Spring 2018 CUAA Programs

Interest in Academic Innovation Team on Augmented and Virtual Reality

With Bernard Bull
Meeting dates: Thursdays (Feb 22, March 22, April 19, June 21, July 19)
2:30 to 4:00pm Central – (CUW-In R006)
3:30 to 5:00pm Eastern – (CUAA-Krieger 103)

During this semester, we are launching the first of what we hope to be several future academic innovation teams. An academic innovation team is a group of faculty and academic staff who gather monthly to focus upon a specific academic innovation, with the ultimate goal of enhancing teaching or pursuing a scholarly project.

Step 1 Learning
This first team will focus upon augmented and virtual reality in the higher education. In our first meetings, we will learn about one another’s goals and interest in this area, and focus upon learning about augmented and virtual reality in education through research articles, demonstrations, guest presenters, and experimenting with some of the technologies.

Step 2 Applying Your Learning
After building a foundation, members of the academic innovation team will choose an individual or group project that seeks to apply augmented and/or virtual reality to a specific lesson, course, or content area. Or, others may choose to engage in a formal scholarly project related to enhancing student learning through augmented and/or virtual reality.

Faculty Book Club: Overcoming Student Learning Bottlenecks: Decode the Critical Thinking of Your Discipline written by Joan Middendorf and Leah Shopkow

Meets at the following dates and times:
Monday February 26, 4:00—4:50 in SCI 101
Thursday March 1, 9:30-10:20 in SCI 101
Wednesday March 7, 4:00-4:50 in Krieger 107

Faculty may be experts in the content of a course in a discipline, but students are often novices. Students will therefore encounter bottlenecks in learning where they get stuck and tend to fall behind. This book suggests a method of decoding the disciplines to uncover the mental tasks that students need to navigate. The method further suggests modeling that process, providing opportunities for practice and feedback, assessing learning, and revising the course in light of this knowledge. The authors invite those who try this method to share their findings with others through a scholarship of teaching and learning project.

Concordia Faculty Seminar: Dispositional Transference in Teacher Preparation Candidates

Presented by Dr. Sara Rokicki
Monday March 5, 3:00—3:50 (location T.B.D)

Concordia Faculty Seminars are informal interactive presentations and conversations on faculty projects including grants, research, and service designed to promote scholarship, spark new ideas, provide opportunities for meaningful discussion, and increase collaboration.

Getting the Meaningful Teaching Evaluations You Want and Deserve with Robert Hill

Thursday May 3, 3:30 – 4:30 pm (ET) in SCI 101

This program is for faculty. Online teaching evaluations will be made available to the students very soon! The focus of this session is how to get your students to complete their online teaching evaluations and to take them seriously. Also, we will explore some strategies to illicit detailed, meaningful, and helpful feedback from our students.

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