Faculty Development Day

Workshops from Spring 2010

Professional Development Series


Recognizing and Understanding Common Classroom Issues.  This workshop will consist of 3 short videos (created by our technology students) presenting 3 common classroom issues that all faculty members have encountered at one time:  grading and questions from students about grading, cheating and plagiarism, and general classroom behavior (late for class, missing classes, texting, using laptops during lectures).  After each short video, one of our WU panel experts will address the scenario and offer advice for dealing with the issue presented.  Faculty members are highly encouraged to attend this workshop (new and seasoned).  If time allows, questions will be permitted.  Panel members will include seasoned WU faculty members.  

Making Classes “Happy Space” Places, presented by Dr. Kae Keister, Assistant Professor and Dr. Bill Lane, Associate Professor – College of Education.  Okay, so we’re not Bob Hope or Jerry Seinfeld and we don’t have a host of writers behind us making us sound humorous.  But, as faculty, we do know our subjects/courses/
curriculum and we are very capable of applying a few humor techniques that can make our classes lighter and more interesting.  Yes, 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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Understanding and Using your IDEA Evaluation Results to improve your teaching, presented by Dr. Ernest Linsay, Assistant Professor & Director – Faculty Development & Support & Nina Campanicki, Manager, Adjunct Faculty Support Team – Faculty Development & Support.  What does the acronym “IDEA” stand for? How are the Important and Essential Objectives for my course identified?  What do all those numbers and tables in the report I receive really mean? What are “raw” and “adjusted” scores? How can the IDEA results help me improve my teaching effectiveness? This workshop will lift the fog that often surrounds the IDEA Evaluation process and results.

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Plagiarism – The Faculty Perspective: Detection & Prevention, presented by Katherine Cottle, Assistant Professor and Program Coordinator, College of Arts & Sciences.  A number of studies indicate that students frequently are not aware of what constitutes plagiarism, other studies show what appears to be a consistent and deliberate pattern of cheating on exams and plagiarizing other’s works at educational institutions.  Plagiarism can be accidental or deliberate, whichever the case, it is becoming a major problem and hot topic on campuses across America.  This session will help educators to guide their students away from “accidental borrowing,” provide free methods to detect copied text, supply attendees with websites useful for educating students about plagiarism.    Other topics include: Why students plagiarize, warning signs of possible plagiarism, and the main types of plagiarism. 

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Learning Is NOT A Spectator Sport:” - Engaging Students In Their Own Learning, presented by Michele Brewer, Adjunct Instructor and Adjunct Program Coordinator, College of Education.  Is your lecture dominating your classroom? Why not try some Active Learning techniques?  Research overwhelmingly supports the claim that students learn best when they engage with course material and actively participate in their learning.  Active learning shifts the focus from the instructor and delivery of course content to the student and active engagement with the material.  This session will introduce you to the theory of Active Learning and provide you with some teaching strategies promoting active learning across all disciplines in the college classroom.  So sit back…strike that…sit up and get ready to be engaged in learning!

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Finding Instructional Resources via the Web, presented by Christine Motta, Designer Assistant, Distance Learning & Education Technology and Adjunct Instructor.  This workshop is for instructors and course developers and will focus on methods for finding instructional resources on the web.  Topics will include: the purpose and utility of instructional resources, how to find resources and how to match resources with learning objectives.   Participants will also learn search techniques, the “language” of the search and strategies for choosing materials.  There will be time at the end of the presentation for colleagues to share a website they have found useful, a wiki will be created for further collaboration. (Will be held in a computer lab)


Wilmington University Services


Help Your Students Succeed.  Learn how the Student Success Center and its resources can help you and your students, introduced by Peg Mitchell, Manager Student Success Center.  This workshop is open to faculty who teach at all locations, including distance learning and will provide information about online tutoring, face-to-face options, Early Alert and Success Seminars. Included will be an opportunity for hands-on access to the Smart Thinking (Online Tutoring) tool in Blackboard.  Be sure to bring your login information for Blackboard. (Will be held in a computer lab)

For more information please visit http://www.wilmu.edu/ssc/index.aspx

What’s New in the Library, presented by James McCloskey, Library Director and William Smith, Librarian and Assistant Professor.  This workshop will present information about the Library’s latest addition, The Delaware Library Catalog.  Faculty and their students will find immediate benefits through expanded resources.  Participants will be oriented to the Delaware Library catalog and other new resources available through the Library.

