Educational Technology

LAT Faculty Institute 2017

The LAT Faculty Institute has something for everyone who teaches at Washington College. In a friendly collegial environment, you’ll have an opportunity to find out about innovative approaches to teaching and to try out new technologies. You’ll leave with techniques and skills you can apply directly to your next course. It’s free. It’s fun. It’s all about faculty. Refreshments and lunch are on us!

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Guest Author 
THOMAS LEITCH

Keynote Address: 
Wikipedia U: Knowledge, Authority and Liberal Education in the Digital Age 

The tumultuous Presidential election of 2016 left America awash in accusations about fake news, alternative facts, and other kinds of disinformation.  As debates over the truth heated up, pundits rushed to inform their readers and listeners how to tell information from disinformation, real news from fake.

Deliberate disinformation is a less serious threat to the public’s perception of social reality than the unintentional misinformation spread every day by well-intentioned bloggers, tweeters, columnists, and news anchors. Citizens need tools that will help them distinguish real news from fake news, real authorities from bogus authorities. But the complicated nature of authority means that they need much more as well-even more urgently than learning whom to trust, they need to learn how to trust.

 
Featured Workshop: 
The News, the Facts, and the Classroom

This presentation focuses on the uniquely important role educators play in helping their students learn how to trust. Beginning by examining two opposing but equally unhelpful attitudes toward trust—accepting every authority equally and uncritically, and rejecting every authority as equally unworthy of trust—it examines the surprising varieties of trust and urges that teachers cultivate in their students more critical, though not cynical, attitudes toward trust as the indispensable foundation of liberal education.

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Breakout Sessions

Let’s Give ‘Em Something to Talk About: Encouraging Thoughtful, Engaged Classroom Discussions
Suzanne Thuecks and Raven Bishop

Join us to explore strategies for improving student participation in class discussions.  Take a look at the ways in which starting or sustaining class discussions outside of class can set the stage for more engaged, more robust student discussions in class.


Fake or True? Applying Critical Thinking to Research
Marianne Sade and Floyd Csir

Students can be confused about the reliability of their research results. They may not know how to construct scholarly questions or find authoritative sources. In this session, Professors Sade and Csir will share strategies and tools to analyze websites, images, articles, etc., to help students become more discerning researchers.


Engaging Students as Creators: Digital Video in the Classroom
Mindy Reynolds and Nancy Cross

Find out how you can develop students’ skills in areas such as critical thinking, problem-solving, research, collaboration and digital media technologies by blending digital video projects into the curricula. We’ll discuss how Mindy Reynolds used a backward course design process to extensively incorporate videos into her GRW course, The Body Toxic. We’ll look at the various strategies used in this course and how they might be applied across the curricula in developing critical thinking and other essential skills.


Designing Innovative Leaders

Amanda Kramer, Brian Palmer and Ande Hearn

In a 2007 prediction of the work environment our 2017 graduates would be thrust into, many of the job roles and business structures had yet to be conceived.  How are we to prepare our students for these unknown challenges?  This session provides a hands-on overview of integrating Design Thinking as a strategy for creating innovators rather than a particular innovation.  We’ll break down Design Thinking into its key components and provide examples of its flexibility across multiple disciplines.  Attendees will receive a free Design Thinking for Educators tool kit.

Augmented Reality in Instruction
Heather Calloway and Raven Bishop

Augmented Reality (AR) is an emerging technology that allows us to overlay digital content on real-world objects—this is the same technology that brings us the ever-popular Pokemon Go!  

In this session we share how we’ve been using AR in instructional sequences that empower students to share authentic research in new ways.  We’ll go “under the hood” to see what goes into creating augmented reality content and how it fits into instruction and student research.

Come and explore this exciting emerging technology and learn how it can enhance instruction and help engage today’s digital natives!


Bringing Components of Team-based Learning Into Your Classroom
Jim Windelborn

Despite its relevance to success in most modern workplaces, group work often elicits a negative reaction in students, but new techniques may help to make the reality of working in groups less painful for all participants. Three goals of Team-based learning are improving the ability of students to work in diverse teams toward common goals, exposing students to repetition of key concepts from multiple perspectives, and creating a classroom environment in which all participants feel free to contribute unique experiences and insights. Two-stage testing is one component of Team-based learning that has been successfully incorporated in several of my classrooms. In this workshop, you will experience two-stage testing via a short activity. Following this short exercise, we will discuss a method for grading this style of assessment that helps to alleviate many of the concerns voiced by students about team-based projects. The importance of regular peer evaluation in Team-based learning will also be discussed.


