Spring 2021 Special Events

Inclusive Teaching Practices and Engaging Instructional Technologies Virtual Conference

The Office of Faculty Advancement (OFA) and Instructional Technology and Design Services (ITDS) will present a two-day faculty development virtual conference on January 13th & 14th.

The event will kick off with keynote speaker
Dr. Lisa Hanasano on “Making Connections: Communicating Inclusivity in Our Classrooms and Beyond” followed by a workshop on inclusive teaching.

The event will also include MSU faculty panel presentations and workshops on class management, a variety of engaging instructional technologies and more. Review our agenda below.
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Montclair State University
Inclusive Teaching Practices and Engaging Instructional Technologies Virtual Conference
January 13th & 14th 2021 – 8:30am-4pm
Location: Online via Canvas and Zoom
Workshop participants will receive resources in Canvas.

Keynote speaker Dr. Lisa K. Hanasono (Ph.D., Purdue University), is an associate professor of communication studies at Bowling Green State University (BGSU). As a communication scholar, her research program focuses primarily on issues related to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Day One - January 13th

Day 1: Wednesday, January 13th, 2021 (Agenda PDF)

Time Session Title
8:30-9:45 Keynote Presentation by Dr. Lisa Hanasano

Spring Forward: Transformational Teaching Practices that Support Students’ Success

Last spring, the global pandemic forced many universities and colleges to abruptly close their campuses and pivot to remote learning. Since then, faculty have worked tirelessly to adapt, innovate, and evolve their teaching practices to support their students’ success and build inclusive learning spaces. Guided by recent research and best practices, Dr. Lisa Hanasono will present a collection of transformational teaching practices that will help faculty spring forward into the new semester, promote inclusive excellence, and support students’ success. 

10:00-10:50 Workshop by Dr. Lisa Hanasano

Communicating Inclusivity: Workshopping Classroom Activities and Assignments

Are you interested in designing more inclusive classroom activities and assignments? In this interactive workshop, Dr. Hanasono will provide a set of practical principles, tips, and strategies for creating more inclusive activities and assignments. In addition to receiving several sample activities and assignments, you will have an opportunity to develop or adapt an activity or assignment that could be useful in your own courses.

11:00-12:00 Gamifying Your Course for Better Student Engagement 

Come play a game with us! We will demonstrate a variety of easy-to-build online learning games that will engage your students and reinforce critical course learning and content review. We provide a full step-by-step for each tool and will give you opportunities to brainstorm your own games for your courses.

12:00-1:00 Lunch Break
1:00-1:50 Effective Classroom Management Approaches for HawkFlex Modalities

This session offers guidance and advice on setting consistent course policies and expectations, how to access services for students as issues crop up, addressing attendance issues, and/or circumventing issues of academic honesty. The conversation will allow for individual questions and discussion on your courses and students.

2:00-2:50 What the Fall Data Suggests for Spring 2021
Data collected from the fall experience — from students as well as faculty, grades and advising reports in Navigate — will be shared, selectively, for the purpose of advising faculty on best strategies for the Spring. The focus of the presentation and discussion will be to identify the most impactful strategies we can make to have a better teaching and learning experience in the coming semester.
3:00-4:00 Open Consultations

Day Two - January 14th

Day 2: Thursday, January 14th, 2021 (Agenda PDF)

Time Session Title
8:30-9:00 Virtual Coffee and Set Up Support
9:00-9:50 Faculty Panel on Teaching Across Modalities 

In this session, faculty will share their approaches to teaching and adapting courses for multiple modalities.

10:00-10:50 Promoting Student Engagement Online

How can we engage students in an online environment? In this workshop, we will discuss some active learning strategies and collaborative learning tools to promote student engagement in an online asynchronous or synchronous environment. 

11:00-11:50 Advanced Zoom Tips: Breakout Rooms and Polls

In this session, participants will become familiar with using advanced features in Zoom including managing breakout rooms, and polls. 

12:00-1:00 Lunch Break
1:00-1:50 Canvas Tips and Tricks/ New Features

Whether you are new to Canvas or not, there may be tricks that you were unaware of or possibilities in teaching your course that you have not considered. This presentation will showcase some of the features within Canvas that can take your Canvas skills to the next level.

2:00-2:50 Designing Authentic Student Assessments Online

What are some of the ways we can build interesting and engaging assessments? In this workshop, we will discuss the benefits of designing authentic assessments, tools that we can allow students to use to demonstrate their understanding of the content we teach (outside of the typical quiz or paper), and ways we can develop rubrics that can aid us in communicating our grading expectations.

3:00-4:00 Open Consultations