Fall 2015 Faculty Development Day Recap

We had a great turnout on Saturday, October 17th, as 462 faculty members attended Faculty Development Day. This represents a 6% growth over the fall 2014 Faculty Development Day. Of the 462 participants, 88 faculty members participated online. One faculty member participated from Russia!

Survey Results: Fall 2015 Faculty Development Day

Our survey results indicate that the presentation was well received by our faculty:

  • 90.4% of respondents rated their overall satisfaction with the program for the day as “Excellent” or “Good.”
  • When asked to rate the following statement: “I have learned something today that I will be able to use to improve the classroom experience for my students,” 92.7% of participants responded with “Definitely” or “Mostly.”

Workshop Recap and Resources

Dr. Bowen

Dr. Jose Bowen, president of Goucher College was our keynote speaker. >Dr. Bowen is the author of Teaching Naked: How Moving Technology out of Your College Classroom Will Improve Student Learning. He has taught at Stanford, Georgetown, and Southern Methodist University where he was Dean of the Meadows School of the Arts. He was the winner of the Ness Award for Best Book on Higher Education from the American Association of Colleges and Universities and he has written over 100 scholarly articles. He has appeared as a musician with Stan Getz, Bobby McFarrin, and others and has written a Pulitzer Prize nominated symphony and is editor for Jazz: The Smithsonian Anthology. Dr. Bowen was honored by Stanford University as a Distinguished Alumni Scholar in 2010.

Dr. Bowen’s presentation was based on the premise that technology is changing higher education, but the greatest value of a physical university will remain its face-to-face (naked) interaction between faculty and students. Technology has fundamentally changed our relationship to knowledge and this increases the value of critical thinking, but we need to redesign our courses to deliver this value. The most important benefits to using technology occur outside of the classroom. New technology can increase student preparation and engagement between classes and create more time for the in-class dialog that makes the campus experience worth the extra money it will always cost to deliver. Students already use online content, but need better ways to interact with material before every class.

Fall 2015 Presentation Archive

Faculty Development would like to invite faculty to view an archive of the day’s session, courtesy of Wilmington University’s Multimedia Team, by clicking the links below:

Part 1: Keynote presentation by Dr. Jose Bowen
Part 2: Workshop presentation by Dr. Jose Bowen

Thank You!

An event this size requires the hard work and planning of many dedicated people. The Faculty Development and Support Department would like to thank everyone who contributed to our day of Celebrating and Continuing Excellence including:

  • Faculty Senate’s Faculty Development Day Committee, the Educational Technology Department, the Classroom Technology Department, and the Maintenance Department.