When Students Teach: Learning Through Communicating to Others
Rebecca Fox and Nancy Cross

By learning to communicate to others, students can develop the habits of inquiry and analysis that are needed to critically examine and understand complex concepts. We will discuss several projects Rebecca Fox has used in her Environmental Science classes that emphasize the ability to distill relevant information and analyze underlying assumptions in order to effectively communicate to others.  Information today is increasingly communicated to the public through social media, and many of these projects incorporate communication appropriate for social media distribution. This session includes an opportunity for hands-on use of some of the applications and exercises used by students in these courses.

Arduino Awakening
Brian Palmer and Ande Hearn

Bridge the gap between Atoms (the physical world) and Bits (the digital world) using the Arduino electronics prototyping platform in this hands-on session.  Discover how your students can enhance their research, learning, and expression with these powerful open-source tools.  Explore the myriad possibilities where an Arduino powered assignment can empower your students with the Internet of Things (IoT), data collection, visualization, interaction, and more!

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Unhurried Conversations

Take time to begin unhurried conversations with colleagues during the: 

Continental Breakfast, Mix & Mingle 
Sponsored by Phi Beta Kappa
Come on in and enjoy conversation and coffee with colleagues—what a great way to start the day!

MASTICATE & CONFABULATE Luncheon
Sponsored by Friends of Miller Library
Facilitated by M&C, this conversation-focused luncheon will present opportunities for faculty to discuss new ideas as well as tried and true best practices for the classroom. 

Unhurried Conversation & Cocktail Hour
Take time to enjoy a beverage with colleagues and visit the Expo area before heading to the end-of-year retirement party. 

Expo Area
Open all day, visit the area by Sophie’s Cafe to explore the resources, technologies, and equipment available to Washington College faculty. 

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Schedule At-A-Glance

*Subject to change

 

 

 LAT Faculty Institute 2017

 

 8:30 AM
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9:00 AM

 

 

Unhurried Conversations, Coffee, Mix and Mingle 

Miller Library 1st Floor Commons

 

9:00 AM
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9:45 AM

 

Let’s Give ‘Em Something to Talk About:
Encouraging Thoughtful,
Engaged Classroom Discussions

 Suzanne Thuecks and Raven Bishop

Sophie Kerr Room

 

Fake or True? Applying Critical Thinking to Research
 Marianne Sade and Floyd Csir

Newlin Room

 

 Engaging Students as Creators: Digital Video in the Classroom
Mindy Reynolds and Nancy Cross

Beck

10:00 AM
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10:45 AM

 

Designing Innovative Leaders
 Amanda Kramer, Brian Palmer and Ande Hearn

Beck

 

Augmented Reality in Instruction
 Heather Calloway and Raven Bishop

Sophie Kerr Room 

 

Bringing Components of Team-based Learning Into Your Classroom
Jim Wlndelborn

 Newlin Room

11:00 AM
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12:00 PM

 

KEYNOTE ADDRESS

 Thomas Leitch

Author of Wikipedia U: Knowledge, Authority and Liberal Education in the Digital Age 

Miller LIbrary 2nd Floor Commons

 

12:00 PM
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1:00 PM
 

 


M&C Luncheon

 
Hosted by Suzanne Thuecks 

Sophie Kerr Room

 

1:15 PM
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2:30 PM
 

 When Students Teach: Learning Through Communicating to Others
Rebecca Fox and Nancy Cross

 Beck

Featured Workshop

The News, the Facts, and the Classroom

 Thomas Leitch

Miller Library 2nd Floor Commons

Arduino Awakening
 Brian Palmer and Ande Hearn

Newlin Room 

 

2:30 PM
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3:30 PM

 

Unhurried Conversations and Cocktails

**Visit The Expo Area** 

Miller Library 2nd Floor Commons

 

 

 

 

 

     All sessions will take place in the Miller Library.   

 

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