May 31

Session Resources

Friday's theme:
New Directions in Student Engagement

All sessions are in 208 Gore Hall

Complete the pre-event homework and be prepared to fully participate in the full-day workshop.

8:30 a.m.


Bonus Reading for the Early Birds
Faculty Focus Special Report: Tips for Encouraging Student Participation in classroom Discussions

9:00 a.m.

How to attract and retain motivated students in your major

Find out three ways to spark passion in your student. Answer a few questions we'll process with learning analytics and put to the test during our Team Building exercise using Google Apps in the afternoon. Begin developing your personal strategic plan to motivate and attract students to your major. 

The first day of class is when you set the tone and have the opportunity to make a great first impression

9:45 a.m. Keynote presentation

Cross-generational communication

This workshop introduces participants to proven team building techniques and cross-generational communication skills. What's your learning style and how does that effect the way you teach? How can awareness of your student's learning style help you bridge communication gaps? Let's focus on what works and make it better.   

Keynote presenter

Peggy Smith

Organizational Learning Solution Instructor, Smith and Associates

Peggy is an educator, teacher, coach and trainer who helps others communicate more effectively. Prior to working for 16 years in sales at the DuPont Company and Agfa Corporation, she served as a training specialist for the Engineering Division of DuPont, the training director of Peace Corps Nepal, and a teacher in the New York City public school system. Peggy holds advanced degrees in education and counseling. She is the founder and principal of Smith and Associates. Within the University of Delaware Peggy works as an instructor for the Blue and Gold Workplace Effectiveness Certificate, Strategic Human Resource Management Certificate, and other communication programs as needed. She also does individual and group coaching.

Session presentation files and hand-outs

10:30 a.m. Morning break
10:45 a.m. Communication activity

This session allows participants the opportunity to practice techniques and discuss how they might apply them in their classes. 


11:30 a.m.

12:15 p.m.


Bonus session! Those new to Google Apps Mail can experience a walk-through with Ron Nichols, IT Client Support & Services, that showcases the benefits of this service. Bring a dessert from the buffet and your questions to this introduction.

Participants familiar with Google Apps Mail are encouraged to seek out and discuss individual teaching goals with colleagues and staff during this time.

12:45 p.m.

Whirlwind tour of group work tools 

Focus will be on leveraging the collaborative benefits of Google Drive and Google Sites. 

Hands-on application

Team building: Life lessons begin in your class 

Teams will be assembled and given specific tasks generated from individual participant responses gathered during the 9 a.m. session. This is an opportunity to experience a model of how in-class group collaborations could be incorporated into a standard class period.

2:30 p.m. Afternoon break

2:45 p.m.

Showcase of outcomes and group reflection

Teams display their project and share the benefits and challenges they experienced in the environment they want students to use. The goal is to have a clearer understanding how group work can enhance the earning experience in both measurable and intangible ways.

3:30 p.m. Adjourn

The learning doesn't stop here

Academic Technology Services:

Contact the Center for Teaching & Assessment of Learning for more guidance on using this technique, or others, to identify what works, and target areas for improvement.

Wash - Rinse - -Improve - Repeat

Understanding the STAR process

STAR in practice 

l  the situation and task are usually combined and form the introduction for your evidence

l  the action you took forms the main body of your answer

l  the result should be your conclusion


You need to ask yourself 

l  Situation - how, when, where, with whom?

l  Task - what situation or the task you were faced with?

l  Action - what action did you take?

l  Result  - what results did you achieve/conclusions did you reach?