Faculty Forum: Teaching with Technology

Date : Friday, October 2, 2020
Time : 12:15 pm–1:30 pm (EDT)
Audience: Instructors, Instructors at Commonwealth Campuses

Presented by: Commonwealth Campus Faculty Development and Keep Teaching Faculty Development Group

This Faculty Forum on Teaching with Technology for Fall 2020 features Berks faculty sharing innovative pedagogical strategies and uses of instructional technology. There will be four presentations:

  • Packback: Awaken Student Curiosity, presented by Dr. Ebonie Cunningham Stringer
    As you may have noticed, Packback is hidden in Canvas navigation. What does it do? Why is it there? What are the benefits of using this tool? This presentation will answer those questions. We will talk about how Packback, powered by artificial intelligence, is used to encourage student curiosity and gain diverse insights and perspectives via online discussion in a hybrid learning environment in a criminal justice course.
  • Clues to Engagement: An Online Scavenger Hunt, presented by Tricia Clark
    As in most fields, active, hands-on instruction is an important part of learning in cybersecurity, and games are often incorporated to engage students. This presentation will describe the use of an online scavenger hunt to review encryption techniques. The format, in which students must find the correct answer at each step in order to progress to the next, adds an element of fun. Application of this type of activity to other subjects, as well as how Canvas features such as quizzes and discussion forums are employed, will also be discussed.
  • Herding Cats: Keeping Online Students Organized and On-Task, presented by Dr. Lauren Jade Martin
    Without regular face-to-face meetings, students taking online courses can sometimes get lost or confused about what they are expected to accomplish. Having a detailed syllabus may not be enough to keep students organized and on-task. In this presentation, Dr. Martin will discuss and show how she organizes her online and remote courses to help students understand exactly what they need to do, how to do it, and when.
  • Wednesday Weather Report (Winner of “One Cool Thing” award at PSU’s Canvas Day), presented by Dr. Pauline Milwood
    In this session, Pauline shares her award-winning, innovative use of Canvas. The two-part “Wednesday Weather Report” assignment combines quizzes, to creatively gather open feedback from students, with a reflective journal assignment. The innovative assignment is engaging for students and enables Milwood to monitor the experience of soon-to-be-graduating seniors immersed ​in the semester-long development and implementation of a real-life pop-up restaurant.

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