Fall Teaching Academy

Rasmuson Hall: Location of the 2019 Fall Teaching Academy

CAFE supports student success and excellence in teaching, learning, and career development through a combination of services including Teaching Academy and Intensive events, learning communities and series, periodic workshops, and individual consultations. Built on a conference-style schedule, Teaching Academy sessions bring faculty colleagues together from departments across the institution. Led by centers and entities across the institution, sessions are designed to deepen your familiarity with evidence-based teaching practices, help you better interface with students, highlight success stories from other faculty, introduce new pedagogies, and improve your implementation of the latest academic technologies. This year, the Fall Teaching Academy is being held in Rasmuson Hall (RH). Sessions are offered both face-to-face and via distance. 

 


We regret that we are unable to provide refreshments for participants at the Fall Teaching Academy.  Please bring coffee, tea, a brown bag lunch, and/or any snacks you believe you'll need during the event. Unfortunately, options for purchasing food on campus are quite limited during the intersession. The Drowsy Wolf (Bookstore, Student Union) offers coffee, tea, and a few snacks, but it seems to be the only thing open right now.

Fall Teaching Academy Schedule

Day 1 | Monday August 19, 2019

Please arrive to the RH Lobby by 8:15am for check-ins.

8:30am | Land Acknowledgement and Words of Welcome (RH 101)

  • 9:00-10:15am | Session 1
    Session Description Location

    Sessions A & B | Opening Plenary: Strategies for Responding to Students' Frustration and Anxiety
    Presenter: Kristen Kemerling (Student Health and Counseling)
    The uncertainty of the last several weeks may have put students on edge. In addition, the fall semester is a time of substantial transition for many. In this session, you'll learn strategies for quickly and clearly responding in instances where someone exhibits frustration or anxiety.

    RH 101

 10:15-10:30am | Break

  • 10:30-11:45am | Session 2
    Session Description Location
    Session A | Using ePortfolios to create a Museum of Self (High Impact Practices)
    Presenters: Katie Ringsmuth (History Dept.) & Paul Wasko (eWolf)
    There are a variety of metaphors that help articulate what an e-portfolio is and its value to the learner - my attic, my digital clone, multimedia resume, etc. One of the more powerful metaphors is seeing the portfolio as a "Museum of Self" where a student embraces the role of curator as they develop their "exhibit space" to convey their story. This session will explore this approach and showcase faculty who are using this technique in their courses.
    RH 101
    Session B | Grade Expectations
    Presenter: Heather Nash (AI&e)
    Managing student expectations for grades and grading; situations to avoid.
    RH 215
  • 12:00-1:00pm | Session 3
    Session Description Location

    Sessions A & B | Brown Bag Lunch Presentation: Realities of Affordable Texbook Adoption
    This year's tech fellow community is deepening the use of Open Educational Resources (OER) across the institution. This may improve access and reduce cost for students, but there are other approaches and benefits. Learn more from D'Arcy Hutchings (UAA/APU Consortium Library) and Veronica Howard (Psychology Dept.) as you enjoy your lunch (Brown Bag).

    RH 101
  • 1:00-2:15pm | Session 4
    Session Description Location
    Session A | Calm Professor, Calm Student: The Intersection of Mood & Classroom Management
    Join Lisa Terwilliger, Care Team Coordinator and a certified counselor, for an exploration of the intersections between faculty self-care and student success. In this session you'll learn about the "emotional contagion"--the idea that our emotional states are contagious to those around us--and will come away with specific strategies you can use to ensure that the emotional state and mood of a faculty member is contributing in a productive way to the teaching/learning environment.
    RH 101
    Session B | Increase Student Success By Improving Your Syllabus
    Presenter: Shawnalee Whitney (Director, CAFE)
    This session will familiarize you with the faculty resource guide on syllabi, engage you in evaluation of syllabi, and help you make informed, evidence-based decisions to ensure this cornerstone course document will support student success in your courses.
    RH 215

 2:15-2:30pm | Break

  • 2:30-4:00pm | Session 5
    Session Description Location
    Session A | Students of Care and Concern
    Join Michael Votava (Asst. Dean of Students) to explore common areas of concerns that may be brought to the Dean of Students Office. He will share resources and respond to questions.
    RH 101
    Session B | Make Your Syllabus Accessible
    Presenter: Dana Haff (AI&e)
    The syllabus is a cornerstone of every course. Make sure yours is accessible with these easy-to-apply tips!
    RH 215
  • 4:00-5:00pm | Session 6
    Session Description Location
    Sessions A & B | Student Affairs Tour
    A number of student support offices have changed location. Join Michael Votava (Asst. Dean of Students) on this brief tour of important student resources located in and near Rasmuson Hall. Meet in the lobby, near the door by the Multicultural Center at 4pm. Because of the nature of this session, we are not able to provide distance delivery.
    RH Lobby

Day 2 | Tuesday August 20, 2019

Please arrive to the RH Lobby by 8:15am for check-ins.

