Each year the Department of Instructional Design celebrates RWU faculty expertise in teaching with an Innovations in Teaching Showcase event held during Spring semester. Each session has a theme and brief presentation(s) by an RWU faculty member(s) followed by an opportunity for sharing ideas, perspectives, strategies, etc.
This year’s Showcase will feature Charlotte Carrington-Farmer from the History/American Studies Department and Hank Kniskern from the Gabelli School of Business who will share their experiences with managing Community Partnerships Center (CPC) projects with their students. According to their website, CPC projects “provide assistance to nonprofit organizations, municipalities, government agencies and low to moderate communities in Rhode Island and Southeastern Massachusetts.” These projects provide students true experiential learning in real-world settings where their work matters. Both Charlotte and Hank will talk about the benefits and challenges for faculty and students in taking on a CPC project. For examples of current and past CPC projects see the CPC website.
Innovations in Teaching 2014 Brochure
Innovations in Teaching 2014 was offered three sessions this spring.
Session 1 - Using Qualtrics for Research: You, Your Students, and Your Classes by Kathleen Micken, D.B.A., Professor of Marketing, Gabelli School of Business
February 20, 2014 11-11:50 AM
Session Description: Now that RWU has a site license for the Qualtrics online survey software, do you wish you knew more about how to use it? This presentation will provide an introduction to Qualtrics, plus information about some of its advanced features that make survey research a little easier. The discussion uses classroom Community Partnerships Center projects as examples to illustrate the many ways that Qualtrics can facilitate different kinds of research studies.
Session 2 - Think-Pair-Share & Clickers in the Classroom by Adria Updike, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Physics, School of Engineering
March 5, 2014 2-2:50 PM
Session Description: Think-Pair-Share is a cooperative learning strategy that provides some time and structure for students to think about a topic, concept or problem individually, then share their thoughts with a peer. Including clickers with this technique allows for a broader formative assessment of student learning. This is an easy and engaging strategy that can fit into any classroom.
Session 3 - Writing Fellows Pilot Program by Margaret Case, Ph.D., CAS Associate Professor of English; Matthew Ulricksen, M.A., Adjunct Professor, CAS Political Science; and Karen Bilotti, M.A., Associate Director for Tutorial Support Services & Coordinator of the Writing Center
April 16, 2014 11-11:50 AM
Session Description: One English course and one Political Science course partnered with the Writing Center for the 2013-14 academic year to pilot embedded Writing Fellows for students. Each Writing Fellow worked with 3 or 4 assigned students for the duration of the semester, fostering relationships through written and face-to-face exchanges during the revision process. The presenters will describe this collaborative effort and report on its effectiveness so far in improving student writing along with plans for expansion.
The Innovations in Teaching 2013 Showcase included three sessions, one held each month beginning in February.
Innovations in Teaching 2013 brochure
Session 1 - Applying Inquiry-Based Learning by Jennifer Pearce, Ph.D., Assistant Professor in CAS Department of Chemistry and Physics
February 21, 2013
Session 2 - Using iPads in the Classroom by Kelly Donnell, Associate Professor; Madge Thombs, Professor and Li-Ling Yang, Assistant Professor. School of Education. March 22, 2013
Session 3 - Flipping Lessons in a College Course by Loren Byrne, Assistant Professor and Kerri Warren, Associate Professor. Department of Biology, Marine Biology and Environmental Science.
Organizing and Delivering an Online Course by Nancy Craven, Writing, Rhetoric & Composition; and Amiee Shelton, Ph.D., Communication. February 24, 2012
Clogs, Blogs and Forums: Enhancing Communication and Collaboration by Michael Swanson, Ph.D., American Studies; and Fred Gould, PE., C.P.C., Construction Management. March 9, 2012
Fostering Student Reflections using Portfolios by Cliff Timpson, Ph.D., Chemistry; and Kelly Donnell, Ph.D., School of Education. March 23, 2012
Student Engagement, Interaction and Feedback by Kathryn Thompson, J.D., Law School; Chris Menton, Ed.D., Criminal Justice; Nancy Breen, Ph.D., Chemistry and Brett McKenzie, Ed.D., Business. April 5, 2012
Using Prezi to Promote Reflective Practice by Jim Beitler, Ph.D., Writing, Rhetoric & Composition. April 20, 2012
Innovations in Teaching 2011 Brochure
Wednesday, April 13th, 2011
This event featured three faculty members drawn from across all departments who graciously shared with colleagues a strategy or technology and using ePortfolios. See agenda and session descriptions.
From Vision to Reality by Gregory Laramie and David Corbin, School of Architecture, Art and Historic Preservation.
Mixing Elements of E-Portfolios with Upper-Level Chemistry Students: An "Alchemist's Dream" or "No Reaction"? (ppt) by Cliff Timpson, Ph.D., Chemistry.
A Dynamic e-Duo: Creating Complementary Electronic Portfolios to Enhance Student Learning (ppt) by Jim Beitler, Ph.D., Writing, Rhetoric and Composition.
Innovations in Teaching 2009 Brochure
Wednesday, April 8th, 2009
This event featured seven faculty drawn from across all departments who graciously shared with colleagues a strategy or technology that has enhanced the teaching and/or learning in their classes.
Take a Byte Out of Greek (video) by Tony Hollingsworth, Ph.D. Foreign Languages
Digital Manufacturing Integration with Architectural Design (video) by Andrew Thurlow, M.Arch.
Using Blackboard to Manage Undergraduate and Graduate Courses (video) by Michael Hall, Ph.D., Public Administration
Are They Getting This? (video) by Matthew Stein, Ph.D., Engineering.
Just Click: Assess and Engage (video) by Madge Thombs, Ph.D.
Simple Screen Casting (video) by W. Brett McKenzie, Ed.D., Business
Video as a Field R&D Tool: A User's Guide (video) by Michael Scully, M.A.,