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Annual Summer Institute

Annual Summer Institute 2022 (Online):
Wednesday, June 8th, and Thursday, June 9th, 2022

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The 2022 Summer Institute for Teaching and Learning is co-hosted by Instructional Technology and Design Services (ITDS) and the Office for Faculty Advancement (OFA). This virtual faculty development event spans two days and will kick off with opening remarks by Junius J. Gonzales, Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs followed by keynote speaker Dr. Claire Howell Major, a Professor of Higher Education and Chair of the Department of Educational Leadership, Policy, and Technology Studies at the University of Alabama.

Please view the full agenda and information about our presenters below. Your registration provides access to each days’ events through a Canvas Community. Each day will include a variety of presentations and workshops to inspire, support and engage you! We welcome you to join as many virtual sessions as you’d like.

Keynote Presentation: Engaging University Students in Active Learning: Promises and Pitfalls

Description: “Our knowledge of how students learn has grown significantly over the last few decades.  In keeping with this trend, the quality and sheer amount of research on instructional strategies has also grown, and active learning has emerged as an instructional method that can improve learning outcomes for all students. In this session, participants will learn about active learning and specific active learning techniques that have been shown to improve student learning.”

Dr. Claire Howell Major is a Professor of Higher Education and Chair of the Department of Educational Leadership, Policy, and Technology Studies at the University of Alabama. At the University of Alabama, she teaches masters and doctoral level courses in the Higher Education Administration program. She also conducts research on pedagogical approaches and student engagement. She has authored and co-authored several books, including Engaged Teaching: A Handbook for College Faculty (with Elizabeth Barkley), Learning Assessment Techniques: A Handbook for College Faculty (with Elizabeth Barkley), Online learning: A guide to theory, research, and practice, Teaching for Learning (with Michael Harris and Todd Zakrajsek), and Collaborative learning techniques: A handbook for college faculty (with Elizabeth Barkley and Pat Cross).

2022 Summer Institute Tentative Agenda

List of Presenters

Day 1 - June 8th

8:30 – 9:00 Welcome and Opening Remarks by Provost Junius Gonzales
9:00 – 10:00 Keynote Presentation: Engaging University Students in Active Learning: Promises and Pitfalls
10:15 – 11:15 Cultivating Student Success: Teaching the Essential Skills of “Studenting” to the Pandemic-Affected Student
11:30 – 12:15 Teaching for Active Learning
12:15 – 1:00 Lunch Break
1:00 – 1:45 Technology Discovery Sessions
2:00 – 2:45 Initial and Continued Impact of COVID-19 on College Students

Day 2 - June 9th

8:30 – 9:45 Innovative Approaches to Designing Courses in Online Programs
10:00 – 10:45 Technology Discovery Sessions
11:00 – 11:45 Innovations in Teaching Math to Pandemic-Affected Students
11:45 – 12:30 Lunch Break
12:30 – 1:15 Instructors Are Not Alone: University Staff Who Can Help Us Help Our Students
1:30 – 2:15 Technology Discovery Sessions
2:30 – 3:30 Grading for the Pandemic Student Population

Session Descriptions

Day 1 – Wednesday, June 8th

8:30am

Welcome and Opening Remarks by Provost Junius Gonzales

Presenters: Junius Gonzales, Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, and Dr. Yanling Sun, Assistant Vice President of Instructional Technology and Design Services

 

 

9:00am

Keynote: Engaging University Students in Active Learning: Promises and Pitfalls

Presenter: Dr. Claire Howell Major, Professor of Higher Education at the University of Alabama

 

Description: Our knowledge of how students learn has grown significantly over the last few decades.  In keeping with this trend, the quality and sheer amount of research on instructional strategies has also grown, and active learning has emerged as an instructional method that can improve learning outcomes for all students. In this session, participants will learn about active learning and specific active learning techniques that have been shown to improve student learning.

 

 

10:15am

Cultivating Student Success: Teaching the Essential Skills of “Studenting” to the Pandemic-Affected Student

Presenters: Catherine Keohane, OFA Faculty Developer, and Dr. Emily Isaacs, Executive Director of the Office for Faculty Advancement

 

Description: In this session, Catherine Keohane and Emily Isaacs will lead a workshop on how instructors can help students learn (or re-learn) the behaviors that are essential for college success, all without becoming the dreaded scold or pleader we vowed never to become. Incoming Fall 2022 students will have spent most of their sophomore and junior years in high school at least partially online, perhaps entirely masked, often in hiding. They need instructors’ guidance to acclimate themselves to the college classroom and to college-level work. We can balance high expectations with the support that will help students to meet them.

 

 

11:30am

Teaching for Active Learning

Presenters: Joaly Garcia, Instructional Designer, Dr. Brad van Eeden-Moorefield, Professor, Christopher Kaczmarek, Assistant Professor, and Ethne Swartz, Professor

 

Description: How do we promote active learning in courses across disciplines? Faculty members will share their experiences using different types of instructional technologies to promote active learning in their classes.

