PUP 2014

The 9th Annual Power Up Your Pedagogy (PUP)
21st Century Teaching and Learning

PUP is a large peer conference focused on pedagogy, but including training opportunities and research interests of and for the Northern Virginia Community College.

PUP 2014 is upon us!  Don’t miss these speakers! 

Dr. Robert Templin, President NVCC

Robert C. Bausch, SCHEV award winner

Bryan Alexander, Educational Futurist! 

If you have specific questions, please contact Cindy at cetl@nvcc.edu.


Scroll here for the general agenda of the PUP program for 2014!  Click here for the detailed program.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

8:00  AM
Registration and Coffee, CE Atrium

8:30 AM
Conference Introduction, CE Theater

9:00 AM
Welcome to Power Up Your Pedagogy
Dr. Robert G. Templin, Jr. President, Northern Virginia Community College

9:30 – 10:15 AM
Keynote Address
Mr. Robert Bausch, Professor of English, Woodbridge Campus

10:15 AM
The PUP Lounge, CE Forum
Vendor Fair, CE Forum
Learning Spaces of the Future, Gallery Walk, CE Seminar rooms A-D
In Our Spare Time Art exhibition, Verizon Gallery
These remain open throughout the conference

10:45 AM– 11:30 AM
Concurrent Practical Peer Sessions I
Practical Peer Sessions share resources relevant to tips, tricks, and best practices in higher education.

11:45 AM – 12:30 PM
Concurrent Practical Peer Sessions II

12:30 PM – 1:30 PM
Complimentary Lunch, CF Cafeteria
You must wear your green neck wallet for lunch or go to the registration desk for an entry ticket.

1:30 PM
Registration Closes

1:30 PM – 2:15 PM
Concurrent Research and Training Sessions
Research Sessions describe the design, implementation and results of educational research.
Training Sessions provide training for college programs.

2:30 PM – 3:15 PM
Concurrent Topical Interest Sessions
Topical Interest Sessions are informal and designed to provide a time and space for participants to discuss instructional or career issues that interest them.

3:30 PM
Conference Closes for the day. Feel free to continue your conversations in the PUP lounge.
Visit the Learning Spaces, the vendors and the Verizon Art Gallery until 4:30.

We look forward to learning with you at the Power Up Your Pedagogy Conference.


Power Up Your Pedagogy – 2013

The 2013 Power Up Your Pedagogy (PUP) Conference has concluded. Thank you for attending. We look forward to the 2014 PUP Conference. If you would still like information regarding the 2013 Conference, please click here.

You can view the recordings of Dr. Templin, the PUP keynote speaker, Dr. Charles Poland, and the plenary talk by Professor Rebecca Kamen by signing into your Blackboard Account and clicking on ‘Faculty and Staff Videos’ in the ‘Video On-Demand-Faculty’ section and navigating to ‘Power Up Pedagogy,’ followed by ‘Power Up Your Pedagogy 2013.’

You are welcome to post comments about PUP on our blog page. If you attended PUP, you will receive a survey to complete as well. Your feedback is very much appreciated. We are already planning PUP 2014.

Here are some photos from the conference. You can also see additional photos below.


The below information was published live during the 2013 PUP Conference.

Welcome to the PUP 2013 LIve Blog Page!

Day 2 of PUP 2013 begins with a Plenary Discussion by Dr. Rebecca Kamen regarding Art as Catalyst: Interdisciplinary Projects

Dr. Kamen studied and continues to use interdisiplinary collaboration. Collaboration in China (A Bridge Between Cultures) was a driver for her current work with art and science. Examples include creating sculptures depicting scientific areas such as the doppler effect, Ben Franklin’s magic circles of circles, or the first edition of the periodic table. The periodic table work includes scupture, sound, and dance. You can see examples of her work here.

Rebecca Kamen’s work explores the nexus of art and science. She has investigated rare books and manuscripts at the libraries of the American Philosophical Society and the Chemical Heritage Foundation, using these collections as a muse for her work. Dr. Kamen has exhibited and lectured about her work in China, Hong Kong, Chile, Korea, and Egypt. She was the recipient of a Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Professional Fellowship, a Pollack Krasner Foundation Fellowship, a Strauss Fellowship, and a Travel Grant from the Chemical Heritage Foundation.

As a NOVA Chancellor’s Commonwealth Professor, Dr. Kamen is investigating how art and creativity can be used to enhance our understanding of science. She is currently working on collaborative art/science projects at Harvard University’s Center for Astrophysics and in the Neuroscience Division at the National Institutes of Health.


Afternoon 1:00 – 1:45 Concurrent Sessions

Get Your Life Back – CN 126 Rong Zhu and team address new blackboard tools to reduce your workload. Rubrics help students understand exactly what you will grade and how. Glossary allows you to set up definitions to reduce questions.

Investigative Learning by a Lab Class – CN 124 Huey-Jane Liao provides examples from science labs help students learn by experimentation.

Good ‘n Plenty Icebreakers – CN 118 – Nan Peck  – Using match making techniques students find first and last name pairs by talking amongst each other.

Aligning Test Items to Course Objectives – CN 121 – Jennifer Roberts – Attendees identify test questions based on the session learning objectives. Everyone was engaged.


What You Have to Say – Cindy Miller did an excellent job; Very Well Organized; Concurrent sessions are great but there are too many to choose from; Cross campus interaction is wonderful.


