The New Science of Learning: How Research is Revolutionizing the Way we Teach
Todd Zakrajsek, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
Keynote address, 9:00-10:45, Room 8005 | Overflow Seating in room 8009
Many educators continue to struggle with how best to proceed from delivering lectures to creating truly effective learning environments. In addition, students struggle to understand the best way to learn in our classrooms. The result can be class sessions that are difficult and frustrating to teach with students who appear apathetic and indifferent toward learning. In this session, we will look at how effective evidence-based teaching practices can be aligned with effective evidence-based learning strategies.
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A Report and Reflection on an Ongoing Laptop-Required Initiative
Michael Moore, Peter Vanderberg, Nathan Fink, and Alan Ackmann – Writing, Rhetoric & Discourse
Panel, 11:00-11:00, Room 8002
Our Departmental Laptop-Required Initiative has accumulated evidence of its effects and efficacy since its inception in 2012, in a curriculum that focuses on research, writing, collaboration, and using technology in the service of meaning making. Our presentation will include data from Online Teaching Evaluations and Instructor feedback and reports. Each presenter on the panel will connect our laptop initiative experiences and accumulated data to faculty teaching in different disciplines in order to highlight productive uses of a laptop pedagogy across disciplines.
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Book Raffle: How We Learn: The Surprising Truth about When, Where, and How it Happens by Benedict Carey. The focus of Carey’s book—how individuals learn—connects to this year’s conference theme: “How Students Learn: Evidence-Based Strategies for Teaching.”
11:00-12:00, Room 8009
Reflecting on Learning Support Roles to Enhance Instructional Effectiveness
Denise Nacu (School of Design), Caitlin K. Martin (Digital Youth Network), and Nichole Pinkard (School of Design)
What roles do we play as educators, and how can technology enhance our ability to play them? Drawing from research, we will share a framework that describes ways that educators support learning online and face-to-face. Reflecting on these roles—and understanding how technology can enable or enhance them—provides an approach for effective instructional design.
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Challenging Our Assumptions: First-Year Students’ Understanding About Diversity & Social Justice
D. Scott Tharp, Toni Fitzpatrick, and Rebecca Pinchuk (Student Affairs)
First-year students have rich experiences related to diversity and social justice faculty should learn and leverage to advance student learning. Research conducted using DePaul student reflection papers reveals unique insights, opportunities, and challenges faculty might consider to increase their impact when engaging diverse topics in the classroom.
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Critiques of Student-Led Activities in the Classroom
Craig Miller, School of Computing
Despite the popularity of the flipped classroom, an increasing body of research has challenged the effectiveness of student-led problem-based activities. I review the evidence against these student-led activities and the theory underlying it. I then present alternative, evidence-based learning practices, which include presenting worked examples and eliciting explanations from students.
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Book Raffle: The Heart of Higher Education: A Call to Renewal by Parker Palmer ad Arthur Zajonc. Like presentations in this session, Palmer and Zajonc’s book will inspire you to rethink your assumptions about teaching and higher education.
Supporting Student Engagement PechaKucha Session
11:00-12:00, Room 8010
Speakers: Thomas Berry (College of Business), Anna Souchuk (College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences), Tim Sparkes (College of Health and Science), Daniel Makagon (College of Communication)
Facilitators: Elissa Foster (Communication)
Join us for a series of concise, fast-paced presentations with recipients of the 2014 Quality of Instruction Council (QIC) Excellence in Teaching Award. Each speaker will share their approach to supporting student engagement using the PechaKucha presentation format, where they will show 20 slides for 20 seconds each.
Book Raffle: What the Best College Teachers Do by Ken Bain. This session features award-winning DePaul faculty speaking about their teaching strategies. In his book, Bain presents his research on what the best college teachers do.
Lunch and Recognition Ceremony
During lunch in room 8005, Caryn Chaden (Associate Provost for Student Success & Accreditation) and Gian Mario Besana (Associate Provost for Global Engagement & Online Learning) will recognize recipients of the following certificates and awards:
Teaching and Learning Certificate Program
A workshop-based program where faculty and instructional staff at DePaul enrich their teaching practices in collaboration with colleagues from across the university. To receive a certificate, individuals participate in six workshops and create a digital teaching portfolio.
