The Learning Innovation and Faculty Engagement team partners with faculty members, academic units, and other university stakeholders to advance the culture of teaching and learning at the U.
Our goal is to empower faculty members and others to create innovative, effective, and meaningful learning experiences through learner-centered and active learning pedagogies, differentiated teaching and learning platforms, and emerging educational technologies.
The Learning Innovation and Faculty Engagement 2017 Annual Report feature some of the team’s accomplishments and successes across the university during the 2016-2017 academic year.
Since it’s impossible to fully encompass all of the day-to-day achievements that we make alongside faculty members and university partners, we’ve opted to focus on highlights and snapshots that demonstrate our impact at the university. Our hope is that we can share our story with the broader university community so that we can continue to expand our reach to new partners and collaborators.
On May 16th, 108 participants attended the 2017 Faculty Showcase: ‘Transforming Teaching and Learning through Storytelling,’
Each activity was led by one of 24 members of faculty focusing on innovative teaching strategies
Over 22 sessions were held, including 11 learning circles, 9 faculty exhibits, 3 faculty spotlights, and 1 keynote.
For the third year running, we were invited to present to faculty enrolled in the Summer Writing Institute by Adina Sanchez-Garcia & April Mann. Faculty included RSMAS, Philosophy, Biology, Chemistry, Theatre Arts, History, Civil and Architectural Engineering, Art & Art History, Psychology, Geography.
We presented on Digital Portfolios, Information Design, Blackboard Discussions, StoryMaps and other writing-related technology. Each member of staff was given the opportunity to create a one-page reflective webpage on their work at the SWI using Adobe Spark Page.
Funded by the Knight Foundation, a two-day Narrative Techniques Bootcamp led fifteen faculty members in the use of narrative techniques in online or technology-enhanced courses. Through structured activities, we introduced faculty to six teaching and learning techniques: faculty and student stories, case studies, role-playing activities, student-generated media, open-ended problems, and simple simulations. During and after this bootcamp, faculty members were each paired with an instructional designer to support them in their implementation of a narrative technique and measure the effect of using narrative techniques on student performance.
Two workshops were attended by sixteen College of Engineering faculty and Dean Jean-Pierre Bardet on the topic of flipped learning strategies. This workshop offered a practical opportunity for faculty to breakdown an existing class according to outcomes, activities, assessments and resources; generate and curate resources; and explore tools to support a flipped learning approach.
This hands-on workshop was attended by twenty-eight Modern Languages and Literatures faculty members who wanted to explore emerging technologies and teaching strategies to enhance their on campus classes.
This two hour workshop focused on Adobe Spark Video for digital storytelling, Google Docs for collaborative learning activities, Kahoot! for game-based review exercises, and an introduction to the One Button Studio for video presentations. In groups, participants collaboratively translated a “fable” into a script using Google Docs, used this script to create a short-video using Adobe Spark, employed personal devices to complete a review exercise with Kahoot!, and visited the Faculty Exploratory to test the One Button Studio.
"Thank you for your excellent training session today. It was clear to me that you had put a great deal of thought and planning into creating meaningful, contextualized activities for language instructors. My colleagues were thoroughly engaged and impressed throughout. When Rachel [Varra] and I approached you last semester with some fairly vague ideas for a workshop, I thought that you might struggle to fill two hours: as it turned out, we could easily have spent much more time learning and enjoying ourselves. Thanks again, and I look forward to further collaboration.”
An automated video studio designed for easy video recording
Bring your own devices, plug them into a display, and share screens and media.
A meeting space for faculty development initiatives, such as the Faculty Learning Communities.
Get hands-on experience with new devices.
Built by Professor James Wilson, he utilizes the Lightboard and One Button Studio to spark creativity and motivation in his Organic Chemistry classroom.
In Summer 2016, Dr. Wilson began creating a series of lecture videos that were to be posted to his Blackboard course, and thus utilizing more time in the classroom for practical and experiential application of the concepts outlined in the video. Wilson comments - "Students are expected to watch these videos for homework along with short assigned readings and solving basic problems. Then we come to class where we can talk about the interesting stuff.”
During the year, members of the LIFE team have attended regular Learning Commons partner meetings in anticipation for the launch of the Learning Commons in Spring 2018.
During this time, we have consulted with service partners, aided in the development of materials and resources, as well as supported and advised the initiative to align our work with faculty with the services provided to students.
The Learning Innovation and Faculty Engagement team has continued to expand its impact over the 2016-2017 academic year, consulting over 150 faculty members and other university stakeholders through consultations or workshops with faculty and staff located on all three campuses: the Coral Gables campus, the Miller School of Medicine or the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science.