For more information please visit http://www.wilmu.edu/library/index.aspx

Security/Safety at Wilmington University, presented by Dr. Jack Cunningham, Executive Director of Public Safety & Master Corporal James P. Warwick – Delaware State Police.  This workshop will discuss security and safety at Wilmington University.  Dr. Cunningham will give a brief overview of the University’s procedures and Master Corporal James P. Warwick will discuss possible issues that may arise in the education setting, the physiological responses to violence, and an overview of possible actions during a violent scenario.

For more information please visit http://www.wilmu.edu/safety/index.aspx


Technology Development Series


Digital Storytelling.  Presented by Mary Beth Youse and Kelly Winchell, Instructional Technologists, Distance Learning & Education Technology.  Learn the basics of Digital Storytelling and discover what you can do with images, sound, text, movie and audio files. We will look at software programs and the steps it takes to create a digital story.  We will explore copyright and royalty free resources for educators and observe Fair Use guidelines in creating a digital project.  Also, tips and techniques will be given on voice recording and picture taking. Come and explore the creative possibilities of using digital media and enjoy samples of digital storytelling. (Will be held in a computer lab).

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BLAZE’ing the Trail (Bright Learners and Zealous Educators.  Presented by Sallie Reissman, Director of Distance Learning & Education Technology. Faculty blazing the distance learning trail will find these 20 tips invaluable. Learn how to be an efficient online educator by creating learning spaces that engage your students in and out of your Blackboard course. Find out ways to make your life easier as a virtual instructor! Take away tips that will make your course a space students want to learn in. BLAZE - Bright Learners And Zealous Educators. Participants should be HOT certified.

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Developing Online Courses:  Process and ProceduresSpecial session for coordinators and prospective online course developers!, presented by Bonnie Kirkpatrick, Manager Distance Learning and Assistant Professor and Dr. Tish Gallagher, Distance Learning Liaison for Academic Affairs.  Our Instructional Design Team has created a systematic course development process that guides full time faculty and adjunct instructors through the development and design process. Pedagogical and technical training is embedded in the process and our instructional designers coach the instructors through a series of benchmarks. In this workshop, we will share our training methods, benchmark requirements, course template, planning documents, and development rubric. All program coordinators will want to attend this session!  Adjunct faculty who want to learn more about the online training process should attend this session!

WIMBA –Web Conferencing and Voice Tools Preview.  Presented by Joe Rapposelli, Instructional Technology Associate and Adjunct Instructor – Distance Learning & Educational Technology.  Wimba Collaboration Suite 6.0, is a live, virtual classroom environment with robust features that include audio, video, application sharing and content display, and MP4 capabilities. Its pedagogical design and ease-of-use ensures that educators and students engage as if they were meeting face-to-face. Learn the basics of sending voice e-mails and announcements in Blackboard.


Personal Development Series


Self-Defense Classes, presented by Master Walters, Korean Martial Arts Institute Senior Instructor,   Hockessin Karate.  Participants will learn modern, practical self-protection techniques and learn strategies and tactics to defend themselves and loved ones. Subjects covered will include: Psychology of Self-Defense, Environmental Awareness, Crime Prevention, Striking Techniques and Targeting, Breakaway and Pain Compliance Skills, Defending while standing, kneeling, and lying on the ground, Defense against weapons, Using improvised weapons, and more!  Rob has over 25 years experience studying the martial arts and nearly 19 years as a full-time professional. He specializes in self-defense clinics and has taught (and been taught by) state, county, local and federal law enforcement agents. His most recent work in this field was teaching defensive tactics to the brand-new Middletown Police Department, working with US Postal inspectors teaching interns and teaching hand-to-hand combat for a US Army Reserve unit in Philadelphia. Hockessin Karate is located in Lantana Square next to the Dome Restaurant. More info can be had at www.kmaiweb.com

Healthy Habits for Managing in Today’s crazy, fast-paced world, presented by Ms. Denise Westbrook, Assistant Professor and Program Coordinator – College of Health Professions. Leading a healthy lifestyle may seem rather difficult to practice in this frenzied and fanatical world. Not so! Participants will discuss simple changes they can make to enhance their level of wellness. Learn tips to avoid stress and illness, to effectively manage time, and to incorporate healthy eating and exercise. Laughter, as a proven health promoter, is encouraged and will set the milieu for this session.

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Financial Strategies/Techniques for Managing Today’s Mad, Mad Economy, presented by William Hickox, Chief Operating Office – State of Delaware – Department of Technology and Information AND Adjunct Instructor – College of Business.  Unemployment is up, the stock market is down, home foreclosures are up, and consumer confidence is down.  How did we get to this point?  How do we survive financially?  How do we make sure it doesn’t happen again (or will it)?  Come join in a discussion around topics such as the current economy, is it safe to invest?, can I still retire?, and what steps should I take regarding my personal finances.