9:50 - 10:30 Featured Flex Sessions (concurrent):
Coffee will be available in Founders Lounge and in the Blume Board Room
Advice for Publishing your Pedagogical Innovations
Ann Cutler, Ph.D., Editor, Journal of College Science Teaching
Frick Center, Bryan Room
Dave Basener, Instructional Technologist, Center for Scholarship and Teaching, Elmhurst College
Frick Center, Blume Board Room
Frick Center, Founders Lounge
Undergraduate research projects in lecture-based courses
Peter Dijkstra, Benedictine University
Faculty research is known to support and enrich undergraduate instruction. However, it appears that involvement in undergraduate research is restricted to a small elite percentage of the student body. Moreover, at liberal arts colleges with limited time and resources for research, bringing research into the classroom is challenging. Here I discuss a strategy to incorporate undergraduate research projects into lecture-based courses without the need of an actual lab. I am currently testing this strategy in my Comparative Animal Physiology class. In the first four weeks of class students complete as homework assignments a series of self-contained training modules on hypothesis testing and data analysis in R. I then give teams of students (2-3) different datasets relevant to the topics covered in the course. Each team will use their dataset for their own project that involves data analysis, a written paper, and an oral presentation. The goals of the program are to (1) provide students with opportunities to apply their newly acquired skills to real problems and, in so doing, to gain specialized familiarity with a topic; and (2) to give them vital skills in doing research including data analysis and critical thinking.
Using Cover Letters to Address Instructor Feedback in a Research Methods Course
Frances Daniel, Indiana University Northwest and Catherine Gaze, Elmhurst College
This research examined how writing cover letters to the instructor influenced final papers in a research methods course. After receiving feedback on drafts of each section of an APA style research paper throughout the semester, two classes wrote cover letters to the instructor explaining how the instructor feedback was incorporated into their final paper. Two control classes received the same feedback throughout the semester, but did not write a cover letter. Results showed that students enrolled in the cover letter classes tended to show more improvement in the quality of their papers than the control class. Using a cover letter seems to help improve the overall quality of student papers.
Use of an iPad Virtual Whiteboard to Increase Classroom Interaction
Robert McCarthy, Benedictine University
One of the goals of using technology in the classroom is to create a more interactive learning environment. Here, I explore how an iPad can be used as a virtual whiteboard to bring an interactive component to a traditional lecture-based course. Over the course of the past semester I have been using an iPad to teach Human Anatomy, a 200-level undergraduate course for Health Sciences and Biology majors. I reviewed ten virtual whiteboard apps for ease of use, ability to create pictures with different colors and line thicknesses, ease of importing pictures and exporting drawings, and whether or not the app can record audio for 75 minutes or longer. Initially, I wanted an app that could be used to (1) draw pictures, (2) mark-up PowerPoint slides, and (3) record lectures, in the style of Khan Academy. I found that none of these apps adequately accomplishes all three tasks, so that a virtual whiteboard must be paired with lecture capture technology such as Tegrity or D2L Capture. However, the benefits of a virtual whiteboard are clear. I present results of a classroom survey showing that students preferred the interactive components of a virtual whiteboard to a more traditional PowerPoint lecture style.
Best Practices in Mentoring: A Professional and Personal Development Experience
Julie Gonzales and Larry Carroll, Elmhurst College
The Elmhurst College Center for Professional Excellence Mentoring Program assists students in becoming global citizens prepared to make a difference in the world. Taking an active role in their mentoring relationship, students embark upon the journey of the meaning of high character, strong integrity, and social responsibility. Mentors guide this process by providing a professional relationship of encouragement, support, and development of specific skills and knowledge, to enhance students’ professional and personal growth.
Encouraging Innovation Through Collaboration: Integrating High-Impact Educational Practices
Mary Kay Mulvaney, Wally Lagerwey, Larry Carroll and Mick Savage, Elmhurst College
Whiteboards in the College Classroom
Colleen Munro-Leighton, Nicole Koonce, Elmhurst College
To address low energy, passive-listening students in the classroom, a new twist on a classic active learning strategy is presented. The features and advantages of this low-cost method are discussed. In addition, specific ideas for implementation in variable size classrooms and across disciplines are outlined.
Empowering Adjuncts and Ensuring Quality: The TLC Model