May 29

Sidneyeve Matrix, May 29
Tuesday's theme:
New tools for student engagement

Unless otherwise noted, all events take place in 104 Gore Hall. 

8:30 a.m. Breakfast
9:00 a.m. Welcoming remarks:
Deborah Allen, Faculty Director, Center for Teaching & Assessment of Learning (CTAL)

Keynote presentation:
Dr. Sidneyeve Matrix, National Scholar and Assistant Professor, Department of Media and Film, Queen's University Canada

Looking ahead: New tools for student engagement

This keynote address will look at emerging trends in teaching with technology, online and blended courses, and using social and mobile media to increase student engagement and outcomes. We'll review best practices for integrating social networks and smartphones, geolocational data and digital creativity, into courses across the curriculum. Highlighting recent innovations in using online video, course apps, collaborative platforms, and webinars, this presentation demonstrates how faculty are designing active learning pedagogies with digital tools, to prepare technofluent graduates for the workplace.

About Sidneyeve Matrix

Sidneyeve Matrix is Queen's National Scholar and Assistant Professor in the Department of Media and Film at Queen's University. She teaches courses in mass communications, marketing, digital and social media for undergrads, and in the Queen's School of Business Executive Development Centre and for Rutgers University Center for Management Development. She is an Educator in Residence at The Centre for Teaching and Learning at Queen's, and the recipient of the OUSA Award for Excellence in Teaching at Queen's University, by the Alma Mater Society and the Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance.

Sidneyeve is an Associate Editor (social media) of The Journal of Professional Communications and on the editorial boards of The International Journal of Interactive Multimedia and The Canadian Journal of Popular Culture. Sidneyeve also works as a social media developer helping brands increase their digital IQ, at MatrixMediaFX.

10:00 a.m. Morning break
10:15 a.m.

Hands-on workshop: 
Dr. Sidneyeve Matrix, National Scholar and Assistant Professor, Department of Media and Film, Queen's University Canada

Social media professionalization: Action steps for time-starved faculty

This hands-on workshop is designed for faculty, staff, and students who want to improve their online reputation through developing a robust online presence. With concrete action steps, we'll cover how to use multimedia tools such as blogs and images, video and podcasting, booklists, visual bookmarking, and social good initiatives, to create a current, relevant, and impactful digital footprint. We'll review new social networks specifically for scientists, researchers, artists, and other academics. I'll share ideas, tools, and case studies of how to quickly and easily professionalize your presence on some of the best known social platforms including a Facebook profile, a LinkedIn page, a YouTube channel, a Pinterest board, and a Twitter stream. Assuming that everyone is short on time to learn how to use these tools to construct a professional online persona, this workshop is all about shortcuts and timesavers. From growing a personal learning network online, to disseminating research on the web, from job searching, to collaborating with far-flung colleagues, attendees are guaranteed to leave this workshop full of ideas and inspiration to optimize their online selves, whether they have a few minutes or a whole weekend available to do so. 


12:00 p.m. Lunch
1:00 p.m.
Phillip Penix-Tadsen
Sarah Travers

You don't have to be "Friends": Why you and your students will "Like" Facebook for class

Phillip Penix-Tadsen, Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures

Sarah Travers, Nursing '14 


Facebook Groups offer a space to take discussions beyond the classroom and develop relationships among the group.  By enabling students (and faculty) to share various media, comment on each other's observations, compose shared "Docs," and interact through an enjoyable and familiar interface, these groups can complement your course and build a greater sense of community.  But what should you avoid, and how can you best use this technology?  This session will address the pros and cons of the medium, giving insights on how Facebook can be potentially useful in a course from both the faculty and the student perspective.


Student panel session

Justina Girgis, Exercise Science '14  
Amanpreet Kaur, Applied Nutrition '13  
Sarah Meadows, English/Professional Writing '13
Kader Messaoudi,  Electrical Engineering '13
Helen Rana, Nursing '14  
Moderator: Richard Gordon, Computer & Information Sciences

Students from various programs answer your questions about learning and technology.

2:00 p.m. Afternoon break
2:15 p.m.

Florence Schmieg
Using student debates to connect biological concepts to current issues of importance to society

Florence Schmieg, Biological Sciences

To increase student scientific understanding and to foster appreciation for the importance of science to society, I include an interactive component in the Introductory Biology course that I teach. The format of the exercise is a student debate on a controversy that is related in some way to the biological sciences. Cooperative teams of students are assigned by lottery to a topic and side for the debate, write a paper, prepare a handout, and present an oral debate to the class. Here I will present examples of student work, student opinions, and my assessment of this active learning strategy.



Hannah Lee
Ben Yagoda


Multimedia literacy: Your next steps  

Hannah Lee, Student Multimedia Design Center, Morris Library

Ben Yagoda, English


Renee Hobbs, who gave the keynote at the Winter Faculty Institute [session recording available here], generated a lot of excitement and interest when she explained the possibilities of digital and media literacy in higher education. She talked about how digital and media literacy embraces interdisciplinary connections across campus and community, and how it allows students to make sense of and take part in the mediated messages around them. How are you helping students to develop the knowledge and competencies to thrive in the 21st century? What are your next steps?  

Hannah Lee, Assistant Librarian from the Student Multimedia Design Center in the Morris Library, will introduce a plan for multimedia literacy instruction that will help faculty further develop their course assignments. She will present a resource that faculty can use in their classes that will help them as they design multimedia assignments and communicate those expectations to their students.    

Ben Yagoda will talk about the multimedia assignments he gives and how a librarian like Hannah Lee can add value by being involved in this process. 

3:15 p.m. Adjourn

After 3:15 p.m. (and earlier throughout the day): Information Technologies staff will be available for individual consultation.