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WELCOME TO THE CFE FACULTY SHOWCASE ON TEACHING!

Welcome message from Dr. Erin Malloy, Director of the Center for Faculty Excellence and faculty member in the School of Medicine

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Thursday, April 22nd | 9:30 AM – 5:45 PM (EDT)

9:30 AM – 10:30 AM (EDT): FACULTY PRESENTATIONS I

Developing Multimedia Assignments

This session features instructors who have crafted student assignments around Adobe multimedia software, available at no cost to UNC students. Learn more about learning goals for these assignments, campus support available to instructors and students, and how to get started.

Format: Presentations and discussion


Presenters:
Todd Cherner, School of Education
Michelle King, History
Kate Sayre, Gillings School of Global Public Health

Facilitator: Winifred Metz, University Libraries

Quality in Online Courses

COVID-19 has highlighted the importance of quality in online course offerings. Quality Matters (QM) is the industry standard in higher education quality assurance of online and hybrid course offerings. In this session, we will discuss the QM rubric and standards that support quality online course design. We will also update you on plans to expand course quality professional development offered at UNC.

Format: Presentations and discussion


Presenters:
Rob Lucas, Digital and Lifelong Learning
Scott Singleton, Eshelman School of Pharmacy
Paul Wolff, Digital and Lifelong Learning

Facilitator: Quin Jernigan, Digital and Lifelong Learning

Undergraduate Student Panel on Remote Learning

We all know firsthand the challenges of remote teaching, but few of us have experienced this paradigm as students. In this panel discussion, undergraduates from a variety of backgrounds will share their perspectives, insights, and expertise as remote learners.

Format: Panel discussion


Facilitator: Viji Sathy, Psychology and Neuroscience, CFE, DLL, OUE

12:30 PM – 1:45 PM (EDT): EXECUTIVE VICE PROVOST AND KEYNOTE ADDRESS

12:30 PM: Remarks by Executive Vice Provost Ron Strauss

Hosted by Erin Malloy, School of Medicine, Director of the Center for Faculty Excellence


12:45 PM: Keynote Address

Flower Darby

Stronger Than Before: Resilience and Joy in Post-Pandemic Teaching

The COVID-19 pandemic has required us to teach in new formats, using technology (some familiar, some less so) in new ways to help our students learn. In spite of the challenges and our eagerness to return to in-person classes, our collective experience has shown that we’re willing and able to adapt our teaching methods to overcome such challenges. We’ll reflect on what we’ve learned in this season while exploring how the approaches we’ve adopted only strengthen our practice, regardless of teaching mode. We’ll come to see that we can create rewarding interactions that welcome and support today’s students, providing both flexibility and rigor for all.

Objectives

  • Celebrate our accomplishments, and those of our students, during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Discuss new and enhanced technology-enabled teaching methods we acquired during COVID-19.
  • Describe ways in which new approaches can contribute to our teaching and learning success moving forward.

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM (EDT): FACULTY PRESENTATIONS II

Effective Peer Review of Teaching

In this session, we will explore both informal and formal feedback on teaching, how it is used, and best practices for providing and receiving it. We will also highlight the new peer review process and the CFE Teaching Fellows, who are providing reviews for fixed-term faculty in the College of Arts and Sciences.

Format: Presentations and discussion


Presenters:
Vicki Chanon, Psychology and Neuroscience
Duane Deardorff, Physics and Astronomy
J.D. DeFreese, Exercise and Sport Science
Meredith Petschauer, Exercise and Sport Science
Megan Plenge, Geological Sciences

Facilitator: Kelly Hogan, Arts and Sciences, Biology

Using Case Studies to Make Course Content Relevant

While case studies are used extensively in disciplines such as business, law, and medicine, this technique is very generalizable. Find out how instructors in other disciplines are utilizing case studies to engage students.

Format: Presentations and discussion


Presenters:
Lois Boynton, Hussman School of Journalism and Media
Mara Evans, Biology
Helyne Frederick, School of Education
Lisa Woodley, School of Nursing

Facilitator: Viji Sathy, Psychology and Neuroscience, CFE, DLL, OUE

Instructional Tech Toolkit at Work

This session features instructional technologies available to all UNC instructors and students. Learn how instructors are using tools such as Gradescope, Microsoft Teams, Perusall, Google Jam Boards, and Panopto to support course learning goals.

Format: Presentations and discussion


Presenters:
Josh Beaver, Chemistry
Aliosha Barranco Lopez, Philosophy
Sarah Shields, History
Danielle Smith, Exercise and Sport Science
Margaret Wiener, Anthropology

Facilitator: Suzanne Cadwell, ITS-Educational Technologies

3:30 PM – 4:30 PM (EDT): FACULTY PRESENTATIONS III

Teaching In-Person and Remote Students Simultaneously: Lessons Learned

This semester is the first time many UNC instructors have had the opportunity to teach in-person and remote students simultaneously in a format the University defines as “Mode 2: In-Person Remote.” What have instructors learned about teaching in this new format? What role will it play post-pandemic? How can we better support it? Faculty from several disciplines will share their experiences.

Format: Panel discussion


Presenters:
Misha Becker, Linguistics
Patricia Harms, Kenan-Flagler Business School
Jennifer Larson, English and Comparative Literature

Facilitator: Aiya Williams, Gillings School of Global Public Health

Equity and Flexibility in the Classroom

Remote classrooms created, exacerbated, and sometimes alleviated inequities among our students. These instructors discuss their efforts to facilitate equitable learning outcomes for their students while navigating the balance between flexibility and high academic standards.

