The University of Delaware 2014 Summer Faculty Institute will be held from June 2-6.

June 2-6: Summer Faculty Institute

University announces Summer Faculty Institute

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9:01 a.m., May 8, 2014--The University of Delaware 2014 Summer Faculty Institute (SFI) will be held Monday, June 2, through Friday, June 6, with programming in Gore and Mitchell halls.

Those who plan to attend the premiere event for those who teach at UD are encouraged to reserve a place now.

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Participants will be able to take advantage of the latest research and technological advances in classroom and online instruction. 

The program changes each year to reflect the latest progress demonstrated by UD faculty, the newest insights from educational research and the latest opportunities presented by technological advances. Breakfast and lunch will be provided.

New this year:

  • June 2: Keynote presentation by Christy Price, Carnegie Foundation 2012 Professor of the Year, Dalton State University, “EPIC FAIL! If We’re Teaching, Why Aren’t They Learning? Enhancing Student Achievement of Learning Outcomes with Learning-Centered Teaching.”
  • June 3: Featured guest presentation by Kris Shaffer, University of Colorado, Boulder, “Productive Discomfort: Fostering Learning in an Inquiry-Driven Class.”
  • June 4: Includes a build-your-own walking tour with teaching demonstrations at classrooms and resources that are new on campus this year.
  • June 5: Plenary presentation by Robbie Melton, associate vice chancellor for learning and educational technology and innovations, Tennessee Board of Regents, “Creative Teaching and Learning with Emerging Technologies in YOUR Hands.”
  • June 6: Unstructured time to work on personal projects, get individual assistance or spend more time on any topic from earlier in the week.
  • Throughout the week, there will be over 30 presentations, panels and workshops by University of Delaware faculty and staff.
  • Each day will feature a “sandbox” to explore teaching technologies hands on and in depth with staff assistance.
  • Relax with a desktop yoga session, a visit to the UDairy Creamery Moo Mobile or a trip to the “Speakeasy” after the sessions, or have fun on a mobile photo safari. 

This year’s theme — “Focused on Learning: Creative Teaching Solutions” — emphasizes how the student experience is shaped by teaching techniques in the classroom and online. As understanding of learning expands and access to relevant technologies broadens, students are able to participate in their learning in diverse and effective ways.

Individual sessions will explore how to select among a range of teaching tools and techniques, how to build courses that are flipped and inquiry-based, explore the changing class "room" and the place for mobile technology in learning.

Find out more about Melton in an interview on Campus Voices, broadcast last week on WVUD and available online. In the episode she discusses her experience working with faculty trying to integrate new technologies in the classroom.

To register for the institute or read more, visit the Summer Faculty Institute website.

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