University Teaching and Learning Showcase

The Research Academy for University Learning

invites all faculty, staff andthe campus community to

The 8th Annual University Teaching and Learning Showcase

May 10, 2017

University Hall 7th Floor Conference Center

8:30am - 3:30pm

Conference Schedule

8:30 am - 9:00 am:

  • Breakfast & Sign-in

9:00 am - 9:10 am:

  • Opening Remarks - Provost Willard Gingerich

9:10 am - 10:25 am:

  • Keynote: Dr. Angela Velez-Solic, Rush Medical College
    Moving Beyond Flexibility: Getting the Most out of Online Learning
    Co-sponsored by the Office of Technology, Training, and Integration

10:30 am - 11:20 am:

  • Room A: Todd Kelshaw, Moderator
    Tales of Community-Engaged Teaching and Learning: Instructors and Students Reflect
  • Room B: Barry Bachenheimer
    Beyond the Discussion Board: Creating More Meaningful Student Discussions in Online Classes
  • Room C: Brian Abrams
    Role of Arts-Based Pedagogy for Understanding Diversity Across the Curriculum
  • PDR: Andriy Fomin
    Implementing the Concept of Flipped Classroom in Ancient Civilization Courses: Challenges and Solutions
  • Main Room
    Networking and Informal Discussions

11:25 am - 12:20 pm:

  • Room A: Todd Kelshaw, Moderator
    More Tales of Community Engaged Teaching and Learning: Instructors and Students Reflect
  • Room B: Adam Rzepka
    Leading Synchronous Discussions Online
  • Room C: Alicia Broderick
    Dysconscious Ableism and Racism: Engaging Learners Experiencing Resistance
  • PDR: Melissa Adamo & Carrie O'Dell
    A Literary Field Trip: Exploring WRIT106's Live Literature Series Across Curriculums
  • Main Room: Jean Alvares
    My Next Steps in the Flipped Classroom. The Enechus on the Scaffold

12:20 pm - 1:20 pm:

  • Main Room: Lunch & Poster Session - Door Prizes & Raffle
    Presenters: Jorge Lorenzo-Trueba & Stefanie Brachfeld; Lauren Dinour; Dirk Vanderklein, Nina Goodey, Julie Dalley, and Josh Galster, STEM Pioneers Team; Reginia Judge; Jie Gao & Linan Zhang; Goodey, Nina M.; Herbert, Katherine G.; Kasner, Marc, Krumins, Jennifer and Siekierka, John, OPEN-NJ.

1:30 pm - 2:20 pm:

  • Room A: Mike Munakata, Ashwin Vaidya, and Ceire Monahan
    Encouraging Creativity in Science and Mathematics
  • Room B: Carol Bruzzano
    Creating "Networks of Support" in the University Classroom: Providing Students with a Resource for Meeting Course Requirements
  • Room C: Sidney Gardner & Brian Edwards 
    Building Your Diversity and Inclusion Toolkit


  • PDR: Arnaud Kruze & Gabriel Rubin
    Research as Teaching: Encouraging Students in Faculty-led Research
  • Main Room: Julie Dalley
    OERs: Understanding Student Access and Teaching Flexibility

2:30 pm - 3:20 pm:

  • Room A: Monica Glina
    Facilitating through Fake News: Strategies and Techniques for Facilitating Productive, Well-reasoned Classroom Talk
  • Room B: Melissa Adamo, Adrian Kerrihard, and Kim Whittam
    Personalizing, Questioning, and Tweeting: Implementing New Methods for Student Engagement
  • Room C: Jonathan Howell
    Didn't The Already Teach You That? Teaching Fluencies in your Discipline
  • PDR: Chris Parker, Phoebe Farber, and David Galef
    Creative Thinking: Definitions and Teaching
  • Main Room: Networking and Informal Discussions

The Research Academy is proud to announce our keynote speaker for the 8th Annual Showcase, 
Dr. Angela Velez-Solic, Ph.D.
Author of Teaching Online Without Losing Your Mind,
Manager, Rush University Medical College, Instructional Design and Curriculum‌‌

Dr. Velez's visit is generously co-sponsored by the Office of Technology, Teaching, and Integration (TTI)

Keynote talk and interactive presentation:
Moving beyond flexibility: Getting the most out of online learning
Dr Angela Velez-Solic Headshot‌Online learning presents many unique opportunities for deep, reflective, and personalized learning along with individual and professional transformation if courses are designed in a way to achieve these results.  After this session, you will be able to apply strategies for purposeful design of online courses. To get there you will explore and interact, share and predict, and ultimately leave with an altered perspective about online learning. You will also be more aware of the unequivocal power you have, not only as an expert in your field, but also as someone with an opportunity to make a difference in the lives of students through digital education.

Speaker Bio:
Dr. Angela Velez-Solic is an expert online educator, faculty developer and trainer.  She spent the first ten years of her academic career teaching traditional college courses in English and the Humanities; she started teaching online in 2005 while teaching traditionally.  In 2007 she started full time work with online faculty, devoting her time, attention, and graduate research on the best ways to train and develop online faculty.  Starting in 2009 her focus has been on college teaching, in general, and her personal goal is to help faculty members move from traditional teaching strategies to more active, engaging, and transformational learning in all teaching environments. She has a B.A. in English & Education, a M.A. in English, and a Ph.D. in Education. She is the Manager of Instructional Design and Curriculum at Rush University Medical College in Chicago and the author of Teaching Online Without Losing Your Mind, that can be found on Amazon.

Summer 2017:

The Research Academy supports and encourages faculty members to attend the 2017 Summer Institute: Teaching, Learning, and Technology, offered by the Technology Training and Integration team from the Office of Information Technology. Learn more and register now:
Co-sponsored by:
The Office of the Provost
The Office of Technology Training and Integration
Gender, Sex, Women's Studies (GSWS)
The Center for Career Services
The Office of Health Promotion
The Office of Equity and Diversity
The LGBTQ Center

This year's raffle items and giveaways include:
  • Fitbit Charge 2 (Black) - retail value $149.95
  • Two Kindle Fire Tablets, 7" Display, 8GB in Blue or Black - retail value $49.99 each
  • Each attendee receives a conference pack with essential items, conference reference guides, and schedule
  • Plus top books in teaching and learning, teaching care packages, and more!
  • Attendees MUST register and sign in to be entered into the raffle and giveaways (free registration!)
Each attendee will receive a certificate of attendance upon request, post-conference, and a Credly Digital Badge (digital certificate of attendance, links to your Facebook, LinkedIn, or Twitter accounts). Attendees MUST register and sign in to receive the certificate or Credly badge, and they must contact our offices after the conference to receive their paper certificate.