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 2018

Monday Morning Mentor: How Can I Bring Pop to My Classroom with Pop Culture?

August 27, 2018

Katherine Jones, Undergraduate Services Librarian and Assistant Professor, Kansas State University 

There's no denying the impact that the digital age has had on the influence of pop culture. Whether it's the newest hot pop record or the latest viral video, younger generations are becoming more and more consumed by the pop culture landscape. To keep pace with these shifts in interest, the way foundational content is taught must evolve. One way to structure courses in an accessible and engaging way is to meet students where their interests lie by bringing pop culture into the classroom. 

September 2018

Monday Morning Mentor: How Can I Promote Enrollment and Retention in Challenging Courses that Motivate Instead of Frustrate?

September 3, 2018

Lolita Paff, PhD, Associate Professor, Penn State Berks

Many students view gatekeeper courses - or introductory-level courses they must take to fulfill the requirements of their program - as "less important," "fluff," or "unnecessarily difficult." This is often due to the fact that students' expectations and experiences are not appropriately aligned with the intended learning outcomes of these courses. There's certainly a purpose to gatekeeper courses, but how can you convince students of this purpose and help ensure they're engaged and successful? 

 

Brown Bag Discussion: Zoom: MU's New Meeting Tool

September 4, 2018

12:05 PM - 1:10 PM
McNairy 502
Presented by: Ms. Marie Firestone, Instructional Support Specialist, D2L Administrator, Office of Online Programs

Do you Zoom? Learn tips and tricks for making the most of Zoom! From recording guest speakers to easy virtual office hours; check out Millersville's awesome new online meeting tool. 

 

Monday Morning Mentor: What are Five Tips for Creating Videos that Promote Knowledge and Expand My Reach?

September 10, 2018

Jill Schiefelbein, Owner, The Dynamic Communicator

When you think of using video in higher ed, you likely think of videos for online classes, recorded lectures, or microlectures. But if you're trying to attract grants and research funding, having a visible presence outside of the academy is important - and perfectly attainable! 

 

Brown Bag Discussion: Diversity to Inclusion: What it is, Why it's Important, and What is our Role?

September 11, 2018

12:05 PM - 1:10 PM
McNairy 118 
Presented by: Dr. Karen Rice, Social Work, Mr. Dwight Horsey, Executive Director of Financial Aid and Ms. Jasmine Whitlow, Director, Intercultural Center for Student Engagement

As the University strives to ensure an inclusive campus community for all who enter our campus, what does that mean for you? We will share the steps taken to date to move MU in the direction of being more inclusive. Additionally, we will share what you can do, to continue to guide us and make everyone feel welcomed, valued, and respected. 

 

Monday Morning Mentor: How Will OER Benefit the 21st Century Student?

September 17, 2018

Erik Christensen, Dean, South Florida State College

Textbooks typically account for one-third of the cost of a college education - but that doesn't have to be the case. One way to combat the high cost of the student learning materials and promote classroom enrollment is through the implementation of open educational resources (OER). There are many benefits to implementing OER in the classroom. OER are low-cost (or free) to students, peer-reviewed, typically found online, and come in multiple forms, including textbooks, videos, images, PowerPoints, test banks, and more. On top of that, because OER are not bound by copyright laws other than Creative Commons licensing, you can adapt and edit them to align with the learning objectives of your courses.

 

Monday Morning Mentor: How Can Livestreaming Bring New Life to My Teaching?

September 24, 2018

Jill Schiefelbein, Owner, The Dynamic Communicator

Livestreaming can reenergize teaching, research, projects, departments and units, and institutions. Younger generations especially crave the raw, authentic viewpoints that livestreaming provides, and all audiences like the "behind-the-scenes" and "insider access" that going live enables. If you want your academic unit or institution to be known as "cutting edge," you must keep up with the channels used for disseminating information. Livestreaming is not only mainstream now, it's expected from many students. 

 

Brown Bag Discussion: Develop and Lead an MU-Guided Study Abroad Program

September 25, 2018

12:05 PM - 1:10 PM
McNairy 118
Presented by: Dr. Jason Petula, Faculty Coordinator of Internationalization and Mrs. Olivia Cordero, Assistant Director, Global Education

Interested in taking students abroad! Learn about ways to design and lead a successful short-term study abroad experience. You will have the opportunity to discuss the process and gain insight into program leader responsibilities, choosing a location, risk assessment, and budget and administrative matters.

