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Monday, November 20, 2017
9:00 a.m.–3:30 p.m.


Campbell Lounge
Center for Recreation and Sports

Teaching and Learning Conference

Adelphi University’s Faculty Center for Professional Excellence is pleased to host the Teaching and Learning Conference

Dr. José Bowen

The fall conference, moved from its normal spring time-slot, celebrates Adelphi’s leadership in teaching excellence. This year’s theme is “Engaged Teaching, Active Learning.” It will feature a breakfast discussion around High Impact Practices with Adelphi faculty, a keynote address from a leader in redesigning student relationships, and breakout concurrent workshops on evidence-based teaching practices, leveraging a new framework for information literacy in the classroom, and exploring faculty learning communities to rediscover the love of teaching.

This year’s keynote speaker, Dr. José Bowen, president of Goucher College, author of Teaching Naked, professor of music, and recipient of the Ernest L. Boyer Award (for significant contributions to American higher education) from the New American Colleges and Universities in January 2018, will deliver a 75-minute interactive workshop from 10:45 a.m.–12:00 p.m. in the Campbell Lounge, as well as a keynote from 1:00 p.m.–2:15 p.m.

A set of three concurrent sessions, led by Adelphi faculty and Melinda Maris (South Vermont College), will be held at 2:30 p.m.

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Conference Format

9:00 a.m.–9:30 a.m.

Registration (Campbell Lounge)

9:30 a.m.–10:45 a.m.

HIPs – High Impact Breakfast

Five Adelphi faculty (Peter West, Susan Zori, John Drew, Matt Wright, and Jennifer Durham) attended a summer LEAP workshop by AACU to learn more about how to implement high impact practices into Adelphi’s teaching practice. They will summarize their take-away from that summer training, and talk about ways they are implementing this experience into their courses, schools and future endeavors.

10:45 a.m.–12:00 p.m.


Teaching Naked Techniques: A Practical Workshop on Designing Better Classes
Facilitated by Dr. José Bowen, president of Goucher College and author of Teaching Naked

This practical and active workshop for all faculty distills the latest research on how students learn into tested techniques and best practices that work. Decades of research have brought an explosion of knowledge about how human evolution has shaped the way we process, think, and remember. Technology also provides new ways for students to receive first contact with material, enhanced opportunities to connect and create community, better ways to ensure that students are prepared for class, and new options for the sequence of learning encounters and activities. This workshop will suggest easy techniques to improve student learning while providing a process to guide faculty in creating better modules and courses.

12:00 p.m.–1:00 p.m.

Lunch and Book Signing

Light refreshments will be served, and Dr. José Bowen’s book, Teaching Naked, will be available for purchase at a discounted price. An opportunity to have your book signed by Dr. Bowen will be available during refreshments.

1:00 p.m.–2:30 p.m.

Keynote Address with Dr. José Bowen
Nudges, the Learning Economy and a New 3Rs: Redesigning for Student Relationships, Resilience and Reflection

Technology has created a new learning economy. If we want this new economy to be more inclusive, we will need to prepare students for jobs that do not yet exist, learning new information on their own. The liberal arts have never mattered more, but new circumstances demand that we make our value more explicit. If we are serious that we teach the ability to ask better questions, interrogate information, reframe problems and transform thinking, then we need to focus more on that process. Our shift from teaching to learning is incomplete unless we recognize that our best way to help students is to design environments that “nudge” them into better learning behaviors. Like it or not, we are only their cognitive coaches, on the sidelines, and we cannot do the work for them.

2:30 p.m.–3:30 p.m.

Concurrent Sessions

“An Introduction to the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education and a Rethinking of the Library’s Role in the Classroom” with Jason Byrd, Adelphi University Libraries, In 2016, the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) adopted the Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education. This new document reshapes teaching information literacy by focusing on critical thinking, metacognition, and lifelong learning. In this session, participants will engage with the new Framework, reflect on how the individual frames resonate with current teaching practices, and discuss a learning activity based on the Framework and Bowen’s approach to technology in Teaching Naked.

“ConcepTest” with Mindy Maris, Southern Vermont College, When faculty consider ways that they can increase their teaching effectiveness, they want to implement those strategies that will give them the greatest return on their investment of time and effort. This workshop will examine validated techniques for increasing student learning and engagement, with a focus on Eric Mazur’s ConcepTest.

“Developing a Faculty Learning Community to Enhance the Joy of Teaching” with Lawrence Hobbie, Department of Biology; and Karen Mancini, College of Nursing and Public Health, More and more faculty in higher education institutions are joining together to form Faculty Learning Communities (FLCs) centered around similar disciplines or like-minded pedagogical interests. These FLCs embody a grass-root culture of collaboration, inquiry, and instructional improvement as faculty come together to discuss and share issues, strategies, and solutions that occur every day in the classroom. Dr. Karen Mancini and Dr. Lawrence Hobbie will present on the Faculty Learning Communities they administer to in their disciplines, as well as lead a FLC collaboration discussion during this workshop.

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For further information, please contact:

Faculty Center for Professional Excellence (FCPE)
Alumnae Hall, Room 123
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