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Twelve Faculty to Attend the Spring 2013 OPID Conference

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Twelve Faculty to Attend the Spring 2013 OPID Conference

April 18 & 19, 2013, in Madison, WI

Educators of all varieties were invited to attend this nationally recognized conference -
the 2013 OPID Spring Conference on

"The Value of Inquiry into Student Learning in the 21st Century."

Link on the title above for the Full Conference Program.  To view the Conference at a Glance, go to http://www.uwsa.edu/opid/conf/springconf13.htm

CETL has organized the travel, reserved lodging at the Madison Concourse Hotel,and is covering standard travel expenses for those traveling from UW-Superior with the CETL group. This conference is a wonderful teaching and learning conference including many valuable tracks.  Tentative travel plans involve departure on Wednesday, April 17 and return late night, Friday, April 19.

Congratulations to the following faculty from UW-Superior who will be presenting at the conference:

Joel Sipress - Workshop - Beyond Coverage:  Discplinary Thinking in General Education Courses - General education courses in many disciplines are shaped by a "coverage" model that emphasizes the transfer of conceptual and factual knowledge from professor to student.  The emergence of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, however, with its emphasis on the learning process, has called into question the coverage approach.  Using the principles of backward design, this session will offer participants a practical method to break free from the coverage model and to design general education courses that emphasize the development of the skills, dispositions, and habits of mind that constitute disciplinary thinking.

Monica Roth Day - Paper - Advancing student understanding of American Indian communities using developmental assets - Social work students are trained to work with diverse populations, including American Indian/First Nations communities. However, stereotypes and deficit-based thinking exist which can hinder educational efforts. The research project, using a qualitative approach was designed to determine if the addition of developmental assets information helps students shift from deficit-thinking to a strengths-based approach. The research question is, "Does teaching about developmental assets have an effect on social work students' knowledge and skills necessary to work with American Indian people?" A case study was utilized as a pre- and post-test and results analyzed. Preliminary findings will be presented.

Suzanne Griffith, Yvonne Rutford, Beth Austin, and Beth Grbavcich - Panel - Small Campus-Big Task: Building Student Learning through HIPS - UW-Superior has dedicated itself to growing its High Impact Initiatives into full fledged Programs with the purpose of enhancing student learning and engagement through: Academic Service Learning, Writing Across the Curriculum, Global Awareness, Senior Capstone & Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity, First Year Experience, and First Year Seminars. Drawing from our parallel development of assessment of these programs and our research on their impact on student learning we will present our findings on the effectiveness of these programs and especially what we find when students engage in multiple programs.

Beth Austin, Cynthia Graham, Beth Grbavcich - Panel - Stretching the Boundaries:  Group Work and Service Learning Online - This presentation focuses on how to develop, design and process group work and academic service learning (ASL) projects in an online environment. Cindy, Beth and Beth have worked with successful group projects and ASL delivered online.
By attending this session, participants will be able to

- Understand key elements of online group projects

- Know steps to troubleshoot projects throughout the semester

- Design basic group and ASL projects

We will provide a brief overview of best practices and then talk about our work in the online classroom and will include samples of our work and projects.

Hilary Fezzey - Paper - Making Meaning in Literary Analysis through Mapping and Metacognition - My research investigates whether poem mapping and think alouds improve students' ability to make connections between a poem's elements in order to formulate a comprehensive interpretation of the poem in a thesis.  This project draws upon three avenues of recent work in SoTL: disciplinary bottlenecks and threshold concepts, concept maps or mind maps, and think alouds.  While my previous study shows that poem maps aid students in analyzing the parts of a poem, my current research explores whether adding a metacognitive component to poem mapping would help to foster greater understanding of the interrelationships of the elements of a poem.

Yunhong Tu - Poster - Multimedia vs. Web 2.0 for Online and Hybrid Courses - Neither multimedia nor Web 2.0 is a new term in online education. So many different types of multimedia and Web 2.0 technology are available to the educators. How effective they are in supporting the student's learning? How easy or hard for you to integrate them into your online and hybrid courses? This session introduces to you some of these technologies that can be easily used to create multimedia materials, which will greatly enhance your student's learning.

Wisconsin 2012-13 Teaching Scholar Monica Roth Day will be presenting her WTFS poster on her research project.

Wisconsin 2012-13 Teaching Fellow Lois Guderian will be presenting her WTFS poster on her research project.

For more information, contact Maria Cuzzo at mcuzzo@uwsuper.edu or Emily Levings at cetl@uwsuper.edu.

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