Academic Outreach and Innovation Newsletter

March, 2013

2013 Winter Term

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.

Faculty who wish to teach a winter online course which has not previously been approved 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 ( in the Office of Professional, Continuing, and Distance Education.

2013 RECAP Conference

Presentation proposals are now being accepted for RECAP 2013 - Instructional Technology: The New Era ( 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 ( to apply for funding.

2013 Academic Innovation Conference

Save the date for Shippensburg University’s second annual Academic 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.

Faculty Grant Opportunities

NEW!!! 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

NEW!!! 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, 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, visit

CFEST 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 visit

Upcoming Webinar Opportunities

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

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?

Apr 9, 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 ongoing monitoring.

Faculty/Program Spotlight

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.

The 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.

Among 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.

Resources of Interest

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,

PASSHE Copyright Resource, a compilation of several copyright resources available via secure login using your SU email and password at

Six Steps to Designing Effective Service Learning Courses, M. Bart, Faculty Focus, April 2010,

The Eight Block Model for Designing and Implementing a Service Learning Project,

The Future of Mobile Learning, Educause Center for Applied Research, May 2012,

Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching (MERLOT; peer reviewed open educational resources),

Top 10 Higher Education State Policy Issues for 2013, American Association for State Colleges and Universities (AASCU), January 2013,

Off-Load 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 (; x3275) to brainstorm your ideas and to get the process started.

Suggestions and Contact Information

· For questions about anything in this newsletter, contact Chris Sax at or x1348.

· To suggest items for inclusion in future newsletters, contact Jessica John at