What the Vendors Have to Say – Danielle and Ariel from Morton Publishing – From Denver focusing on Biology textbooks. Stop by Mortons table to chat with Ariel about lab manuals (#cheapertextbooks).  Amy from Commonhealth represents the Wellness benefits you have access to as a state employee. Stop by the booth and/ or visit www.commonhealth.virginia.gov to find out more. Glen from iclicker is sharing information about how educators are using clickers to engage students. Check out the booth or www.iclicker.com for more information.


Concurrent Sessions – 11:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

Nan Peck Engaging Students with Team Quizzes CN 118 – another full session – standing room only. Quizzes and Games are great for the classroom. Use questions from your test banks and create a quiz-bowl. Use free jeopardy templates.

Mary Kot-Jansen Wow! What Interesting Students! Using Student Information in an Online class CN 109 – Student to student isolation should be avoided. How do you get students to listen to your audio clips/podcasts?

Celia Leckey My MOOC: Lessons Learned CN 213 – the session is full! Demo of how to sign up and enroll in a class. Dr. Templin’s comments during remarks generated great interest.

Kristyn Moskey Generation ME: Who Are They, and How Do We Teach Them? CN 123 – Group exercise to share lessons learned about how to deal with the “it’s all about me” generation. Review of best practices to approach this type of student.

Bob Loser The Science of Learning – 2013 CN 225 – Another full session. Neurons firing become memories. Conscious thought versus unconscious thought helps how we recognize patterns.


9 Jan – 10:00AM – Dr. Charles Poland Keynote Presentation – More than Half A Year in the Classroom – Dr. Poland offers an interesting story of his life, which identifies points related to higher education, how we can be better teachers/mentors, and embrace our role as role models for our students. We have more influence over our students than we know. Dr. Poland continues to interact with students from 20, 30, or more years ago.

Charles Poland teaches courses in U.S. and local history, Western Civilization, and the Civil War at the Annandale Campus, but his teaching career spans more than five decades. Since 1977, he has conducted field trip courses to Civil War battlefields, and has traveled more than 120,000 miles from Alexandria to the Ohio River and from Gettysburg to Appomattox, giving hundreds of lectures along the way. He has received awards for teaching excellence including the “Most Outstanding Faculty Member” and the NOVA Alumni Federation Faculty of the Year. His published works include “From Frontier to Suburbia: One of America’s Fastest Growing Counties,” “A Loudoun County Story,” and “The Lure of Loudoun: Centuries of Change in Virginia’s Emerald County.”

As a scholar of the Civil War, he has placed special emphasis in his publications on little known military activities and forgotten heroes who dominated public opinion in 1861. Dr. Poland holds a doctorate in American history from Western Colorado University. He and his wife live in Loudoun County and have two daughters.


9 Jan – 9:30AM – Dr. Robert Templin – Welcoming remarks THANK the endless people and organizations who participated in the planning and executing of the PUP Conference. Spring enrollment is down not just at NVCC, but across Virginia. One potential cause is the Fiscal Cliff. NOVA is financially strong. Student success includes higher retention level, graduation is increasing every year, and our transfer rate counts for ~1/2 of the state’s transfer students. Our remedial math redesign for developmental math continues to show progress and success. The redesign for developmental english is also underway.

Campus safety and security continues to be a top priority. The police force has increased across the college. Work with Emergency Response continues to grow. All recommendations for security and safety have been implemented except for electronic badge access to the buildings.

Evaluation process for professors continues to evolve. We are a campus focused on excellence. We strive to recognize and award our faculty. Our faculty continue to win awards.

Online learning continues to grow – how to we become excellent online instructors? Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) are also taking a strong step forward in becoming more widely used by students – how will our faculty leverage these opportunities. Options include Coursera, Edex, and Udacity.

Internships are another area faculty should consider – preparing our students for the real world – enabling them to do things rather than just know things. Our students should get real-world experience. The NVCC Police Department is working on a program where they hire folks, give them three years of training, and participate in the college’s law enforcement degrees/programs.

President’s Sabbatical Award – Dr. Templin announced the most recent recipients of this award: Dr. James BaerMs. Janet Gionnotti, and Dr. Charles B. Pumpuni.

Closing Comment: We have passion for our disciplines; We inspire our students; We help the students see something in themselves they didn’t know was there.


9 Jan – 9:15AM – The 2013 PUP conference has officially started. Opening remarks from Cindy Miller, Acting CETL Director. PUP is a conference By Faculty, for Faculty! This event allows everyone to learn from our friends and colleagues. Over 100 sessions – there is something for everyone. There is also a vendor fair comprised of ~20 vendors. Visit them to learn about opportunities for your classrooms. Do not forget to get your door prize tickets and place them in the fishbowl in the PUP Lounge.

Registration continues throughout the day.

Faculty registering for PUP 2013.


8 Jan – 8:15AM –  Final preparations are underway for PUP 2013. Not only will the conference have a live blog, you can also follow the conference on Twitter at #PUP13. Over 700 faculty, staff, and others are registered for PUP 2013. There are hundreds of sessions to choose from: something for everyone’s interests. The event kicks off with breakfast at 8:30 and opening remarks at 9:15.

Check out the new PUP Conference iTunes App in the iTunes Store or the Android App in the Android App Collections at Google play.

Check out the PUP conference program here


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