Workshops 2015

As part of the Innovation Institute, Innovation Fellows will participate in their choice of three of five workshops that will provide more focused resources related to the fellow’s project.  These workshops will also be open to others in the St. Edward’s University community, and fellows may participate in additional workshops if desired.  Workshops are:

Workshop 1: Gathering Digital Resources & Using Digital Tools for Research, Collaboration, and Projects
Wednesday, May 20, 12:15 – 2 pm, Fleck 305
Session facilitators: Rebecca Frost Davis and Brittney Johnson with guest Chris Micklethwait

This session will help participants to identify the full range of teaching tools available in their digital ecosystem. Participants will learn about common misperceptions of our students’ technology skills and how to help students see the value of trying new ways of working and learning. They will learn ways to match technologies to teaching needs and will also understand some of the pedagogical strategies that various digital tools can help to support.

Workshop 2: Designing Collaborative Learning Activities and Projects
Friday, May 22, 12:15 – 2 pm, Moody 212
Session facilitator: Chris Mosier

In this session, we will explore some of the core concepts that underlie the collaborative pedagogies at work in many of our courses and projects. Participants will articulate the learning goals they wish to achieve when using collaborative learning approaches in their own courses, will gain familiarity with a variety of models for designing collaborative learning activities, and will know how to anticipate and address some of the challenges that can accompany these strategies.

Workshop 3:  Approaches to Discovery, Inquiry-guided, and Problem-based Learning
Tuesday, May 26, 12:15 – 2 pm, Fleck 305
Session facilitators: Rebecca Frost Davis and Tricia Shepherd

What do we gain by asking students to tackle unscripted problems, to discover information and solutions for themselves, or to engage in first-hand inquiry into real problems or questions? What concepts and strategies can guide us as we design activities and projects around these models? What challenges should we anticipate, and how can we address them? In this session, participants will gain both a conceptual framework for employing these methods and will gain first-hand experience with them by participating in a guided-inquiry activity demonstration.

Workshop 4: Course Design Strategies for Increasing Student Engagement in Activities Outside of Class
Wednesday, May 27, 9:30 – 11:30 am, Fleck 305
Session facilitators: Chris Mosier and Mike Weston

Many of us seek to design courses that engage students in learning activities inside and outside of class; before, during, and after class; and in face-to-face, print, and digital environments. What course design strategies can help us complement these different modalities; integrate learning across a variety of activities; scaffold preparatory work towards more complex tasks; and prepare students to move beyond simple information acquisition to engage in higher-order activities? In this session, you will learn both theory and practice for developing courses that integrate students’ learning from across their learning ecosystem.

Workshop 5: Scaffolding Student Learning In (and Across) Projects
Wednesday, May 27, 12:30 – 2:30 pm, Fleck 305}
Session facilitator: Julie Sievers

In this hands-on workshop, participants will develop a detailed plan for sequencing student development towards key learning goals across assignments. By identifying bottleneck or threshold concepts critical to student development, framing the learning cycle, assessing and sequencing the stakes assigned to new activities, and mapping these structures onto your syllabus and assignment sequence, you will create road map for students’ learning in your course.

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