The Office of Academic Affairs held several Meetings and Events the week of August 15-19, 2016. These events were based on the theme “active learning. active life: trailblazing innovation.”
More detailed information on these events is below the table.
Monday, August 15
|8:30-10:00 AM||All Faculty and Academic Affairs Staff||Provost’s Meeting (video recording)||Gardner Ballroom|
|10:15-11:15 AM||All Faculty||Institutional Learning Outcomes Round Table (video recording)||Gardner Ballroom|
|11:30-1:45 PM||All Faculty||Faculty Senate Luncheon & Faculty Workshops
Dr.Richard Sudweeks video recording
Dr. Nancy Wentworth video recording
Dr. Ken Plummer video recording
|2:00-4:00 PM||Assessment Coordinators||Assessment Workshop||HCC 325|
|2:00-4:00 PM||New Faculty||New Faculty Orientation||HCC Zion Room|
|6:00-8:00 PM||All Employees||President’s Picnic||Gardner Ballroom|
Tuesday, August 16
|8:00 AM-2:00 PM||All Faculty||Fall Faculty Forum
Faculty Panel Discussion video recording
|2:00-4:00 PM||All Faculty||Course Design Open Lab (optional)||HCC 475|
|6:30-8:00 PM||Adjunct Faculty||Training||Eccles Mainstage Theater|
Wednesday, August 17
|9:00-11:45 AM||Faculty & Staff||College/Department Meetings||TBD|
|12:00-1:00 PM||New Faculty & Mentors||Lunch||Gardner Cottam Room|
|1:00-4:00 PM||New Faculty||Workshops||HCC 475|
|2:00-3:00 PM||RTP Committee & School Review Chairs||Rank, Tenure, Promotion Workshop||HCC 325|
Thursday, August 18
Friday, August 19
|9 AM – 12 PM||Faculty & Staff||Committee Speed Meetings||TBD|
More detailed information about these events is below:
Monday, August 15th
Provost’s Meeting: 8:30 – 10:00 AM, Gardner Center Ballroom (video recording)
Meeting for all employees involved in academic affairs, including full-time faculty, part-time faculty, adjunct faculty, staff in academic affairs, and academic advisers.
Institutional Learning Outcomes Round Tables(please review the resources on the ILO page): 10:15 – 11:15 AM, Gardner Center Ballroom (video recording)
Note: As part of the round tables, please refer to the Institutional Essential Learning Outcomes Website to review information prior to coming to the development of the main broad categories we intend to identify as our Dixie’s Institutional Essential Learning Outcomes. This is part of the round tables. https://academics.dixie.edu/ilo/
Faculty Senate Luncheon with Keynote Speakers, Richard Sudweeks and Nancy Wentworth, and Workshop with Richard Sudweeks, Nancy Wentworth, Ken Plummer, and Laura Snelson: 11:30 AM – 1:45 PM, Gardner Center Ballroom
Mediterranean Chicken Salad with Pound Cake and Berries for Dessert, All faculty (Please bring your syllabi)
Richard R. Sudweeks (video recording) has spent the last 32 years as a professor and recently as the Director of the Educational Inquiry, Measurement, and Evaluation PhD program in the David O. McKay School of Education at Brigham Young University. This program is designed to equip graduate students with a strong set of inquiry skills including both quantitative and qualitative methods by offering courses in psychometrics including item response theory, exploratory and confirmatory factor analysis.
Dr. Sudweeks received his PhD in Educational Psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1978 with a specialty in educational measurement and program evaluation. After completing graduate school, Dr. Sudweeks was employed as Director of Evaluation in the Center for Instructional Development at Syracuse University in upstate New York
Dr. Sudweeks has conducted a number of studies that influenced policy in higher education and public schools in Utah including, local validation and standard setting studies required by Educational Testing Service to determine cut-scores to be used on the standardized test as a basis for selecting applicants to the Teacher Education program in Utah. He conducted, and published a series of research studies at BYU which examined college sophomores’ ability to write argumentative essays. These studies also included an analysis of the advantages and disadvantages of the University’s policy on permitting students with an AP score of 3 to bypass freshman English. Over the years, Dr. Sudweeks has been actively involved in community service. He served as president of the Board of Education in the Alpine School District and was also a member of the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of the Utah School Boards Association
Dr. Sudweeks is co-author of the textbook Measurement and Assessment in the Schools (2nd ed.) published in 1999 by Addison Wesley Longman. In addition, he has published numerous journal articles related to educational measurement and evaluation and related topics.
Nancy Wentworth (video recording) is the Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning at Brigham Young University and the former Chair of the Department of Teacher Education in the McKay School of Education. She has also served as the Associate Dean in the McKay School of Education where she authored the TEAC Accreditation document for the Educator Preparation Program at BYU. Her research interests include technology integration in inquiry learning, and the use of learning outcomes in accreditation of education programs. She has co-editor two books and authored several book chapters and articles. She has been married 44 years to Glenn Wentworth. They are the parents of six children and grandparents of 17 grandchildren.
