Fall 2018 Teaching Learning Symposium

Teaching Symposium

The Office of the Executive Vice Chancellor is pleased to sponsor the Fall 2018 Teaching and Learning Symposium: Motivation, Engagement, Innovation, and Evidence. This symposium provides an opportunity to engage in conversations about teaching and learning, to hear from experts on emerging issues in improving student outcomes, and to network with others seeking to improve teaching at Nebraska.

The Fall 2018 Symposium continues the focus on course design strategies that support student learning. The interactive workshop-style breakout sessions following the keynote will concentrate on topics deemed of critical interest by past symposium participants and will highlight major principles noted in the keynote address, while providing immediately applicable strategies.

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Friday, October 19, 2018

12:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Check-in begins at 12:15 p.m.

Nebraska Innovation Campus Conference Center

2021 Transformation Drive

Schedule of Events Learn more about the Keynote and Breakout sessions below

12:30 p.m.

Poster Session

1:00 to 2:30 p.m.

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Peggy Brickman

Professor of Plant Biology, University of Georgia

Are Students Right to Perceive Group Work as a Waste of Their Time? Evidence That All Students Learn Better When They Collaborate

College faculty are increasingly abandoning the traditional mode of delivering content in lectures to incorporate more active learning that encourages students to work in groups with their peers to solve problems and learn through collaboration and exploration. Group work and collaboration can profoundly increase students’ motivation and achievement, but instructors confess that they rarely adhere to procedures to insure equity and shared contributions required for true collaboration.

This seminar will review research recommendations for effective procedures to plan, monitor, and intervene so that students of diverse abilities and backgrounds can all benefit from collaborative group work no matter the class size or discipline.

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Peggy Brickman

Peggy Brickman (Department of Plant Biology, University of Georgia) is a Josiah Meigs Distinguished Teaching Professor who annually teaches introductory biology to approximately 600 undergraduates. Brickman conducts research on learning in the college STEM classroom and has developed several instruments to measure gains in scientific literacy skills and motivation to learn science. Her current research aims to examine the role of group interactions in promoting self-regulated learning in large enrollment courses and the role of feedback provided to faculty who are developing and implementing active learning.


2:45 to 3:45 p.m.

Interactive Breakout Sessions

The 50 minute breakout sessions allow for more time to dive deeply into specific evidence-based teaching methods and provides opportunities for participation, discussion, and interaction. These interactive workshop-style sessions will concentrate on topics deemed of critical interest by past symposium participants.

Choose one from the following sessions:

Best Practices for ACE Assessment

Three ACE Leadership Fellows will present their findings from the recent HLC General Education Assessment workshop. Participants will have an opportunity to discuss how ACE assessment can inform continual improvement in teaching and student learning.

Generation Z: Who are they and how can we serve them?

Jenni Brost and Cal Koch

Who is Generation Z? How should colleges and universities adapt to this new generation of students? Specifically how can university staff make sure they are preparing students for the transition to college? This presentation will give an overview of current research on Generation Z students while also communicating practical applications of how universities can assist these students.

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Action Research: Two Methodology Examples to Document Effective Teaching and Student Learning

Manda Williamson, Department of Psychology

This workshop will focus on documenting effective teaching by demonstrating two techniques for conducting research on classroom practices. Participants will begin to construct research procedures they could use in their own classrooms to demonstrate improvements in student learning or the impact of pedagogical experimentation.

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Speed Session: Fellow Faculty Present Seven Teaching Hints and Helps

Facilitator: Brian Wilson

The ever-popular speed session format returns for Fall 2018. In this session, seven of your fellow faculty will present practices they use in their face-to-face or online classrooms.

  • Don Lee, Professor, Department of Agronomy and Horticulture
    Using Scratch Cards in the Face-to-Face Classroom
  • Katherine Nashleanas, Lecturer, Geography and Spatial Science and Fellow, Center for Great Plains Studies, College of Arts and Sciences
    Truth Matters - A Citizen’s Guide to Separating Facts from Lies and Stopping Fake News in its Tracks
  • Sabine Zempleni, Lecturer, Nutrition and Health Sciences
    Using the IGNITE Presentation Model to Jump Start a Class
  • Jiong Hu, Associate Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, Nebraska Center for Materials and Nanoscience
    Problem Based Learning
  • Chungwook Sim, Assistant Professor, Department of Civil Engineering
    Using Plickers to Engage Students in Discussions
  • Jessica Steffen, Learning Analytics Analyst, Information Technology Services
    Using Canvas Analytics
  • Adam Wagler, Assistant Professor of Advertising and Public Relations, College of Journalism and Mass Communication
    Using AR/VR in Courses
3:45 to 4:00 p.m.


If you have questions or need additional information, please contact Beverly Russell at brussell1@unl.edu, 402-472-4358.

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