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"New Directions for Success" is the theme for this year's Summer Faculty Institute, to be Held May 28-31.

May 28-31: Summer Faculty Institute

University announces Summer Faculty Institute theme, speakers


11:08 a.m., May 3, 2013--The University of Delaware’s Summer Faculty Institute (SFI) will be held Tuesday, May 28, through Friday, May 31, with programming from 9 a.m.-3:15 p.m. each day in Gore Hall.

The theme of the SFI is “New Directions for Success.” Breakfast and lunch will be provided. 

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The SFI is the premiere event at the University for faculty to take advantage of the latest research and technological advances in classroom and online instruction. The program changes each year to reflect the latest progress demonstrated by UD faculty, the newest insights from educational research and the latest opportunities presented by technological advances.

Since 1996, the event has offered opportunities to explore the connections among teaching, learning and technology. The SFI offers a weeklong, hands-on curriculum for faculty and others involved in teaching at UD.

The format of this year’s event will feature guest speakers each morning with complementary presentations by UD faculty each afternoon. The event is "bring your own device" so those who attend should bring a suitable Internet-connected device each day.

Scheduled are the following speakers

May 28: Terry Doyle, Ferris State University, “Becoming Learner Centered Teachers.” Doyle’s presentation will focus on ways to assist higher education faculty become learner centered teachers and how faculty can apply new findings from neuroscience, biology and cognitive science in their teaching to improve students’ learning. To learn more, see the IT-Academic Technology Services website.

May 29: Phil Hall, e-Literate blog, “What Can MOOCs Teach Us About Online Learning.” For almost two decades, the world of online education has been evolving. Today, higher education officials are presented with a confusing array of educational delivery models, ranging from relatively traditional classrooms to fully online courses. Without a doubt, the model that is gaining the most attention is the world of MOOCs. What does the sudden interest in MOOCs tell officials about online education and higher education in general, and what lessons can be learned that might be applicable to other online learning models? What should officials expect next? To learn more, see the IT-ATS website.

May 30: Ken Cavallo, iSchool Initiative, “New Directions in Mobile Learning.” On the horizon is a world that higher education officials could not have imagined 30 years ago. People are quickly progressing toward a society where human capital, or the creative ingenuity unique to human beings, is becoming the greatest asset. Beginning with words from some of the great future thinkers, the audience is then asked, “What implications do these have for education?” and “Where will a teacher fit in?” Cavallo will discuss the amazing opportunities and foreboding pitfalls of a digital future, eventually leading to one stark conclusion: technology won’t save us without teachers. To learn more, see the IT-ATS website.

May 31: Peggy Smith, organizational learning solution instructor, Smith and Associates, “How to Attract and Retain Motivated Students in Your Major.” Find out why studies show that sparking passion in students pays back in five ways. Answer a few relevant questions, and session leaders will process the data with learning catalytics during a team building exercise in the afternoon. Smith is an educator, teacher, coach and trainer who helps others communicate more effectively. Prior to working for 16 years in sales at DuPont and Agfa, she served as a training specialist for the Engineering Division of DuPont, the training director of Peace Corps Nepal and a teacher in the New York City public school system. Smith holds advanced degrees in education and counseling. She is the founder and principal of Smith and Associates. Within UD, Smith works as an instructor for the Blue and Gold Workplace Effectiveness Certificate, Strategic Human Resource Management Certificate, and other communication programs. She also does individual and group coaching. The workshop will introduce participants to proven team building techniques and cross-generational communication skills. To learn more, see the IT-ATS website.

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