Check-in (Williams Conference Center)

8:30 – 9:00:  Light Breakfast & Salutations

General Session (Williams Conference Center)

9:00 – 9:15:  Welcome & Announcements                                                                              
9:15 – 9:45:  Student Course Evaluations: Overview & Application
9:45 – 10:45:  Spirit of Inquiry: Exploration & Intellectual Courage in the Classroom

Break-out Sessions (Various Locations)


Discipline:  Art (ART)
Division:  Humanities
Facilitator(s):  Ray Esparsen, Professor of Art
Location:  Art Studio
Tips and Techniques for the Art Studio / Survey Classroom
Attendees will participate in a discussion on the epistemological impact of online resources and how the application of a particular technological practice is impacting the fine and performing arts.  In addition, the facilitator will present research that challenge’s assumptions about logical consequence.  Lastly, the group will exam the outcome of visual appropriation, its effects on innovation, creativity, and visual literacy.

Discipline:  Economics (ECON)
Division:  Business
Facilitator(s):  Dr. Luther Maddy, Business Division Chair; Billy Lemus, Assistant Professor; Dr. Sue Hasbrouck, Assistant Professor
Location:  SGC 222
Exploration of FREDcast and Open Educational Resources in Economics
Facilitators will overview FREDcast, an interactive macroeconomic forecasting game in which players make forecasts for four economic variables (GDP, inflation, employment, and unemployment), then compare them to official data releases by the Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Economic Analysis.

The group will then review a paper on Open Educational Resources in Economics, and preview examples of open textbook collection websites that exist, such as CORE and OpenStax.

Discipline:  English (ENGL 101, 102, 150), Communication Arts (COMM)
Division:  Humanities
Facilitator(s):  Jennifer Anderson, English Instructor; Kyle Ferguson, Communication Arts Instructor
Location:  ACW 135
Best Practices in Writing, Rhetoric, and Speech
This session will cover a thematic approach to teaching first-year writing: Technology and Its Impact on Our Lives. In this course, students learn how to read a long text, think critically about the ideas presented within that text, and research and write about those ideas in a range of thematically-related essays, some of which include a personal narrative reflecting on their relationship with one technology we’re studying, a profile of someone else’s experience with technology, a rhetorical response to a chapter in the book, and an analysis of a webpage. As the class is centered on one common theme, there is also plenty of opportunity for student collaboration via small group work. Ultimately, the class encourages students to critically examine the digital world—the impact of social media, fake news, advertising on the Internet, etc.— and their roles within that world while also practicing the academic skills essential to English composition and research writing.

This session will also focus on (non-thematic based) strategies for teaching personal writing to ENGL 101 students, specifically addressing confidence-building activities (writing vivid details, observational writing, etc.).

In addition, this session will offer a lesson on teaching students to recognize and appreciate different writers’ styles when studying fiction in Introduction to Literature. Included will be both in-class and out-of-class activities designed to help students understand how style influences readers’ impressions of a given work.

Lastly, in public speaking class, one of the trouble areas for students is their understanding the “hows” and “whys” of systematic and specific organization of a presentation. In this session, participants will walk through some fun classroom activities which aid students in helping them see the benefits behind ensuring correct public speaking procedures.

Discipline:  Mathematics (MATH, MTHPT)
Division:  Natural Sciences & Mathematics, Business Technology & Service
Facilitator(s):  Dr. Kacey Diemert, Assistant Professor of Mathematics/Director, Idaho Regional Mathematics Center for Region 2; Rebecca Snider, Assistant Professor of Mathematics; Masoud Kazemi, Mathematics Instructor
Location:  TJH 108
Let’s Talk Standards, Discuss Dual-Credit Experiences, and Do Some Math!
We believe we learn best from our national associations’ recommendations, from each other, and from working together. During this session, we will discuss some of the recommendations and standards that we use to guide our instruction at the secondary and post-secondary levels. Following that conversation, we will learn from each other’s experiences, challenges, and how to avoid potential pitfalls during the delivery of Dual Credit courses. We will finish the session by engaging in mathematics together!

Discipline:  Political Science (POLS), History (HIST)
Division:  Social Sciences
Facilitator(s):  Dr. Leif Hoffmann, Associate Professor of Political Science
Location:  SAC 144
Fake News?: A look at the news media & biases
Fear that American news organizations are systematically and deliberately misleading the public has recently reached its crescendo with the incumbent U.S. president not only regularly calling news coverage “fake news”, but going so far as labeling the mainstream media as the “enemy of the people”. This workshop takes a closer look - through lecture material and in-class activities - at the three major categories of media biases: affective, informational, and partisan.

It is therefore designed to have the participants think about the complexities of news reporting and how to convey these complexities to the students in their own classrooms. Indeed, though, the general public usually focuses more on partisan biases, research rather indicates that affective and information biases are ubiquitous and have negative effects. Partisan bias, however, tends to be a much lesser issue than imaged by the public at large.

Discipline:  Psychology (PSYC)
Division:  Social Sciences
Facilitator(s):  Dr. Rachelle Genthos, Assistant Professor of Social Psychology
Location:  SAC 229
Don't Take My Word For It! Using Your Students' Psychological Processing as Examples of Content with Demonstrations and Activities
As most students taking an introduction to psychology will eventually learn, many findings in the field are surprising or counter-intuitive. In class activities and demonstrations may not only help convince students of the strangeness of the mind, but also aid in comprehension and retention of the material by providing another learning opportunity in a dynamic, exciting medium. To this end, this year’s workshop will showcase several mini-lectures and relevant easy-to-execute demonstrations (e.g. the connection between smell and taste, faulty memory, cognitive biases, stereotypes, etc.) from which workshop participants can choose to use in their own classrooms. A discussion of the tips and resources relevant to teaching APA style will also be included.

Discipline:  Science (BIOL, CS, CHEM, FSCI, GEOL, NS, PHYS), Web Development (CITPT)
Division:  Natural Sciences & Mathematics; Business Technology & Service
Facilitator(s):  Dr. Nina Peterson, Associate Professor of Computer Science
Location:  MLH 310
App Creation
In this session, the facilitator will create two apps - an Android app and an iOS app.  The Android app will be created with MIT’s App Inventor and the iOS app will be created with Swift.  Sample lesson plans will be presented as well as a general overview of what a Computer Science course looks like.  Attendees will also break into groups and complete a POGIL activity!

Discipline:  Spanish (SPAN)
Division:  Humanities
Facilitator(s):  Dr. Ian Tippets, Associate Professor of Spanish
Location:  ACW 136
Modeling Language for Student Success
Verbal and written instructions often fall short in language classes. Student misunderstandings and insecurity can lead to student disengagement from the lesson and the language. This workshop will focus on ways that the target language can be modelled for various tasks and activities.

Lunch (Williams Conference Center)

12:30 – 1:30:  Deliciousness & Discussion (with LC faculty & staff)


1:30 – 2:30:  How can we help? An optional opportunity to learn more.