assistant Vice President, Institutional Assessment & Planning & Dr. Lawrence Adams, Assistant Director, Research & Assessment

Finding Balance in Stillness: Exploring Mindfulness

April 5, 2016

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

Dr. Joseph Lynch, Professor, Counseling & Human Development

This session will incorporate Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) strategies to help participants reduce stress and anxiety, improve maximum focus and attention, and enhance overall quality of living.   Participants will learn the basic premise of mindfulness, practice simple breathing techniques and experience a brief mindful meditation.         

  

Monday Morning Mentor:
What Key Factors Influence Test Performance?

April 11, 2016

Kristin Roush, Ph.D.  Central New Mexico Community College

There are a lot of things going on that can keep your students from performing at their best. This program shows you the kinds of challenges your students face and then offers a simple, adaptable classroom tool that you can use to help your students help themselves learn course material and effectively demonstrate their knowledge on exams.

   

Teaching With a SMART Classroom 

April 12, 2016

12:05 PM - 1:10 PM, Location TBD

Mr. Joshua Fleming, Instructional Technologist

Ditch those static lessons. Make presentations dynamic. SMART technology can augment your pre-existing lecture material by allowing for digital annotation and manipulation to further student success.

     

Monday Morning Mentor:
How Do Prepared Students Change the Way I Teach?

April 18, 2016

J. Robert Gillette, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Economics, University of Kentucky

When students come to class prepared, you can—actually, you must—adjust how you teach. Instead of lecturing, you will employ effective new strategies that help your students process and master course content. This program shows you how your classes can and will change when you implement a course design and teaching strategies that naturally encourage students to come to class prepared.

     

Rubric Workshop: Critical Thinking and Information Literacy Rubrics 

April 19, 2016

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

Organized in conjunction with the Academic Outcomes and Assessment Committee (AOAC) & Planning, Assessment and Analysis

In this session, we will introduce the University’s critical thinking and information literacy rubrics and examine how they can be used to assess assignments in classes.  The workshop will include application of the rubrics to artifacts from real classrooms.


IT Workshop: Introducing Wiggio 

April 19, 2016

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

Ms. Marie Firestone, Instructional Support Specialist, Information Technologies

WIggio makes it easy to work in groups. And now that WIggio is being offered as a tool through D2L, Millersville students, staff and faculty can create groups in the system to share files, host web meetings, conduct polls, plan events and more. Attendees will learn the basics of creating and maintaining a group in WIggio and review the assortment of ways to communicate and do work within a group.

    

Monday Morning Mentor:
Is Your Syllabus Sending the Wrong Message?

April 25, 2016

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

Your syllabus and classroom policies set the tone for your class, but they may not be creating a welcoming learning environment. Learn tips designed to help you use classroom policies to support student engagement and a smooth-running classroom.

      

Using Collaborate Ultra for Synchronour Online Learning

April 26, 2016

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). 

May 2016

Monday Morning Mentor:
How Can I Transform My Tests into Learning Tools?

May 2, 2016

Debi Moon, J.D. Assistant Vice President of Educational Affairs, Georgia Perimeter College

Tests and other assessments are effective tools for determining how well students learned (and how well you taught) earlier in the semester. But they don’t really do much to help students learn in the present, or as the semester progresses. This fast, focused program will provide you with an assortment of tools and techniques to promote better learning. 

     

Monday Morning Mentor: 
How Can Students Use Self-Compassion to Reduce Test Anxiety?

May 9, 2016

Kristin Roush, Ph.D.  Central New Mexico Community College

Sometimes students get in their own way. They panic before exams and fill their heads with worries about failure. This program shows you how to help your students reframe the way they look at their exams and themselves. When they learn to love themselves a little more, they will fear exams a little less.