October 4-6, 2013 I attended the first ever Teaching Professor Tech Conference in Atlanta, GA. This was very well attended with over 600 attendees.
Keynotes speakers were good… sessions interesting too. I came home with ideas and gadgets to share… Summaries are below. See me for details if anything interests you! Look for these topics and more in spring workshops!!
Keynote #1 – Role of Faculty in 2020 Joshua Kim, Director of Learning & Technology at Dartmouth College
Driving forces? Profits… Costs… Innovation
Profits will be found in the substitution of capital for labor (larger class sizes, fewer faculty) …but beware…authentic learning does not scale
Unbundling of services and resources (like airlines move towards regional airlines…pilots have less prestige and lower wages)
Faculty should not disengage from the conversations…and should be at the table with an understanding of the cost pressures and be part of the solution.. .don’t just let Detroit happen to you… Powerpoint Handout and Weblink to Inside Higher Ed Blog entry
Will faculty positions as we know them today be only for the elite institutions and students who can actually afford to pay for a professor in the room?
Session #1 Transforming Writing Pedagogy – U. of Arkansas Little Rock & E. Oregon University
What happens when you translate F2F activities to an online environment and then back into the F2F classroom?
Very interesting presentation by 4 faculty members in traditional writing courses and content courses.. how they adjusted their activity design when courses went online… and again how this impacted the work they decided to do when they returned to the F2F classroom. Handout
Session #2 Flipped Classrooms – Florida International University presentation on their experience with flipped classrooms. Very good background info and suggestions about what works! Weblink to Prezi Presentation
Luncheon Keynote - The Vortex of Technology: Enabling and Enhancing Engagement with Students - Ray Schroeder, Associate Vice Chancellor for Online Learning and founding director of the Center for Online Leadership and Strategy at the University Professional and Continuing Education Association Weblink to presentation
Session #3 Tools & Tips for the Beginning Screencaster – Millersville University & U. of Western Ontario – Using Mayer’s framework for multi-media learning, the presenters shared good tips for effective screencasting http://www.teachingprofessor.com/wp-content/uploads/Handout-12-Principles-of-Multimedia-Learning-TPTech2013s.pdf
Session #4 - Most dynamic individual at the conference!! Using the iPad in Your Classroom - David Yearwood, University of North Dakota. Using SWIVL and an iPod Touch, the speaker showed us how to record a presentation and using Apple TV and Airport Express how to set up an ad-hoc in-class network to do group presentations and competitions using iPads. I got the SWIVL and have been testing it! See me for more information and a demo!!!
Session #5 Mobile Apps: Engaging Students on their Terms (and their Phones) - Northern VA Community College – using notifications and messages to engage students and keep them informed of upcoming classwork Handout