2013 Academic Innovation Conference
Fostering Learning Through Student Engagement
Shippensburg University Conference Center, Shippensburg, PA
October 18-19, 2013
The second annual Academic Innovation Conference showcases the innovations of PASSHE faculty, programs, and universities in ways designed to increase student learning through increased student engagement. Day one of the conference (Friday October 18, 2013) is composed of a series of concurrent sessions. Day two (Saturday October 19, 2013) provides attendees with the opportunity to delve into particular topics in an extended seminar/workshop format. Additionally, keynote speakers will provide insight into emerging national themes in higher education. This PASSHE-wide conference will be held at Shippensburg University in Shippensburg, PA.
ONLINE REGISTRATION IS CLOSED. To inquire whether space is still available, contact CJ Ezell at firstname.lastname@example.org or 717-477-1123, ext 3381.
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Concurrent presentations will focus on the following six areas, provide evidence of increased student learning through the use of new and innovative pedagogies, approaches, techniques, and/or technologies, and use presentation methods designed to actively engage the audience. Presentation proposals were reviewed using this rubric.
1. Classroom Engagement and Active Learning: This track focuses on strategies designed to increase learning through increased classroom engagement and active learning. Proposals in the following areas are encouraged: strategies designed to increase engagement and learning in gatekeeper courses, capstone courses, hybrid courses, online courses, large courses, graduate courses, and courses offered for part-time, adult, non-traditional students.
2. Critical Thinking and Inquiry: This track focuses on strategies designed to increase learning through critical thinking and critical inquiry. Proposals in the following areas are encouraged: assignment design that drives critical thinking and inquiry; critical thinking and inquiry in general education, capstone, interdisciplinary, and graduate courses and programs.
3. Professional and Experiential Learning: This track focuses on strategies designed to increase learning through professional and experiential learning activities. Proposals in the following areas are encouraged, at the level of courses and the overarching curriculum: high impact learning practices such as internships, student-faculty research, service learning, field work, and peer-to-peer learning; pre-professional co-curricular activities; collaborations across different divisions, colleges, and departments that support professional and experiential learning.
4. Persistence, Retention, and Degree Completion: This track focuses on strategies designed to increase learning and foster student persistence, retention, and degree completion. Proposals in the following areas are encouraged: first year/entry year experiences, developmental education,
academic advising, and transfer models; activities focused on the success of various student segments including under-represented, first generation,
transfer, adult, part-time, and non-traditional students; curriculum reform and academic/administrative processes designed to foster students’ persistence, retention, and timely degree completion.
5. Assessment to Improve Learning and Students’ Experience: This track focuses on assessment strategies designed to increase learning. Proposals in the following areas are encouraged: assessment of course and program learning objectives and outcomes; assessment of competency-based, practical, and applied learning experiences; assessment of administrative activities that support teaching and learning; use of the American Association of Colleges and Universities (AACU) Valid Assessment of Learning in Undergraduate Education (VALUE) rubrics; action-based research projects in assessment; students’ perceptions of teaching, learning, and assessment. Proposals that demonstrate the use of assessment results to improve learning, the curriculum, and support activities are especially encouraged.
6. Teaching and Learning with Technology: This track focuses on strategies designed to increase learning through the incorporation of technology in teaching and learning. Proposals in the following areas are encouraged: technologies designed to increase student engagement; adaptive learning technology; open educational resources; mobile learning, devices, and aps.
Conference registration includes: Friday and Saturday keynote presentations, concurrent sessions and seminars; Friday continental breakfast and lunch; Saturday hot breakfast and lunch; the AACU book
Using the VALUE Rubrics for
Improvement of Learning and Authentic Assessment (http://www.aacu.org/value/publications.cfm). Registration price: $0 for Ship participants, $100 for non-Ship participants. Registration closes on October 11, 2013. Space is limited and advance registration is required. Registration is limited to faculty, staff, and administrators at PASSHE universities.
Location, Driving Directions, Parking, and Campus Map
This event will be held at the Shippensburg
University Conference Center. For GPS or
other mapping software, use the address 500 Newburg Road, Shippensburg, PA 17257.
CLICK HERE for driving directions to the Conference Center (be sure to following directions to the Conference Center, not to Shippensburg
University). The Conference Center is
building #49 on the Shippensburg campus map. There is ample parking in front of the
Conference Center, and parking permits/passes/stickers are not needed.
