Category Archives: 2015

1.1 Adventures in the Archives: Confusion, Collaboration, Connection, and Reflection

Room: Healey Library, LL, P1

When teachers and students enter rare book libraries and historical record repositories, they embark on adventures marked by occasions for confusion, collaboration, connection, and reflection. Panelists will share their perspectives on teaching and learning through local course and study abroad experiences in two archives, the Boston Public Library and the Biblioteca Universitaria di Bologna in Italy.

Presenters: Alex Mueller (English), Renata M. Tutko, Samantha J. Baffoni, Alexandra G. Borkowski, and Brian Campbell (students)


1.2 Using Case Studies and Objective Structured Exams to Enhance Learning

Room: Healey Library, LL, P2

Using Video-Augmented Case Studies to Teach Students’ Clinical Reasoning and Communication Skills
Video-augmented case studies are used to facilitate nursing students’ clinical reasoning and communication skills that are essential to promote patient safety. These case studies generate classroom discussions about professionalism and effective communication skills to meet patients’ needs.

Presenter: Janice Foust (Nursing)

Objective Structured Clinical Examination [OSCE] in Advanced Practice Nursing [APN] Education
The presenter shows how by using simulation, the APN student can be evaluated within the expanded practice role in a safe, controlled environment. This practice enables students to increase the complexity of their understanding as well as their autonomy, the hallmarks that differentiate advanced practice nursing from basic nursing practice.

Presenter: Teri Aronowitz (Nursing)

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1.3 CIT Spring Seminar for Non Tenure Track Faculty: An In-Depth Look into Teachers as Co-Learners

Room: Healey Library, LL, CLI (Center for Library Instruction)

This panel will enumerate the special experience of attending the CIT Spring NTT Seminar where participants shared and incorporated teaching methods and practices. Tara Ashok, NTT seminar facilitator will highlight the planning process and implementation of the experience for the 2014 and 2015 NTT seminars. Faculty participants will each share one aspect or change that emphasizes their experience as co-learners in the seminar and/or classroom.

Presenters: Tara Devi Ashok (Biology and Anthropology), John Hess (English), Judith Griffin (Gerontology, CPCS), Victoria Kingsley (English), Valentina M. Urbanek, Jerrilyn Quinlan (Gerontology Institute), Carol Sharicz (CAPS, Dean’s Office), Margaret Vaughan (Psychology)

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1.4 Pedagogical Innovations with VoiceThread

Room: Healey Library, LL, ITC

VoiceThread: Co-Learning in the Cloud!
VoiceThread, a dynamic, and interactive tool accessed from within Blackboard provides faculty with multimedia solutions to common pedagogical problems including, but not limited to: how do I create audio/visual interaction in an online course, how do I guide my students to create dynamic group projects, and how to elicit student reactions to a slide I display.

Presenters: Ellen Foust (Instructional Designer on the e-Learning and Instructional Support Team), Jaclyn DeChiro and Luis Poza-Garcia (IT Ed Tech & Learning)

Amplify Co-Learning and Student Engagement in Asynchronous Online Classes Using VoiceThread
The presenter provides three applications of VoiceThread to create engaging co-learning in courses including a) Autobiographical Introductions; b) Work-in-Progress Updates with student feedback; and c) Dialogue as a supplement to a MOOC. Participants will have ample time for Q&A as well as discussion on the challenges of asynchronous learning environments, human presence and student engagement in a learning community.

Presenter: Felicia Sullivan (Tisch College, Tufts University)


2.1 Acquiring Academic Discourse: Creating Space for Deeper Critical Thinking and Analysis

Room: Healey Library, LL, P1

This presentation explores the advantages of allowing ELL in lower levels to use their native language, in limited amounts, within their English classroom activities in order to acquire academic discourse as they deepen their understanding and critical thinking. Discussion will follow in light of experts’ theories and student responses.

