Innovative Pedagogy Showcases

This series highlights faculty who have integrated pedagogical innovations into their curriculum.

Past events

Video Grading

Monday, Sept. 24, 2018, 12 to 1 p.m.

Jessica Kruger
Clinical assistant professor, Department of Community Health and Health Behavior, School of Public Health and Health Professions

Have you spent hours writing comments on student papers only to see them end up in the trash can as student file out of class? There may be a better way! Come explore how providing video feedback may help motivate students to hear, see, use and understand your feedback. This session will be interactive; feel free to bring a laptop or other device to learn how to start providing video feedback to your students.

Using Wikis for Online Debates

This presentation was postponed.

Valerie Nesset
Associate professor
Library and Information Studies, Graduate School of Education

A few years ago, every course in the LIS program was mandated to offer an online, asynchronous option necessitating the replication of Oxford-style debate, a core module of the formerly on-campus Intellectual Freedom course. Debates were used in the course not only to provide students with the opportunity to research an aspect of a “hot topic” related to LIS and construct a cogent argument either for or against it, but also to provide practice in presenting in front of an audience and “thinking on one’s feet”. As wikis are structured to facilitate collaboration and the exchange of ideas in an online environment, the wiki tool in UBlearns was found to be an effective replacement. This interactive workshop will briefly explain how wikis were used in this particular case, the advantages of using wikis as a substitute for traditional face-to-face learning activities, and pitfalls to avoid. In breakout sessions, learners will be encouraged to discuss with each other how they might integrate wikis into their own teaching.

Point Accumulation

Friday, Nov. 30, 2018, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.

Tracey McNerney
Former director of online programs
Department of Learning and Instruction, Graduate School of Education

The presentation is on point accumulation in an online doctoral-level course. The strategy used in the course is designed to empower students, provide opportunities for deeper personal reflection, maintain life balance and play to individual strengths. Emphasis is on self-directed learning that encourages students to think critically and fosters understanding of the policies and norms that ultimately guide doctoral studies and research.

Student-Created OER Textbooks

Student-Created OER Textbooks

Tuesday, March 5, 2019 • 2 to 3 p.m.

Jessica Kruger
Clinical assistant professor, Department of Community Health and Health Behavior, School of Public Health and Health Professions

What can faculty do when teaching a large class of students and several expensive textbooks are required to address the full range of course topics?  

 Jessica Kruger will discuss how she responded to this challenge by working with her students to create their own textbook in a single semester.

Kruger will present the process she and her students used; the benefits to creating a collaborative, open educational textbook; and what faculty need to know if they would like to implement this type of project in their class.

Engaging Students With Creative Teaching Styles

Wednesday, April 17, 2019 • 2 to 3 p.m. 

David Watson
Chair, Department of Chemistry

When teaching both large and small classes, faculty are challenged with engaging individual students while still teaching effectively to a broader audience. What can faculty do to improve their teaching style in order to foster greater student motivation and commitment to learning? David Watson will lead this open-ended discussion that will highlight strategies to address this critical pedagogical question.

This discussion will focus on the following themes:

  • Developing and refining faculty teaching styles.
  • Selecting course content to effectively balance “breadth vs. depth.”
  • Establishing trust and a positive rapport with students.