CLICK HERE for a list of lodging
options in the Shippensburg area.
Institutional Points of Contact
CLICK HERE for a list of administrative points of contact at each of the
Information for Presenters
Presenters have been allotted a total of 60
minutes for their concurrent session; plan for no more than 50 minutes of
presentation, allowing 10 minutes for questions and answers. Each presentation room will ONLY be equipped
with a projector, wireless internet, a long table at the front/side of the room
for presentation materials, flip chart and markers, and chairs for the audience will be arranged
theater style. Presenters are expected
to bring their own presentation laptop (or other suitable device); presenters
who plan to bring an Apple product as their presentation computer should also bring
their own adapter. Presenters are
expected to bring any additional materials that they may need to achieve the
learning objectives of their presentation.
Presentation handouts are not required; presenters who wish to provide handouts
should plan to bring 35-40 copies as copy facilities will not be available at
the Conference Center. Presenters will
have the opportunity to contribute their presentation slides (and/or other
materials) for posting on the conference website. You will receive information about this
opportunity as we get closer to the conference.
This event is co-sponsored by Shippensburg University's Academic Outreach and Innovation Unit, Academic Affairs and Assessment Team (AAAT), Center for Faculty Excellence in Scholarship and Teaching (CFEST) - Campus Support, Instructional Design and Web Technologies, and PASSHE's Office of the Chancellor.
Conference Planning Committee
- Mark Atwater, Assistant Professor, Applied Engineering, Safety, and Technology, Millersville University
- Lynn Baynum (*), Associate Professor, Teacher Education and Director, Center for Faculty Excellence in Scholarship and Teaching - New Faculty Support, Shippensburg University
- Jeremy Boyle, Assistant Professor, Art, Clarion University
- Matthew Brigida, Associate Professor, Finance, Clarion University
- Shaun Cook, Assistant Professor, Psychology, Millersville, University
- Aaron Dobbs, Assistant Professor, Systems and Electronic Resources Librarian, Shippensburg University
- Oliver Dreon, Director, Center for Academic Excellence, Digital Learning Studio, and Educational Foundations, Millersville University
- Kurt Dunkle (*), Interim Program Counselor, Academic Success Program, Shippensburg University
- CJ Ezell (*), Office of Professional, Continuing, and Distance Education, Shippensburg University
- Kerrie Farkas, Associate Professor, English, Millersville University
- Scott Heinerichs, Faculty Associate for Teaching, Learning, and Assessment, Assistant Professor, Sports Medicine, West Chester University
- Rebecca Hess, Dance Advisor, Theater and Dance, California University of PA
- Kathleen Howley (*), Senior Associate Vice Chancellor, Academic and Student Affairs, PASSHE Office of the Chancellor
- Karen Johnson (*), Associate Director of the Learning Center, Assistant Professor, Shippensburg University
- Steven Kennedy, Assistant Professor, Chemistry, Millersville University
- Becky Lowe (*), Instructor, Chemistry, Shippensburg University
- Sabrina Marschall (*), Director of the Learning Center, Assistant Professor, Shippensburg University
- Amanda Olejarski (*), Assistant Professor, Political Science, Shippensburg University
- Douglas Puharic, Assistant Professor, Math and Computer Science, Edinboro University
- Jose Ricardo-Osorio (*), Interim Associate Dean, College of Arts and Sciences, Shippensburg University
- Christina Sax (*), Associate Provost and Dean of Academic Outreach and Innovation, Shippensburg University
- Ashley Seibert (*), Assistant Professor, Psychology and Director, Center for Faculty Excellence in Scholarship and Teaching - Campus Support, Shippensburg University
- Marc Smith, Middle and Secondary Education and Educational Leadership, Edinboro University
- Sarah Stokely (*), Dean of Academic Engagement and Student Support, Shippensburg University
- Beverly Wallace (*), Coordinator of Academic Recovery Programs, Chair Academic Affairs Assessment Team, and Assistant Professor, Shippensburg University
* Denotes Steering Committee member
Questions and Additional Information
For additional information about this event, contact CJ Ezell (email@example.com or 717-477-1123 extension 3381) in Shippensburg University's Office of Professional, Continuing, and Distance Education.