Format: Presentations and discussion


Presenters:
Hans Christianson, Mathematics
Michael Gutierrez, English and Comparative Literature
Tanya Shields, Women’s and Gender Studies

Facilitator: Emily Boehm, CFE

4:45 PM – 5:45 PM (EDT): VIRTUAL HAPPY HOUR

Join us for a fun and relaxing virtual happy hour! Meet and socialize with instructors and support staff across various campus departments and work together to win the team scavenger hunt! The winning team gets a prize! Grab your refreshments and snacks, show off your pets, and get ready to unwind during this exciting social hour.

Interested in a low-key setting to catch up with colleagues or continue chats you started during the Faculty Showcase? We’ll also have open meeting spaces for you to continue those conversations.

Host: Thao Nghi Tu, ITS-Educational Technologies


Friday, April 23rd | 9:30 AM – 3:00 PM (EDT)

9:30 AM – 10:45 AM (EDT): PROVOST AND KEYNOTE ADDRESS

9:30 AM: Remarks by Provost Bob Blouin

Hosted by Erin Malloy, School of Medicine, Director of the Center for Faculty Excellence


9:45 AM: Keynote Address

Dr. Bryan Dewsbury

Equity and Power in the Higher Education Classroom: Teaching for Freedom and Democracy

Content delivery and the cultivation of expertise are often the focus of our teaching choices. While these elements are important, the relationship between a truly inclusive education experience and the development of power and agency among its participants is usually overlooked. In this talk, we will discuss how, in teaching students, ideas of agency become central to truly equitable practices. As an approach, this paradigm is agnostic to discipline. We will explore how embracing it empowers practitioners to create truly transformative classrooms.

Objectives

  • Explore the relationship between education and the cultivation of agency in students.
  • Identify strategies for the creation of the inclusive classroom.

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM (EDT): FACULTY PRESENTATIONS IV

Leveraging the Power of Low-Stakes Assessment

Formative assessment is a powerful learning technique that helps students assume responsibility for their own learning. Learn more about the research behind the “testing effect” and how adding regular, low-stakes assessments has impacted the presenters’ courses.

Format: Presentations and discussion


Presenters:
Melinda Beck, Gillings School of Global Public Health
Eric Muller, School of Law
Neil Mulligan, Psychology and Neuroscience

Facilitator: Doug James, CFE

Making Groupwork More Effective

Student group work is a key component of active learning, but requires strategic use of technology, class time, and your input as the instructor. Join this conversation to share your questions and strategies for making group work more effective in any mode of teaching. Themes for discussion include group formation, roles, assessment, discussion prompts, and more!

Format: Roundtable discussion


Presenters:
Michelle Haskin, Geological Sciences
Jonathan Lepofsky, Geography
Jo Lindquist, Romance Studies
Lattice Sams, Adams School of Dentistry

Facilitator: Emily Boehm, CFE

Tips and Tricks for Instructional Video

Creating effective instructional videos can be challenging without proper planning. In this session, two experienced UNC videographers will share a variety of practices they use across the entire production process to produce compelling video content.

Format: Workshop


Presenters:
Joey Schenkenberg, Digital and Lifelong Learning
Andy Wells, Digital and Lifelong Learning

Facilitator: Quin Jernigan, Digital and Lifelong Learning

12:30 PM – 1:30 PM (EDT): FACULTY PRESENTATIONS V

Future Directions for Teaching Large Courses

Large enrollment courses have always been among the most challenging to teach. The shift to remote instruction exacerbated some of those challenges, but also forced instructors to innovate. What have we learned during the pandemic about teaching large courses that can inform future practice?

Format: Roundtable discussion


Faculty Facilitators:
Martha King, Anthropology
Laura Ott, Biology

Teaching as Research: Am I Making a Difference?

Faculty members who are assessing the impact of their teaching techniques will describe their research in lightning-round presentations, followed by time for one-on-one conversations.

Format: Lightning round presentations / Q&A


Presenters:
Matt Bernacki, School of Education
Tracy Bersley, Dramatic Arts
Sheryl Jordan, School of Medicine
Jacqui McLaughlin, Eshelman School of Pharmacy
Gidi Shemer, Biology

Facilitator: Darin Knapp, CFE

2:30 PM – 3:00 PM (EDT): CELEBRATION OF CAROLINA EDUCATORS

Uncovering Stories of UNC Instructors Who Made a Difference

Teaching throughout the COVID-19 pandemic has tested us as educators and also obligated us to support each other in new or different ways. This culminating event is a crowd-sourced curtain call featuring UNC colleagues who have made a difference—no matter how large or small—in how you have approached your teaching role over the past year. This is where we need your help.

Did an instructor patiently explain the kinds of challenges our students encounter when unexpectedly learning remotely? Someone help you brainstorm alternatives for making student group presentations “work” asynchronously? Or someone regularly check in with you to ask how you’re doing and offer help? Whatever role another UNC instructor played in making your teaching feel fulfilling this year, we encourage you to submit those stories for public recognition. We’ve created a brief Qualtrics survey to help us collect and process your submissions of individuals to be recognized.

Submissions are accepted until 12:30 PM (EDT) on Friday, April 23rd.

Hosted by Erin Malloy, School of Medicine, Director of the Center for Faculty Excellence