New media and technology present us with an overwhelming bounty of tools for connection, creativity, collaboration, and knowledge creation - a true "Age of Whatever" where anything seems possible. But any enthusiasm about these remarkable possibilities is immediately tempered by that other "Age of Whatever" - an age in which people feel increasingly disconnected, disempowered, tuned out, and alienated. Such problems are especially prevalent in education, where the Internet often enters our classrooms as a distraction device rather than a tool for learning.
We believe Dr. Wesch's talk will inspire you and begin a dialog on our campus about academic motivation and using technology to broaden the learning experience for UK students.
Getting and keeping students engaged with course materials and activities is an ongoing and critical challenge in higher education. While technology is not the "magic bullet" to solve every teaching challenge, social media and web 2.0 tools can be used effectively across a number of disciplines to facilitate increased student engagement and good reflective practice.
In this 90-minute workshop, Dr. Christopher S. Rice will discuss how he and other instructors are using social media and web 2.0 tools - from Twitter to Facebook, from Wordpress to Pinterest, from Google Apps to Tumblr - to drive increased student engagement and reflection, in class and out, online and face-to-face.
The New Faculty Teaching Academy is a series of workshops offered to faculty new to the University of Kentucky to assist them in having a successful start with teaching responsibilities at the University of Kentucky. It is sponsored by the Center for the Enhancement of Learning and Teaching (CELT) and is intended to serve as a follow-up to New Faculty Orientation. The workshops are designed to introduce participants to issues such as course design, effective teaching strategies, the characteristics of UK students, and the academic culture of the campus.
The Center for the Enhancement of Learning and Teaching (CELT) brought Melissa Marshall to UK’s campus on Monday, April 16, 2012. Melissa Marshall, a Senior Lecturer in Communication Arts & Sciences at Penn State University, has expertise in helping faculty members rethink the design of their presentation slides. Melissa collaborates with Michael Alley, author of Crafting Scientific Presentations, to study the effectiveness of slide design. These researchers have found that using visually oriented design strategies that clearly communicate an organized structure significantly enhances student learning.
In the Spring 2012 semester, the Center for the enhancement of Teaching and Learning partnered with the College of Arts & Sciences to design and deliver a Course Redesign Institute to assist a select number of Arts & Sciences faculty with incorporating more active learning techniques and educational technologies into new or existing courses. After conducting webinars and a number of one-to-one consultations with the ASCRDI participants, helping them to refine and realize their course redesign visions. On April 27, CELT again partnered with A&S Associate Dean Ted Schatzki and Professors Rice and Mirabito to bring together our Course Redesign Institute participants one last time to share their course redesign strategies in a series of Ignite and Pecha Kucha-style presentations.