In addition to my teaching and scholarship activities, I organize and offer professional development sessions at Millersville University,
through the Teaching Professor and in other venues. These sessions focus on online and blended teaching, instructional technology and innovative pedagogy & assessment.
The mission of Millersville University’s Center for Academic Excellence is to promote excellence in teaching and learning through the:
- Encouragement of an atmosphere of collaboration and scholarly inquiry as an integral part of teaching and learning
- Provision of resources and programs to assist faculty with their professional development as educators
- Promotion of a campus environment that fosters scholarship
- Encouragement of teaching practice that is grounded in scholarship
- Support of partnerships across the university to enhance learning
- Development of a broad range of services and programs
- Offering of a forum for discussion on various topics related to teaching and learning
- Establishment and maintenance of mutually supportive relationships with other institutions of higher education in Pennsylvania
The purpose of Camp IDEA is to develop or strengthen Millersville faculty members understanding of the pedagogical principles which support learner-centered instruction in an online environment, using primarily the University's learning management system, while incorporating a variety of technological tools. It is understood that the faculty who attend Camp IDEA, in addition to belonging to diverse fields of expertise, may have a wide range of experience with technology and online course design. As such, instruction focuses on the principles of course design which have been proven effective when applied to a course of any online amount- from technology assisted to fully online.
The Camp IDEA workshop enables participants to:
- Design purposeful course navigation and communicate that design to students.
- Identify, create and explain instructional materials that enable student attainment of learning objectives.
- Choose assessment instruments that are sequenced, varied and provide authentic measures of student development.
- Integrate current technologies that enhance instruction and student development into courses.
- Identify and articulate learning supports needed to provided students in an online environment.
This workshop is designed for instructors who plan to convert a traditional face-to-face course into a blended course. As such, it is modeled as a blended course with work being done before, during, and after the session.
Participants leave the two-day workshop with:
- A better understanding of how to manage the three phases of a blended learning cycle: before, during, and after class
- The ability to create a syllabus for a blended course
- Ideas on how to organize their own LMS for a blended course
- A greater familiarity with technology tools and how they can support learning
- An outline of the work that they need to do before launching their blended course