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2014 Breakouts A

Breakouts A - Thursday from 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

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Impact of Common Core on Higher Education
Dave Stuart

Perhaps the loudest noises in K12 education these days surround any mention of the Common Core State Standards. The standards claim to focus on "college and career readiness" skills in the areas of mathematics and literacy, and, if implementation is successful, they may just make a significant impact on the type of freshman that walks through Davenport's doors in Septembers to come. So what are these standards aiming at, exactly, and how might they alter the skills and learning styles of future college students? Dave Stuart Jr. is a full-time high school teacher in Cedar Springs, MI, who also writes and speaks to teachers around the country. His first book, “A Non-Freaked Out Guide to Teaching the Common Core,” comes out next month.

Anchor Standards


Come see the new features of Microsoft Office 2013
Al Gunther and Kathy Finkler
Rm  230c

Office 2013 has a new look and some great new features! Come explore with us as we take a closer look at what is new in Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.


Institutional Research Board:  Myths vs. Facts
Lonnie Decker and Michele Davis
Rm  212

We will explore the myths and facts of IRB and faculty responsibilities with research, including:

  • Surveys - Risk or no risk?
  • Institutional Approval vs. IRB Approval ?
  • The IRB hates me!
  • It’s not research ... Or is it?
  • My research is exempt!
  • My research isn’t important, so I don’t need IRB … right?

Bring your burning questions and we’ll explore the solutions in this informative session.  We’ll investigate these topics and more.

IRB: Myth or Fact


Using Blackboard Rubrics while Personalizing Feedback on Student Assignments
Tamera VandenBerg and Todd Terry
Rm 236c

This session will explore utilizing online rubrics to grade assignments from students. These rubrics are very versatile and can allow for utilization of standardized requirements of the assignment while allowing the instructor to give personalized feedback to the student.

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Foresight Tools and Techniques in the College Classroom
Jason Siko
Rm 207

We will be examining how techniques from the fields of futures studies and strategic foresight can be used in classrooms to stimulate discussion and make interdisciplinary connections.  Futures studies is often confused with traditional forecasting as well as psychics and charlatans.  In fact, futures studies is an academic discipline with a global community of researchers and practitioners.  In this session, participants will gain a basic understanding of several futures techniques, including backcasting, incasting, scenario development, futures wheel, and causal layered analysis.  We will also talk about helping students learn to view ideas and events through social, technological, environmental, economic, and political (STEEP) lenses. Finally, participants will be able to identify one or more futures techniques that can be directly applied to their instruction. 

Tools and Techniques

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Competency-Based Learning: Pulling together the  best of sound pedagogy, andragogy and heuristics to
create a comprehensive CMBA
Jennifer Byron, Margaret Mwenda, & Jeff Wiggerman
Rm 214

Jumping into the fire of competency-based learning requires that we combine a variety of well-established learning principles into new forms of instruction and evaluation.  Through the lens of the CMBA program, the workshop will explore instructional development processes that can be applied to any teaching/learning format.  We’ll walk through the backbone, framework and template of the CMBA Professional Competencies and peek inside a newly created Proficiency Module.   


Making Your Class and Curriculum More Inclusive
Regina McClinton
Rm 215

In this interactive workshop participants will learn what it means to have an inclusive classroom and curriculum.  Through exercises and small group work we will learn about our personal lenses and how they shape what we do in the classroom.  This will include learning about our privileges and biases, conscious and unconscious.  It is strongly suggested that participants bring a copy of a syllabus and one lesson plan or module from a course they want to revise.  The information, awareness and skills learned in the workshop are applicable to all disciplines. 

General Session






Check list


Who are your people?


Techniques for Motivating Students to Succeed in the Classroom
Laura Harris, MS
Rm  204

Do you have issues with student engagement? While some students come to class eager to learn, for most motivation is a daily struggle. Successful instructors can motivate students to learn despite challenges. Motivation begins with instructors setting and adhering to clear expectations, while knowing when and when not to enforce those expectations. This interactive workshop helps instructors assess techniques for motivating students and improve approaches by drawing on real classroom experiences from other faculty members. 

Motivating Students


Turnitin: Smarter Grading
Colleen Streeter
Rm 222

Learn how Turnitin can save you time when grading assignments using six types of rich feedback on any type of assignments: originality reports, Quickmark sets, voice comments, grading rubrics, grading templates, and general comments. 


Effective Portfolio Construction for Advancement in Academic Rank
Dr. David Gillespie, Dr. Yvonne Alles, and Dr. Irene Bembenista
Rm 205

This presentation is designed to be useful for full-time academic personnel who plan on applying for promotion as well as supervisors who provide guidance and support to those engaged in this process. The focus of this presentation will be on the effective construction of a portfolio when applying for promotion.  It is important to showcase your achievements when applying for rank.  Portfolio preparation will require thoughtful construction with an understanding of the rubric being used by the Promotion Board for consideration of each applicant.  This presentation will highlight several areas to consider when constructing your portfolio. The session will include time for questions from the audience.  


Faculty Day of Research
Rm SC 1-3

View posters summarizing recent research completed by DU faculty. The display is available for participants all day Thursday.  Researchers will be present from 3:00 to 3:30 Thursday to answer questions and discuss their studies. 

Faculty Day of Research Power Point