Zosha Stuckey and Mike Williams: Where Are Y'All At?: Writing with Communities
Presenter Bios and Presentation Details
Bonnie Maras: Icebreakers in the Classroom
The use of 'icebreakers' in the classroom fosters a sense of community; encourages networking; provides class ownership; and encourages engaged and interactive learning, individual or collaborative. The use of 'Icebreakers' provides a segway into group projects. Group projects stem from Collaborative Learning, which evolved naturally from a sense of community established through the 'icebreakers.
Bonnie Maras is a Towson University Alumni and Lecturer for the College of Education. Bonnie teaches research writing and learning theories to students on campus. Bonnie is also a certified presenter for The Upside Down Organization, speaking at workshops regarding Brain Based Learning and effective teaching strategies.
Karla Kubitz Extreme Teams - A Peak into Team-based Learning
The presentation will provide an overview of team-based learning, a peak into a team-based learning classroom, and a glimpse at the evidence supporting the technique. Team-based learning, an instructional strategy developed by Larry Michaelsen, includes four key activities, the formation of permanent, heterogeneous teams, the readiness assurance process, team application exercises, and peer evaluation. It has been shown to enhance learning, increase student engagement, and support the development of critical thinking.
Karla Kubitz received her Ph.D. in Exercise Science from Arizona State University. Her dissertation examined the effects of exercise training on EEG (i.e., brainwave) activity during stress and was awarded the Outstanding Dissertation Award from Division 47 of the American Psychological Association and the NASPE Sport Psychology Academy Dissertation of the Year. Dr. Kubitz is currently an Associate Professor of Kinesiology at Towson University (Towson, MD). She teaches classes in sport psychology, exercise psychology, applied sport psychology, and the psychology of sport injury. She has a strong interest in team-based learning, is a member of the Team-based Learning Collaborative, and has published a chapter on the topic in Team-based Learning for Health Professions Education (2008). Her current research focuses on the psychophysiology of sport and exercise. She has published on the relationship between EEG and sport performance, on the effects of exercise training on EEG laterality, as well as on the effects of exercise on EEG activity and vigilance performance. She has been awarded summer research fellowships with the Army, NASA, and, most recently, the Navy. Dr. Kubitz is a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine and a member of the North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity.
Frequently, university-level courses will feature attendance and participation as some component of the grade. Such requirements may sometimes create a perception, on the part of students, that they merely have to show up to earn the allotted points. However, participation credit provides instructors with a rich opportunity to facilitate students’ ownership of the material, and involvement with the class, on many levels. At the same time, participation credit presents its own challenges. How can one assign participation credit equitably for a culturally diverse class, accepting that students from different cultures and those new to our educational system may have very different expectations of what constitutes appropriate participation? Should participation expectations be modified for students with different learning styles or abilities, and if so, how? And how can one measure participation and engagement using traditional and digital tools?
Patricia Rice Doran is an Assistant Professor of Special Education at Towson University. Her research focuses on issues of cultural and linguistic diversity, differentiation for diverse populations in the K-12 and postsecondary classroom environment, and use of technology to improve instruction for diverse learners, including those who are second language learners, those who are culturally diverse, and those who have differing backgrounds or abilities.
Jennifer A. Moxley:
Evaluation Procedures for Student Internships
This lecture will provide insight into the procedures used for evaluation of students completing internships. I will discuss the various methods of monitoring the student's progress throughout the internship, as well as explain the procedures used in the assessment of the student's comprehensive internship project and professional portfolio.
Jennifer Moxley is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Kinesiology. She is the Exercise Science Internship Coordinator and teaches Nutrition for Sport and Exercise, Foundations of Exercise Science, and Exercise Prescription and Programming for Special Populations. Jennifer received her Master's of Science degree from The George Washington University in Clinical Exercise Physiology and worked as a Clinical Exercise Physiologist in Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation for five years previous to coming to Towson University.
Phil Davis and Sujan Shrestha: The Truth in Illusion: Collaborative Approaches to Documentary Animation
Documentary and animation are often seen as opposites on the spectrum of filmmaking genre and technique, but there is a rich history of the combination of these approaches. In recent years a small faction of independent filmmakers have begun exploring this unique juxtaposition. Professor Davis and Professor Shrestha created a course in the Spring 2011 semester that developed and explored that juxtaposition by combining nonfiction audio with traditional and digital animated mediums, and balancing on the line between objective and subjective cinema. The course investigated hybrid methods of teaching utilizing lectures, online discussion boards/blogs, and group collaboration all leading to a completed animated film surveying the topic of the current economic climate and consumerism in the United States.
