Monday, September 27, 2010

Teaching & Learning Rhythms: Tools to Enhance Student Engagement

Mark your calendar!

Date: Thursday, October 14, 2010
Time: 1:00 PM
Place: FOW 120 (Mayes College, 4100 Woodland)

Join us for this live Magna Publications Webinar:

In Teaching & Learning Rhythms: Tools to Enhance Student Engagement, multiple teaching award winner Alex Fancy of Mount Allison University will train professors and instructors in how to capture that elusive flow when teaching seems effortless and students are excited and eagerly involved in learning.

This video online seminar will cover:
  • Ways to resolve ongoing issues of “flow” in the classroom
  • Finding the right balance between information and reflection, repetition and variation, and low and high energy in your classroom
  • Engaging students as “co-managers” of learning
  • Shaping rhythms to provide a sense of engagement
  • Teaching as a dramatic performance and energy exchange
  • Analyzing your course structure with attention to short and long-term rhythms
  • Why rhythm and balance are essential to shaping classroom communities
  • The six-act approach to teaching
  • Ways to manage a disengaged student
  • Working with natural ebbs and flows in the teaching dynamic
  • Centering yourself in the college classroom
  • Mindfulness and reflection on your teaching process
You will also receive a brief white paper outlining the theory behind this recommended approach to teaching, along with 100 questions for self-assessment of your teaching performance.

About the presenter
Alex Fancy is a long-time professor in the Modern Languages and Literatures Department at Mount Allison University in Canada. He has been recognized for his award-winning teaching across campus, regionally, and nationally.

Who should attend?
This seminar is designed for faculty members and educational developers at all levels and in all types of post-secondary institutions. It is also appropriate for administrators with a special interest in encouraging teacher reflection and self-assessment.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Next Generation Learning Challenges

From Educause...

This fall, campuses will welcome the largest freshman class in the nation’s history. But the journey from freshman year to diploma is not necessarily an easy one. Many students must juggle work, family, and financial responsibilities with coursework. Others will struggle to keep pace with the rigor of college courses.

How can we leverage today’s IT tools to smooth the path toward college completion?
How can tools like open courseware, analytics, or blended learning be more successful?
Next Generation Learning Challenges (NGLC) is a new effort to identify and scale technology-enabled approaches that dramatically improve college readiness and completion. EDUCAUSE invites you to participate in a “Back to Campus” series of webinars focusing on the underlying challenges in college readiness and completion and IT’s role as an enabler of change.

Upcoming Webinars

Topic: Deeper Learning and Engagement
Speaker: Bryan Alexander, Director of Research, National Institute for Technology in Liberal Education (NITLE) 
 September 21, 2010
Time: 2:00 p.m. ET
Topic: The Future of Assessment and Learning 
Speaker: Valerie Shute, Associate Professor, Educational Psychology and Learning Systems, Florida State University 
 October 1, 2010
Time: 3:00 p.m. ET
Topic: Open Educational Resources
Speaker: David WileyAssociate Professor, Instructional Psychology and Technology, Brigham Young University
 October 6, 2010
Time: 1:00 p.m. ET (12:00 noon CT, 11:00 a.m. MT, 10:00 a.m. PT)

How to Join

Each webcast will be hosted inside an Adobe Connect webconferencing room at To join, simply enter the URL and select "Enter as a Guest," type in your name and affiliation (e.g., John Doe, University of the Sciences), and click "Enter Room."

Once inside the room, audio will be provided through your computer speakers and presentation slides will advance on your screen. You can interact with fellow attendees and presenters using the chat feature inside the room.

Each web seminar is free and open to all, but virtual seats are limited. Attendance is first come, first served. Each session will be recorded and archived for later viewing.

Technical Requirements

Whether you've participated in an NGLC online event before or you're joining for the first time, please run the Adobe Acrobat Connect Connection Test before the event. View the Adobe Connect technical requirements.

Note: If you experience difficulties during the web seminar, you can listen to the audio via a toll-free conference call line at 877-944-2300, access code 99269#.

For more information, please visit

Friday, September 3, 2010

Google Apps for Education Training Center

Google has released an online learning environment dedicated for educators and students to learn how to effectively use Google Apps in an educational context.

USciences has two Google Apps domains:
  1. our own "closed" domain used for faculty, students and staff to communicate and collaborate. The USciences username and password is required to access this domain and no content is made public - ideal for student wiki assignments.
  2. [coming soon!]: our new "open" domain used for faculty to promote their own scholarly activity to the general public. This domain is ideal for creating faculty profile pages and for displaying laboratory research. 

Thursday, September 2, 2010

PodCamp Philly 2010 - Register Now

PodCamp Philly 2010 is a community unconference for anyone interested in podcasting, blogging, video-casting and social media - personally or professionally.  PodCamp Philly is being held October 2-3, 2010 at Temple University in Philadelphia PA.  This marks the fourth year that PodCamp Philly has been held - and we'd love you to come join us.  No matter what your interest or experience level, PodCamp Philly offers something for everyone.

You can find out more information online at PodCamp Philly and Twitter ( Registration is through Eventbrite (


Blogging : Wordsmiths rejoice! From finding the best platform to use for blogging to discovering your passion, the Blogging sessions at PodCamp Philly will help you get on track.

Business : Use podcasting and social media for business? Need to find out what all the hoopla is?  Want to find out how to earn some coin from your hobby?

Podcasting : At the heart of every great PodCamp (and we are!) are sessions on podcasting and video podcasting. Everything from free tools to finding and connecting to your audience, the Podcasting TRACK at Camp is overflowing with info!

Social Media : Twitter & Facebook & LinkedIn OH MY!  Everything from getting started to expert strategy advice is in this TRACK (Social Media Camp sponsored by Social Media Club Philadelphia & Social Media Club Princeton)

Technical : Technophiles unite!  If you need a deep-dive into some of the more technical aspects of podcasting, social media, blogging this series was designed for geeks – by geeks!

We hope to see you there!