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2011 Faculty Symposium Presentation Information

The Faculty Development Committee of the SIUE Faculty Senate coordinated the 2011 Faculty Symposium. The symposium, "Creative Ways to Engage Students," focused on the approaches and resources SIUE faculty employ in the traditional, blended, and online classrooms as part of their teaching activities. The Symposium was held on August 18, 2011 in room 1058 in Lovejoy Library.

Presentation videos and available slides are included below.

Faculty Member(s) Presentation Title Presentation Resources Abstract
Karen Kelly
School of Nursing
Out of the Classroom and Into the Mix: Active Learning About Health Policy and Politics Slides

Video


Graduate students in a health policy course assess their "political savvy" and then learn about policymaking, political action, and the politics of a profession through a series of activities that require them to be engaged in a select group of activities, such as: interviewing legislators, lobbying for a piece of health care/nursing legislation, attending professional nursing organization meetings, writing letters to editors on health policy issues, and working in political campaigns.
Cindy Wuller and Miranda Wilhelm
School of Pharmacy
Using a Pharmacy Aisle as the Final Exam Slides

Video

The final exam in the Advanced Self-Care elective places students in a simulated real world situation, designed to test the students' knowledge and communication skills when making a proper over-the-counter product recommendation. The exam is held in the aisle of a local pharmacy using a simulated patient while the instructors observe the encounter and use a rubric to determine the exam score.

Dan Segrist
School of Education
Breaking the Ice and Previewing the Course Slides

Video

This presentation focuses on an icebreaker used to preview course content, provide "teasers," and enable students to get to know each other. Students pick a course-related term/statistic from a fishbowl and find the other student with the same term/statistic. Students "interview" each other and discuss how they think their term/statistic is relevant to the course. The instructor uses the students' ideas about the term/statistic as a springboard to provide previews of the course.

Wayne Nelson
School of Education
Games for Learning: Using Game Play and Game Design to Facilitate Learning Slides

Video


This presentation will focus on a variety of strategies that involve games, gaming, and game design as learning activities and strategies. Research will be shared suggesting possibilities for integrating games and game design into a variety of curricular areas. In addition, results of my own teaching with similar activities will be shared. Time for discussion and debate about the power of the media will be included.
Dave Knowlton
School of Education
Leveraging Students' Spirituality for Meaningful Learning Slides

Video


This session begins with a short explanation of spirituality (which is different from religion) and its role in classrooms. Most of the session, however, offers practical applications for leveraging spirituality. Applications include tips for (a) structuring classroom environments that prompt students to leave their own comfort zone, (b) designing assignments that engage students, and (c) creating assessments that develop discernment.
Johanna Schmitz
College of Arts and Sciences
Not Just Fun and Games: Treasure Hunt as Metaphor for Scholarship and Life-long Learning


I will describe how I used treasure hunts in spring 2010 and 2011 to teach advanced concepts in critical theory and Shakespeare Studies. One quickly introduced current challenges in the field of Shakespeare Studies (i.e. authorship, authenticity, pop culture, editing, etc.). The other served as a reference for papers based on performance and reception theory.
Jennifer Miller
College of Arts and Sciences
Creating Student Engagement In and Outside of the Classroom Slides

Video

I will discuss my recent experiences with a "blended" course--one that meet in the classroom about 1/3 of the course and met "online" or outside of the classroom for 2/3 of the course. I hope to discuss the pros and cons of the format and spark discussion as well.

Larry Lafond
College of Arts and Sciences
Organizing, Managing, and Assessing Discussion Board Postings in Online/Hybrid Courses Slides

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This session will discuss tips regarding effective use of discussion boards, forums, or other asynchronous communication tools in online or hybrid courses. The focus of the discussion will relate to the organization of the board (with clear completion dates, thread moderators, and "closers"), the role of faculty participation on the board, grading rubrics, and types of corrective and supportive feedback.

Jessica DeSpain and Kristine Hildebrandt
College of Arts and Sciences
Developing a Minor in the Digital Humanities and Social Sciences at SIUE Slides

Video

Additional video resource


We will discuss the development of the Interdisciplinary Research and Informatics Scholarship (IRIS) Center at SIUE & a related minor in the digital humanities & social sciences. IRIS supports individual & collaborative scholarship that applies digital content as a primary methodology. The minor will integrate theory & practice into programs of study, emphasizing web encoding, database development & online writing in a curriculum investigating the impact of technology on culture & communication.

If you have further questions or require additional information, contact FDC members Stacie Kirk, Musonda Kapatamoyo, or Matthew Schmitz.