To view the recordings from the Baker College Virtual Faculty Conference, held Friday, January 24, 2020, please click on the session title.
The Baker College Learning Model: Building the Framework for Quality Teaching and Student Engagement Presenter: Dr. Jill Langen Abstract: The Baker College mission is to provide quality higher education and training which enable graduates to be successful throughout challenging and rewarding careers. The College is further guided by eleven guiding principles, which include a commitment to provide highly effective programs and delivery systems. To support the mission and guiding principles, Baker College developed a Learning Model that is the outgrowth of research on learning, research on education, and decades of experience developing thousands of successful graduates. In the opening plenary presentation, Dr. Jill Langen, Provost for Baker College, provided an overview and discussion of the Baker College Learning Model and its role in promoting quality teaching and learning.
Participation vs. Engagement Presenter: Walaa Awad Abstract: Engagement is something that is expected of students and is often part of their final grade. What is engagement though? Is it simply students showing up to class and sharing their thoughts or is there more to it? In this session, participants will explore the concept of engagement, how it relates to learning, how instructors can plan for it, and promote it.
How Do You Know Your Students Are Learning? Presenter: Niki Perkins Abstract: In this session, participants will have the opportunity to learn about a unique approach to determining student knowledge absorption through the use of data. They will engage in an interactive discussion on this approach and other ways to utilize the data will also take place. There will be a review of the method and rationale behind the approach, and by the end of the session participants will understand the approach and be able to replicate it in their own courses.
Teaching Science in a Linguistically Diverse Classroom Presenter: Dr. Manisha Sharan Abstract: As Baker's student body grows increasingly diverse, so does the linguistic makeup of the classroom. From the perspective of an English as a second language (ESL) speaker, the presenter will lead this interactive discussion to explore the role of language in a highly technical content area.
Learn-2-Learn Initiative Presenter: Dr. Sherri Donovan Abstract: In this session, participants will learn about the "Learn-2-Learn Pillars" and how they can be used by instructors to address working with “un” or “under” prepared students. As an early intervention, helping students understand the pillars of successful learning is the first step to helping them develop positive habits in their first-year courses.
Triggered Presenters: Dr. Steve Simpson, Kristina Marshall, J.D. Abstract: This session, will explore how to navigate hot button topics like religion, politics, race, class and gender in the classroom. We will discuss and demonstrate effective strategies to navigate potentially explosive moment in the classroom. Video shared in the presentation: Cracking the Codes: Joy DeGruy "A Trip to the Grocery Store"
Personalizing Your Classroom with Conference and Screencasting Software Presenter: Richard Vaughn, Ph.D. Abstract: In this session, participants will learn about software and how to personalize the virtual space in any class. This includes holding synchronous meetings and asynchronous recordings. Participants will learn about non-synchronous video production and hosting, comparing Big Blue Button and Zoom.
Toward a More Empowered Peer Editing Process Presenter: Erin Bell, Ph.D. Abstract: Most courses at Baker College contain writing assignments, whether it's a writing course or not. This session provides faculty of all backgrounds with an opportunity to learn about and engage in peer editing practices. Then, participants will explore best practices, opportunities for peer review, and how to make it an active process that promotes student empowerment.
‘React to the Past’: Utilizing Role-Immersion Pedagogy Presenter: John Gosney Abstract: In this session, participants will learn about a strategy used in a composition course, to encourage collaborative learning and critical thinking. Using the “React to the Past” role-immersion pedagogy, students are asked to assume specific roles associated with the issue (e.g., consumer, broadband provider, policy regulator), and debate (i.e., “react”) the issue from the viewpoint of their specific role.