 

 

1:00pm

Technology Discovery Sessions

Presenters: Pam Fallivene, Senior Technology Trainer, Abigail Hunte, Senior Technology Trainer, Keith Adams, Instructional Designer, Dr. Jinxia He, Lead Instructional Designer, Qian (Lora) YaoInstructional Designer, and Gina Policastro, Instructional Designer

 

Description: Participants will be able to select a session of interest to explore a specific instructional technology. These workshops focus on technologies for active learning. Choose from one of the following sessions:

  • VoiceThread
  • Perusall / Hypothesis
  • Flipgrid

 

 

2:00pm

Initial and Continued Impact of COVID-19 on College Students

Presenter: Dr. Jazmin Reyes-Portillo, Assistant Professor, Psychology

 

Description: Montclair psychology professors will report on their extensive survey research of New York and New Jersey college students in Spring 2020 and also a year later. Their findings reveal the ways in which the pandemic has affected students in terms of academic, financial, and COVID-related stressors. While many middle-class adults may have experienced a significant lessening of stressors in the two years since Spring of 2020, college students’ experiences are quite different. This research report will be followed by an opportunity for Q&A as we collectively consider our experiences with college students this last year, and what we are anticipating for Fall 2022.

 

 

Day 2 – Thursday, June 9th

8:30am

Innovative Approaches to Designing Courses in Online Programs

Presenters: Dr. Mary EnglishProfessor, Gail YoshInstructional Specialist, and Carla Engstrom, ELAD Program Administrator

 

Description: This session invites faculty colleagues to share their experiences designing and teaching courses in online programs in partnership with instructional designers and multimedia specialists.  The ITDS group provides course design services, working closely and collaboratively with faculty to ensure Montclair’s online program courses are well designed and delivered to meet high standards of quality for students.

 

 

10:00am

Technology Discovery Sessions

Presenters: Patrick Scioscia Lead Instructional Designer, Keith AdamsInstructional Designer, Joaly GarciaInstructional Designer, Jean Moreno-LassalleInstructional Design Assistant, Rosi LamelaMultimedia Specialist, and Joe YankusInstructional Designer

 

Description: Participants will be able to select a session of interest to explore a specific instructional technology. Choose from one of the following sessions:

  • Designing Your Canvas Course Using the Montclair State Course Template
  • First Impressions: The Role of Visual Design in Canvas Courses
  • Creating DIY Multimedia to Enhance Learning

 

 

11:00am

Innovations in Teaching Math to Pandemic-Affected Students

Presenter: Ashwin Vaidya, Chairperson, Mathematics

 

Description: In this workshop, faculty in the Department of Mathematics will share their experiences redesigning Pre-Calculus to support all learners, addressing pedagogical strategies that are relevant to students in every discipline. While the “fear of math” and the pandemic education loss has certainly made teaching math a little more challenging, it has also underscored how teaching is less about teaching the subject and more about teaching the learner how to learn.

 

 

12:30pm

Instructors Are Not Alone: University Staff Who Can Help Us Help Our Students

Presenters: Meghan Hearns, Director of the Disability Resource Center, Tess Grunseich, Director for Supplemental Instruction, Tutoring and Academic Coaching, and Evin Deschamps, Assistant Director of Supplemental Instruction

 

Description: In this session, Meghan Hearns (Disability Resource Center) and CAST leaders, Tess Grunseich, Director for Supplemental Instruction, Tutoring and Academic Coaching, will be joined by Evin Deschamps, new to Montclair, to describe and help faculty think about integrating support services and support planning into their fall course design.  The pandemic has increased our need to provide differentiated instruction and to accommodate all learners, which is something we can all embrace in theory, but which raises challenges for us in practice.  Instructors are not alone.  Take the time now to become clear on the various programs and services that we can learn on to achieve our aims as instructors.

 

 

1:30pm

Technology Discovery Sessions

Presenters: Chris PetrilloInstructional Designer, Gina PolicastroInstructional Designer, Abigail HunteSenior Technology Trainer, Pam FalliveneSenior Technology Trainer, Qian (Lora) YaoInstructional Designer, and Jean Moreno-LassalleInstructional Design Assistant

 

Description: Participants will be able to select a session of interest to explore a specific instructional technology. Choose from one of the following sessions:

  • Increasing Interaction via Polling, Surveys, and Gamification
  • Using Google Sites for Creating an ePortfolio
  • Using Padlet as a Formative Assessment Tool

 

 

2:30pm

Grading for the Pandemic Student Population

Presenter: Melissa Adamo, OFA Faculty Developer

 

Description: Montclair psychology professors will report on their extensive survey research of New York and New Jersey college students in Spring 2020 and also a year later. Their findings reveal the ways in which the pandemic has affected students in terms of academic, financial, and COVID-related stressors. While many middle-class adults may have experienced a significant lessening of stressors in the two years since Spring of 2020, college students’ experiences are quite different. This research report will be followed by an opportunity for Q&A as we collectively consider our experiences with college students this last year, and what we are anticipating for Fall 2022.

 

 


For a view of the 2021 agenda and a list of presenters, please visit our Past Summer Institutes page.