Academic Outreach and Innovation Newsletter
In 2013 Shippensburg
University's pilot winter term will become an official term, as approved by the
President's Cabinet. The addition of Winter as an official term will provide another
opportunity in which to confer students' degrees. It permits some students to
have their degree conferred earlier than the end of the spring semester, and thus facilitates their timely progression
to employment or graduate study.
The 2013 Winter Term begins
on Dec 16, 2013 and ends on Jan 17, 2014. Online classes, off-campus classes,
and short term travel/study classes (involving foreign or domestic travel) may
be scheduled during the 2013 Winter Term. Classes may not be scheduled on the
Shippensburg University campus during the Winter Term, in accordance with the
university's energy savings plan. Faculty
who wish to teach an online class, off-campus class, or short term travel/study
class during the 2013 Winter Term should submit this information to their
department chair soon. The deadline for departments to submit 2013 Winter Term
classes is April 12.
who wish to teach a winter online course which has not previously
for distance education delivery should begin the UCC approval process NOW. It is difficult to
start the necessary UCC approval process during the fall semester and to have
it completed prior to the start of the Winter Term registration period in
October. To check whether a course
has previously been approved for distance education delivery by UCC, contact Cathy
McHenry (firstname.lastname@example.org) in the Office of Professional, Continuing, and
2013 RECAP Conference
proposals are now being accepted for RECAP
2013 - Instructional Technology: The New Era (http://www.wcupa.edu/recap). West Chester University’s annual conference, Resources for
the Electronic Classroom: A Faculty-Student Partnership (RECAP), will be held
on May 23, 2013. RECAP
2013 will focus on innovations in instructional technology, including a review
of the latest technology tools, mobile learning and access, learning management
systems, and distance education. Presentation proposals are due no later than March 25, 2013, using the
online form at the above conference website. Conference registration opens on
March 4, 2013, using the online form at the above conference website. Limited funding is available for Ship faculty who want to attend RECAP; contact Chris Sax (email@example.com) to apply for funding.
the date for Shippensburg University’s second annual Academic Innovation conference (ship.edu/innovation/conference), scheduled for
Oct 18-19, 2013. This year’s conference will be held at the SU Conference
Center. Stay tuned for the call for presentation proposals in the coming weeks.
Academic Quality and Innovation Grant Program: The
Academic Quality and Innovation Grant (AQI) program is designed to engage
departments, faculty, and the curriculum in academic initiatives focused
designed to increase student engagement, success, and retention, academic
quality, and the achievement of student learning outcomes. Additionally, the
program is designed to integrate such initiatives occurring at the national
level into Ship’s ongoing practices and to assist faculty in furthering their
professional development. The deadline to submit proposals is March 28, 2013. For
additional information, including the proposal form, visit http://www.ship.edu/Innovation/Academic_Innovation_Grants.
Quality Matters Scholar Program: The Quality Matters Scholars (QMS) program is
designed to assist faculty in incorporating the course design principles of the
Quality Matters Program (QM, QMprogram.org) into online, blended, and
face-to-face classes in ways that are designed to increase student engagement,
success, and retention, academic quality, and the achievement of student
learning outcomes. Additionally, the program is designed to develop a cadre of
Ship faculty to serve as QM leaders on the Ship campus, and to assist faculty
in furthering their professional development. The deadline to submit proposals
is March 28, 2013. For additional information, including the proposal form,
Travel Grant Program: April 1, 2013 is the next due date for
faculty proposals for the CFEST Travel Grant Program and Faculty Training and
Continuing Education (FTCE) Program. For more information on these programs
Mark your calendar for the following upcoming webinars which will
be hosted on the Ship campus. (To nominate additional webinars for future
sponsorship, contact Chris Sax at CSAX@ship.edu.)
Mar 13, 2:00-3:00 pm, LL205: Blended Learning Toolkit: Design, Deliver,
Assess. This webinar
is designed to help faculty determine the opportunities for blended learning in
their classes, and a methodology for developing blended classes. Topics will
include: which course elements are most suitable to bring online, how much to
bring online, how to make sound strategic plans for course design and delivery,
how to establish data collection and assessment protocols.
Mar 27, 3:30-4:30 pm, LL205. Transfer Student Advising: Critical
Considerations for Before, During, and After the Transfer. Transfer
students face challenges that require intentional advising interventions and
advocacy to promote a successful transition experience. How can you build an
advising and student network today that ensures the success of your transfer
students tomorrow and engages them in their next college experience?
1:00-2:00 pm, LL205: Redesigning Developmental Math. This webinar provides an
overview of efforts to apply the principles of the National Center for Academic
Transformation (NCAT) to the redesign of developmental math courses.
Apr 10, 3:30-4:30 pm,
LL205: Cheating in the 21st Century – Strategies to Tackle Online
Academic Dishonesty. This
webinar will identify types of academic dishonesty, as well as strategies that
can help decrease incidences of this destructive trend in online learning.
