Sessions and Presenters

Making Faculty Feel Part of the Community

Make all of your faculty feel part of the community. Good communication involves understanding which method to use to convey your message for maximum results. Come explore a variety of communication methods to keep your ALL your faculty involved, dedicated and motivated making your program

FIRST-CLASS. Take home the best practices to implement at your institutionJill Y. Fuson.

Jill Y. Fuson, Faculty Director, School of Management,
American Public University System, Charles Town, WV

Rethinking grades: Using Game-like Elements to Increase Student Motivation

Rethink grading by incorporating elements of game design. Traditional grading often starts with 100 points, and any errors made will be deducted from this score. Sometimes grading may seem arbitrary. Incorporating game elements may change this focus.

Students start at 0 and work to gain points. This mimics how students play video games: if there is no immediate success in a video game players persist until they achieve masteryAndy K. Stanfield.
Andy K. Stanfield, Assistant Vice President, Assessment and Director, Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence, Florida Institute of Technology, Crawford, FL

Building Online Learning Communities with Voice Thread

Studies have shown the use of regular audio communication in an online environment improves instructor immediacy and social presence while maintaining the flexibility that draws students to online learning.

This session will explore how the use of Voice Thread can create a more active online learning classroom.

Liliana ToaderLiliana Toader, Academic Coordinator of Distance
Learning, Siena Heights University, Adrian, MI

Challenging the One-Shot
Professional Development
Workshop Model

Create more effective professional development. Improve teaching practices by faculty conducting observations in each other's classrooms over an entire semester and create Faculty Learning Communities (FLCs) with faculty groups participating in a yearlong process of studying an aspect of teaching and/or scholarship.

Susan BlackwellToni MorrisSusan Blackwell and Toni
Morris, Professional Development
Facilitators, University of Indianapolis,
Indianapolis, IN

Adding More Visual Appeal to Slides

Your students learn visually, the research shows, and faculty need to make presentations more visually appealing. Find out how to breathe life into bullet points and text using SmartArt graphics. Then learn to
use the SmartArt graphics feature in Microsoft Word or Microsoft PowerPoint. In this session, participants will learn how to create SmartArt graphics from scratch or from existing text or bullets, how to choose appropriate SmartArt graphic styles to visually present textual information, and how to modify and format SmartArt graphic structuresDrusilla Pair.
Drusilla Pair, Instructional Technologist, Hampton U
Online, Hampton University, Hampton, VA

Faculty Development for Chairs and Administrators

What happens when those faculty move into leadership roles within their department, college or university?

This session will highlight some of the key challenges faculty face when moving into administrative roles and solutions that faculty developers can offer this population.

Martha KingMartha King, Office of Faculty Affairs, Saint Louis
University, St. Louis, MO


Faculty Navigator: Increasing Faculty Retention

Research suggests that supporting new faculty in the transition to educator is an effective approach to retention. A variety of approaches are used, including orientation, mentorship and coaching programs. This unique program supports a positive transition into the education setting for the faculty member and encourages a learner-centred approach to enhance the student's experienceSheila McKay.
Elizabeth HagellSheila McKay and Elizabeth
Hagell, Instructors, Nursing
Department, Red Deer

Adopting Blended Learning Strategies: How to get faculty on board

How to effectively move blended learning from the drawing board to the classroom in meaningful ways. What we know about successful adoption strategies for both Administration and faculty, and the role the institutional culture plays in promoting or inhibiting this adoption, based on Rogers Diffusion of Innovation framework.

Micha MurdockMicah Murdock, Instruction Development Coordinator,
Brigham Young University-Idaho, Rexburg, ID

Support Elements for Designing Online Courses

Take back a course building and peer review process that decentralizes the support element and allows faculty to work in multiple stages so as not to feel overwhelmed. Support systems such as foundational & organizational elements, authoring tools, incorporation of other tech tools, peer review and a lead reviewer are components of this new model that works.

Lisa LamorLisa Lamor, CFD, Faculty Development Specialist, South
Central College, North Mankato, MN

Best Practices for Developing Faculty Learning Communities/Circles

Faculty are busy and often work on their own time frame and shy away from joining groups. Yet we know collaboration can produce innovation and creative solutions. How can you foster active learning communities among your faculty that produce new ideas and foster a stronger teaching community? We will look at examples of winning faculty learning communities and see what it is that helps them prosper and grow.

Kassia DellaboughKassia Dellabough, Ph.D., Director, Office of Professional Outreach & development for Students, School of Architecture & Allied Arts, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR

Education in the 21st Century: 2014 Edition

Join one of education’s leading futurists for research and information not available anywhere else. Our current higher education model is obsolete, and is being transformed into a more relevant system for the learners and society of the 21st century. Spend an hour with someone who works the whole year on the cutting edge. Educator Phil Housel of Kerrville, Texas, says, “I’d William A. Dravestrample my grandma to hear Draves speak.”

William A. Draves is co-author with Julie Coates of the new book, "The Pedagogy of the 21st Century."

Students with Asperger's/ASD-1

Every faculty member is now teaching students on the autism spectrum. It is critical that faculty understand their neurological difference and have strategies to help students on the spectrum be academically successful. Most students with ASD-1, formerly called Asperger's, are bright but need specific strategies to maximize their success. This preconference seminar will explore both the myths and realities of high-functioning ASD and provide practical strategies for communication and interaction. Offered Sunday March 2.

Julie CoatesJulie Coates, Vice President for Research and Information
Services, LERN, and author of the pioneering book
"Generational Learning Styles."

About Fort Lauderdale

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About LERN

The Learning Resources Network (LERN) is a leading association in online teaching, programming and faculty development serving around 1,000 colleges and universities every year.

LERN also sponsors the Certified Online Instructor (COI) designation, the leading designation in the field for faculty in higher education. And LERN sponsors the Certified Program Planner (CPP) designation, the leading programming designation in higher education. More than 3,000 professionals have received a certified designation from LERN.

More than 600 institutions of higher education are members of LERN. Educators serve on the LERN Board of Directors and in its leadership councils, creating leadership standards for the field for the 21st century. Services include consulting, conferences, newsletters, technical assistance, seminars and online events. More than 8,000 faculty in higher education have taken an online course sponsored by LERN.