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August 2022 FOTL Schedule

Schedule and Session Descriptions

Past FOTL attendees have expressed a desire for both online and in-person sessions. For this reason, the August 2022 FOTL will occur in-person at Loyola's Water Tower Campus, on Wednesday, August 17, 2022, with the option for online session simulcasts.

Map of Water Tower Campus

8:30am-10:15am Breakfast and Opening Session

TimeSession Title, Description, and LocationPresenters
8:30am
Light Breakfast
Regents Hall, Lewis Towers, Water Tower Campus
 
8:45am-10:15am
Opening Keynote Session
Regents Hall, Lewis Towers, Water Tower Campus
Zoom Link
Stanley Lo (University of California, San Diego in the School of Biological Sciences)

10:30am-11:30am Breakout Sessions: Block 1

TimeSession Title, Description, and LocationPresenters
10:30am-11:30am
Wrap It Up: Pre/Post Exam Feedback
Corboy Law Center, Room 207
Zoom Link
Description: This session will describe the use of exam wrappers as a way to provide meaningful, iterative feedback to students while maintaining exam integrity. This streamlined process enables faculty to be more present and provide tailored, useful commentary to students both electronically and in person. 
Ginger Schroers (School of Nursing)
Emily Chin (School of Nursing)
Laura de la Pena (School of Nursing)
Lise Houser (School of Nursing)
Yeyin Yi (School of Nursing)
10:30am-11:30am
Virtually a Community
Corboy Law Center, Room 208
Zoom Link
Description: Whether you are teaching on campus or online, discussion and reflection are likely a staple and potential pain point of your teaching. Many of the discussions, forum posts or reflections may feel superficial, but these same students are incredibly active in other digital environments like Twitter, Discord, or Reddit. Research has shown that what might be missing is a sense of place and community that helps students feel invested in their own work and each other. This session will provide instructors with ideas to help build a sense of place and community in order to cultivate a more active and reflective learning community.
Susan Haarman (Center for Engaged Learning, Teaching, and Scholarship)
Caitl Light (School of Education & Center for Engaged Learning, Teaching, and Scholarship)
Briana Allen (Office of Online Learning)
10:30am-11:30am
Mental Health and Wellness in the Classroom
Corboy Law Center, Room 209
Zoom Link
Description: In our session, we outline a variety of ways to respond to the growing mental health crises of our students. We focus primarily on the classroom experience, providing both concrete suggestions for creating safe space for discussions of mental health, and a variety of examples and tactics of how to incorporate mindfulness, vulnerability, and boundaries into a range of classroom experiences to support and protect the mental health of both the instructors and the students.
Kristin Irwin (Department of Philosophy)

Morgan Rosenberg (School of Law)

11:45am-12:45pm Breakout Sessions: Block 2

TimeSession Title, Description, and LocationPresenters
11:45am-12:45pm
Widening the Lens of Instructor Presence
Corboy Law Center, Room 207
Zoom Link
Description: Stacy Neier Beran and Brian Ohsowski’s joint session will explore the opportunities and challenges of student learning beyond the traditional university lecture. Stacy Neier Beran will share Project Cannonball, an Engaged Learning course experienced at the intersection of design thinking and Ignatian principles. Brian Ohsowski will share five years of highlights teaching three-week field-based courses at Loyola University Retreat and Ecology Campus (LUREC). This interactive session will also give participants time to reflect and share their thoughts and experiences to inspire engagement beyond the classroom.
Stacy Neier Beran (Quinlan School of Business)
Brian Ohsowski (School of Environmental Sustainability)
11:45am-12:45pm
Student Ownership (Two Parts)
Corboy Law Center, Room 208
Zoom Link
Applying Transformational Leadership in the Classroom: Beginning in the 1970's a new type of US business management practice emerged, known as Transformational Leadership. This presentation will begin by defining this leadership model followed by some of the ways in which I successfully applied it in my own courses. Despite some potential drawbacks to this leadership style, I will endeavor to show that overall it can help lead to positive learning outcomes.
Peer Grading: Traditional grading models for writing courses privilege instructor assessment. But are these "gatekeeping" models the most accurate and productive way to improve outcomes for student writers and foster cura personalis? This session will discuss a means of using peer grading and recursive feedback loops to empower students to take ownership over learning outcomes in writing-intensive courses. 
Julie Chamberlin (English Department)
Elizabeth Hoppe (Department of Philosophy)
11:45am-12:45pm
Dialogue Across Difference
Corboy Law Center, Room 209
Zoom Link
Description: How do we help our students consider divergent perspectives on controversial topics? This will be a facilitated conversation rather than a presentation in which we share stories of strategies that did and did not work.

 

Sasha Adkins (School of Environmental Sustainability)
11:45am-12:45pm
When Active Learning Fails: How Faculty Beliefs Inform our Instructional Practices and Influence Student Outcomes
Regents Hall, Lewis Towers
Zoom Link
Description: Active learning can be effective across contexts in STEM, but discrepant results raise important questions about specific implementations. In this workshop, we will examine different active-learning approaches and the factors that contribute to equitable student outcomes. Together, we will discuss concrete strategies on creating more inclusive learning environments.
Stanley Lo (University of California, San Diego in the School of Biological Sciences)*
*This session is geared towards STEM faculty and presented by the keynote speaker with opportunities for interaction.

1:00pm-1:45pm Welcome Back Luncheon

TimeSession Title, Description, and LocationPresenters
1:00pm-1:45pm
Featured celebratory, welcome back luncheon. All attendees are welcome to gather for continued conversation and networking to kick-off the new academic year.
Beane Hall, Lewis Towers
n/a

1:30pm-2:30pm FCIP Focus Group

TimeSession Title, Description, and LocationPresenters
1:30pm-2:30pm
The Faculty Center for Ignatian Pedagogy (FCIP) has invited a higher ed professional to conduct focus groups for interested Loyola faculty and staff to share their experiences with and vision for the FCIP and teaching and learning at LUC more broadly. More Information.
Beane Hall, Lewis Towers
FCIP and Gerald Doyle (Transforming Solutions Incorporated)