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Faculty Development: Past Recorded Workshops

Source for your MSU Faculty Development Needs

Midterm evaluations

The benefits of
midterm evaluations

Presenter, Elizabeth Price

End-of-semester class evaluations tend to summarize students' overall responses to the class, but by that point it's too late for their input to assist you in making adjustments to your teaching in the current semester. Midterm class evaluations provide feedback from the students’ perspectives while you still have time to address their concerns.

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Recorded March 7, 2016

Strategies to reduce cheating in online exams

Strategies to reduce cheating
in online exams

Presenter, Elizabeth Price

There is no foolproof way to completely prevent cheating in the classroom but this workshop will examine methods and techniques you can use to make your online quizzes and exams in Canvas more secure. Viewers will be able to
a. Combine different strategies to increase the security of their online assessments.
b. Identify specific tools at Murray State that can help with exam security. 

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Recorded May 16, 2016

Do you have scary PowerPoints?

Do you have scary PowerPoints?

Presenter, Elizabeth Price

Worried about “Death by PowerPoint” or “PowerPoint fatigue” in your classes? PowerPoint presentations are so prevalent these days that the name of this software has become synonymous with “boring” and “mundane.” This workshop will discuss how PowerPoint can be used effectively to enhance and not impede teaching and learning.

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Recorded May 2016

Tips for audio and video recording

Capturing quality
audio & video

Presenter, Justin Patton

Improve the quality of your videos by improving your audio! Sometimes the classroom environment is less than ideal for recording intelligible audio. In this workshop we will look at a variety of recording options that address common classroom audio problems and some tips for how to improve the quality of your videos.

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Recorded February 201

Writing a teaching statement

Writing an effective
teaching statement

Presenter, Bonnie Higginson

Teaching statements are part of both the hiring and tenure processes. This reflective essay can ​help instructors examine their views of teaching and learning and provide examples of how they apply those principles in their classroom. Revising and refining this statement is an important part of measuring professional growth. In this workshop, the presenter will examine what makes a successful teaching statement as part of the tenure process at Murray State. 

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Recorded February 2016

First week plans

First week plans:
The pitch, preview 
& personal reflection

Carrie Jerrell

Will discuss the usefulness of "pitching" the importance of your class; of previewing not just the content of the course but your own pedagogy; and of getting students to reflect on their own learning styles and tendencies.

Recorded March 2016

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Flip or flop

Flip or flop? How to efficiently
and effectively flip a course

Guest presenter,
Terry L. Derting
(Teaching Fellow)

Are you thinking about flipping a course, struggling with flipping, or did flipping become a flop? If so, then you may find help through this workshop that discussed:

  • What flipping a course involves, whether in a small or large class setting
  • Strategies and resources that help make flipping time efficient for you
  • Strategies and resources that make flipping an effective approach for student learning

Recorded Feb. 10, 2016

What makes a good mentor

What makes
a good mentor? 

Guest presenter,
Iin Handayani

(Teaching Fellow)

Improving quality mentorship of undergraduates has recently been promoted as an important strategy for successfully recruiting and retaining students. This workshop explored the best practices for mentoring undergraduates. Tips collected from the literature and the author’s personal experience are provided to help advance faculty members’ skills to mentor undergraduate students. 

Recorded Feb. 5, 2016

Mind mapping

Mind mapping:

A learning and teaching journey

Guest presenter,
Melony Shemberger

(Teaching Fellow)

Mind mapping is a technique that uses a non-linear approach to learning. Mind mapping can help promote student engagement in the classroom, encourage creativity and, most importantly, show students how to learn rather than simply memorizing content. This workshop shared some ideas on how faculty and students can apply mind mapping both in and out of the classroom.

Recorded Feb. 4, 2016

Purposeful teaching

Purposeful teaching:
Choosing and using different ways
of learning for effective instruction

Presenter, Bridget Arend

Did you miss our Fall Faculty Development Forum? Guest speaker Dr. Bridget Arend led a workshop on teaching effectively using groups and teams. 

Recorded Oct. 12, 2015

Developing civic-minded graduates

Developing civic-minded graduates through community-engaged teaching and research

Guest presenter, Julie Hatcher, IUPUI

Higher education, like other institutions in American society, is under increased scrutiny to articulate and enact its public purpose. This pressure comes through expectations of work in regional or community development, performance and accountability metrics, and a heightened emphasis on civic learning outcomes. Community-engaged teaching is one of the many strategies that can support the public purposes of higher education, and when done well, it has the potential to support the development of civic-minded graduates and professionals. How can the strategic realignment of internal resources support this teaching strategy and reach this goal for student learning and faculty work?

Recorded March 31, 2016

Maximizing the Effectiveness of Experiential Education

Maximizing the Effectiveness of Experiential Education

Guest presenter, Gregory Lorenz, 
Johnson & Wales University

Experiential Learning is an instructional approach based on the idea that ideal learning occurs through experience.  It combines active learning with hands-on experiences, abstract concepts, connection of concepts to the students' lives, and reflection, in an effort to engage all learning styles.

This is a great opportunity to learn more about implementing experience-rich activities that are central to experiential learning.  It's also a good, free and convenient opportunity for professional development that can be included in tenure and promotion packets.

Recorded Nov. 13, 2014

Critical Reflection

Critical Reflection: A Practitioner’s Approach to Enhancing
the Student Learning Experience

Guest presenter, Gregory Lorenz, 
Johnson & Wales University

This interactive workshop will explore various reflective strategies as design elements of learning experiences. Participants will have the opportunity to engage in reflective activities and use these activities as building blocks for future programs and assignments. 

Recorded Nov. 14, 2014

Diversity and Teaching

Diversity and Teaching

Guest presenter, Aaron Thompson, 
Executive Vice President and Chief Academic Officer for the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education (CPE)

Culturally competent individuals cope more effectively when dealing with the unknown and can communicate more effectively and respond more effectively to miscommunication when dealing with people from varying backgrounds.  This workshop will focus on infusing diversity into the campus from the first day on campus to the last day.

Recorded April 2, 2015