What’s Happening Summer 2014?

Well, this is finals week…tomorrow is graduation. Another academic year has come and gone, but before we can catch our breath, the activities of the summer are almost upon us!!

Here’s what’s coming up!


Flipping the Classroom Summer Cohort

Session 1 (June 13th) – 9:00 – 11:00 am
Participants prepare by reviewing overview of flipping before the session (websites and short video). During the session, we will start to talk about applications + the book + goal setting
Session 2 (June 20th)  – 9:00 – 11:00 am
A. Walter Arnold presents his experiences flipping the classroom
B. Start unit re-design session
C. Round robin debrief
D. Determine group needs regarding technology + plan for Week of June 23rd tech training
Week of June 23rd (I know it is FTCAP) but we can plan on these sessions later in the day – tech sessions as needed
Session 3 (July 11th9:00 – 11:00 am
A. Round robin presentations of design so far
B. Pairing and assignments to partners of the “at home” work to be completed in prep for session 4
Session 4 (July 18th)
A. Partners “do” the flipped “in class” session activities
B. Round robin debrief with everyone.

SENCER Summer Institute

Dr. Jorge Santiago-Blay and I will be traveling to The University of North Carolina at Asheville for 5 days in early August to attend the SENCER Institute. We’ll be working on a gen-ed science course re-design – either environmental science or human genetics, using the SENCER principles.


1) Spencer Foundation (not to be confused with SENCER – above) small grant application submitted to University College Grant Relations to purchase a set of iPad Minis for use in the classroom – June 2014

2) Advisory Board grant submitted and awarded received to purchase another year of the campus license for using ELLI. Because I am helping VitalPartnerships by talking to folks who are interested in using the tool in the US – explaining how we used it – they are giving us the upcoming year campus license and the advisory board grant them will be used starting in summer 2015.


1) Shaffer, S.C., Eshbach, B.E., Santiago-Blay, J.A. (2014). Fostering first-semester success for academically at-risk students in a   science general education course using a paired reading course model. Manuscript submitted for publication to Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, March 2014.

2) Shaffer, S.C. (2014). Building Student Capacity for Reflective Thinking. Manuscript submitted for publication to The Common Good: A SUNY Plattsburgh Journal on Teaching and Learning, June 2014.

Presentations galore!

Pathways 2014! Hundreds of 7th grade girls will be on campus for a day of exploring STEM careers. Barb Eshbach and I are doing our Gadgets, Gizmos, and Gigabytes session which we tweak every year… This year, they’ll explore QR Codes, Tellagami videos, Augmented Reality and binary code in a quasi game format using iPad minis.

Drexel’s Business Faculty Teaching Summit – Dr. Samir Shah and I are presenting work on using reflection to help students build a soft skills set of aptitudes making them ready to work successfully in a global world.

Lilly International Spring Conference – College and University Teaching and Learning: Evidence-Based Teaching and Learning – May 30, 2014 – Barb and I are presenting our project (with Dr. Jorge Santiago-Blay) using the Effective Lifelong Learning Inventory (ELLI) with first semester students.

Innovations in Faculty Development Symposium – Shippensburg University – June 3, 2014 – We are presenting the idea of Springboarding as a faculty professional development model.

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