Every year department and program committees are charged with assessment of student learning in their areas. This award recognizes the year’s best assessment project and report.
Sprit of Assessment Award
This award recognizes an individual or small group of individuals who has made extraordinary efforts to promote a culture of assessment at DePaul University.
Assessment Certificate Program
This workshop-based program provides training and support to faculty and staff engaged in the assessment of student learning. To receive a certificate, individuals participate in six workshops and develop a culminating assessment project.
Quality Matters (QM) Stars
The QM Star award recognizes quality online and hybrid courses created by graduates of the DePaul Online Teaching Series (DOTS) program. These courses have received a perfect score as part of DePaul's internal Quality Matters (QM) review process. The Quality Matters Rubric is a nationally recognized instrument for quality assurance of online and hybrid course design.
Crowd-Sourcing for Best Practices: Helping Students Succeed with Better Writing
1:00-2:00, Room 8011
Jill O'Mahony Stewart and Judy Friedman, Public Relations and Advertising
Part brainstorm, part speed networking, this interactive workshop will crowd-source student writing issues and faculty solutions using the Affinity Method. Come armed with frustrations as well as best practices to share. The workshop lasts 60 minutes, but the discussion will continue through a LinkedIn faculty networking group.
Book Raffle: Engaging Ideas: The Professor’s Guide to Integrating Writing, Critical Thinking, and Active Learning in the Classroom by John Bean. At this session participants share best practices for helping students become better writers. Bean’s book will offer you additional ideas for integrating writing into your teaching.
Experimenting with Reflection
1:00-2:00, Room 8009 MOVED to Room 8002
The Benefits of Self-Explanation
Amber Settle, School of Computing
In self-explanation studies learners explain the meaning of content as they study a target domain. Numerous studies have found correlations between high-quality self-explanations and learning gains. We discuss results from several domains including the sciences, math, history, language arts, and computing, discussing both the set-up and conclusions from the experiments.
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Creating Library and Academic Insiders Through Collaborative Reflective Writing
Heather Jagman, University Library
Reflection papers can be an effective way to invite students to connect personal experiences to new academic experiences, and reinforce their identity as successful members of the academic community. Results of a co-curricular assessment project demonstrate how students can contribute to their own information literacy and academic success.
Wherever You Go, There You Are: Mindfulness for Lifelong Learning
Helen Damon-Moore, Steans Center
Have you ever arrived at your destination, only to realize that you have little memory of your actual journey? Too often we and our students bring the same level of non-awareness to our teaching and learning. This presentation will highlight the benefits of mindfulness and its relevance to creating engaging courses that help to foster meaningful, transformative learning.
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Book Raffle: Creating Self-Regulated Learners: Strategies to Strengthen Students’ Self Awareness and Learning Skills by Linda B. Nilson. This session features three approaches to reflection. Nilson’s book presents additional strategies you can use to promote metacognition and self-regulated learning with students.
1:00-2:00, Room 8010
Instructor Comments on Student Papers: Student Perspective
Darsie Bowden, Writing, Rhetoric and Discourse
Darsie is ill today and will not be presenting in this panel. Most experts agree that instructors have the most influence on the intellectual growth of student writers in the act of commenting on a student’s work-in-progress. But the scholarship in the field has thus far focused primarily on the teacher’s perspective and is only beginning to explore how students actually make use of teacher comments. This project investigates the student perspective. Through examination of student papers (both papers with comments and students’ revisions), interviews and demographics, this project makes use of grounded theory to document what happens between the teacher’s comment and the revised draft, with the goal of improving the ways instructors comment on student work.
Secrets of a Writing Center Tutor
Lauri Dietz and Theresa Bailey, University Center for Writing-based Learning
Please join us for a discussion with Writing Center Tutors about effective writing assignment design. Tutors can be particularly valuable resources because every year they work closely with hundreds of different students on hundreds of different assignments. Tutors will share recommendations for helping students complete writing assignments successfully.
