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Faculty-led Workshops

Instructional Technology and Design Services offers several faculty development opportunities to support face to face, online and hybrid teaching throughout the year including faculty-led workshops.

Faculty-led Workshops in Spring 2019:


Peer-to-Peer Postings on Pages: Using Canvas like a Wiki
Dr. Laura Nicosia – RESCHEDULED – Date to be determined
Facilitating interaction using Pages in Canvas, in a Large Class. In this workshop, participants will be introduced to the use of Canvas Pages and how they can be used to generate interaction among students.

Laura Nicosia, PhD, is an Associate Professor of English in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at Montclair State University. She teaches American Literature, Young Adult/Children’s Literature, and Pedagogical Methods of Teaching English, where she explores educational uses of technology to improve teaching and learning. In spring 2018, Dr. Nicosia taught a MW 8:30 am English elective (Black Writers in the US: ENGL238). It was a large class of 34 students in an awkwardly wide and shallow, rectangular room. As often in a large class, it took a concerted effort to get students engaged on an early Monday morning—especially when they needed to arrive to class prepared to discuss dense, political, and social texts for a survey class that spans nearly 300 years of literary history. One method Dr. Nicosia used to facilitate interactions between students was through the Pages function in Canvas. This approach engaged students, created new knowledge, and enabled transparency in a “flipped” environment where students wrote for a peer audience with specific purposes.



Become a Visual Ninja in Your Teaching!

Visual Practices to Engage Students for Learning
Philip Bakelaar – March 26, 2:30pm-4:30pm – University Hall 5011

Visual thinking and practices are growing in global settings. Educators are giving new attention to the role of visuals for presentation of material in whole system views as well as the way students can use their own drawing abilities to increase retention and understanding.

In this workshop we will look at examples, discuss the underlying theoretical framework, and work together on creating hand drawn diagrams and maps that can help us and our students think better and think together in our particular classes and subjects.

The Rev. Dr. Philip Bakelaar (MDiv, PhD) has taught as an adjunct professor at the Montclair State University School of Communication and Media since 1992. During those years coursework has included a variety of topics including rhetorical theory, public speaking, organizational consulting, group process, interpersonal communication, conflict management, social media, public relations and research methods. Dr. Bakelaar is trained as a visual practitioner and has brought that practice to classrooms, conferences, board strategic planning and counseling settings.