Phil Davis was born and raised in Marlborough, New Hampshire. He received his BFA in Film Art from Syracuse University and his MFA in Imaging and Digital Arts from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County where he concentrated in experimental and performance-based video art. He has created many short videos, 16mm films, and animations with a focus on experimental and documentary approaches. He recently worked as an animator for a feature length 16mm film titled 'The Beast Pageant'. Phil is also a film/video professor at Towson University. He teaches visual effects, animation, and film/video editing courses in the Electronic Media and Film department.
Sujan Shrestha received his Bachelors of Art in Interactive Media and Animation in 2004 and Masters of Fine Art in Imaging and Digital Arts from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County in 2008. Sujan currently works as an assistant professor at Towson University in the Fine Arts department where he teaches courses in animation and interactive media within the digital art and design area. He was born and raised in Kathmandu, Nepal and currently lives with his family in Maryland.
Regina Phillips and Nancy Hannafin: Infusing Simulation into a Foundations Nursing Course
This presentation describes how faculty 'overhauled' the foundational nursing course--including a curricular revision that changed content and teaching strategy changes that infused simulation activities into the course. The skills lab. The presentation will describe the challenged faced in this process and plans for the future.
Nancy Hannafin MS, RNc is a Clinical Assistant Professor in Adult Nursing here at Towson. She teaches several nursing courses including Multicultural Health Care as well as the new Nursing and Healthcare I: Foundations. Nancy not only teaches classroom content but has organized and implemented the simulation activities for the foundations course.
Regina Phillips PhD, RN, CNE teaches several courses in the nursing undergraduate and graduate program including the new Nursing and Healthcare I: Foundations course. Regina's teaches in the content of this course in the classroom and is working on with a graduate student to measure students' attitudes to this change.
Sarah Lohnes Watulak: Portrait of a Reluctant Millennial
Today's college students are typically depicted by media and academics alike as multitasking, hyper-connected, social, and soaked in technology. These assumptions often underlie decisions about pedagogy, curriculum, and the allocation of financial and technological resources. But what if all Millennial students don't fit the stereotype? This presentation introduces Nichole, a reluctant technology user, and challenges the audience to look past assumptions in order to design instruction that meets the needs of all Millennials.
Sarah is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Educational Technology and Literacy (COE). She received her doctorate in Communication and Education from Teachers College, Columbia University, in 2008. Sarah's research interests run toward new literacies, youth culture, social identity, and the technology practices of college students.
Sharon Pitcher: Blogging for Deeper Discussions
Are you trying to get your students to participate in discussions more or have deeper conversations? Blogs are the answer. Find out how to write stimulating discussion topics and promote deeper thinking in discussions. An added plus is how easy they are to grade in Blackboard.
Dr. Sharon Pitcher is an associate professor in the College of Education's Graduate Reading Program. She teaches courses in how to teach reading, and professional development and, also, supervises Reading Clinic instruction. She has designed and teaches an online course. She has presented on using technology to enhance teaching for C.I.A.T, the College of Education events, and at national conferences.
Tobin Porterfield: Taking on Plagiarism HEAD-ON
Taking a proactive and positive approach to helping students avoid plagiarism in their writing. This three-pronged approach integrates a realistic perspective, library resources, and Safe Assign to enable participants to address plagiarism seamlessly in any discipline where writing is required.
Tobin Porterfield is an assistant professor in eBusiness & Technology Management. While I have been teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels for several years, the challenge of developing and teaching a Towson Seminar has provide great opportunities to address classroom effectiveness.
Zosha Stuckey and Mike Williams: Where Are Y'All At?: Writing with Communities
So much happens when we connect university with community and research with the arts. This presentation will explain how graduate students in a Graduate Professional Writing class began to collaborate with 'Where Y'all At,' an organization working to 'change attitudes of at-risk youth through the Arts.' We then hope to inspire discussion about the future.
Zosha Stuckey received her PhD in Composition & Cultural Rhetoric from Syracuse University and her M.S. in Professional Writing from Towson. She teaches and publishes in the areas of rhetorical theory & history, community engagement, professional writing, non-profit writing, medical rhetoric, and disability studies. At Syracuse, she was awarded the Chancellor's Award for Community & Public Engagement for her work connecting undergraduates with local communities via oral histories and advocacy writing. Some of her papers can be read at http://towson.academia.edu/ZoshaStuckey. As a new member of the English Department at Towson, she teaches PRWR619 (Non-Profit Writing),
ENGL301 (Rhetoric & Science) and more.
Mike Williams sold drugs in East Baltimore, was shot twice, and cycled in and out of the criminal justice system until given a ten year prison sentence in 2000. Since release in 2009, he has debuted and directed his self-authored play, "Where Y'all At?", at four Baltimore City Schools. The play is a plea to young folks to steer away from drugs, violence, and incarceration and towards legal self-expression and lives that have positive impact. Currently, Mike has support from Community Law in Action, Towson University's English Department, The Baltimore Health Dept, JHU, the Baltimore City Schools, The Wicklein Group, Arena Stage, The Mayor's Office, and Unchained Talent.