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Focus on Teaching and Learning

Focus on Teaching: Fall 2009

Focus on Teaching: Fall 2009
Collaboration in Higher Education
Wednesday, August 19

Lake Shore Campus | Information Commons


8:30-8:55  Check-In           
8:55-9:00  Welcome: Provost Christine Wiseman
9:00-10:15  Keynote: Dr. Robert Rotenberg, DePaul University Professor of Anthropology, author of the acclaimed book The Art and Craft of College Teaching: A Guide for New Professors and Graduate Students
 “Collaborative Teaching in Higher Education”

10:15-10:30  Break   

10:30-11:30  Breakout I (4 concurrent sessions)

  • Interactive Technologies. Donovan Braud, Department of English. Donovan will explore some of the ways the Information Commons technologies are being used for out-of-class collaborative projects. Part of the presentation will provide hands-on experience using TeamSpot, a collaboration software that allows users to share documents and applications and will include a discussion of how his students use this program as a peer-editing and review tool.
  • Research and Undergraduate Students. Julia Pryce, School of Social Work, Domenic Castignetti, Department of Biology, Toby Dye, Department of Psychology.
    While teaching and conducting research may seem like separate activities, there are actually many opportunities to integrate the two and enrich the academic activities of both you and your students. Learn from faculty members who have been successful into involving students in their research activities and have your questions answered by staff members from the Office of Research Services.
  • Cross-Cultural Collaboration. E. Mine Cinar and Anne Reilly, Quinlan School of Business.  This session will provide an overview of the rewards and the challenges of teaching Loyola University Chicago students overseas, with a particular emphasis on short (2 to 3 week) intensive study-abroad classes.  For the past 15 years, the presenters have taught many different courses, ranging from Trade & Economic Growth to Cross-Cultural Dimensions of International Management & Marketing, at the John Felice Rome Center (JFRC), The Beijing Center (TBC), and other non-Loyola locations such as Dublin, Ireland).
  • Collaborating with Students from Day One. Kevin O’Connor, School of Continuing and Professional Studies; Institute of Pastoral Studies
    When we as faculty use what we know about the brain, about how learning happens, and what we know about the social aspects of life we then not only teach differently and better, our students are more engaged and will learn better. Join us for an hour devoted to taking our teaching to the next level. Help your students remember your class by their memory of how you brought it to life.

11:45-12:45  Lunch

1:00-2:00  Breakout II (3 concurrent sessions)

  • Shared Text Project: Faculty, Student and Community Collaboration. Sherrie Weller, Sandra Urban and Sharon Walsh, Department of English.
    For the past fifteen years, the Writing Program in the Department of English has created and developed The Shared Text Project.  At its core, the Shared Text project is a collaborative effort between full and part-time writing faculty that bridges a host of varied departments and programs. The idea behind Shared Text is not only to bring to life the mission of the University for students in ways that attempt to reach beyond the classroom, but to encourage and create opportunities for instructors and faculty to collaborate in planning curriculum, a symposium of local campus and community leaders, a keynote address, and numerous other venues.
  • “Lego” Exercise for Student Collaboration. Paul Risk, Quinlan School of Business.
    This presentation presents a collaboration activity designed to involve two groups attempting to build a model based on verbal cues. It is very interesting to watch how the various groups collaborate within their teams and how the teams collaborate together.  The conversation after the exercise usually revolves around communication issues, things like common lexicons, who should do the talking, group dynamics, etc.  
  • Faculty/Librarian Collaboration. Niamh McGuigan and Tripthi Pillai, University Libraries.
    The topic of our breakout session will be Faculty/Librarian collaboration in planning research assignments. We will focus on the process of designing the research component for a UCWR class, and then talk about other ways faculty can work with librarians to create research assignments and include library instruction in their classes. We hope to include the new Gale Digital Collections databases, assuming the licensing process has been completed by August.

2:00-2:15  Break

2:15-3:15  Breakout III (3 concurrent sessions)

  • Collaborative Student Papers. Heather Cramond and Cayenne Sullivan, Department of English. This session will discuss the differences between group work and collaboration, as well as benefits and limitations of assigning collaborative writing. We will describe specific applications, including integration of subject area knowledge, writing process development, and formal and researched writing. Faculty will also participate in an activity that demonstrates these principles and that can be adapted for their own classrooms.
  • Cross-Campus Collaboration. Michelle Moy, School of Continuing and Professional Studies.
    The new Clinical Laboratory Science program is an undergraduate program that utilizes all three campuses (Water Tower, Lakeshore/Rogers Park and Maywood/Medical Center).  The focus of the presentation is about the logistics of across campus collaboration and how we are making it work.
  • Expectations and Realities for Utilizing Technology in the Classroom. Paul Zlatkin, Academic Technology Services-Media Services. This session will focus on effectively using technology in today's teaching environment. Both current and future classroom technologies will be discussed, as well as student perceptions of usage. Faculty will also have the opportunity to ask questions about the equipment available in standard electronic classrooms.

3:30-4:30  Wine and Cheese gathering; poster contest winners; door prize drawings

Break sessions--drop-in sessions conducted during break times designed for short questions on a
variety of topics, including:

  • Blackboard 5 Minute Questions - ATS and LTA Staff
  • Document Delivery - Jennifer Jacobs
  • 5 Minute RefWorks - Kristina Schwoebel
  • New Library Resources and Linking your class to them - Susan Wardzala
  • 5 Minute Clicker Questions - Tim Walker

Sponsored by: Academic Technology Services, The Center for Faculty Professional Development,
Loyola University Chicago Libraries, The Office of Learning Technologies and Assessment and The
Office of Research Services.