Faculty Showcase 2017

Transforming Teaching and Learning through Storytelling

🕘  MAY 16: 9:00AM-4:00PM 📍  Donna E. Shalala Student Center – 3rd Floor

On May 16 2017, over 100 members of faculty and staff participated in the Faculty Showcase 2017, presented by faculty, for faculty. Funded by the Knight Foundation, we celebrated the use of narrative techniques to all adventurers, innovators, and inquisitive educators! This free event journeyed through interactive narratives and practical guidance on how to transform course(s) through narrative techniques and educational technology. This mini-conference provides educators interested in educational technology, a platform to:

  • Discover how technology can increase student learning and engagement.
  • Learn about enriching courses through digital storytelling and other narrative techniques.
  • Gain insight on the unique experience of teaching online from faculty that have been there.
  • Network and be part of the teaching and learning community here at UM.

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A special thank you also goes out to all of the individuals from across the University of Miami who kindly offered their time to share their success and expertise in implementing narrative techniques, educational technologies and innovative teaching strategies at our 2017 Faculty Showcase. Please see below for the agenda of the day.


Scotney Evans Developing Students' Emerging "Story of Self" as Citizens

Faculty Spotlights

William Scott Green Welcome Note
Allan Gyorke Introduction to Narrative Techniques
Dr. Alex J. Mechaber Assessment of Competence Using Structured Examinations
Matthew Kaeiser Promoting Retention of Information through Narrative Memory 
Derin Ural Redefining Engineering Education at UM

Faculty Exhibits

Lien Tran Echo Earth Experience - Echolocation VR
Mitsu Ogihara Digitization of Lectures, Demos, and Class Interactions with Digital Tools
Catherine Judd Preparing an Online Class
Huseyin Kocak & Basar Koc Perl for Biologists: An Online Tutorial
Ines Basalo Narrative Techniques in an Undergraduate Course in Engineering Science

Learning Circles

Elton Skendaj Student Stories using Digital Media for Civic Engagement
Leslie Knecht Employing Emerging Technologies to Develop an Authentic, Integrated Research Laboratory Course at the Introductory Level
Lien Tran Design Thinking: Applying a Human-Centered Approach to Strategize Ideas and Innovation
Clarissa "Reese" Moorhead & Mariah Schuemann How to Use Video Feedback to Comment on Student Presentations or Writing
Yunqiu (Daniel) Wang Teaching Strategies that Catalyze Deeper Learning in a Science Classroom
Mónica Alexandra Durán Pedagogical Strategies and Syllabus Design for the Hybrid Class
Tatiana Perrino and Viviana Horigian  Enhancing Development of Competencies among Public Health Students
Joshua Cohn SCALE-UP Pedagogy in College-Level Physics Instruction
Vanessa Rodriguez What Can You Create with Adobe Spark?
Nick Petersen Utilizing Student Generated Podcasts to Increase Student Awareness and Empathy: A Criminology Case Study
Paige Morgan Creating Digital Exhibits in the Classroom with Omeka

Session Resources

Resource Tables

We offer our sincere thanks to the following Academic Technologies and University of Miami Libraries teams who consulted and shared information with faculty at the Faculty Showcase.


A key goal for the Faculty Showcase is to promote interdisciplinary collaboration and impact educators across the University of Miami.

Speakers at the Faculty Showcase provided an interactive experience and opportunity for professional development for themselves and attendees. This year we expanded our learning circles and included faculty exhibits.

What is a Learning Circle?

A learning circle is a open and collaborative discussion for faculty, instructors, and staff to hear and share new teaching strategies, meet new colleagues and evaluate how it can apply to their course. A learning circle leader will share their story on a particular change they have implemented in their teaching pactice and lead a discussion in how to apply their example in other courses.


What is a Faculty Exhibit?

A faculty exhibit is an interactive, immersive station where a faculty leader will share the results of implementing an idea, teaching technique, technology, or even a theme that has enhanced their practice. Faculty leaders are welcomed to exhibit via medium of their choosing, such as a poster, video, examples of student work, mobile applications, or instructional equipment.