Institute for Student Success

Fall 2013 Workshops

August 20, 2013

Dr. Kathleen GabrielKeynote: Dr. Eric Mazur, Harvard University

"S" and "F" logo indicate workshops will be of interest to both staff and faculty.Confessions of a Converted Lecturer

“I thought I was a good teacher until I discovered my students were just memorizing information rather than learning the material. Who was to blame? The students? The material? I will explain how I came to the agonizing conclusion that the culprit was neither of these. It was my teaching that caused students to fail!”

Join Dr. Eric Mazur – internationally recognized scientist, researcher, and teacher – for an engaging workshop about interactive teaching. Staff and faculty alike will experience Mazur’s innovative teaching methods as learners and participants, understand how the foundations of interactive teaching can apply in and out of the classroom, and walk away with practical tips they can use right away.

Presentation Materials & Resources

Confessions of a Converted Lecturer

Making Peer Instruction Work for You


Everyone is welcome to participate in any workshop.

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12:45 - 2:45 Special Session with Eric Mazur

"F" logo, indicating Faculty Making Peer Instruction Work for You

Note: This afternoon breakout session begins 30 minutes earlier than the others and runs through the first round of Workshop Breakout Sessions.

Peer Instruction – a technique now used across the disciplines – encourages and capitalizes upon student interaction during lectures, with the aim of focusing students’ attention on key underlying concepts and techniques. It can use technology, but does not require it. And it is highly engaging for students. In fact, research shows that Peer Instruction is considerably more effective than the conventional lecture approach to teaching. This 2-hour workshop will model Peer Instruction techniques, using participants as the “class,” and demonstrate approaches for implementing the technique in a variety of settings. Participants will also learn about available teaching resources and dialogue with their colleagues and Dr. Mazur about applying Peer Instruction in their classrooms.

1:15 - 2:45 Workshop Breakout Session 1

"S" and "F" logo indicate workshops will be of interest to both staff and faculty. Nobody Taught Me That: Hidden Rules of the University& How They Impact Our Students

Anna Villagomez (Office of the Registrar), David Sleeth-Keppler (Business) & Jennifer Eichstedt (Sociology)

About 50% of HSU’s students are the first in their families to go to college, and face an additional challenge of learning to recognize and navigate the unspoken rules of academia and college life – a culture they and their families may not have encountered before. In this workshop, participants will identify some of HSU’s hidden rules, learn about how they impact students, and develop effective strategies for making our “cultural norms” more visible and our campus more inclusive.

"S" and "F" logo indicate workshops will be of interest to both staff and faculty. Serving Our Transgender and Gender-Variant Students: Building Knowledge into Practice

Loren Cannon (Philosophy) & Mira Friedman (Student Health Center)

Common assumptions and institutional practices and procedures can present real challenges to transgender and gender variant students. Come join us as we learn how to understand these challenges and how each of us can become a more effective ally to this community of students. Relevant information, interactive and open discussion, and a consideration of case studies will be employed toward meeting HSU’s goal of inclusive excellence.

"S" and "F" logo indicate workshops will be of interest to both staff and faculty. Early Alert: Supporting Student Success
from the Outset

Peg Blake (Student Affairs), Robin Jones (Student Affairs), Tracy Smith (RAMP), Noah Zerbe (Politics)

HSU’s new Early Alert system uses innovative evaluations, straightforward data analysis, and student surveys to allow staff and faculty to identify students who are struggling academically and may need extra support. In this workshop, staff and faculty will have the opportunity to explore and familiarize themselves with the system, as well as work in small-groups to develop “intervention pathways” for a variety of real-life scenarios.

"F" logo, indicating Faculty Seven Principles: Implementing Active Learning &
Student Engagement in the Classroom

Geoff Cain (College of eLearning and Extended Education)

Learn how active learning and student engagement connect to the "Seven Principles for Good Practice in Undergraduate Education" (Chickering & Gamson). Explore teaching techniques and new technologies that promote collaborative learning in face-to-face, hybrid, or online courses. Participants will collaboratively create a wiki of shared activities and assignments that they can use and apply in their own courses.

3:00 - 4:30 Workshop Breakout Session 2

"S" Logo for staff But I Don't Work in a Classroom! Applying Mazur's Keynote Concepts to My Role as a Staff Member

Gilly Black (CNRS), Mary Hackett (President's Office) &
Val Arizzi (Psychology)

It’s not always obvious how classroom-based ideas and techniques – such as Dr. Mazur’s examples of interactive teaching – might be applied in non-classroom settings, though many useful cross-overs exist. And students interact with (and depend on) staff members as much – and sometimes more – as they do faculty. Join an academic advisor, the Assistant to the President, and an Administrative Support Coordinator for a lively dialogue about how concepts from the morning’s keynote can be applied to your job and interactions with students. Remember to attend the morning keynote, and bring your ideas!

"S" and "F" logo indicate workshops will be of interest to both staff and faculty. A RAMP to Success: Supporting Students
in Their First Year

Tracy Smith (RAMP) & RAMP Lead Mentors

Launching into its second year, the Residential Academic Mentoring Program (RAMP) provides HSU freshmen with academic and non-academic support via a network of highly trained peer mentors.  Join the RAMP Director and Lead Mentors for a lively discussion about the program, the positive impacts of peer mentoring, preliminary data from year one, and the important ways that all staff and faculty can “plug in” to RAMP and support students in their first year.

"S" and "F" logo indicate workshops will be of interest to both staff and faculty. Data 101: Using Institutional Data to
Improve Your Program

Gay Hylton & Michael Le (Institutional Research and Planning)

There’s a lot of HSU data out there, but where do I find it? How do I sift through it? What does it all mean? And who should I talk to if I can’t find what I’m looking for? Join HSU’s Institutional Research and Planning team to explore how we can use data to understand our students and improve our programs. Discover tools for finding existing data, tips for identifying and requesting data you need, and tricks for exploring and analyzing data without making your head spin. Participants should bring 1-3 questions about students or programs that they’d like to answer during this workshop.

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Dale Oliver (Math), Josh Meisel (Sociology) & Mahesh Rao (Forestry)

Students with high levels of Quantitative Literacy (QL) – or competency and comfort working with numerical data – also possess the ability to reason, problem solve, and create sophisticated arguments, all valuable skills for thriving in college and achieving success in our increasingly data-saturated world. This hands-on workshop will introduce faculty to a range of existing interdisciplinary resources, strategies, and adaptable instructional modules for supporting student success by integrating QL across the curriculum.

4:30 - 6:00 Happy Hour and Social Mixer in the KBR      


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