March 2014 Newsletter

Hello, everyone!  Thanks so much to all of you who attended last week’s Baldwin Lecture and course design workshop.  We had a good turnout for both events, and it was great to take some time out from meetings and grading to really focus on how to plan effective classroom activities.

Please read below for the schedule of March events through the Academic Professional Development Center and Learning Technologies Team.

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On Wednesday, March 5th at 12:30 (PML103), the Learning Technologies Team will share a presentation on Captivating Your Audience with Cost-Effective Lecture Capture and Screencasting Tools.  Creating successful screencasts requires knowledge of the whole screencasting workflow, from planning, through production, to delivery.  This is a hands-on session, which will offer plenty of practical exercises and resources.  If you want to know how to capture a voice-over narration, enhance your screen and highlight important elements, this workshop is for you!

On Wednesday, March 5 at 3:30pm in the SUB Down Under, there will be a workshop on the basics of advising students.  While this workshop is primarily for faculty who are relatively new to working with student advisees, all faculty are welcome to attend.  Dr. Jack Holcomb and Andrea Maag from the Center for Academic Excellence and Kim Titus from the Registrar’s Office will cover the basic process that faculty should follow during an advising consultation before clearing students for course registration, discuss the University’s many advising resources, and answer questions.  Snacks will be provided.  Participants are encouraged to read the following article before the workshop:  Advising article

On Wednesday, March 19th at 12:30 (PML103), join the Learning Technologies Team as they discuss How to Become a Transformed Twitter Teacher in a Flash!  Twitter is becoming an integral part of many digital lives and personal and professional learning networks.  This introductory course explains how to use Twitter as an educational tool for professional development purposes.  Demonstration of how to sign up, send and read Twitter updates (also called 'Tweets'), and build your own PLN (Personal/Professional Learning Network) of friends will be showcased.

On Tuesday, March 25 from 12-1:30pm in the SUB Georgian Room C, we will have an APDC lunch.  Dr. Bethany Stone from the University of Missouri-Columbia will be presenting “Turning the classroom on its head: Increasing active learning, student engagement and interactions by flipping your course”.  Lunch will be provided.  Please RSVP here: RSVP form by Friday, March 21 at noon.