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FPD Nano


In the spring of 2017 the Technology and Learning team launched weekly faculty professional development (FPD) opportunities, built from the ground up around the faculty experience. The sessions included a variety of topics and were held on various days and times of the week so that more faculty were able to attend.  

Session Topics 

 Course Management

Classroom management is a seven part guide to transform the Courses by Sakai experience. It reimagines how we use each tool to reinforce classroom engagement while cultivating classroom relationships.

 How Brains Learn

What actually happens in our brains when we learn? What type of environment improves or inhibits our brain's ability to process and retain information? Join us as we seek to understand this mysterious process and discuss techniques to improve student retention.

 Active Learning

Active Learning reshapes how lesson plans are created in order to continually assess learner comprehension and retention. This session will cover activities and teaching styles that can be utilized to encourage active participation in the classroom.

 Grant Writing

Need funding? Learn how to research and apply for funding, and all of the services offered by the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs in this Grant Writing workshop. Special emphasis will be placed on how to develop successful proposals and avoid common mistakes.

 Presentation Skills

Looking to improve the content of your presentation? This session covers a few simple tips for making a big impact. Whether you prefer PowerPoint, Prezi, or a simple white board, these tips will help you make your content more impactful, memorable, and clear.

 Google Apps

Google Workspace for Education offers a set of free productivity tools for classroom collaboration. It's the same set of apps you know and love - Gmail, Drive, Hangouts, Docs, and more - but designed with new features to make work easier and bring students and teachers together. Create, share, and edit in real-time, anywhere and anytime.

 Teaching with Infographics

Do your students grapple with complex content offered in your class? Are you looking for ways to summarize data in an easy to understand way that doesn't require complex graphic design? Infographics may offer a solution! Come see the role they can play in teaching, and how students can co-create content in order to synthesize higher order learning.

 The Multimedia Classroom

Multimedia Classroom explores how the lesson plan can be differentiated to address the needs and learning styles of different kinds of learners. It looks at publicity strategies and employs marketing techniques to re-envision the classroom experience.

 Non Traditional Teaching

Nontraditional Teaching takes a look at strategy for breaking out of the box of frontal lecture-based teaching. It demonstrates four practical and creative teaching tactics for creating engagement and deeper learning in the classroom.

 Game Based Learning

Join us in this session as we discuss the use of game based learning and how it can help reduce learner anxiety, facilitate peer based learning, and improve student engagement. Listen to first hand experiences of the pros and cons of bringing this pedagogy technique from planning to implementation.