Sept. 26 Faculty Showcase: Collaboration and Communication

Fri Sep 26, 2014 9:00am - 11:30am @ Health and Learning Center Rm 2405  

9:00 a.m. Welcome Don Carter, Director, e-Learning Center

9:05 a.m. Facilitating Collaborative Learning in a Flipped Classroom

In spring of 2013, Dr. James made three changes to his University Physics II course: changing the course format to become “totally flipped”, increasing the amount of content coverage, and increasing the level of rigor in course grading. The result was a remarkable increase in student achievement. He has since realized even stronger results by applying these same changes to his upper division Theoretical Mechanics course. Dr. James will discuss the challenges of implementing the flipped format along with insights gained.

Mark James, Physics and Astronomy

Before earning his Ph.D. from Kansas State University in Science Education in 2003, Mark James was an award winning instructor at the University of Wisconsin where he was regularly tapped to speak on teaching excellence.Since coming to NAU in 2003, Dr. James has published 11 papers on various topics in physics education, including 3 studies on the use of clickers. His current interests include the impact of the flipped classroom format on student learning in lower and upper division physics courses.

9:40 a.m. Making Discussions Work

It is axiomatic that discussions lead online students to a higher level of learning and understanding. In fact, fewer aspects of online teaching are more dogmatic than using discussions. This presentation examines practical strategies for engaging students and making asynchronous discussions work in large online courses.

Susan Smiley, Arts and Sciences, NAU-Yuma/Anthropology, Flagstaff Mountain Campus

Susan Smiley, Ph.D. has been teaching online courses for more than a decade.Her strategies for using asynchronous discussions have evolved from the early days of teaching small online classes to the present day of classes with 100 or more students.

10:15 a.m. Collaborative Note-taking Using Google Docs

This session introduces the use of real-time and asynchronous collaborative note-taking using Google docs. I have noticed that only about half of my students take detailed or consistent notes during class, regardless of the class. Therefore, I have started using Google drive and Google docs to present and practice topics in class. This way the students can all access the class document at the same time, and make changes to the document and write notes about what was practiced. The real beauty of this method is that students will always have access to the notes as long as they have access to the internet through their NAU account; no notes to lose before the exam!

Benning Tieke, Global Languages and Culture

Benning Tieke, MA (Political Science and Teaching Spanish) teaches lower-division Spanish as well as upper-division Spanish grammar, conversation, and composition classes for the Department of Global Languages and Cultures. His research is in the political influence on language use and linguistic influence on the use of politics.

10:45 a.m. Follow-up conversations