 

Brown Bag Discussion: Office 365: MU Learning in the Digital Age

September 25, 2018

12:05 PM - 1:10 PM
McNairy 502
Presented by: Mr. Matt Fox, Instructional Designer, Office of Online Programs

Office 365 is a suite of online Microsoft applications that all MU faculty, staff, and students can access for free. In this learning opportunity, we will review some of the tools available including Word, PowerPoint, and OneDrive. We will explore ways of implementing these resources into your courses, for you and your students. 

October 2018

Monday Morning Mentor: What is Gamification and How Can it Promote a Growth Mindset?

October 1, 2018

Kristin Ziska Strange, Instructional Designer, Northern Arizona University

Your students are on a quest for knowledge and, as an instructor, you're largely responsible for ensuring this quest is as engaging and fulfilling as possible. Gamification is a solid classroom solution that, when properly leveraged, can get students more involved with course content and help them understand that persistence garners classroom success. Gamification uses gaming elements and mechanics in a nongame context - and it's really simple to implement if you know where to start. It doesn't require the expertise of a "professional gamer" or the creativity of an artist. You just have to be willing to approach your course content a little bit differently. Are you ready to introduce gaming elements into your course content? 

 

Promotion & Tenure Panel Discussion

October 1, 2018

3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Stayer 208

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. 

 

Brown Bag Discussion: Adobe: Create and Verify Accessible PDF's

October 2, 2018

12:05 PM - 1:10 PM
McNairy 502
Presented by: Mr. Keston Lyman, Instructional Technologist, Technical Support Services

Faculty and staff may use Adobe Pro to check the accessibility of existing PDF's and create new documents that are more compatible with student's assistive technologies. Discover how easy it can be to create PDF's that meet the needs of all your students. 

 

Brown Bag Discussion: Embracing Internationalization in Your Classroom

October 2, 2018

12:05 PM - 1:10 PM
McNairy 118 
Presented by: Dr. Jason Petula, Faculty Coordinator of Internalization and Mrs. Olivia Cordero, Assistant Director of Education Abroad

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 international students, internationalizing your curriculum, and using campus resources to enhance global literacy of your students. 

 

Monday Morning Mentor: How Can the Three C's of Course Design Enhance Students' Online Performance?

October 8, 2018

Jill Purdy, PhD, Associate Professor/Director, Cedar Crest College

Online course design can either hinder or help learners focus and absorb the material. If the student is exerting their energies on manipulating the system, less time is available to devote to learning and critically thinking about the material. On the other hand, when expectations are clear, both faculty and students save time and avoid frustration. This leads to three key elements of online design: consistency, creativity, and community. Consistency addresses the need to set up a course with uniformity and clear expectations. Creativity examines the fact that even though uniformity exists, there are many creative options for providing variety in learning the material. Lastly, community - building relationships in the online environment - enhances engagement online. Are you ready to leverage these three key elements in your online courses?

 

Monday Morning Mentor: How Can I Use Simple Gamification Strategies to Engage my Students?

October 15, 2018

Kristen Ziska Strange, Instructional Designer, Northern Arizona University

Perhaps you've started implementing gamification in your classroom and have discovered positive results. Or maybe you've learned some of the key concepts behind gamification and want to embrace it further. When well-executed, gamification can dramatically increase student engagement and success. And all instructors want this for their students. So, let's take it to the next level!

 

Brown Bag Discussion: Teaching with Socrative

October 16, 2018

12:05 PM - 1:10 PM
McNairy 502
Presented by: Ankur Nandedkar, PhD, Management & Marketing and Onek Adyanga, PhD, History 

This session will focus on a formative assessment tool called Socrative - a cloud based application that can be used by instructors in a variety of ways. The participants in this session are requested to bring laptops/tablets to practice the use of Socrative in the classroom. 

 

Brown Bag Discussion: The Early Alert Program and how to support your advisees who are referred

October 16, 2018

12:05 PM - 1:10 PM
McNairy 118
Presented by: Dr. David Henriques and Mr. Joe Sciarretta, Academic Advisement & Student Development 

This presentation will provide an overview of the current Early Alert program as well as a discussion of advisement/coaching strategies to support students who may be referred. 

 

Monday Morning Mentor: How Can I Get Students to Engage with Course Content Before Class?

October 22, 2018

More information to come. 

