Faculty Development Day - Spring 2022

Center for Teaching & Learning Excellence

Reimagining Learning

Educators and students have been discovering ways to keep on learning. Many of the creative workarounds that have emerged in response to the pandemic are more than makeshift solutions; they are messages from the future. These modifications are insights into how education might evolve. As educators who gravitate towards optimism, we perceive these needs as opportunities to do things better. How are you reimagining learning?



Wednesday, January 5, 2022 

Fully Online/Virtual




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Faculty Development Day: Spring 2022

Welcome and Opening Remarks

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9:00 AM - 9:10 AM

Session 1

9:15 AM - 10:05 AM

Presentation Title & Materials Presenter(s) Description Track Recording
The Active Lecture Randall Woodard, Patrick Crerand, & William Ellis Participants will experience three different examples of tying active learning into lecture. Best Practices Session Recording
Fostering Antifragility in Students Valerie Wright, Kate Wittrock, & Carol McLeish This presentation will focus on the definition of antifragility and ways to help students address and overcome stressors to help them thrive both inside and outside of the classroom. Best Practices, Diversity & Inclusion, Trauma-Informed Teaching Session Recording
In-Course Analytics for Instructors Kate Colello This session will provide a tutorial for accessing in-course analytics in online classes. You will learn how to view statistics on: discussions, quizzes, grades, rubrics, and time students spend on content in the course section you teach. In addition, there will be an overview on creating reports using Intelligence Agents. Best Practices, Online Teaching Session Recording
Benefits of Active Learning Christine Picot, Michael Campbell, Lisa Delgado-Brown, & Tammy Zacchilli An exploration of formative assessment, low stakes writing, and building community are the benefits reviewed through the implementation of active learning strategies. Best Practices Session Recording
Emotional Engagement in Science Learning: Show Must Go On! Sergiy Borysov This program will bring attention to the need of an emotional connection to studied material. One strategy to achieve this engagement, is to incorporate elements of entertainment to the course delivery and assessment. Several examples will be discussed. Group activities will be offered. Best Practices Session Recording
Blueprint for Student Learning Success: The Program Assessment Plan Ellen Boylan Identify and hone elements of new or existing Assessment Plans, especially Key Assignments, to ensure continuous tweaking of program delivery that enhances student learning. Best Practices, Online Teaching Session Recording
The Virtual Lab: Active Learning in Research by Doing Lara Ault & Keith Burton We will provide an overview of our virtual laboratory that provides community, mentoring, and hands-on learning for students learning about research in psychology. Online Teaching, Best Practices Session Recording
Inclusive Teaching Practices: Pedagogies and Strategies in Higher Education for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Victoria Anyikwa & Khalilah Caines This workshop will explore the impact of philosophy on student learning and provide evidence-based strategies to promote a diverse and inclusive classroom in a post 2020 Era. Diversity & Inclusion, Best Practices, Trauma-Informed Teaching Session Recording

Session 2

10:15 AM - 11:05 AM

Presentation Title & Materials Presenter(s) Description Track Session Link
Mindful Teaching Kathryn Duncan How can we benefit from mindfulness both inside and outside the classroom? In this session, we will explore mindfulness and discuss techniques that can be used both in the classroom and in our personal lives. Opportunities to practice will be included as a part of the session. Digital Wellness, Trauma-Informed Teaching Session Recording
Digital Citizenship in a Hybrid Course: the Do's and Don'ts Brandy Pollicita Digital citizenship, including digital literacy, access, and collaboration, is an integral part of today’s blended education. Online Teaching, Best Practices Session Recording
Reimagining Quizzes and Discussion Boards Daniel Lloyd & Thomas Humphries This panel will discuss two new strategies we are employing with our general education courses to scaffold the student learning experience with reading quizzes and online discussions. Reading quizzes will demonstrate lower order informational knowledge necessary for engaging higher order thinking in discussion boards. The necessary reimagination of discussion boards is a long-ignored element in online learning. Online Teaching, Tech Tools, Best Practices Session Recording
Understanding the Impact of Culturally Engaging Campus Environments on Students’ Sense of Belonging Will Hamilton, Daniel Duerr, & Cheryl Hemphill Context matters. Students’ perceptions of context shape their sense of belonging. We present our findings from our recent statistical analyses. Diversity & Inclusion, Trauma-Informed Teaching Session Recording
Personification in Learning Science: Let's Act it Out! Sergiy Borysov Using personification and gamification helps to relate to abstract definitions and concept. It gives them a face that students can relate to, recognize, and thus - understand and remember. Several examples will be presented. Opportunities for discussion and group activities will be offered. Best Practices Session Recording
ASLAN: Get Ready for Year-end Reporting! Ellen Boylan & Raymond Gonzalez Let's take a look at next steps to complete required ASLAN reporting for AY 2022, including faculty collaboration, obtaining data, presenting results, and planning action. Best Practices Session Recording
Three Tools to Boost Engagement Monique Liles, Arielle Harvey, & Jennifer Gianico Presenting Edpuzzle, Doodly, and Flipgrid with a focus on student engagement, data collection, features of the software, and ideas for implementation. Tech Tools, Online Teaching Session Recording

Session 3

11:15 AM - 12:05 PM

Presentation Title & Materials Presenter(s) Description Track Session Link
Engage, Represent, Act and Express: Friends of Fritz Unite! Renee Sedlack & Georgina Rivera-Singletary Presenters will review the framework for UDL and emphasize the need to employ a variety of strategies and methods for teaching content. Applying the principles of Universal Design for Learning, participants will collaboratively find a solution for a scenario about our beloved mascot. Participants will be engaged and motivated to gather facts to formulate a plan. They will present their plan in ways that are meaningful to them. While the goal for the task will be clear, how participants reach that goal will be different. In the end, each group will unite and solve a problem for Fritz! Best Practices, Diversity & Inclusion, Online Teaching