  • 8:30am | Safety Refresher
    Description Location
    Presenter: Ron Swartz (Environmental Health & Safety and Risk Management)
    The November 30, 2018, earthquake served as a good reminder to ensure that we have plans in place for classes that may be influenced by unexpected events. In this session we'll review key points of information to share with students, as well as important practices.
    RH 101
  • 9:00-10:15am | Session 1
    Session Description Location
    Session A | Mind the Gap: Bridging the Student-Instructor Divide Online
    Presenter: Kathryn Schild (AI&e)
    This session covers approaches to connect with students, spark their interest, and encourage them when they’re struggling. Use these techniques to improve outcomes in online and face-to-face courses.
    RH 101
    Session B | Content Considerations & Making Accessibility Manageable
    Presenter: Dana Haff (AI&e) and Anne Lazenby (DSS)
    Overview of necessary accessibility considerations for content and strategies for keeping it real.
    RH 215

 10:15-10:30am | Break

  • 10:30-11:45am | Session 2
    Session Description Location
    Session A | Strategies for Building Class Community
    Presenter: Sandra Ehrlich-Mathiesen (Management & Marketing, CBPP)
    Building strong student-to-student connections may improve academic performance, aid a course completion, and support retention. In this session, you'll learn several easy-to-implement strategies that may be deployed in any course at any level.
    RH 101
    Session B | Accessible Digital Content Review Tool
    Presenter: Devin Feighan (AI&e)
    An overview of UAA's new tool to help faculty review digital course content for accessibility and develop an action plan for remediating content.
    RH 215
  • 12:00-1:00pm | Session 3
    Session Description Location
    Sessions A & B | Brown Bag Lunch Presentation: Lessons from General Education Assessment/ Classroom Techniques
    During the lunch break (Brown Bag), Dan Kline, UAA's Director of General Education, will provide a brief update regarding the status of General Education assessment efforts and the GE program as a whole. Dan will present for about 15 minutes. Please bring your questions and look forward to discussion with colleagues.
    RH 101
  • 1:00-2:15pm | Session 4
    Session Description Location
    Session A | Teaching the Books of the Year (High Impact Practices)
    Presenters: Libby Roderick (Assoc. Director, CAFE), Shannon Donovan (Geography & Environmental Sciences Dept.), & Ian Hartman (History Dept.)
    Common intellectual experiences -- like Books of the Year programs – are a recognized, evidence-based High Impact Practice that supports student success. These books will help us talk about these critical issues and the opportunities they offer for change.
    RH 101
    Session B | CCEL: Integrating Service-Learning Into Your Classroom (High Impact Practices)
    Presenter: Donna Aguiniga (Interim Director, CEEL)
    Service Learning is an example of a High Impact Practice. In this session, you'll learn more about adopting this approach.
    Rh 215

 2:15-2:30pm | Break

  • 2:30-4:00pm | Session 5
    Session Description Location
    Sessions A & B | Closing Plenary: The Faculty Role in Course Completion and Retention
    We are starting our second academic year with a concerted focus on student success. Come hear from Dr. Claudia Lampman, Vice Provost for Student Success regarding recent trends and best practices.
    RH 101

Consults and Connections Sessions

Opportunities to consult with instructional designers, past presenters and faculty support services will be available throughout this year's Fall Teaching Academy. We encourage you take the time to connect with these groups to help you get your classes off to a smooth start this semester. Consultations will be conducted in RH 211.

Adjunct Orientation & Academy

Wednesday August 21, 2019 | CPSB 120

Please arrive to the ConocoPhillips Integrated Science Building, room CPSB 120 by 5:15pm

Time Session Description
5:30-6:15pm Dean of Students Office: One stop shop for student support
6:15-7:15pm Academic Innovations & eLearning: Best practices and the use of technologies
7:30-8:30pm Center for Advancing Faculty Excellence: Strategies course completion and retention

Questions?

If you questions or experience issues registering for the Fall Teaching Academy, please feel free to contact CAFE's Program Coordinator, Luis Chavez at (907) 786-4644 or lchavezjr@alaska.edu.