Fall Symposium 2015

Fall 2015 Symposium

Many students make it to college but never earn their degrees—learn how to make a difference.

November 13, 2015

1 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

East Campus Union (Great Plains Room and Prairie Suite)

Registration is closed.

Sponsored by the Office of Online & Distance Education - Innovative Instructional Design

Keynote Speaker

David Laude, Ph.D.

Senior Vice Provost for Enrollment and Graduation Management
Professor Department of Chemistry, College of Natural Sciences
Executive Vice President and Provost
University Distinguished Teaching Professor
University of Texas at Austin

David Laude, Ph.D.

David Laude, professor of Chemistry and senior vice provost for enrollment and graduation management at the University of Texas at Austin (UT Austin), headlines the Teaching and Learning Symposium on November 13, 2015 from 1-4 pm at the East Campus Union. Dr. Laude will discuss what UT Austin has done to foster student success through targeted programs, advising efforts, and curriculum redesign initiatives. Interactive sessions will follow his address, showcasing UNL department and faculty efforts with evidence-based curricular reform, targeted interventions in large enrollment courses, and course activities focused on student learning and engagement.

Dr. Laude’s primary charge is to improve UT Austin's four-year graduation rate to 70 percent (from around 52 percent) by 2017. Though a chemist by training, Dr. Laude works with psychological researcher David Yeager to examine the messages and environmental cues that shape students’ decisions. Laude will share strategies and explore with UNL faculty, advisors, and department administrators how to create a culture of success for UNL students. Emerging technology solutions coupled with teaching and learning strategies will also be discussed.

The keynote will be followed by three concurrent 80 minute sessions focused on topics highlighted in the keynote address. Dr. Laude with close out the afternoon with a 30 minute wrap up session.

Concurrent Sessions

The sessions will run from 2:10-3:20.

Holistic Course Redesign - A Study from the Trenches

Presenters: Allan Donsig, Associate Professor, & Jessalyn Bolkema, Graduate Teaching Assistant

Over the last three years, the math department has cut the DFW rates in half while at the same time improved the training and professional development of its GTA instructors. The department has accomplished this through a holistic departmental approach to the redesign of its precalculus course, which is taken by 2,000-2,500 predominately first-time freshmen. In this session, Donsig and Bolkema outline the department did, what will be done for the next course, and what they've learned about high-impact course redesign.

Allan Donsig
Allan Donsig
Jessalyn Bolkema
Jessalyn Bolkema

Creating an Infrastructure for Student Success

Presenters: Vanessa Roof, Institutional Retention & Assessment, & Deepak Keshwani, Associate Professof of Biological Systems Engineering

Well-timed assistance from appropriate campus units can help students persist and achieve success. Unfortunately, many faculty are not aware of the extensive support that is available or how to use new technology systems to help their students. This session provides an overview of the integrated support provided through campus services and how instructors can take advantage of these systems.

Vanessa Roof
Vanessa Roof
Deepak Keshwani
Deepak Keshwani

Create a Culture of Success by Teaching Better

Presenter: Cal Garbin, John Weaver Professor of Psychology

A 4-part interactive session with Cal Garbin that will make you a better teacher by helping you identify the kind of teacher you want to be in the eyes of your students, your peers, and those who supervise your teaching. Learn how student expectancies impact their success and yours, and the importance of Bloom’s Affective & Performance Taxonomies in setting course goals. Finally, tie it all together by examining your course in terms of both "learning about" and "learning how to".

Cal Garbin
Cal Garbin

If you have questions or need additional information, please contact Sydney Brown, assistant director of innovative instructional design in the office of online and distance education at sbrown3@unl.edu, 402-472-5204