LIFE facilitated three concurrent FLCs during the academic year, involving fourteen faculty members from across academic units.
This year’s themes were:
Flipped and Active Learning, Student Generated Media, 3D Printing, Scanning, Visualization.
Participants are currently redesigning components within their existing courses. Upon completion, they will share their story to inspire interested faculty members.
The 'Building Expertise in Administration and Management' (BEAM) certificate aims to enhance the business fundamental knowledge and skills of public health professionals. BEAM is being developed to address the critical shortage of business skill in the public health workforce.
The ’Cane Academy initiative, housed within UMMSM’s Educational Development Office, currently has some degree of footprint in nine of the 15 preclinical modules. This past year, we maintained solid student satisfaction scores and academic performance. For example, with a 90% student approval rating of the ’Cane Academy approach in the 2017 iteration of the Ophthalmology module, this student said:
“This was a fabulous class and I loved this format. It increased my stamina and I particularly loved the pre and mid course practice exams. It was so cool to see how far we came from day 1 in just 1 week. Thank you for an amazing course. I did not come in expecting to love ophthalmology as much as I ended up enjoying it. Thank you!!!” (Anonymous post-course student feedback)
Since November 2016, the LIFE team has been supporting eleven faculty members in the College of Engineering who are the first to use a newly designed ‘active classroom’ in the College. This partnership formed in alignment with the College of Engineering’s Active Learning Initiative.
The LIFE team has provided two workshops on flipped and active learning, regular consultations, and attended monthly meetings to support their direction to create a culture of innovation of teaching and learning at the College of Engineering. Academic Technologies have been featured in Veritas, Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering and the College of Engineering website in recognition of their partnership with the College of Engineering.
In Spring 2017, the Academic Technologies team expanded the use of 3-D technologies in UM courses by running a Faculty Learning Community (FLC) on 3-D printing, scanning, and visualization.
Due to the increased demand for 3-D technologies from faculty, students and staff, UMIT funded and delivered three Ultimaker 3 3-D printers and a photogrammetry kit for Richter Libraries’ Digital Media Lab.
Academic Technologies’ support of educational explorations of 3D technologies, UMIT funded an Ultimaker 3+, an EinScan SP Desktop 3D Scanner, a HTC Vive VR Headset, a mobile 360 camera, and an Alienware Laptop.
Acevedo, M. & Roque, G. (in press). Resisting the Deprofessionalization of Instructional Design. In Y. Vovides (Ed.), Optimizing Instructional Design Methods in Higher Education. Hershey, PA: IGI Global.
Acevedo, M., Rodriguez, I. & Roque, G. (in press) [Review of the book Distance Education: Statewide, Institutional, and International Applications: Readings from the Pages of Distance Learning Journal by M. Simonson]. New Horizons in Adult Education and Human Development.
Acevedo, M., Roque, G. & Rodriguez, J. (2017). The Instructional Designer Core Curriculum: A comprehensive professional development program for a large university instructional design team. Manuscript submitted for publication.
Acevedo, M., Rodriguez, J. & Roque, G. (2017). Creating comprehensive professional development for a large instructional design team. Concurrent session presented at the ATD 2017 International Conference & Exposition, Atlanta, GA. May 21-24.
Acevedo, M., Rodriguez, J. & Roque, G. (2017). Creating comprehensive professional development for a large instructional design team. Concurrent session presented at the 2017 UPCEA Annual Conference, Chicago, IL. March 22-24.
Green, D.P.J. (2016). Next Generation medical education: Creating a faculty development infrastructure for technology-enhanced medical education course redesigns. Session presented at Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) Information Technology in Academic Medicine Conference, Toronto, Canada. June 1-3.
Green, D.P.J. 2016. Next generation medical education: a conceptual model for blended course redesigns. Session presented at Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) Information Technology in Academic Medicine Conference, Toronto, Canada. June 1-3.
Kofoed, M. & Green, D.P.J. (2016). Using on-screen video capture to flip the classroom. Session presented at Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) Information Technology in Academic Medicine Conference, Toronto, Canada. June 1-3.
Kofoed, M. & Green, D.P.J. (2016). The role of a medical education student fellow in enhancing tomorrow’s medical school curriculum. Poster presented at Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) Information Technology in Academic Medicine Conference, Toronto, Canada. June 1-3.
Green, D.P.J. (2016). Next-generation medical education: Facilitating student-centered learning environments. EDUCAUSE ELI Briefs: 1-6.
Senvisky, J & Green, D.P.J. (2017). Generating an interactive concept map to encourage self-regulation for preclinical learners. Session presented at Innovations in Medical Education Conference at USC-Keck School of Medicine, Los Angeles, CA. February 24-25.