Teaching and Learning Symposia

Teaching Symposium

Register for the Symposium

Friday, February 28, 2020

12:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Check-in begins at 11:45 a.m.

Nebraska Innovation Campus Conference Center

2021 Transformation Drive

The Office of the Executive Vice Chancellor and the Center for Transformative Teaching are pleased to sponsor the spring 2020 Teaching and Learning Symposium on February 28 at Nebraska Innovation Campus. This symposium provides an opportunity to engage in conversations about teaching and learning, to hear from experts on emerging issues in improving student outcomes, and to network with others seeking to improve teaching at Nebraska.

Schedule of Events

12:00 p.m.

Lunch and Informal Networking

12:45 p.m.

Welcome and Keynote Introduction

Welcome from director Nick Monk, Center for Transformative Teaching, and introduction of keynote speaker Jennifer Smith of the University of Florida

1:00-2:30 p.m.

Interactive Keynote

Small Group Discussion: A Powerhouse for Learning

Jennifer K. Smith, MFA, director of the Center for Teaching Excellence, and former associate professor of theater, University of Florida

Drawing upon social learning research, her extensive experience conducting pedagogical programming, and a background in the theater arts, Jennifer Smith will present small group discussion as a flexible teaching tool supporting a variety of course, learner, and classroom goals. Discussion fosters student critical thinking, collaboration, and communication skills. Peer-to-peer interaction helps to develop the ability to apply, evaluate, and translate knowledge to different contexts, and social learning enhances a sense of belonging. Discussion activities can be used in concert with lectures, project work, and other learning strategies in both face-to-face and online contexts. Some discussion protocols will be demonstrated, and challenges will be matched to possible solutions.

Jennifer K. Smith
Jennifer K. Smith directs the University of Florida Center for Teaching Excellence, where she oversees a diverse group of programs and initiatives. Previously, she was associate director of course production for UF Online and manager of Instructional Design Services at UF’s Center for Instructional Technology and Training. Smith was an associate professor in the University of Florida Theatre and Dance Department. Her theatrical costume creations have been worn by many performers including opera singers Placido Domingo and Denyce Graves as well as rock musician Prince. Jennifer received an MFA from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.
2:30 p.m.

Refreshment Break

2:45-3:30 p.m.

Concurrent Breakout Sessions 1

Effective Faculty Development Through Faculty Discussion: College-Level Challenges, Goals and Classroom-based Strategies to Promote Student Discussion, Part I

CAS Teaching Academy Fellows: Deborah Minter, associate professor, English; Leen-Kiat Soh, professor, engineering computer science; Manda Williamson, associate professor of practice, psychology; with Wayne Babchuck, associate professor of practice, educational psychology

This workshop will be delivered in two parts and is designed to accomplish two objectives: First a brief report on a recent mixed-methods study of CAS faculty teaching goals, classroom learning strategies and challenges will be offered. In Part II (second breakout session), and in light of our shared interest in fostering richer classroom-based discussions, the workshop will apply some of the practical tips offered from the keynote to allow faculty to incorporate discussion-based strategies within their courses, focusing on a specific lesson and set of lesson objectives that faculty should bring to the symposium in advance of the workshop.

Download: Presentation | Survey | Interview Questions

Using Virtual Exchange as a Teaching Tool: Methods and Best Practices

Dipra Jha, director of global engagement, associate professor of practice, dept. of hospitality, restaurant, and tourism management

This session will discuss planning and implementation of virtual exchange classrooms and explore best practices in collaborative online international learning (COIL). Participants will examine examples from the UNL Global Virtual Classrooms project and take away ideas for using virtual exchange in their own teaching.

Social Engagement in Learning: Yellowdig as a Tool for Discussions, a Faculty Panel

Panel moderator: Tawnya Means, assistant dean and director, College of Business Teaching and Learning Center, assistant professor of practice, management

Yellowdig is a social engagement platform available at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln for faculty to add to their Canvas course site. The platform is integrated into Canvas with single sign-on and grade pass back. Instructors can configure the settings to encourage student engagement through discussion, Q&A, and sharing of resources and information. A panel of new and experienced faculty will share how they use Yellowdig in their teaching.

3:35-4:30 p.m.

Concurrent Breakout Sessions 2

Effective Faculty Development Through Faculty Discussion: College-Level Challenges, Goals and Classroom-based Strategies to Promote Student Discussion, Part II

CAS Teaching Academy Fellows: Deborah Minter, associate professor, English; Leen-Kiat Soh, professor, engineering computer science; Manda Williamson, associate professor of practice, psychology; with Wayne Babchuck, associate professor of practice, educational psychology

Building upon the discussion from breakout session I of the mixed-methods study of CAS faculty teaching goals and classroom learning strategies, the second part of the workshop will apply some of the practical tips offered from the keynote to allow faculty to incorporate discussion-based strategies within their courses, focusing on a specific lesson and set of lesson objectives that faculty should bring to the symposium in advance of the workshop. Attendees do not need to have been at the first breakout session.

Speed Sessions: “Small Teaching” Tips to Promote Effective Learning

Facilitator: Brian Wilson, instructional design technology specialist, Center for Transformative Teaching

In this speed session, faculty from across campus will present a series of five-minute talks, describing “small teaching” (to borrow a phrase from James M. Lang) tips and hints that have engaged their students, promoted effective learning, and did not require an entire course redesign. Participants will have the opportunity to consider how they would apply a strategy to their class and will receive handouts outlining the strategy, research, steps in implementation, examples, and contacts.

4:30 p.m.

Symposium Adjourns

For questions regarding registration or the event, please contact Justy Bullington, EVC Office Events & Outreach Coordinator, jbullington3@unl.edu or 402-472-6943.

For questions regarding content or the Center for Transformative Teaching, please contact Beverly Russell, CTT Associate Director, at brussell1@unl.edu or 402-472-4358.

Visit the symposia archive page to download presentation resources and view the schedules for previous semesters' events.