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Faculty Fellows 2017-2018

“To inspire and enable OU instructors to provide the best possible educational experience for our students.”

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Small Teaching – Student Engagement Tactics at Your Fingertips

Academic bulimia, regurgitation, and brain dump are expressions frequently used by our undergraduate students to describe their “learning.”  Literature indicated that students who memorize may not understand the material and certainly do not retain the information much longer. For this reason, how can we as faculty help students go beyond memorization to promote deeper learning? Active learning and small teaching strategies. Engaging students in active learning allows students not only to acquire foundational knowledge and interleave concepts, but also to bridge material across topics, practice with the material, and the teaching of their peers. This engagement can come in form of easy to implement strategies such as the think-pair-share technique, 10-2 strategy in lecture and reflection, and the one-minute thesis. These strategies, among many others, do not require instructors to completely revamp their curricular, but will add up to create a student-focused learning environment.

The objectives of this program are to assist faculty and graduate students 1) with the development and implementation of small teaching strategies into their classes that promote student engagement, 2) with teaching students how to learn by promoting higher order thinking, and 3) with the management of the active learning classroom, and 4) to develop a community for small teaching resources.  

Heather Ketchum

Heather Ketchum
Associate Professor of Biology
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Everyday Technology

In our increasingly tech-dependent culture, it is easy to feel intimidated and overwhelmed by all the new programs, apps, and tools that claim to make our lives “easier.” It is sometimes difficult to know which tools are actually helpful and which are just passing fads. Additionally, faculty face unique problems (communicating with students, managing large research projects, organizing a near constant flow of information, etc.), and it is not always clear how best to use technology to meet these needs.

This series will focus on the use of everyday technology for faculty (although the broad application will be useful for others as well). Topic areas will include:

  • personal productivity (including project management, day-to-day tasks, and creating a smooth workflow);
  • collaboration tools for working with both students and peers;
  • classroom engagement tech tools (including assignment creation, presentation tools, and social media).

Demo labs will be held approximately every other week, with each lab addressing a new theme. Participants are encouraged to bring laptops, tablets, and other devices.

Spring 2018 Events: Classroom Engagement 

Location: LL118 Bizzell Memorial Library

This session will explore tools for engagement both inside and outside of class. Programs for student response, games and tournaments, and background discussions will be reviewed. If you are interested in incorporating technology to increase engagement in the classroom, this session is for you!

For OU Faculty and Graduate Students.
Light refreshments will be provided.

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Location: LL118 Bizzell Memorial Library

Are you looking for new, innovative exercises and assignments to give your students? This session will present several creative ideas for assignments that incorporate varying types and levels of technology. Bring your own assignment ideas to share!

For OU Faculty and Graduate Students.
Light refreshments will be provided.

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Location: LL339 Bizzell Memorial Library

Most instructors know the basics of how to use powerpoint, but this session will focus on incorporating more dynamic content into your presentations. We will also discuss screen capture and lecture recording programs that will help you add new content to your classes.

For OU Faculty and Graduate Students.
Light refreshments will be provided.

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Location: LL118 Bizzell Memorial Library

This session will explore ways to adapt various social media platforms for use in an educational setting. We will discuss using twitter as an information aggregator, running a class Facebook and Instagram page, and more. Bring your own social media stories and ideas to share!

For OU Faculty and Graduate Students.
Light refreshments will be provided.

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Fall 2017 Events: Personal Productivity  

Day-to-day time management, including email, calendars, and task lists. We will share tips and tools for integrating these programs into your everyday workflow. For OU faculty and graduate students.

This session focuses on the “information overload” we face in academia. We will explore programs designed to manage journals, articles, book notes, websites, conference papers, and more. If you feel yourself drowning in information or have ever struggled to find documents or papers, this session is for you. For OU faculty and graduate students.

This session is dedicated to resources for large project management. Whether you are planning a curriculum revision or running a research project, the programs and applications outlined in this session will help you manage your time and resources effectively. For OU faculty and graduate students.

Jenel Cavazos

Jenel Cavazos
Associate Professor of Psychology
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