 

Brown Bag Discussion: Creating an Inclusive Class Community

October 23, 2018

12:05 PM - 1:10 PM
McNairy 118
Presented by: Ms. Nikki Rohrback, Assistant Director for Integrated Studies and Mx. Jan Bechtel, Director for Integrated Studies 

This session will share information regarding Integrated Studies and outline strategies for creating an inclusive class community for students with disabilities. 

 

Brown Bag Discussion: Advising Large Caseloads

October 23, 2018

12:05 PM - 1:10 PM
McNairy 502
Presented by: Dr. David Henriques, Director of Academic Advisement & Student Development

What are the best practices to support faculty who have large advising caseloads? Learn strategies to help you manage and effectively support your advisees.

 

Science writing workshop series: learning scientific Writing from expert scientists

October 25, 2018

12:05 - 1:10 PM
Roddy 153
Presented by: dr. Justin mando, Assistant professor, english

As scientific writers yourselves, much of how you write comes automatically. You likely don't struggle like you used to when you organize a paper, introduce your topic, review literature, explain methods, and more. You learned these things by reading and writing...a lot. We can jump-start students' ability to read research articles by using them as guides for their own writing. In other words, we can present students with a models-based approach to scientific writing. This session will provide you with research-supported classroom practices that are easily implemented in W classes. We will discuss how to incorporate this way of reading scientific texts into the existing framework of your W class. Assignment sheets, lesson plans, and supporting articles will be provided. 

 

Monday Morning Mentor: How Can I Resolve Difficult Situations in the Classroom?

October 29, 2018

More information to come.

 

Brown Bag Discussion: Title IX Obligations

October 30, 2018

12:05 PM - 1:10 PM
McNairy 118
Presented by: Ms. Elizabeth Swantek, Title IX Coordinator

During this session we will discuss your obligations under the newly revised sexual misconduct policy as well as work through what a compassionate and effective Title IX disclosure response looks like. 

November 2018

Science Writing workshop series: Peer review in W courses

November 1, 2018

12:05 pm - 1:10 PM
Roddy 153
Presented by: Dr. Justin mando, assistant professor, English 

All of us have received caustic feedback from journal editors and peer reviewers, but in the end, it's most often the case that our writing is improved by our response to that criticism. Peer review is essential to the work of researchers and it should be an essential part of learning to write like a researcher for our students. Not only does peer review help students when they receive feedback, but giving feedback also allows students to see their own writing more critically. This session will provide you with research-supported classroom practices that are easily implemented in W classes. We will discuss how to facilitate peer review across a range of assignments. Assignment sheets, peer review rubrics, and supporting texts will be provided. 

 

Monday Morning Mentor: How Should I Manage My Online Courses?

November 5, 2018

Ann Taylor, PhD, Director and Assistant Dean, Penn State University

Managing the workload of an online course can be more challenging than managing a face-to-face course. In the absence of weekly face-to-face class meetings, online instructors have to work hard to make sure a course is running smoothly and to ensure students are progressing toward course goals while staying engaged in the material. How can you keep everything organized when teaching online? 

 

Brown Bag Discussion: D2L Course Template Package: Jumpstart your course design

November 6, 2018

12:05 PM - 1:10 PM
McNairy 502
Presented by: Ms. Marie Firestone, Instructional Support Specialist, D2L Administrator, Office of Online Programs 

Building a new course in D2L or are looking to freshen up an existing course? The Millersville D2L Template package for D2L can help. 

 

Brown Bag Discussion: Enhancing Student Learning - A Four Step Model to Strengthen Memory

November 6, 2018

12:05 PM - 1:10 PM
McNairy 118
Presented by: Ms. Cora M. Dzubak, Academic Advisement & Student Development

There are few secrets as to how effective teaching and effective study can dramatically improve how much new information is remembered. This presentation will consist of a four step model of memory, and therefore of learning, that combines the importance of focus, active learning strategies, and retrieval from memory.

 

Science Writing workshop series: audience focused writing

November 8, 2018

12:05 pm - 1:10 pm 
Roddy 153
Presented by: Dr. Justin mando, assistant professor, English

More now than ever researchers are expected not only to communicate insights to their peers, but also to relevant segments of the public. Explaining your research in a peer-reviewed journal is quite a different task than explaining the same to a journalist. By contrasting these two likely situations, the importance of knowing your audience(s) comes into relief. For students, thinking about audience can help them understand the expectations readers have of them that are often unspoken, but essential to their success. This session will provide you with research-supported classroom practices that are easily implemented in W classes. We will discuss how to help students understand the concept of audience and use it to improve their writing. Assignment sheets and supporting texts will be provided. 

