The D'Youville College Conference on Teaching InnovationStay tuned for our 2020 date
This event is free and open to the public.
A certificate of attendance will be sent out the week after the event.
The 2019 Conference on Teaching Innovation
Breakfast and Lunch will be served.
This annual event highlights innovation in teaching and learning by D’Youville and other regional faculty members. Sessions are focused on, but are not limited to, the main focus areas of the Institute for Teaching Innovation: exemplary pedagogy, technology-infused instruction, outcome-based assessment, inclusive strategies, faculty research and scholarship, and faculty wellness.
- 9 Check-In and Light Breakfast
- 9:30-10:30 Welcome and Ignite Sessions
- 10:30-11:30 Session I
- 11:30-12:30 Session II
- 12:30-1 Lunch
- 1-2 Session III
- 2-3 Session IV
- 3:00 Closing with President Clemo
- 3:30 Social
2019 Session Descriptions
Session I: 10:30-11:30
“Gamify your Classroom!”- DAC216
Due to a changing culture and the growing popularity of video games, the concept of gamification, applying game mechanics to non-game situations, is gaining steam as a teaching strategy throughout the world of education. In this session, we will describe the development of two gamified classes within the School of Pharmacy – a Harry Potter themed biostatistics escape room and a “video game” to engage first-year students in reviewing clinical practice guidelines. Additionally, we will discuss lessons learned and provide participants with tools needed to develop their own innovative class sessions, regardless of discipline. This is an interactive session where participants will be able to experience gamification through a hands-on demonstration.
Building Community in Online Classes” – DAC233
Online learning has changed over the last 10 years with more courses being offered online and with students having different expectations. Developing a course that incorporates community building in online classes can decrease the alienation students may feel from not having face-to-face interactions and discussions a land-based classroom offers. The virtual classroom offers challenges for keeping students engaged. This session will present ideas and suggestions for developing a robust online class that will enhance student engagement.
Session II: 11:30-12:30
“Popping the Question: Let’s Get Engaged” – DAC 233
Do you wish students spoke up more in class? Do you wish that their answers were more thoughtful? Do you wish they were prepared for meaningful discussion? This session explores strategies to maximize student engagement using adaptable questioning techniques.
Session III: 1:00-2:00
“Teaching to “humans” rather than “students” or…All the mistake I’ve made and how I tried to fix them” – DAC216
“Learning Through Discussion” – DAC233
My students don’t read assignments. My students don’t learn by reading. My students don’t prepare for class discussion. My students don’t participate in class discussion. My students don’t learn from discussion. But active learning is supposed to: develop team skills, encourage risk taking, improve critical thinking, increase engagement, increase learning, promote creative thinking, and require student preparation. Learning Through Discussion (LTD) is a structured process for small group discussion developed by Dr. William Fawcett Hill. Peer-reviewed publications since 1969 have documented the effectiveness of LTD as a method for active learning. Learning Through Discussion requires students to read and prepare for discussion. Small discussion groups don’t allow students to “opt out” and not participate. Because the emphasis of discussion is to discuss what wasn’t understood or what was confusing, students learn.
- All students read the same the same material before discussion.
- Each student completes the first 4-steps of a process-specific worksheet before discussion.
- Each person identifies they didn’t understand or found confusing in the reading. These are potential topics for small group discussion
- Every member of the discussion group (~4 people) is expected to participate.
- All 8-steps of the discussion worksheet are covered by the group
- The group decides what will be discussed & sets a time budget for discussion (~ 1 hour).
- Everyone works to maintain the conversation, ask questions, offer their interpretations, reflections & positions on the issues.
- Each person should encourage others to participate if someone is not engaged in discussion.
- Each person separately completes steps 5-8 of the worksheet during the discussion period.
- At the end of discussion the instructors collects all discussion worksheets to read, respond, and evaluate. The discussion worksheet is a graded assignment.
Session IV: 2:00-3:00
“How to do the Scholarship of Teaching & Learning (SoTL)” – DAC233
In 2015, D’Youville adopted Boyer’s Model of Scholarship. The presenter will discuss examples on how to bring discipline specific research projects in the classroom, using your classroom for research on teaching and learning and presenting on your SoTL.
2019 Conference on Teaching Innovation
The 2019 Conference on Teaching Innovation was a successful event that attracted attendees from 4 local colleges. This annual event highlights innovation in teaching and learning by D’Youville and other regional faculty members. Sessions were asked to focus on, but were not limited to, the main focus areas of the Institute for Teaching Innovation: exemplary pedagogy, technology-infused instruction, outcome-based assessment, inclusive strategies, faculty research and scholarship, and faculty wellness. Ignite sessions presenters included: Drs. David Stewart, Stacy Ruvio, Talisa Marchese, Sue Kowalewski, Manpreet Rai and Ms. Michelle Mounteney. Session presenters included: Drs. Victoria Belousova, Amany Hassan, Sue Kowalewski, Martin Kelly, Joshua Gooch, Michelle Bork, and Mr. Salvatore D’Amato.
2018 Conference on Teaching Innovation
DYC’s first Conference on Teaching Innovation took place on May 22 with over 50 campus and non-DYC attendees. The morning took place in our Kavinoky Theater with 8 faculty members presenting their “Classroom Moments”, short story-style talks about their Aha! classroom moments. After lunch, attendees got a chance to select from a list of active workshop sessions. Many faculty commented that they enjoyed the informally formal space of the Kavinoky Theater to hear diverse perspectives of their fellow faculty members. One faculty member commented that the conference was a great “platform for sharing pedagogical experiences”. Thank you to everyone who presented and attended.