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How to Create a Global Experiential Learning Course
Daniel Clark (University Internship Program), Lynne Copp (University Internship Program), and Gena Lenti (UIP367 Student)
The University Internship Program’s course, Global Perspectives (UIP367), uses the foundation of experiential learning to integrate career development techniques with students’ roles as global citizens. Students in the course develop a reciprocal relationship between their DePaul coursework and their global experiential learning internship in Honduras.
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Book Raffle: What the Best College Students Do by Ken Bain. The three presentations in this session incorporate insights from students. Conference participants interested in learning more about their students and what makes them successful will enjoy Bain’s book on what the best college students do.
Teaching Diverse Student Audiences
2:15 - 3:15, Room 8009
The Frontiers of Learning: Special Challenges in Education Today
Paul Bodine, Driehaus College of Business
How do we instill in students a respect for professional ethics? How do we create community among students who live in different time zones? In this session, you will learn about classroom and distance learning solutions found to be effective in executive education. Participants will also brainstorm ways that we can work together across the university to develop new techniques for meeting tomorrow’s increasingly demanding learning challenges.
Teaching Non-native English Writers; or, How Do I Grade That?
Margaret Poncin, Writing, Rhetoric & Discourse
This presentation will discuss current research that informs how we can evaluate the writing of non-native English speakers. Importantly, we will consider this evidence in light of the realities faculty face: a necessity for fairness, the desire to maintain rigor, and, of course, the need to protect their time.
Blended Course Design and Delivery for Traditional Versus Adult Students
Zoaib Mirza, College of Computing and Digital Media
There is no fixed definition of blended learning. Everyone uses a different approach to the design and delivery of blended courses. Student demographics are key to identify which model works for your class. SNL and CDM have different student populations. In this session participants will learn how at SNL and CDM, based on student feedback, different approaches were used to design and deliver blended courses, and how it was received by students.
Book Raffle: How Learning Works: Seven Research-Based Principles for Smart Teaching by Susan Ambrose, Michael Bridges, and Marsha Lovett. This book‘s focus on how learning works connects to this year‘s conference theme: “How Students Learn: Evidence-Based Strategies for Teaching.”
2:15-3:15, Room 8010
Learning Theory → Game Theory: MMRPG and Learner-Centered Classrooms
Kathryn Burns-Howard, History
Learning principles and developmental psychology inspired Kathryn Burns-Howard to transform her history teaching—with games! Massive Multiplayer [Historical] Role Playing Games emphasize deep understanding and lasting skills. Tackling problems from acid rain to astronomy, Confucius to civil war, faculty use immersive games to retrofit liberal arts classrooms for today’s learners.
Student Decision Making in Large Group Discussion
Mary Bridget Kustusch, Physics
When students work together, they need to negotiate the roles and decision making within the group. We discuss research on the decision-making within a large group discussion, focusing on the role of the instructor and on one student's shifts in decision-making behavior. We conclude by discussing implications for activity-based instruction.
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We're Still Going to Ghana! Moving from Disappointment to Empowerment
Derise Tolliver Atta and Osofo Kwesi Atta, School for New Learning
This presentation explores how students’ negative affect, e.g. disappointment, can serve as a catalyst for connecting personal experiences with course content, to help deepen critical inquiry skills, support learning, and to encourage empowerment, civic engagement and creative collaboration. The case of a cancelled study abroad course will be examined.
Book Raffle: Minds on Fire: How Role-Immersion Games Transform College by Mark C. Carnes. Kathryn Burns-Howard draws on this book in her presentation on Massive Multiplayer Role Playing Games.
Workshop with the Keynote Speaker
3:30-4:30, Room 8005
How Students Learn: Strategies for Teaching from the Psychology of Learning
Todd Zakrajsek, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
What can instructors do to facilitate learning when they encounter students who seem uninterested and even apathetic toward course content and assignments? Part of the responsibility for learning belongs to students, but as faculty, we can find new ways to motivate, inspire, and maybe even cajole students to learn. In this workshop we will explore how instructors can make classroom learning, perhaps one of the most artificial learning settings, a more meaningful experience for students. The workshop facilitator will use theories of learning and motivation as a basis for creating strategies to increase student engagement in course content and class sessions.
