Advancing Student Learning and Superior Scholarship



Like the rest of our colleagues at the University, we are committed to providing the best quality education to our students. As a division, we have seen how technology can enhance learning and provide new avenues for creativity and innovation.

In order to provide the best learning experience at Pepperdine, IT's Technology and Learning group has offered many opportunities for our faculty this year to explore new technologies and learn how these technologies can enhance their teaching.

Below you will see the successful partnerships and projects of 2013 that have involved Pepperdine faculty members learning and sharing effective teaching methods using technology.

Transforming the Way We Teach: Technology and Learning Faculty Conference Sparks Innovation at Pepperdine

On February 13, 2013, nearly 90 people representing all Pepperdine schools attended the 2013 Technology and Learning Faculty Conference at the West Los Angeles Campus (WLA). This half-day conference showcased Pepperdine's own faculty sharing their experiences using technology to enhance learning in their classrooms.

Topics included: exploring the realm of learner analytics and examining what determines student success; canvassing the benefits of strategic faculty alliances across the globe; and demonstrations of specific technologies that are currently available to faculty to use in their teaching.

Pepperdine faculty speakers included: Dr. Jim DiLellio, Graziadio School; Dr. Stella Erbes, Seaver College; Dr. Charla Griffy-Brown, Graziadio School; Dr. Owen Hall, Jr., Graziadio School; Dr. Doug Leigh, GSEP; Dr. Bob McQuaid, Graziadio School; Dr. Margaret Riel, GSEP; Dr. Milt Shatzer, Seaver College; and Dr. Robert Williams, Seaver College. The keynote speaker was cognitive psychologist, Michelle D. Miller, Ph.D., from Northern Arizona University, who specializes in memory and memory encoding.

IT Faculty Grant Program Receives Record Number of Applicants in 2013

The Technology and Learning grant program offers funding to Pepperdine's full-time faculty members to support and encourage innovation in the field of technology and learning. Established by the offices of the Provost and the Chief Information Officer, the program is administered through the Technology and Learning department. This year, we received nineteen proposals to the 2012-2013 program, including at least one proposal from each school.

A committee comprised of faculty from all five schools of Pepperdine rated each proposal, and twelve submissions were selected as finalists to receive awards. Given the number and quality of the proposals, the Office of the CIO decided to expand this year's grant budget in order to support additional innovation in teaching and learning.  The following proposals were funded for a total of $72,418:

2013 Grant Recipients

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Dr. Kay Davis, Graduate School of Education and Psychology

Doctoral Dissertation Student Support for Qualitative Analysis

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Dr. Jim DiLellio, Graziadio School of Business and Management

A Tablet-based Interactive e-Textbook for Business Statistics

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Dr. Terri Egan of the Graziadio School of Business and Management

The Use of Web Conferencing for Learning and Collaboration (WeLC)

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Dr. Chris Heard, Seaver College

The Inverted Nun: Flipping the Biblical Hebrew Classroom


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Dr. Linda Polin, Graduate School of Education and Psychology

Developing and Assessing Computational Thinking: There's an App for That

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Dr. Michael Shires, School of Public Policy

Integrating Student Response Devices in Classroom and Program Assessment

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Dr. Andreas Simon, Graziadio School of Business and Management

Web conferencing: Best practices to increase student interaction and collaboration during virtual office hours

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Dr. Teri Tompkins of the Graziadio School of Business and Management

Defining Exemplary Teaching, its Behaviors, and its Implications for Student Online Learning

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Dr. Stan Warford, Seaver College

Pepperdine Computer Science Courses on iTunes U

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Dr. Robert Williams, Seaver College

Turning the World Upside Down: Using Flipped Classroom Pedagogies to Teach International Relations to Veterans of International Programs

Faculty Speaker Series: A Supportive Community Around Teaching and Technology

The Faculty Speaker Series is a unique program where Pepperdine faculty share with their fellow colleagues how technology has impacted their teaching and positively affected the classroom and learning environment. This peer-to-peer setting has been a popular forum for faculty to share their insights, strategies, and best practices using technology in academia.

This year the Technology and Learning group added five new speakers to the series. Learn more at

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Dr. Sharyl Corrado, Seaver College

The (Almost) Paperless Classroom

Landon Phillips

Landon Phillips, Technology and Learning

Make POWERpoints not Weakpoints: Design Bootcamp for your presentations

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Dr. Dan Morrison, Seaver College

Peer Instruction with Classroom Systems


David Smith

Dr. David Smith, Graziadio School of Business and Management

Cloud Storage for Collaboration


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Prof. Elizabeth Smith, Seaver College

Blogs in the Classroom: Through a Journalism Lens


Faculty Professional Development: Extending the Educational Toolbox

faculty toolboxThe Technology and Learning group offered several opportunities for faculty professional development in 2013. In the spring, they offered a blended/hybrid faculty professional development program.  Co-developed with faculty mentor, Dr. Linda Purrington of the Graduate School of Education and Psychology (GSEP), this six-week program delivered content and learning experiences around topics like online content delivery tools, online discussion, assessment, and more. Seven faculty members from GSEP successfully completed the spring program. Later that summer, fourteen faculty members participated in a two-week, face-to-face faculty professional development program. This intensive, hands-on program focused on enhancing traditional classes with various learning technologies, offering on-site instruction and optional learning labs each day.  The summer program included attendees from the Graziadio School of Business and Management, GSEP, and Seaver College.

Information Technology also invested in faculty development by providing opportunities for faculty members to attend educational technology conferences. Faculty members from all five schools, including full-time and adjunct professors, were invited to apply for this program. We were pleased to host four faculty members at the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI) Annual Meeting in Denver, CO and five faculty attendees at the Open Apereo 2013 (Sakai) conference in San Diego, CA. At each conference, professors benefit from attending keynote and presentation sessions centered on teaching with technology. We also partner with attendees by asking for their guidance on important tools and teaching strategies to bring back and share with their colleagues.  This is a special and unique program that we are proud to offer at Pepperdine University.