Faculty Development Day

Workshops from Fall 2007

What Are Outcomes and Why Should I Want to Assess Them?

Dr. Jim Wilson, Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs, Wilmington University
Dana Santoro, Data Analyst, Wilmington University

This session will provide a basis for accessing student learning as well as an overview of the revised Wilmington University's Outcomes Assessment Plan of Student Learning.

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Internet-Assisted Plagiarism: Recognition,
Documentation & Prevention

Dr. Robert K. Urian, Adjunct Professor, Wilmington University
Kevin T. Urian, MLS Graduate Student, Drexel University

Internet explosion...papers for sale...customized essays...study assistance...all for a modest price: Academic Integrity. In this session, faculty members will be introduced to methods to quickly recognize and document PLAGIARISM cases and will also be provided with an internet tour of websites that peddle existing essays or create "new" research papers for students.

Leave Them Begging For More!

Dr. John Burbage, Assistant Professor, General Studies Division, Wilmington University

Most of us have experienced the difficult task of maintaining student interest for an entire five hour class period. This workshop will outline an interactive group learning activity in which students identify, develop, and present the material to each other, within a single class period. While the question “Will we get out early tonight?” can be all too familiar to many faculty, students engaged in this activity usually ask “Can we have more time?”

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What's New at the Library?

Jim McCloskey, Library Director, Wilmington University

Our goal at the library is to "help you learn". Many new services and resources have emerged over the past 6 months to help us reach this goal, including:

  • New Full Text Databases such as Business Source Premier, Education Research Complete, and Computers & Applied Sciences.
  • New electronic reference sources including Value Line, Access Science, and Tests in Print.
  • WorldCat.org is the world's largest combined library catalog, listing over 1 billion items in 10,000 libraries. WorldCat.org is the basis for the "Find in a Library" links in Google Book Search and other systems.
  • Rapid delivery service of books and electronically-stored materials directly to your home or email account. If you need it for your class and you need it fast, this service is for you.
  • Digital Dissertations allows you to search for and view all WC-sponsored dissertations online as well as view the first 24 pages of any dissertation from any other institution.
  • New library staff to help you in Dover, Graduate Center, New Castle, and
    New Jersey.
  • Copyright - what's all the hub-bub?  Learn about fair-use and copyright in an educational institution.

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Alternatives to the Ten-Page Research Paper

Johanna Bishop, Assistant Professor, Behavioral Science Division,
Wilmington University

Dr. James McFadden, Adjunct Professor, Business Division, Wilmington University

Have you defaulted to the 10-12 page research paper from pure habit? Are you tired of grading shallow, poorly developed term papers? Have you been looking for other paper assignments that would engage and challenge your students? Have you wished for interesting writing projects that would allow students to demonstrate their ability to analyze and synthesize the subject matter at hand? Look no further! Come join the conversation and share your ideas, learn some new ones, and look to the future.

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Academic Writing Tips and APA Research Style

Liz Slater, Adjunct Instructor, General Studies Division, Wilmington University

This workshop provides an overview of APA style and a review of general requirements for academic writing. Specific topics include manuscript formatting, essay writing, and the organization of research papers. A scaffold type model of an APA research paper will be provided.

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Infusing Information Literacy Into The Classroom

James Bradley, Assistant Professor / Instruction Librarian, Wilmington University

What is the difference between Information Literacy and Information Technology?  What are the key skills that students need to acquire to become lifelong learners, valuable employees, and competent researchers? This session will provide Faculty with numerous examples of how to assign students both short and lengthier assignments to incorporate Information Literacy Competencies in a course. Instructors will take away creative assignments that can be used for classroom-based discussions, in-library research work, or independent coursework. Attendees will receive a copy of "The Syllabi Project" a substantial collection of materials organized as a resource for instructors to enhance information literacy activities in their course.

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Teaching at a Distance – What is it? How can I get started?

Sallie Reissman, Distance Learning Director, Wilmington University

Do you use Blackboard with your traditional course? Do you enjoy using technology? Would like to find out more about online teaching and learning? This session will outline the various hybrid and 100% online teaching options at wilmington university.

Going the Distance: Strategies for Adjunct and Full-time Faculty

Bonnie Kirkpatrick, Instructional Designer, Wilmington University

Whether you're just thinking about teaching online, a first-time online course facilitator, or you are an experienced distance educator, this workshop will help you sharpen your online teaching skills as well as develop and deliver more richly-structured distance education courses. This session will provide participants with model materials, practical suggestions and successful strategies.

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Making Classes “Happy Space” Places

Dr. Kae Keister, Assistant Professor, Education Division, Wilmington University

Okay so we’re not all Bob Hope or Jerry Seinfeld kind of thinkers, and we don’t have a host of writers behind us making us look good. But we do know our subjects/courses/curriculum fairly well! So all we need are a few techniques, and we can make our classes “happy space” places. Everyone can do it! Come learn what you can do!

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FERPA For Faculty

Amy Feeney, Esq, Assistant Professor, General Studies Division,
Wilmington University
Erin DiMarco, Registrar, Wilmington University

Getting the Word Out, Strategies for Compliance, and Staying out of Hot Water identify ways to get faculty thinking about complying with FERPA (Family Education Rights & Privacy Act). How much student information can you share? What are the fines associated with non-compliance? How can faculty legally post grades, exams, term papers, write letters, share information with parents, and access student records?

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Watercolor Painting -A Quick Study on How to Paint with Watercolor

Sema O. Mellian, Adjunct Instructor, General Studies Division,
Wilmington University

I will be giving a brief demonstration of how to apply watercolor paint onto paper so you can understand the medium. It’s a simple technique, so come, relax and enjoy. After completing your masterpiece, it will be put in a matted frame to take with you. Paper, paint and brushes will be provided.

A Miracle in Your Class Room

Mike Karia, Adjunct Professor, Business Division, Wilmington University

By quieting the minds of the students in the beginning of your class, your students can receive more from you and you will take your teaching to a higher level. Simple Meditation will help you accomplish this. In this session, I will walk you through the Meditation and talk about how it will help you and your students.

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Serving Students with Special Needs – the Why & How

Tina Scott, Director of Student Affairs, Wilmington University
Note – Possible external co-presenter

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The Prayer Labyrinth

Dr. James Walsh, Assistant Professor, Behavioral Science Division,
Wilmington University

The Prayer Labyrinth is an ancient meditative practice that dates to pre-Christian tradition, originating in Greek mythology. During medieval times it was adopted as a popular prayer practice understood as a “spiritual journey to Jerusalem,” with labyrinths commonly embedded in the floors of the great cathedrals of Europe, including Chartres. In the 21st century the Prayer Labyrinth has been adopted as a means of contemplative prayer, richly symbolic of the twists, turns, and interconnectedness of life’s journey. Come and enjoy a brief introduction to this ancient meditative practice and then experience its richness firsthand as you are invited to walk your own spiritual journey.

Diane Cannon, Chief Trainer, Ming Tao T'ai Chi Ch'uan Studio, Newark, DE

Times get very stressful during the semester for students and faculty, especially during exam weeks! This workshop will introduce you to the benefits of practicing T’ai Chi, especially when the demands in our lives get a bit overwhelming. Practicing T’ai Chi has been known to reduce stress, calm the mind and body, increase health and a general sense of well-being, while creating a sense of balance and confidence in oneself. We will practice some basic movement and breathing exercises as well as some beginning postures of the T’ai Chi main form. Come wearing loose comfortable clothing, ready to stretch and relax, and leave with a smile!