Fall Faculty Technology Institute

Over the last few summers, ITS and the Dean’s Office has sponsored a Faculty Technology Institute. This Spring, we will have Wednesday @ 11 presentations about the 2014 faculty projects. Each presentation will be held in Hoover 114. Save the following dates:


David Kenley, Maire Johnson, and Oya Ozkanca – April 22, 11-12:00

The panelists will talk about the use of technology in teaching their respective courses, and the impact the Summer Faculty Technology Institute had in their own teaching.

How to Avoid “Death by PowerPoint”

David Kenley will discuss how he incorporated other modes of presentation into his course so that students used more than just PowerPoint.

Creative Student Presentations

Maire Johnson will discuss one of the assignments students have often disliked–but then later admitted they found helpful–is the presentation of their rough research paper drafts to their colleagues to receive feedback and suggestions. Frequently, however, they deliver these presentations by reading their pages, with or without Powerpoint slides in the background. In an attempt to alleviate this repetition of style and to spur student creativity, I took part in the summer technology institute in order to challenge my students to come up with new ways of delivering their presentations; my presentation offers glimpses of the fun and exciting results.

The Use of Technology in Effective Teaching

Dr. Oya Dursun-Ozkanca discusses how the Faculty Technology Institute helped her in learning innovative and fun ways of integrating technology into her courses.


Sara Atwood – April 29, 11-12:00

Using Course Management Software for Prescriptive Advising

In a credit-heavy major, I have moved the prescriptive elements of advising into an electronic format. Using Blackboard, I created an Advising course with assignments, feedback, and due dates so that I can meet my advising objectives more efficiently. The goals is for this system to put more responsibility on the student to update their check sheets and think about some big-picture questions before their meeting, and to transition the advising meeting towards more developmental conversations rather than check sheet verification.


Kristen Waughen – May 6, 11-12:00

The Creation of High Quality Videos for a Flipped Model of Teaching

The flipped model involves a strategically choreographed lesson(s) that prepares students for the next class where the knowledge will be applied. The context of the session is to use the flipped model of teaching to provide foundational elements of lessons using short videos to provide a cognitive scaffold to build on during the actual face-to-face class. The lessons were created and recorded in Camtasia Studio. Students were able to view the videos as many times as they needed to work through the basic knowledge of the topic and practice the task with the information/data provided. The next face-to-face class incorporated application, analysis, and synthesis of the new knowledge learned. Come find out more about the goals and results of this project and any advantages and disadvantages, and acquire informative feedback.


As a College dedicated to implementing strategies to increase learning through use of instructional technology, it is imperative that faculty members have opportunities to become comfortable with new and emerging technologies and to envision new ways to use technology to enhance student learning. Therefore, the primary goal of the Fall Faculty Technology Institute is to provide training to faculty in the use of technology for classroom instruction – that is grounded in educational research and instructional design – with a special focus on active learning and technologies that promote success for all learners.

Faculty interested in participating in the 2015 Fall Technology Institute should email Linda Macaulay (macaulayl@etown.edu) and include tentative plans to implement active learning strategies and a specific technology in teaching or identifying a set of instructional challenges that may be addressed through the new classrooms. These ideas will help us plan professional development for the monthly sessions in the fall.

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