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Fall 2012 Teaching Effectiveness Institute

Kelvin Thompson, Ed.D.

Tools of Student Engagement: Connecting Meaningful Moments through Technologies
by Kelvin Thompson, Ed.D., University of Central Florida

Thursday, August 16, 2012
8:00 am to 4:30 pm
Capitol Room, Holmes Student Center


During this institute, participants will explore tools and processes for engaging more meaningfully with students in face-to-face, blended, and online courses. Against a backdrop of research findings and best practice literature, an emphasis will be placed on practical approaches to use in one's instructional context. Participants will experience firsthand a variety of technology-mediated engagement strategies during the institute and are encouraged to bring and use their own personal networked electronic devices (e.g., computers, smartphones, etc.).  Participating faculty should come prepared to discuss existing course assignments that work well and less well. Engaged participants will leave with actionable plans for their classes along with numerous takeaway resources for after-the-institute follow-up.

The institute will be presented Dr. Kelvin Thompson who serves as an assistant director for the University of Central Florida's (UCF) Center for Distributed Learning and a graduate faculty scholar within UCF’s College of Education. He has collaborated in the design of hundreds of online and blended courses over the past thirteen years. His personal research interests center around how interaction affects learner engagement, and information on his Online Course Criticism qualitative evaluation model for facilitating the scholarship of teaching and learning in online and blended environments is available online. Kelvin holds degrees in curriculum and instruction, instructional systems technology, and music education.


8:00 am
8:25 am
Welcome and Introductions
8:30 am
Designing to Make the Human Moments Precious
- Definitions, Data, and Aspirations
- Social Presence: Real People in the Class
- Small Group Discussion

Starting Backward Design from the Middle
- Overview of (Modified) Backward Design Approach
- Three Common Elements: Assessment, Content, and Interaction
- Hands-on Work with Design Documents
10:00 am
Refreshment Break
10:15 am
Worlds of Difference
- Engaging Online: Everyone Has a Voice
- Engaging in the Classroom: Here We Are
- Blended Engagement: Best of Both Worlds?
12:00 pm
Lunch in the Blackhawk Cafeteria
1:00 pm
Survey of Tools and Processes
- for Assessment
- for Content Creation, Co-Creation and Curation
- for Interaction
- Ethical and Legal Implications
2:30 pm
Refreshment Break
2:45 pm
But Can You Dance To It? Putting Together a Personal Action Plan
- Review/Build Upon Design Documents
- Create Personal Action Plan
- Self/Peer Evaluation

Revise Plan for Accountable Implementation
4:00 pm
Wrap-up, institute evaluation and certificate presentation

This institute is sponsored by Faculty Development and Instructional Design Center

Registration Information

This institute is open only to NIU faculty, instructors, and teaching staff (SPS and Civil Service). Participants will receive institute materials, lunch and a certificate of participation. Due to the expensive nature of the institute and the advance notice needed for arranging food and materials, please register by the deadline and plan to attend the entire day. After you register, if you are unable to attend, please inform the Center by Monday, August 13, 2012 so that those on the waiting list can be given the opportunity to attend the institute and/or institute cost can be reduced.

Registration Deadline: Friday, July 27, 2012

Please complete the form below to register.

Registration Form

Registration is closed for this program.

Last Updated: 07/14/2014