Academic Development Day October 10, 2017

Martin Institute

Opening Our Practice 

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8:30-8:45 Coffee and Light Breakfast (Martin Auditorium)

8:45-8:55 Welcome & Introduction of the CTL Innovations in Teaching Prize 
Phyllis Thompson
(Martin Auditorium)

8:55-9:05 CID Update (Martin Auditorium)
Cheryl McGrath

The Library has received an Alden Foundation Grant to support part of the cost of creating a new, vibrant space for the Collaboratory for Innovative Design, highlighting the Digital Lab and collaborative huddle spaces, on the first floor of the MacPhaidin Library. Cheryl McGrath will share a brief update on the design process.

9:05-9:15 Overview of Bridge Fund (Martin Auditorium)
Bill Smith

9:15-10:30 Workshops I (choose one)

Online and Back Again with Online Courses,” Scott Cohen and Liz Chase
(Science Center 142)

Come experience what it’s like to be a student in an online course at Stonehill; In this presentation, two Inclusive Online Education seminar participants will discuss their experiences building, delivering, and reimagining online courses. Scott Cohen created a new online course, "Harry Potter: Magic, Muggles, and Metaphor," which he is now reinventing as a face-to-face course for the fall. Liz Chase took an existing face-to-face course and converted it to an entirely online course that ran during Summer 2017. The workshop will then give participants a chance to experience being a student in an online course environment and discuss ways to enhance student’s excitement about and engagement with course content.

“A Syllabus Worth Reading,” Tona Hangen, Worcester State University (Martin 204)

Could your course syllabi use an overhaul? Join Tona Hangen, an associate professor of history at Worcester State and recent recipient of her university's teaching award, for a syllabus makeover workshop. Work with her on crafting a beautiful and more effective syllabus for any course. The workshop will cover improving course design, writing precise and assess-able student learning outcomes, updating the look from 8 pages of plain text, and publishing it electronically to your students. All courses and disciplines welcome! Bring a syllabus of your choice to the session. 

Universal Design,” Eileen Bellemore, Scott Hamlin, Juan Carlos Martin and John O'Donnell
(College Center 215)

Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is an approach to instructional design that affords diverse learners, including students with disabilities, a meaningful and quality educational experience. By providing students with varied options to comprehend information, demonstrate knowledge, and improve engagement, we create a flexible learning environment that eliminates barriers and serves the broadest range of students possible. Learn how to incorporate high and low-tech UDL solutions to help students better understand and navigate course curricula.  

Mandatory Annual Employee Training,” Amee Synnott (Martin Auditorium)

Here’s your chance to complete the mandatory annual employee training!  We will focus on the issues most pertinent to faculty as we cover the topics of FERPA, Data Security, Harassment/Discrimination, Work Place Violence, and the Clery Act.  

"Bold Ideas for Academic Innovation and Excellence,” Craig Kelley and Joe Favazza (Martin 205)

As part of the Comprehensive Campaign, Stonehill is seeking support for transformative academic initiatives. Think big, and be bold—and attend this information session about the process of crafting a compelling proposal for your “Bold Idea.” The best proposals will offer inspiring solutions to challenges; improve Stonehill’s reputation and standing; help make us distinctive in the marketplace; leverage existing strengths; be in alignment with both current strategic priorities and the established mission of the College; encourage collaboration; and, ultimately, position Stonehill as an emerging leader in higher education. This session will explain the “Bold Ideas” initiative and the application process.

10:30-10:45 Coffee Break 

10:45-12:00 Workshops II (choose one)

“Recognizing and Responding to Student Distress,” Maria Kavanaugh and Kelly Fitzgerald (Martin 204)        

This program will explore various types of student distress impacting psychological wellbeing so that attendees can gain skills in recognizing signs of   emotional distress.  Faculty and academic affairs professionals are typically on the front lines with students in distress and this program will provide skills around responding to and assisting students, and then connecting them to appropriate resources.  Strategies on assessing the level of urgency and asking about risk will also be provided.

“Scholarly Communications: Publishing, Copyright, and Open Access,” Kyle Courtney, Harvard University and Cheryl McGrath (Martin 205)

The Collaboratory for Innovative Design seeks to provide services, resources, and spaces for faculty to engage in traditional and digital teaching and scholarship.  Kyle Courtney will bring his expertise in copyright, open access, and scholarly communications to a conversation as we discuss problem solving, and new directions at Stonehill.  This will be the first in a series of conversations presented by the CID.

