ABSTRACTS - Room 120

All sessions take place in Butler-Carlton Hall on the Missouri S&T campus


Active learning by partnering primary literature with multimedia resources

STANDARD SESSION (45-60 minutes)

Presenter: Dr. Dave Westenberg - Associate Professor of Biological Sciences; Missouri S&T

Tags: active learning; primary literature; multimedia

Audience: Higher Education; K-12 Education

Time, Date, and Location: 1:00 - 2:00 p.m., Thursday, March 16, BCH 120

This session will be an active learning demonstration using "Scientist at Work" videos from HHMI Biointeractive and in-class activities based on primary literature. This session will highlight background and experiments designed to test hypothesis regarding the effect of fungicide on bumble bee colonies. The activity will engage the audience by reading and discussing data from the primary literature in small groups and sharing out with the audience.

Guided Discovery through the Digital Extracurriculum: Celebrating Lifelong Learning, Participatory Culture, and Affinity Spaces

STANDARD SESSION (45-60 minutes)

Presenter: Dr. Kelly Jones - Shared Brilliance, LLC

Tags: lifelong learning; teachers as learners; inspiration; reflection; digital extracurriculum

Audience: Higher Education; K-12 Education

Time, Date, and Location: 2:20 - 3:20 p.m., Thursday, March 16, BCH 120

As student-centered teachers, we need time away from the classroom for inspiration and practices that help cultivate our own curiosity, creativity, and metacognition. This session will explore lifelong learning in the digital age, including an introduction to three curriculum theory concepts for meaningful guided discovery and sharing: participatory culture, affinity spaces, and the digital "extracurriculum". Participants will take away strategies and resources to support their journeys as both teachers and lifelong learners.

Guided Discovery through the Digital Extracurriculum [ PowerPoint ]

The “Small Class Feel” and Increasing Enrollment: Using Blended Classroom Techniques to Maximize Efficacy

STANDARD SESSION (45-60 minutes)

Presenter: Dr. Jossalyn Larson - Assistant Teaching Professor of English & Technical Communication; Missouri S&T

Tags: Canvas; flipped classroom; writing; student-to-professor ratio; large class; small group

Audience: Higher Education

Time, Date, and Location: 3:40 - 4:40 p.m., Thursday, March 16, BCH 120

Increasing enrollment in higher education is good news for the university and its stakeholders, but it can present a dilemma for instructors who need to provide individualized attention to students in a class with rising seat caps. In March 2015, for example, the Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC)’s Principles and Standards were revised to suggest that the ideal writing classroom should be capped at 15 students, and writing instructors should teach no more than 60 students per term; yet because first year writing courses service nearly every student on campus, most writing classrooms are capped between 20 and 25 students, and teaching professors generally instruct between 80 and 100 students each semester. This presentation demonstrates how blended classroom techniques can be utilized to give students and professors the “small classroom feel” within these large enrollments by maximizing individualized attention and group cohesion; it confronts student and instructor concerns with the efficacy of the blended classroom and demonstrates how instructors can use instructional technology, class meetings, and office hours strategically in order to encourage frequent and meaningful contact, and quality productivity.

The "Small Class Feel" and Increasing Enrollment [ PowerPoint ]

FRIDAY, MARCH 17, 2017

Implementing Active Learning in STEM-based Curriculum, Does It Really Work?

     Iman Mehdipour - Ph.D. Candidate in Civil, Architectural, & Environmental Engineering; Missouri S&T
     Nicolas A. Libre - Assistant Teaching Professor of Civil, Architectural, & Environmental Engineering; Missouri S&T

Tags: technology; digital; student engagement

Audience: Higher Education

Time, Date, and Location: 9:00 - 10:00 a.m., Friday, March 17, BCH 120

This session presents an active learning technique for engineering students that explores how students’ engagements enhance their learning and discusses to what extent it has affected performance of students. For a given course topic at each class session, problem-based questions were designed for students to stimulate their thinking by implementing the knowledge that students gained during lecture toward solving practice problems. It will be explained how the student response is collected through an online response collector system as well as how such responses were used to adapt the teaching style with student’s needs. The students’ answers and the level of their engagement were also analyzed to examine the correlation between level of student engagement and their performance as evaluated by formative and summative assessments.

Turning Quizzes into Games: Team-Based Learning Strategies for Any Discipline

STANDARD SESSION (45-60 minutes)

     Keeta Holmes - Assistant Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning; University of Missouri-St. Louis
Emily Goldstein - Instructional Designer; University of Missouri-St. Louis

Tags: team-based learning; gamification; assessment

Audience: Higher Education; K-12 Education

Time, Date, and Location: 10:15 - 11:15 a.m., Friday, March 17, BCH 120

Change your in-class quizzes into action-packed, game-like class exercises that encourage debate, conversation and competition. Participate in a TBL (Team-Based Learning) format to explore group application exercise questions. We’ll begin with a TBL activity, then analyze the structure, process and essential characteristics of an effective TBL activity. Leave the workshop with an action plan on how you might convert a class session into a TBL exercise that enhances team cohesiveness, student accountability, and assurance of learning.