This inaugural PUP on Parade is made possible by the graciousness of those who presented at the PUP Conference.
To register or view the available presentations, go online. This week’s presentations are:
- Cynthia Rathjen: “An Adventure with OER Materials in Math That Can Benefit You and Your Students”
- This session will be available Monday, March 23 from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. in MC338 on the Manassas Campus. Online Educational Resources (OER) have been a focus in recent conferences and are something every instructor should use. There are many options for math faculty, including using cK-12 to create a new textbook or access an existing text. The cK-12 site contains text for concepts that include videos, simulations, interactive problem, activities, study aids, lesson plans, images, assessments, web links, concept maps and even real-world examples. In this session, Rathjen will describe how faculty and students can access and benefit from OER and what students say about this new adventure.
- Georgianna Stratton: “First Class Ideas for Nipping Classroom Management Issues in the Bud”
- This session will be held Tuesday, March 24 from 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Loudoun Campus. For students to learn, they must have a comfortable environment that is free of disruptions. Unfortunately, much of the time disruptions are created by the students themselves. This workshop will present ideas and solicit participant ideas for dealing with several classroom management issues. In particular, attendees will focus on how to communicate appropriate classroom behavior with a strong syllabus and first class organization.
- Sharon Karkehabadi: “Using Assessment as a Tool to Improve Student Learning in the Classroom”
- This presentation will be held Wednesday, March 25 from 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. in WAS110 on the Woodbridge Campus. Assessment is first and foremost a tool to improve student learning. In this session, Karkehabadi will discuss and share practical methods for using assessment as a diagnostic tool for teachers and students. The session will be divided into three sections: (1) pre-assessment (finding out), (2) formative assessment (keeping track and checking up) and (3) summative assessment (making sure). Each section will include a short discussion of the purpose of the assessment category, benefits and examples of best practice and useful resources for a variety of programs and disciplines. The session will end with applications for program-wide assessment.
- Paige Highsmith: “Flipping the Classroom: One Instructor’s Attempt at Improving Student Success in a Precalculus Class”
- This session will be held Friday, March 27from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. in CN217 on the Annandale Campus. After tweaking her Precalculus class instruction and not getting the results she wanted, Highsmith decided to make a major change. She flipped her classroom based on the best practices listed in a Coursera-partner community “Flipped Classroom Field Guide.” She used techniques such as small group problem solving, packet of problems and just-in-time teaching, and put all lectures in video format to be viewed by the students outside of the classroom. Inside the classroom, Highsmith implemented a highly structured class which included students actively solving problems in groups and taking quizzes on the material. Come to the presentation to hear more about the goals, results and lessons learned from this flipped classroom journey.
- Megan Davies: “Strategies & Motivators: Creating a Vision of Inspiration from the Master Teacher Seminar”
- This presentation will be held Friday, March 27from 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. in AA196 on the Alexandria Campus. The Master Teacher Seminar is an annual event held at Hampden-Sydney College. NOVA generously financed Davies’ attendance at the seminar in July 2014. This presentation will address the benefits of the seminar, as well as teaching strategies and five-minute motivators that the presenters were inspired to create as a result of the seminar. Faculty are encouraged to share their own five-minute motivators to help engage students.