Participants will take away a clear picture of the learner's inclination to
violate academic codes of ethical behavior. They will also learn how to limit
instances of cheating with careful design, implementation strategies, and
High Impact Practices (HIP) Conference: Representatives from Academic Affairs and Student
Affairs attended Clarion University's High-Impact Practices Conference on
February 14 and 15.
The Ship team, composed of Sam Benbow, Sarah Stokely, Melissa Kougher, and Natalie Liston had the opportunity to learn more about
the benefits of high-impact educational practices on enhancing student learning
outcomes, as well as retention and graduation rates.
During the second half of
the working conference, PASSHE university teams developed campus plans for a
specific high-impact practice. The Ship team focused its discussion on entry-year
experience programming, an initiative identified in the Academic Master Plan.
Menno Haven Speaker Series: Since spring 2009, Ship has offered a
non-credit educational enrichment series at the Menno Haven retirement
communities in Chambersburg, PA.
The series was initiated in early 2008 by Menno
Haven residents Barb and Lee Townsend who had participated in similar events
elsewhere. “It’s an enriching experience to be connected with a university and
to have different speakers and educators come to enhance our knowledge and to
keep us current … and in the know!”, says Barb Townsend.
series serves as a valuable outreach activity for the university, and provides
faculty and graduate students with the opportunity to simultaneously serve the
local community and expand their professional experiences.
This program is
coordinated by Ship’s Office of Professional, Continuing, and Distance
Education (PCDE). To date, 23 faculty members and 6 graduate students have
served as speakers and have given a total of 38 lectures on a wide range of
general interest topics that match their professional interests and expertise.
others, the series has included lectures such as “Continuity
and Change at the U.S. Supreme Court” (Sara Grove, PLS), “Six Dimensions of Wellness”
(Sally Paulson, ESC), “Information Technology and a Greener World” (Viet Dao,
MIS), “A Little Tour de France” (Blandine Mitaut, MDL), “Proverbs and Sayings:
A Shortcut for Cultural Understanding” (Han Liu, TCH), and “Unconscious Biases
and Modern Prejudice” (Jamonn Campbell, PSY).
To date, these lectures have
garnered a total of 579 class registrations. Menno Haven participants have
indicated that the lecture topics are interesting, the presenters are engaging,
and the cost to attend ($5 per lecture) is reasonable.
Likewise, Ship faculty
have indicated that this has been a valuable and enjoyable experience for them.
Sally Paulson (ESC), indicated that her “presentation at Menno Haven was a
great opportunity to interact with the community” and that “it was a rewarding
experience” for her.
Faculty have generally indicated they participated due to
their interest in community outreach activities and communicating their
professional interests to the general public, and to build their portfolio of
professional experiences and their promotion/tenure packages.
In fall 2012, this
speaker series was expanded on a pilot basis to include lectures at Green Ridge
Village in Newville, PA.
How Learning Works: Seven Research-Based Principles for
Smart Teaching, S.A. Ambrose, M.W. Bridges, M.
DiPietro, M.C. Lovett, M.K. Norman, Jossey-Bass, 2010.
Best Practice Strategies to Promote Academic
Integrity in Online Education,
WICHE Cooperative for Educational Technologies
(WCET), the Instructional Technology Council (ITC), and the University of Texas
Telecampus, June 2009, http://wcet.wiche.edu/wcet/docs/cigs/studentauthentication/BestPractices.pdf
Copyright Resource, a compilation of several copyright resources available via
secure login using your SU email and password at https://secure.passhe.edu/asa/copyright/default.aspx
Six Steps to Designing Effective Service Learning Courses, M. Bart, Faculty Focus, April 2010, http://www.facultyfocus.com/articles/curriculum-development/six-steps-to-designing-effective-service-learning-courses/
The Eight Block Model for Designing and Implementing a Service
Learning Project, http://serc.carleton.edu/NAGTWorkshops/servicelearning/8block.html
The Future of Mobile Learning, Educause Center for Applied Research, May 2012, http://www.educause.edu/library/resources/future-mobile-learning
Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching
(MERLOT; peer reviewed open educational resources), http://www.merlot.org/merlot/index.htm
Top 10 Higher Education State Policy Issues for 2013, American Association for State Colleges and Universities
(AASCU), January 2013, http://www.aascu.org/policy/publications/policy-matters/topten2013.pdf
Activities Through PCDE
Interested in exploring, developing, and offering an off-load
credit or non-credit course or program through the Office of Professional,
Continuing, and Distance Education? Contact Carolyn Callaghan (CMCALLAGHAN@ship.edu;
x3275) to brainstorm your ideas and to get the process started.
and Contact Information
For questions about anything in this newsletter,
contact Chris Sax at CSAX@ship.edu or
To suggest items for inclusion in future
newsletters, contact Jessica John at JLJOHN@ship.edu.