The 10th Annual Advancing Teaching and Learning Conference
Friday, February 28th
Overton Hotel
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9:30 - 10:20 AM
Going Mobile: Using Mobile Technologies to Engage Students and Enhance Learning
Amy Andersen
West Texas A&M University
Horizon Room B, Overton Hotel

A large percentage of college students currently own and use one or more mobile devices on a daily basis. Higher education faculty members often feel they are fighting with these devices for student attention. One way to combat this problem is to embrace the use of these devices in class and out. This session will describe and share ways that faculty can use these devices to help their students be more engaged with course material. Practical examples from different courses/departments across campus will be shared. Participants should leave with some practical strategies they can use immediately in their courses.

Reversing the Roles in the Classroom: Teaching with Guided Participation for Student-Led Learning
Jennifer Vanos
Texas Tech University
Horizon Room C, Overton Hotel

This session is based on the theory of constructivist learning where the students are given opportunities to lead their own learning in class, and the instructor acts as a facilitator. When a student actively and effectively teaches the material to another learner, he or she constructs his or her own knowledge. This teaching process encourages students to find their own way for learning the material, while developing critical thinking skills, argument formulation and analytical insights. This session will employ techniques of guided participation for facilitating student involvement in the classroom.

10:30 - 11:20 AM
What the Best Teachers Do: Engaging Students in the Classroom
Candis Carraway & Scott Burris
Texas Tech University
Horizon Room B, Overton Hotel

The presenters have recently studied common beliefs and characteristics among effective teachers at Texas Tech University. The most common theme that emerged from this study was engaging students in learning. The presenters will share the results of their research, discuss different types of engagement, and model engaging activities that can be used in the classroom. Workshop participants will create strategies to utilize in their own classrooms.

Using Team-Based Learning to Explore the Nature of Science and Engage Students
Nathan Collie
Texas Tech University
Horizon Room C, Overton Hotel

College majors in the STEM disciplines may emerge at graduation with a strong knowledge base and process skills to conduct scientific inquiries, but often lack a crucial third limb of science, the Nature of Science (NOS). These are characteristics of science, such as its tentativeness and its basis on observation and inference, often misinterpreted by the general public or students themselves as “flimsy” and “opinion-based.” Another skill often missing is team work. This workshop seeks to combine the exploration of the NOS with a team-based learning approach to modeling the instruction of these characteristics in your classroom. This introduction will lead to discipline-specific exercises that are effective because they are explicit and reflective. The broader impact derives from realizing that we are also training the next generation of science teachers in our classrooms, and their enhanced understanding of science may generate a population that returns to us with improved college readiness.

11:30 AM - 1:00 PM (Lunch & Keynote Address)
Promising Practices in Student Engagement and Retention
George Kuh
University of Illinois and Indiana University
Sunset Ballroom B & C, Overton Hotel

Dr. Kuh will briefly describe the kinds of proficiencies the 21st century is demanding of college graduates, how and why engagement and high-impact practices are critical to helping students acquire these proficiencies, and the key steps a campus needs to take to foster higher levels of student success.

1:15 - 2:05 PM
Creating Connections: Activities to Promote Connecting with Students
Malinda Colwell & Mitzi Lauderdale
Texas Tech University
Horizon Room B, Overton Hotel

Creating a classroom of engaged learners requires intentional efforts to connect with students. These connections engage students by acknowledging their role and responsibilities in the learning process, as well as promoting the classroom as a community of learners. Our presentation will provide active examples of ways to engage students in the classroom, including the use of clickers, "old school" small group activities, and intentional questioning. We also will discuss applicability of these techniques across disciplines and some of the benefits of connecting with students.

Implementing AVID Strategies in Freshman Seminar Courses
Jeff Dennis & Bill Harlow
University of Texas of the Permian Basin
Horizon Room C, Overton Hotel

In recent years, AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) techniques have been implemented in higher education. UT-Permian Basin has adopted AVID strategies in its Freshman Seminar classes as a means of aiding academic success among first year students and improving first year retention. This session will demonstrate a number of the more common AVID strategies – Cornell notes, critical reading and questioning techniques, organizational techniques – and how these can be applied across disciplines and to more advanced college students. There will also be a discussion on how to assess the effectiveness of AVID techniques, and subsequently how to improve Freshman Seminar and other courses in the future.

2:15 - 3:05 PM
The Educational Value of Online Games/Simulations: Lessons Learned with “The Great Flu
Jacki Fitzpatrick & Erin Kostina-Ritchey
Texas Tech University
Horizon Room B, Overton Hotel

The presentation will focus on the use of an educational online simulation (The Great Flu - TGF). TGF places students in the position of decision-makers (e.g., to allocate resources or alter environments) in response to an epidemic. The presenters use TGF in a public policy course, but its content can be relevant to multiple disciplines (e.g., biology, political science, communication, medicine, urban/rural planning, law). This session will be an opportunity for the (a) presenters to summarize their use of TGF and (b) session attendees to discuss options for the use of online educational games/simulations in their own courses/fields.



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