Presenters: Teddy Chocos, and Brittanie Greco (English)

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2.2 Learning from Our Students through Learning Assessments

Room: Healey Library, LL, P2

The presenters will provide a preliminary analysis of a pretest-posttest learning assessment, and then engage participants in a discussion of the assumptions instructors make about the knowledge and skills that students bring to higher level courses. Time will be spent allowing participants the opportunity to brainstorm assessment plans for the fall semester, and discuss the implications that these assessments have for evolving course designs.

Presenters: Megan Klein Hattori (Sociology), Mary Moser (Librarian, Healey Library)

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2.3 Perspectives on Interactive Learning

Room: Healey Library, 4th floor, CLI (Center for Library Instruction)

Students Collaborate to Explore the Global Economy
After a brief outline of the structure of the course as a whole, students in each of the groups will discuss how they approached the research they conducted on their industry. We will invite the audience to share their insights and concerns and will use the discussion to reflect on ways to improve the course from a pedagogical perspective. The final minutes of the sessions will provide space for a discussion on how education is moving towards a more “hands-on” and collaborative format and will brainstorm how to offer educational scenarios that involve students and teachers as co-learners.

Presenters: Beatrice Nelson (Management), and students

Fold, Flip, Repeat: A Virtual Communication Challenge
This presentation explains a team-based interactive activity simulating a virtual team interaction. The activity is used to explain how computer-mediated communication theories can inform real-life applications.

Presenter: Gamze Yilmaz (Communication)


2.4 “Messy” Methods: Exploring Diverse Pathways Towards Co-Learning

Room: Healey Library, LL, ITC

This group of presentations from five pre-tenure UMass Boston faculty (from the College of Education and Human Development and the School for Global Inclusion and Social Development) focuses on particular process-oriented tools and methods we have used in our classrooms to highlight our students’ multiple, diverse pathways towards ways of knowing. The methods may be characterized as exploratory, and the results as unpredictable, but we note that they can open up learning that is collaborative and deliberately draws on multiple resources in the classroom. Each presenter will concretely discuss how his/her particular tool or method contributes to co-learning for both students and teachers.

Presenters: Ping-Ann Addo (CIT), Angel Fettig, Ray Franke, Mike Gilbert, Zeena Zakharia (CEHD), and James Soldner (SGISD)

12:15 – 1:45 p.m.
Room: Ryan Lounge (McCormack, 3rd floor)
Provost’s Welcome
Welcoming Remarks by Provost Winston Langley

Lunch and Innovative Teaching Awards

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3.1 Exploring Public Engagement and Accessibility

Room: Healey Library, LL, P1

Practicing Public Humanities: An Imagining America Session on Publicly Engaged Teaching and Scholarship
The first presentation will provide examples of public engagement in the humanities with examples from public history and publicly engaged graduate education, and will include an introduction to a national network of campuses and scholars, Imagining America: Artists and Scholars in Public Life.

Presenter: John Saltmarsh (Leadership in Education), Monica Pelayo (History)

The Section 508 Refresh: Keeping Your Content Accessible and Compliant
The Section 508, the federal regulations regarding accessibility for persons with disabilities, is getting updated. Learn about the new regulations and some easy ways to test your content for compliance.

Presenter: Jeff Coburn (SGISD)

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3.2 Co-Learning Spaces

Room: Healey Library, LL, P2

From Board Work to Blog: “After Class” Student Reading
The presenter shows how a co-teaching and co-learning model developed organically when a group of students began meeting after and outside of class. A multi-person, multi-faceted, and multi-perspectival “reading” of a novel was created and “published” and “copyrighted.” The presenter shows how letting students lead the faculty member, rather than the other way around, is a crucial move for professors to become, in turn, better teacher-scholars.

Presenter: Avak Hasratian (English)

The “Problem Space:” A Co-Learning Tool for Student Research and Deep Learning
This session examines the design and use of the ‘problem space’ (applicable in multiple disciplines), a twist on the case study method, as a tool to promote critical thinking and deep, subject-matter understanding where students are given an open-ended, real-world challenge to pursue and gather evidence in order to answer THEIR OWN questions. Faculty and students engage in a collaborative teaching-learning experience.

Presenter: Linda Grisham (eLearning, Massachusetts Bay Community College)

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