Academic Development Day--October 11, 2016

Martin Auditorium


Academic Development Day, October 11, 2016

Prof. Jonathan Plucker is the Julian C. Stanley Endowed Professor of Talent Development at Johns Hopkins University, where he works in the School of Education and Center for Talented Youth. He graduated with degrees in chemistry education and educational psychology from UConn, then after briefly teaching at an elementary school in New York, received his Ph.D. in educational psychology from the University of Virginia. He has also taught at the University of Maine, Indiana University, and University of Connecticut. His research examines education policy and talent development, with over 200 publications to his credit. His books include Creativity and InnovationIntelligence 101 with Amber Esping, and Essentials of Creativity Assessment with James Kaufman and John Baer. He is an APA and AAAS Fellow and recipient of the Arnheim Award for Outstanding Achievement from APA and Distinguished Scholar Award from NAGC.

8:30-9:00 Coffee and Light Breakfast

9:00-9:15 Welcome and Introductions
Phyllis Thompson & Bronwyn Heather Bleakley

9:15-10:45 Creativity: What it is, What it isn’t, and How to Help People Have More of it
Jonathan Plucker

Creativity is considered to be a highly valued 21st century skill, but what do we know about how to foster it? How can we even define it? We will explore these and other questions through a series of activities that illustrate and model key creativity-producing instructional strategies.

10:45-11:00 Break

11:00-12:00 Workshops (choose one)

Fostering Creativity in the College Classroom
Jonathan Plucker-Martin Auditorium

Participants should bring an activity description or lesson plan to this workshop. We will briefly discuss some key creativity-enhancing principles, then work together to modify the activities and lessons in ways that foster creativity.

Mentoring Students Using Appreciative Advising and SMART Goal Setting Strategies
Craig (Almeida) Kelley & Eileen Bellemore-Martin 205

Appreciative Advising is an intentional process of asking positive, open-ended questions that help students optimize educational opportunities and experiences, and achieve their goals. SMART Goal Setting provides criteria to consider as students establish goals and objectives.

Learning Beyond the Classroom: Education for a Changing World    
Linnea Carlson & Bridget Meigs-Martin Boardroom 

This session is a hands-on workshop that will allow participants to think creatively about how to integrate community-based learning into their courses and syllabi. We will begin with a panel discussion featuring faculty and students who have successfully created powerful learning environments outside of the classroom by integrating experiential and service learning components into their courses. Afterward, participants will have the opportunity to brainstorm and workshop ideas for how to transform their own specific courses to integrate community service projects and offer more hands-on learning experiences. Faculty are strongly encouraged to bring a syllabus to use in the brainstorming session.

A Touch of Class
John O'Donnell and Juan Carlos Martin-Martin 206

The ClearTouch interactive panel has been in a pilot phase in Duffy 219. The panel is an all-in-one computer and digital smartboard, replacing the need for a projector, screen, and instructor workstation computer. Faculty have been using the panel in various ways for a simplified yet dynamic technology experience. Crucially, this new technology meets the requirement for “Universal Design” best practices.

Online Office Hours for Online or In-Class Classes
Jan Harrison & Ruby Gu-Martin 207

Online classes are growing in popularity and the need to connect with these students in a more personal fashion can be easily achieved using online meeting tools. In addition, ordinary students have found success connecting with busy faculty during evening office hours. This session will demonstrate how easy it is to create online meetings and connect with students.

Setting a Climate for Innovation
Warren Dahlin-Martin 105

How can we best prepare students for a changing world? This workshop explores methods for increasing creativity, promoting a passion for work, and encouraging creative responses to problem-solving. We’ll discuss reducing fear of risk in ourselves and in our students, the ways in which failure can feed success, and how faculty can support students in discovering and creating the unexpected. 

12:00-1:00 Working Lunch | John Pestana

Academic Policy and Procedural Changes: Course Scheduling and Degree Audits

An introduction to the new scheduling software that students will use to register for spring 2017 courses. Also discussed will be the 124-credit graduation requirement for the Classes of 2018 and beyond, as well as the key pieces of information from each advisee’s myAudit that Academic Advisors must verify as a result of recent policy changes.

1:00-3:00 Academic Restructuring Transition Team Faculty and Staff Presentation and Feedback Session
Restructuring Committee

The purpose of this event is to both provide an update of the transition team's preliminary findings and to solicit faculty and staff feedback and recommendations to be incorporated into the final report.