Teaching for Student Success
The demand for technological competencies is expanding in higher education. From blended and fully on-line classes, to flipped classes, MOOCs and SPOCs, instructors have a variety of options to consider. As the impact of technology increases, however, it also invites us to reconsider past and current practices.
How do we know what really works to enhance student learning while maximizing accessibility and affordability in higher education? Which technologies are demonstrated to be effective? Are recently identified “high impact practices” consistent with technology-based course designs? How should our student affairs and student services programs respond to the evolving needs of today’s students? Since student learning is our goal, what kinds of assessments reveal where and how that learning takes place, both in the classroom and out of the classroom?
Technology also comes in many forms—from cutting-edge learning analytics platforms to face-to-face discussion. The multi-modal nature of technology invites us to investigate the underlying reasons for the instructional decisions that we make in and beyond the classroom. Are there particular strategies and approaches that work nearly universally? Should anyone only “stand and deliver?” What are some of the supplemental programs and services that enable students to get the most benefit from what goes on in a course, and, in particular in the classroom? Is advising also a teaching process that could be informed by effective instruction techniques? Should we be trying to ensure that best practices are used in all courses and in all instructional formats? Inherent in the answers to these, and similar questions, is the likelihood that some approaches are more valuable for some students than for others.
To encourage exploration of the diverse answers to these questions, this conference will provide opportunities for participants to learn about and share various strategies in teaching and learning that appear to have the most positive impact on student learning. Participants – tenured professors, contingent faculty, and student affairs staff alike – will discuss how we can encourage and support each other to learn about different strategies, to focus on student learning, to experiment with different course designs and to adopt and retain best practices.
|8:00 – 9:00 am||Registration and Continental Breakfast, UMass Amherst Campus Center Concourse|
|9:00 – 9:45 am||Welcome|
|10:00 – 11:15 am||Invited Addresses and Concurrent Sessions, Campus Center Lower Level and 9th Floor|
|11:30 – 12:45 pm||Keynote Address, Campus Center Auditorium
Dr. Mary Deane Sorcinelli
|12:45 – 1:30 pm||Lunch, Campus Center Auditorium
Dessert will be available on the Campus Center Concourse
|1:45 – 3:00 pm||Invited Addresses and Concurrent Sessions, Campus Center Lower Level and 9th Floor|
|3:15 – 3:45 pm||Conference Wrap-up, Campus Center Auditorium|
|3:45 – 4:30 pm||Wine and Cheese Social, Campus Center Concourse, Lower Level
Come follow up with presenters, and catch up with colleagues
*Schedule is preliminary and subject to change.
Mary Deane Sorcinelli is a well-known researcher in the areas of academic careers, faculty professional development, and higher education teaching and learning. She has written more than 100 articles, book chapters, and books in a wide range of sources. At the University of Massachusetts Amherst, she founded the Center for Teaching and Faculty Development (CTFD). The Center supports the professional development of UMass faculty across all career stages and disciplines with a wide range of programs and resources focused on teaching, mentoring, scholarly writing, career advancement, and work/life balance. Under her direction, the CTFD has promoted instructional and faculty development innovations that have been recognized with a range of national awards and externally funded grants.
In 2013, Sorcinelli was named the inaugural Distinguished Scholar in Residence at Mount Holyoke’s Weissman Center for Leadership. She was honored with the University of Massachusetts’ 2013 Distinguished Alumni Award and the 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award from Massachusetts/ACE Network of Women Leaders in Higher Education. In 2006, she was awarded the Bob Pierleoni Spirit of POD (Professional and Organizational Development) Award for outstanding lifetime achievement and leadership in the enhancement of teaching and learning. She also served as president and executive board member of the POD Network (2000–2004) and as senior scholar to the American Association for Higher Education.
Sorcinelli has provided faculty development teaching and consultations in international settings that include Canada, China, Egypt, England, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Puerto Rico, Saudi Arabia, and Taiwan.
She holds a B.A. in English from Westfield State University, an M.A. in English from Mount Holyoke College and an ED.D in Educational Policy from UMass Amherst.