May 31

Thursday's theme:
Make the most of your everyday tools

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

Today we'll take a fresh look at everyday tools, starting with books in their different forms.  Other topics include email, web browsers, PowerPoint presentations, Excel visualizations, Sakai, and more.  We'll present faculty-proven techniques to to work more efficiently, employ "power user" techniques, and tap into the latest features and capabilities.

Your faculty peers will share their use of common tools in ways you may not have considered. The afternoon hands-on workshops with IT staff will help make individual connections to match your needs.

8:30 a.m. Breakfast
9:00 a.m.

Welcoming remarks:
Ann Ardis, Deputy Dean, Arts & Sciences

Robin Schulze

The future of the e-book in an academic environment, or my travels with Sony

Robin Schulze, English

Between the fall of 2008 and the spring of 2011, Professor Robin Schulze, now a Professor of English at the University of Delaware, was part of a team study at Penn State University that investigated how electronic readers influenced the reading practices of Penn State students. Putting Sony Electronic Readers in the hands of first-year Penn State students, the study set out to consider how the loss of the material codex form effected students' encounters with a variety of texts, and how the E-book shaped instruction, access to materials, and integrated (or not) with the pedagogical and institutional systems already in place at Penn State. In her paper, “Dances With Sony: The E-book and the Future of Reading,” Schulze, a scholar of Book History, Editorial Theory and Practice, and a long time traveler in the realm of digital texts, will report on her findings from the Penn State study and offer reflections on her sense of the academic future of the electronic book. 

Rachel Klein

Considering the complexities of electronic text

Rachel Klein, Education

The most common perspective of technology in education is that it is a tool used to support pedagogically-sound research based instructional activities. I would like to challenge the audience to also consider technology as a change agent; one that requires a reconceptualization of reading and writing instruction. While I certainly do not recommend we stop teaching how to read and write traditional, linear texts, I do suggest we prepare students of all ages to read and write dynamic, multimodal, electronic texts; the very texts they interact with daily outside of school.

9:45 a.m. Morning break
10:00 a.m. UD faculty showcasing their tools and techniques.

Anu Sivaraman

Instructure Canvas pilot in Marketing

Anu Sivaraman, Business and Administration
During the spring semester, Anu was the very first user of Instructure Canvas, a cloud-based learning management system. In this short presentation, she will share her experience with the platform. 

IT will be running a small-scale pilot of Canvas for the Fall semester, so faculty interested in giving it a try are invited to contact Mathieu Plourde, IT CS&S (

James Angelini
Entertainment recast for educational purpose

James Angelini, Communication
Inserting a video clip into a classroom presentation is easier than ever. But finding the right pedagogical fit takes finesse.  Used incorrectly, videos can fracture class focus. Well-executed video can raise interest and spark discussion. James will share his process and teaching tips for using video to connect his students to educational content.

Afternoon Activity: 
Using video during class

Ellen Monk
Making sure your students "get it"

Ellen Monk, B&E Accounting & MIS
Ellen teaches advanced spreadsheet topics as a segment in her class, Business Information Systems. Some of these advanced techniques are applicable to other subjects and even everyday life decisions.  In this presentation, she'll walk the audience through the scenario manager in Excel with an example of how it can be applied to play "what-if" analysis for your future retirement.

Afternoon Activity: Playing what-if.

Andrea Boyle Tippett
Getting media coverage

Andrea Boyle Tippett, Office of Communication & Marketing 
A New York Times or Chronicle of Higher Education story quoting you can help the university, your discipline, your students and yourselves.  Find out what the news media is looking for and how you can easily supply it.  In this session, Andrea, a former television reporter, will describe tactics for generating news stories about your research and tips on handling media interviews. 

 Afternoon Activity:
Media interviews.

Mark Greene
Peer evaluation: From pain to gain

Mark Greene, Philosophy
Peer evaluation has been always been recognized as a valuable learning strategy. However, the logistics of collecting, grouping and disseminating the data has proved cumbersome. Until now! Developed in-house with input from UD faculty like Mark every step of the way, the Peer EvaluationTool takes the administrative weight off your shoulders.  

 Afternoon Activity: 
Explore the self-service Peer Evaluation Tool bring your questions

Richard Gordon
Streamlining communication with everyday tools

Richard Gordon, Computer & Information Sciences 
Are you trying to manage the flood of digital information between you and your students? Consider using existing tools to channel the flow. Richard is an old-fashioned idealist who tries to turn his classrooms into "learning communities." He will share his strategies and invite you to join the dialog about email filters, P.O. Box, Sakai Announcements, Google Docs, and Google Groups. Wondering if Diigo, Twitter, Facebook and texting are reasonable ways to communicate with students? The discussion starts here.

Afternoon Activity: 
Streamlining Communication.

Minimums to mastery: Filling the skill-gap 

Rosetta LaFleur, Fashion & Apparel Studies
Getting students to a level field of play is one of Rosetta's goal. She's incorporated forgotten Excel fundamentals within the Fashion context to prepare her students for real-world experiences. 

Afternoon Activity: Consider custom assignments, on-line tutorials, and technology guest session options.

Asima Saad Maura

Ideas from "Exploding the Lecture" adapted to my Spanish clasecitas

Asima Saad Maura, Foreign Languages & Literature
Inspired by Steve Kolowich’s article "Exploding the Lecture" (Inside Higher Ed, November 15, 2011), Asima began a series of clasecitas (Spanish for very short classes) in order to provide her students with a 5-7 minute audio-visual presentation on the topic that they will be discussing the next day.  Kolowich's article is about professor Mike Garver, from Central Michigan University, but Asima will present her own version of this pedagogical strategy.

Afternoon Activity: Create your own video recording.

12:00 p.m. Lunch
1:00 p.m. Throughout the afternoon, faculty will be able attend four 30-minute hands-on guided exploration sessions. 

   Gore 103  Gore 104  Gore 116  Gore 218
1:00-1:25 Filling the skill gap Peer Evaluation Tool Playing what-if   Streamlining communication  


Media interviews  New Sakai tools (Gradebook 2 and Lessons) Using video in presentations

Refreshments will be available in the atrium between sessions.

   Gore 103  Gore 104  Gore 116  Gore 218
2:10-2:35 Peer evaluation tool
Media interviews New Sakai tools (Gradebook 2 and Lessons) Create your own video recording
2:45-3:15 Filling the skill gap
Playing what-if   

Streamlining communication
3:15 p.m. Adjourn

After 3:15 p.m. (and earlier throughout the day): Information Technologies staff will be available for individual consultation.    
Paul Hyde,
May 31, 2012, 6:53 AM
Sandra McVey,
May 30, 2012, 10:59 AM