We Can Build a Module for That!” Trish McPherson and Liz Chase (Martin 206)

This session is designed to highlight the types of research and information skills modules librarians and faculty can collaborate on for use in their eLearn courses. These modules, which support the library's new Information Skills Curriculum, can be easily inserted into your eLearn course or customized to meet the your specific needs. We will share examples of modules currently in use this semester, some of our ideas for future development, and facilitate a brief brainstorming workshop. Bring your ideas and your questions for how we can support your students’ research needs in an online environment.

 “Teaching and Research with Office 365,” Scott Hamlin and John O'Donnell
(Martin Auditorium)

Are you looking for new ways for you and your students to collaborate on group projects? Are you working with others on research and need better ways to organize and share your work? The many tools available in Office365 (OneDrive, Word Online, OneNote, Excel Online, etc.) could be your answer. Learn strategies for using Office 365 in your teaching and research and share some of your own. Bring a laptop and try out some of these strategies yourself!

"Providing Writing Support in Real Time,” Todd Gernes and Devon Sprague (Martin 207)

 At Stonehill, we welcome a wide range of students into our community of scholarship and faith. Students join us with a wide spectrum of academic literacy skills in a rapidly evolving electronic environment of alphabet and image. Electronic tools, devices, and conventions of academic writing change constantly. Our students’ need for academic support and, particularly, writing support changes constantly, too, and this can create challenges in the classroom on a day-to-day basis. At Stonehill, we have a flexible, multifaceted system for providing writing support that includes peer tutoring, professional tutoring, small-group instruction, online tools, and faculty consulting. Todd Gernes, Assistant Dean of General Education, and Devon Sprague, Director of the Center for Writing and Academic Achievement, along with Writer Center Tutors and TAs, will facilitate a discussion about the academic literacy needs of the students we are encountering “here and now” and suggest strategies for becoming an effective “first responder.”

12:00-1:30  Lunch, Martin Auditorium

1:00-1:30 Phi Beta Kappa Faculty Meeting (Martin Boardroom)
Peter Ubertaccio

1:30-2:45 Workshops III (choose one)

Social Justice Digital Pedagogies,” Roopika Risam, Salem State University (Martin 204)

This workshop offers a hands-on approach to designing social justice-oriented digital humanities assignments for the classroom. We will explore the applications of existing digital humanities projects that foreground cutting edge approaches to the intersections of race, gender, sexuality, and nation to curricular goals. We will further consider how to develop classroom projects that blend social justice and digital methods from the ground up. The workshop will emphasize how to approach difference through digital humanities from a pedagogical framework and how to design these social justice projects at scopes and scales that are appropriate for the classroom. Participants will leave with assignment ideas they have developed, along with access to ideas generated across the workshop.

 “Reading in the Disciplines,” Heather Perry and Devon Sprague (Martin 207)

We know our students encounter challenges when asked to read material in an unfamiliar discipline. Standard assessments of students’ reading competencies, including ACT and SAT scores, have also declined significantly over the past few decades. What may seem at first to be weak writing skills can often be related to problems with reading skills. The CWAA has a number of strategies that have been helpful in writing consultations to assist students with reading comprehension, and this fall the Library created a Reading in the Disciplines Libguide, as part of its new Information Skills Curriculum, to serve as a repository for resources and for advice from faculty across the disciplines. This session is designed to build on these materials and encourage a wider discussion of the challenges students face when reading for our courses.

 “Stand Up, Speak Out: Bystander Intervention Training,” Maria Curtin and Pamela Lombardi (Martin Auditorium)

This training session is designed to give community members knowledge, skills, and awareness to become pro-social bystanders in the Stonehill Community and beyond. Participants will: learn about different types of bystanders and their actions; better understand our Stonehill community expectations about bystander intervention; develop a common language around micro-aggressions, bias incidents, and hate crimes; learn techniques to become a pro-social bystander; learn more about campus resources to support bystander intervention.       

 Faculty Experts in the Media: Raising Your Profile,” Deb Salvucci, Mike Shulansky and Peter Ubertaccio (Martin 206)

Building a public profile for you and your work can be a challenge in today’s fast-paced media environment. This seminar will cover basic steps faculty can take in building a digital presence, establishing reporter relationships, and proactively identifying media opportunities. It will also highlight support offered by the College’s Communications and Media Relations Office, tips for interacting with the media, and more.