Teaching Festival: Final Panel Session & Roundtables Feb. 21, 22

| February 20, 2013

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The 2013 Teaching Festival continues Thursday, Feb. 21, with the last of the Panel Sessions, and concludes Friday, Feb. 22, with four Roundtable Discussions.

For a complete schedule, visit http://fdc.webster.edu/festival or call the Faculty Development Center at 314-246-8243.

Service Learning
Thursday 9–10 a.m. – FDC Library 420

Presenters: Amy Terbrock, MSN student, Nursing Department and Anne Schappe, professor, Nursing Department

Service Learning is a teaching and learning strategy that integrates meaningful community service with instruction and reflection to enrich the learning experience, teach civic responsibility and strengthen communities. Through service-learning, college students use what they learn in the classroom to solve real-life problems. They not only learn the practical applications of their studies, they become actively contributing citizens and community members through the service they perform (www.servicelearning.org).

Effective partnerships within a community take into account the mission of the University and the needs of the community and are structured to meet both. Teachers must plan service learning activities with the course outcomes in mind. Students can benefit from service learning in developing communication skills, critical thinking skills, collaboration skills, commitment to community, cultural competence and self discovery. The best service learning takes place when students reflect on the activity, either in writing, or orally. Some universities are adding a requirement that students complete a number of service learning hours as a graduation requirement.

 

Teaching Literature Students to Question
Thursday Noon–1 p.m. – FDC Library 420

Presenter: Karla Armbruster, professor, English Department

Literary critic Roland Barthes once wrote that “Literature is the question minus the answer.” In the same spirit, I designed my Fall 2012 Introduction to Literature course around teaching students to ask the right questions rather than relying on the teacher to provide the right answers. My goal was to empower students to explore literature with curiosity, genuine interest, and (growing) confidence while gently nudging them to analyze texts in ways appropriate to the discipline of literary studies. In this session, a few of my students from the class and I will discuss both my rationale for this approach as well as their experience of it, from the first day, when students found “talking poems” outside our building (Sverdrup) and examined them much like natural historians study flora and fauna, to the end-of-unit poetry test in which students wrote their own questions as well as answered them.

 

The Transformative Effects of Webster’s Global Hybrid Courses
Thursday 2–3 p.m. – FDC Library 420

Presenters: Anne Browning, program director, George Herbert Walker School of Business & Technology; Brad Scott, associate professor, Business Department, Walker School of Business & Technology; and Roy Tamashiro, professor, Multidisciplinary Studies Department, School of Education

Global Hybrid Courses, blending online learning with a short-term travel component, can be a “life-changing” experience for faculty and for students and can impact the internationalization of the university campus. In this session, we (1) describe the design of courses and instructional methods which make international experiences possible for nontraditional students; (2) summarize case examples of students who had life-changing or other transformative learning from international travel courses; and (3) report on lessons learned and recommendations for international travel courses and programs.

 

Bringing the Street to Campus and Taking the Campus to the Stree
Thursday 3–4 p.m. – FDC Library 420

Presenters: Joe Roberts, associate professor, Management Department and Gary Renz, professor of Management, Management Department

In order to create and maintain relevancy and currency of management and entrepreneurship education it is critical to integrate experiential learning activities in the classroom. This presentation focuses on activities that bring the street to campus and take the campus to the street. Integration and assessment of these activities are presented and discussed.

 

ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSIONS

Roundtable Discussions are opportunities for faculty members to share effective and innovative teaching in short presentations followed by questions from the audience.

Find the Story in the Song: Teaching the Genres of Storytelling through Music
Friday 10–11 a,m, – FDC Library 420

Presenters: Carol Hoyt, associate professor, Department of Teacher Education and Lori Diefenbacher, coordinator of Experiential Learning, Education for Global Sustainability

The presenters will share the ways in which they incorporate song lyrics into a Language Arts course to extend the major genres of storytelling (family folklore, literary stories, myth, folklore and historical stories.) The songs will be performed live, however, participants will be presented with a song book of lyrics organized by genre as well an annotated bibliography of recordings for use in the classroom. From Mike Fink, to Jesse James, to John Prine, to Loreena McKennitt, the role of “slice of life” songs, ballads, and historical songs will be elaborated. While participants will be invited to sing along, they are also welcome to listen.

 

Honoring a Sustainable Future with Curriculum
Friday Noon–1 p.m. – FDC Library 420

Presenter: Lori Diefenbacher, coordinator of Experiential Learning, Education for Global Sustainability

Many instructors shy away from revising curriculum to address a sustainable future because “I can’t add anything more to my plate.” It is not necessary to design all new curriculum. Connecting to the principles and practices of sustainability in small ways can transform a class, lesson, or course into a more meaningful, relevant experience. This session will share simple adaptations and pedagogy for education for sustainability.

 

Enhancing Oral Communication Beyond Your Classroom
Friday 1–2 p.m. – FDC Library 420

Presenter: Ralph Olliges, chair & associate professor, coordinator-M.E.T., Multidisciplinary Studies Department

I will demonstrate how to use some common tools that have been around for many years to create a 21st century learning experience. This is accomplished by having students take photos of a subject to demonstrate their learning of the material. They place the photos in PowerPoint. They must then write a speech and create the audio to explain or enhance the image in PowerPoint. Finally, they upload the podcast to YouTube. This allows the students to gain effective oral communication skills beyond the classroom without even being in the classroom to a worldwide audience.

 

Designing Course Content Beyond Our Disciplines: Towards a Model for Shared Course Content
Friday 2–3 p.m. – FDC Library 420

Presenter: Liz Miller, adjunct professor, Electronic/Photographic Media Department

A traditional Art course on Color Theory is cross-listed with a Media course, and expanded to address its topic more holistically, with the goal of exposing students to content drawn from broader multidisciplinary and multicultural perspectives, in order to expand the applicability of the course content. In doing so, it came to light that a number of lectures in the course could be delivered collaboratively with other faculty specializing in overlapping fields.

In designing such a course, opportunities surface for the involvement of faculty beyond a single discipline, and beg the question: Could we be doing this more often, with more courses, and if so, how might we structure these cooperative, collaborative endeavors?

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