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Tips and Tactics to Accelerate Your Research and Scholarship Lisa Rapp-McCall, Francis Orlando, Holly Atkins, Zachary Smith, & Christopher Wolfe We’ll give tips and tactics to accelerate your research and then we’ll audience source additional ideas and help make connections for future projects Best Practices

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The Micro Credential Animal Interventions Course A New Student Learning Venue Rhondda Waddell, Nancy Wood, & Debra Mims The micro-credential is a short course designed to help learners’ skill up in specific knowledge areas. The Animal Interventions micro-credential created by educators, based on research, and designed to improve the learner’s knowledge and practice skills that can lead to a micro-credential and badge is offered where learning is personalized, flexible, & performance-based. This presentation will explore the recently developed Animal Interventions and Canine Good Citizens Training micro-credential. The course instructors will provide a panel discussion defining who needs this course and the benefits. Online Teaching

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Escape Room Padlets Patrick Sheridan This workshop will provide participants with an overview of how you can design Padlets as escape rooms. These escape rooms can be used as collaborative active learning activities and formative assessments. Tech Tools, Online Teaching, Best Practices

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Behind the Scenes: The Magic of Assessment Using AEFIS Raymond Gonzalez & Ellen Boylan Do you wonder what goes on behind the scenes to transform Key Assignment results from raw data to rich report? See how the D2L/AEFIS magic works and view a mockup report for AY22. Tech Tools, Online Teaching

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Culturally Responsive Approaches to Re-Imagine Learning Khalilah Caines, Patricia Senger, Robert Lucio, Elisabeth Aiken, Shirley Gilbert, & Monique Liles The Fall 2021 Culturally Responsive Teaching & Learning Circle facilitates a panel discussion on ways to advance culturally responsive approaches to “re-imagine learning”. Diversity & Inclusion

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Speed Dating Databases Christine Woods Learn about more than 120 library databases with access to newspapers, magazines, academic journals, images, audio, and video in a short amount of time. Tech Tools 

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10 Trends in Saint Leo Institutional Data Daniel Duerr This presentation will review key trends in Saint Leo institutional data. The IR office has access to data on headcounts, DFW rates, retention, graduation, and entering students that can help inform our faculty about who our entering students are, how they're performing, and their early impressions of Saint Leo. Best Practices

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Possible Topics

Best Practices

What are you doing to make learning happen?  Share one or more teaching practices or strategies that you use to support academic success.  Possible topics include: 

  • Using the D2L course shell as the backbone for an on-ground course
  • Active Learning in the on-ground, hybrid, or online class 
  • Establishing Instructor presence
  • Creating classroom community 
  • Universal Design for Learning
  • High Impact online teaching strategies
  •  Collaborative Learning
  • Tech tools that enhance teaching and learning

Tech Tools

How can we integrate technology into our courses to enhance student learning? What ways can we use technology tools to improve our productivity and communication? With the constant evolution of technology these days, learning new, effective ways to improve teaching and learning, as well as daily tasks is more helpful than ever. Possible topics are:

  • Best practices using technology in teaching and learning
  • Leveraging classroom technology
  • Productivity tools
  • Day to day technology uses
  • D2L
  • Zoom
  • Microsoft 365
  • Communication tools
  • Polling and Formative Assessment tools
  • Presentation tools
  • Audio and Video creation tools

Digital Wellness 

Technology, especially in the COVID world, is a double-edged sword. We rely on it to stay connected to the world around us, but it can also lead to anxiety and stress. With more time spent online and interactions via social platforms becoming more the norm than before, we must prioritize our digital wellness. Digital wellness includes the proactive measures we take to keep ourselves healthy and balanced. It is not about removing digital devices. It is about simply better managing how we interact with these devices and how we use them. Possible topics include:

  • Downsides of the digital age 
  • Social impact 
  • Implications and applications of digital wellness 
  • Research in progress 
  • Digital wellbeing in the age of social distancing

Diversity & Inclusion 

In an American Council on Education blog, Taffye Benson Clayton suggests that DEI work is “mission critical” for higher education. As we continue to examine systems of discrimination and oppression, underrepresented populations, and legal protections on a global scale, one of the ways that we, as educators, have responded is by placing great importance on critical conversations and on what we can do to create more inclusive spaces in our own classrooms. Presentations in this area may highlight:

  • Inclusive course designs and teaching strategies
  • Diverse content development
  • Student sense of belonging
  • Social action projects
  • Safe spaces
  • Digital inequities
  • Critical issues in diversity, equity, and inclusion

Online Teaching 

Creating a quality online learning environment that engages students, encourages collaboration and communication, and includes a strong instructor presence is increasingly valuable in higher education. Pedagogical best practices, implementing new technologies, and maintaining instructor presence are all important elements of great online teaching. Topics may include:  

  • Best practices in online teaching
  • Making a smooth transition to online teaching
  •  Online teaching strategies
  • Meaningful discussions in online environments
  • Supporting students during online instruction 
  • Instructor presence in the online environment

Trauma-Informed Teaching

Trauma-informed teaching is an educational approach that seeks to understand and consider the impact that trauma can have on the brain, emotions, behavior, and learning.   Trauma can be rooted in physiological, psychological, emotional, or social experiences and can be caused from a one-time event with lasting consequences or from ongoing life circumstances.  Instructors who take a trauma-informed approach use practices which promote a safe learning environment, facilitate connection, improve student resilience, and foster empowerment.  Presentations in this area may highlight: 

  • Principles of trauma-informed teaching  
  • Trauma-informed teaching practices 
  • Building relationships and community 
  • Social Justice and trauma-informed practice 
  • Stories of trauma-informed teaching and learning