Ken Plummer (video recording) joined the Center for Teaching and Learning at Brigham Young University in 2011, after having worked for the last five years developing classroom and large-scale assessments for a Church department. He also, developed many surveys designed to evaluate programs, personnel, products etc. He periodically teaches a graduate course on assessment in the Department of Instructional Psychology and Technology. His research interests focus on instruction that helps students conditionalize their knowledge and the development / use of affective and performance assessments.
Dr. Laura Snelson (Institutional Outcomes Roundtable recording) is the Director of Assessment at Dixie State University. Prior to coming to Dixie, Dr. Snelson served as Senior Research Analyst at Utah Valley University charged with assessment and program evaluation responsibilities for both academic and non-academic programs. She assisted the UVU administration in the articulations and development of the university core themes, objectives, goals, and identifying means for evaluating its accomplishments. These responsibilities further developed to be at the program and course level. She served as the campus administrator for the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE), the Higher Education Research Institute (HERI), and the Beginning College Survey of Student Engagement (BCSSE). She was also responsible for the design of in-house developed assessment instruments and to support programs in the development of their strategic plans to name a few: the Concurrent Enrollment program, the UVU learning communities, the UVU Carnegie Classification, the UVU accreditation process, the Freshman Orientation, the LEAD program, Women’s Success Center, etc. In addition, she served as an adjunct faculty member, which she discovered, was one of the most rewarding aspect of her job. Dr. Snelson earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Animal Science (Peru), a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership and Foundations and a Ph.D. in Instructional Psychology and Technology with Emphasis in Measurement, Assessment and Program Evaluation at Brigham Young University.
Assessment Workshop: 2:00 – 4:00 PM, Holland Centennial Commons 325
Assessment Coordinators (Please bring your syllabi)
New Faculty Orientation: 2:00 – 4:00 PM, Zion Room in the Holland Centennial Commons
New DSU Faculty
President’s Picnic: 6:00 – 8:00 PM, Gardner Center Ballroom
All faculty and staff
Tuesday, August 16th Fall Faculty Forum (All faculty invited)
Check in/Breakfast: 8:00 – 8:30 AM, Gardner Center Ballroom
Welcome/Overview: 8:30 – 9:00 AM, Gardner Center Ballroom
Active Learning Workshops: 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM (Noon), Assorted Places
|Water in the West: Understanding the Lake Powell Pipeline||Denise Burton||DSU students in INTS and Honors Topics courses are challenged to explore multidisciplinary topics that are of interest to many but aren’t necessarily directly related to their degrees. In classical liberal arts tradition, instructors serve as guides in these far ranging explorations, supporting DSU students in their efforts to become autonomous learners.
Workshop students will plan, research, and conduct a mock debate on the merits of the Lake Powell Pipeline, increasing their understanding of the complex issues that are relevant to the future of the Colorado River Basin and more fully engaging them in consideration of our civic and environmental responsibilities as desert-dwellers.
|Why Earth Science? Because we live on Earth!||Janice Hayden||Geology focuses on the subsystems of the natural environment, including geosphere, hydrosphere, atmosphere, and biosphere and how they interact in cause and effect relationships. In order for us to understand how Earth may change in the future, we must first understand Earth’s past and how and why the resources it provides us developed. We depend on Earth for resources to sustain us and to provide goods and power for our civilization. Resource availability is often a political and social issue, while cultural choices to develop and use these resources have global consequences, such as climate change. How can we continue providing for our civilization, but in a sustainable way, while living within the parameters of natural hazards that threaten civilization worldwide? Puzzled? Click here to watch a six minute youtube video.|
|A 100% immersive experience in active-teaching and active-learning, using “ethics” as the subject matter||Shandon Gubler||An immersive experience with a 100% active-teaching, active learning blended course, that uses the universal theme of “ethics” as its subject matter, and:
• Engages the active-teaching/active-learning pedagogies:
o Personalized Meaning
o Study to Teach, Teach to Learn, Learn to Apply
• Includes easy to implement components of:
o Community engagement
o Service Learning
o Reverse Mentoring
• Positions teachers as:
o Active-Teaching/Active-Learning Curriculum Designers
Warning! This workshop will require a minimum of two hours of homework prior to coming to class. This is a truly immersive workshop, 100% active-teaching, and active-learning. You will learn a tremendous amount if you are willing to complete your homework prior to coming to class on August 16th. Please go to the CANVAS course prepared for this workshop and pay the price to introduce yourself to the subject matter, (ethics) prior to coming to class. Then, come to class on August 16th and experience the exhilaration of active-teaching and active-learning, and help your fellow colleagues learn from this totally engaging experience. Allow yourself to experience what your students will experience when you provide them an active-teaching, active-learning course.