 

 

Monday Morning Mentor: How Can I Engage the Emotions of My Students to Maximize Learning?

November 12, 2018

More information to come.

 

Brown Bag Discussion: Office 365: Digital Collaboration and Group work 

November 13, 2018

12:05 PM - 1:10 PM
McNairy 502
Presented by: Mr. Matt Fox, Instructional Designer, Office of Online Programs 

Office 365 is a suite of online Microsoft applications that all MU faculty, staff, and students can access for free. Together, we will explore some of the newer resources within 365 including OneNote, Forms, and Teams, and discuss ways you may consider implementing these resources in group projects and collaboration opportunities within your courses. 

 

Brown Bag Discussion: Develop and Lead an MU-Guided Study Abroad Program

November 13, 2018

12:05 PM - 1:10 PM
McNairy 118
Presented by: Dr. Jason Petula, Faculty Coordinator of Internationalization and Dr. Patriece Campbell, Director of International Programs

Interested in taking students abroad? Learn about ways to design and lead a successful short-term study abroad experience. You will have the opportunity to discuss the process and gain insight into program leader responsibilities, choosing a location, risk assessment, and budget and administrative matters. 

 

Curricular Innovation and models for program delivery presentation

november 13, 2018

12:05 PM - 1:10 PM
McComsey 266
presented By: Mr. Matthew Pellish, Managing director of Strategic research and education, EAB

A light lunch will be served. RSVP to Kay Keen at Kay.Keen@millersville.edu

 

Monday Morning Mentor: How Can I Gain Valuable Insight from Course Evaluations?

November 19, 2018

Maryellen Weimer, PhD, Professor Emerita, Penn State Berks

Surveys have shown that faculty members in the middle of their careers are often dissatisfied with the way their institutions handle end-of-course ratings. Evaluations may provide some value, but they often lack the details that help faculty improve and reach their full potential as teachers.

 

Brown Bag Discussion: Introducing A New Dual Degree Program - The Masters of Social Work/Master of Education in Sport Management

November 20, 2018

12:05 PM - 1:10 PM
McNairy 118
Presented by: Dr. Marc Felizzi, School of Social Work

In this session, we will discuss the new Masters of Social Work/Master of Education in Sport Management dual degree program. This first of its kind dual degree will enable master's level social workers to work effectively within the sports management realm. Additionally, for those who received a Bachelor's degree in sports management, the dual degree would prepare those students to accrue the necessary skills to understand and apply the mission of professional social work within settings in the world of athletic administration and management. 

 

Monday Morning Mentor: How Can I Encourage Students to Stay Connected with Course Content After Class?

November 26, 2018

More information to come. 

 

Brown Bag Discussion: Protecting Student Data Privacy

November 27, 2018

12:05 PM - 1:10 PM
McNairy 502 
Presented by: Ms. Nancy Pruskowski, Associate VP for Information Technology and Ms. Alison Hutchinson, Registrar

With all of the electronic data that we collect on students, how do we keep it (and our students' privacy) safe and secure? In this session, we outline some ways to protect student information. 

 

Brown Bag Discussion: Advising from the Heart: Strategies for advising international students

November 27, 2018

12:05 PM - 1:10 PM
McNairy 118
Presented by: Dr. Margaret Mbindyo, Academic Advisement and Student Development & Dr. Patriece Campbell, Director of International Programs

International undergraduate students face unique challenges across the United States which may hinder their successful transition and success in the American college classroom. In addition, academic advisers may not feel at ease advising international students because of perceived cultural, language, and knowledge barriers. In order to support and ensure academic success for this population, academic advisers should be aware of ways to connect with their students. This session will provide tools advisers can use to enhance international student advising competencies. Among other things, grading differences, cultural proximity/distance, language proficiency, academic preparedness, and immigration policy impact on course selection, advising format, and advisor and instructor characteristics will be addressed.

December 2018

Monday Morning Mentor: How Can Talking through Course Evaluations Improve my Teaching?

December 3, 2018

More information to come.

 

Monday Morning Mentor: How Can Promoting Academic Integrity Improve Learning Outcomes for Students?

December 10, 2018

More information to come.