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Book Raffle: The New Science of Learning: How to Learn in Harmony with Your Brain by Terry Doyle and Todd Zakrajsek. Zakrajsek’s book connects to this year’s conference theme: “How Students Learn: Evidence-Based Strategies for Teaching.”
3:15 - 5:00, Foyer
Please join us in the foyer outside room 8005 for an opportunity to mingle with colleagues and visit with representatives from the campus resources listed below.
Wine, beer, and hors d’oeuvres will be served from 4 to 5 PM.
Assessment Certificate Program
The Assessment Certificate Program is a workshop-based program designed to provide training and support to faculty and staff engaged in the assessment of student learning. The program is a collaboration between DePaul and Loyola Universities. All faculty, staff, and students are welcome to participate in either the certificate program or workshops.
De-Mystifying the Academic Integrity Process at DePaul
The Academic Integrity Board’s table will be devoted to the theme “De-Mystifying the Academic Integrity Process at DePaul.” The table will promote awareness of the Academic Integrity Board. The goal of the presentation is to clarify how the Academic Integrity Board works to promote a culture of integrity at DePaul.
Division of Student Affairs
Come learn about the programs and services offered across the 15 departments within the Division of Student Affairs, particularly those in the Center for Students with Disabilities, Office of Religious Diversity, University Counseling Services, and Office of Health Promotion and Wellness.
Engaging Students with Scholarly Publishing
DePaul students are publishing scholarly work on Via Sapientiae, DePaul's Institutional Repository. Projects include DePaul Discoveries Journal, the Asian American Art Oral History Project and French poetry in the annual journal, Mille-Feuille Magazine Littéraire. Administered by Library Digital Services, the platform is flexible, engaging and easy to use.
Faculty Instructional Technology Resources
Are you interested in adding global perspectives to your courses or enhancing your teaching with technology? Get answers from Faculty Instructional Technology Services about a variety of instructional technology initiatives, including mobile learning, online and hybrid course design, flipped classrooms, and global learning experiences.
Helping Students Excel: Wellness as an Academic Tool
Statistics prove it: students who frequently visit the Ray Meyer Fitness and Recreation Center have higher GPAs than infrequent users. Learn about the wellness programming Campus Recreation offers to students (faculty and staff too!).
DePaul students, faculty, and staff have free access to a vast online library of instructional videos covering the latest software, creative, and business skills. Taught by accomplished teachers and recognized industry experts, Lynda.com is a high-quality resource for students, faculty, and staff looking to develop skills in Microsoft Office, Adobe Creative Suite, Mac & Windows, SPSS, Tableau, databases, web design, social media, photography, audio & video, design, animation, business, and a wide range of other topics.
Media Production and Training
Media Production and Training (MPT) in Information Services provides technical training to the DePaul community, allowing employees and students to fully utilize current technologies. MPT offers both online training resources, like Lynda.com, as well as campus workshops on topics such as Microsoft Excel, Microsoft SharePoint, and Powering your Presentations. MPT can also create training specific for your department.
The Society of Vincent de Paul Professors, SoTL Committee
The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) committee of the Society of Vincent de Paul Professors invites faculty and staff interested in embarking on SoTL projects to come to this table for information about launching their research. Individualized feedback on possible projects in a variety of disciplines will be provided.
Supplemental Instruction (SI) utilizes collaborative learning pedagogy to help students successfully complete historically difficult classes through peer-assisted study sessions. Program staff will be available at the reception to discuss how SI can serve as a resource for your students by helping them identify effective study strategies for their courses.
Teaching Commons #firstgen Story Project
Are you a first-generation student? If so, share your story with the Teaching Commons. Let others know how you did it. Let them know they can do it, too.
Teaching and Learning Certificate Program
Are you hoping to reinvigorate your teaching, identify best practices, or explore new approaches? Consider joining the Teaching and Learning Certificate Program (TLCP), a community where DePaul faculty and instructional staff share, discuss, and evaluate teaching strategies. Stop by the table to find out more about the program and explore past participants' teaching portfolios.
University Center for Writing-based Learning
Come learn about all the resources the UCWbL offers to support writing and the teaching of writing!