|Snapshot to Crackshot: How to get past your photographic limitations and start making art!||Alex Chamberlain||A crash course in the basic photography skills needed to take control of your images. Please bring your own camera.|
|“I Believe I Can See the Future, Because I Repeat the Same Routine”: Hannah Arendt, American Pragmatism, and the vita contemplativa as activa.||John Wolfe||This workshop seeks to explore the role of thought in ‘the active life’. As Hannah Arendt eloquently asks, “What are we ‘doing’ when we do nothing but think? Where are we when we, normally always surrounded by our fellow men, are together with no one but ourselves?” Using Arendt’s work in The Life of the Mind and The Human Condition as a starting point, we will explore the (possible) distinction between the public and private spheres of the human condition and Arendt’s attempt to balance the contemplative and active aspects of human life.
Yet, Arendt is intended to only be a starting point of discussion. We will branch into American Pragmatism, particularly the work John Dewey and Richard Rorty to further explore the ideas proposed by Arendt. Dewey’s discussion of intentionality and experience, as detailed in Art as Experience, and Rorty’s use of the Public/Private distinction in Contingency, Irony, and Solidarity will be used to both expound on Arendt’s thought as well as provide critiques of her conclusions.
|Bringing Active Learning to the Great Outdoors of St. George||Curt Walker||Participants will meet at the scheduled time at Perks! coffee shop in Santa Clara, on the left side of Sunset Avenue as one proceeds west, just before the Home Depot. Carpooling is a good idea, as the parking lot is rather small. From Perks! we will walk a few hundred yards to a paved walking trail along a stream, and descend to that trail from the road. Most of the workshop will be conducted along this trail. We will discuss incorporating active learning into the classroom, with a special emphasis on science courses. We will especially seek to solve logistical problems with conducting single class periods (or more, up to and including semester-long research projects) outdoors in the St. George area. Participants should expect some easy hiking, but possibly muddy and/or brushy conditions, and to get wet if the weather is hot, as there is a fun cooling-off activity. Dress appropriately.|
|Introduction to Tree MASS-tery||Greg Murray and Michele Poast||As is the case in many DSU courses, this workshop will progress from the acquiring of knowledge stage, to application, to evaluation–while applying mathematics to the science of trees. This workshop is a wonderful opportunity to appreciate the power of mathematics in the real world. Come and experience PALM based instruction while building a learning community with your peers on a fieldtrip to your favorite campus trees. Bring your curiosity and your problem-solving skills and prepare to emBARK on a fun-filled, arbor-based mathematical morning!|
|The Lake Powell Pipeline: Necessary investment or taxpayer-funded boondoggle?||Henrie Walton||This workshop will explore water policy and politics in Utah, with a specific focus on the Lake Powell Pipeline. Participants will hear from both sides of the pipeline debate and visit a local water treatment plant. In conclusion, participants will debate the validity of the proposed pipeline, and leave with a better understanding of how they as citizens can take public action related to this controversial project.|
Reflection Discussions: 12:00 (Noon) – 12:30 PM, Gardner Center Ballroom
Lunch and Continued Discussion: 12:30 – 1:00 PM, Gardner Center Ballroom
Chicken Noodle Soup, Tomato Basil Soup, Tossed Garden Salad, Assorted Dinner Rolls, and Baked Potato Bar with Brownies for Dessert
Panel Discussion: 1:00 – 2:00 PM, Gardner Center Ballroom (video recording)
The workshop presenters spoke briefly about their individual workshops and answered questions from the audience.
(Optional) Open Computer Lab: 2:00 – 4:00 PM, Holland Centennial Commons 475
Scott Allen, Bruce Harris, Jared Johnson, Kory Phelps, Nancy Hauck, Sandy Petersen, and Laura Snelson were available in room 475 of the Holland Centennial Commons for help with Canvas, course design, and other questions.
Orientation for Adjunct Faculty: 6:30 – 8:00 PM, Holland Centennial Commons Zion Room
Wednesday, August 17th
College/Department Meetings: 9:00 – 11:45 AM. TBD
Lunch for New Faculty and Mentors: 12:00 – 1:00 PM, Gardner Center Cottam Room
New DSU faculty & mentors
Workshops for New Faculty: 1:00 – 4:00 PM, Holland Centennial Commons 475
Canvas training for new faculty, followed by an open computer lab and guided tours of the DSU campus.
Rank, Tenure, Promotion Workshop: 2:00 – 3:00 PM, Holland Centennial Commons 325
RTP Committee & School Review Chairs
Thursday, August 18th
Friday, August 19th
Committee Speed Meetings: 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM (Noon), TBD