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Mark Lange
Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education & Executive Director of the SBS Advising Center

College of Social and
Behavioral Sciences
UMass Amherst

128 Thompson Hall
200 Hicks Way
Amherst, MA 01003-9244

413.577.1057


Conference Details

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Rationale

Teaching for Student Success

The demand for technological competencies is expanding in higher education. From blended and fully on-line classes, to flipped classes, MOOCs and SPOCs, instructors have a variety of options to consider. As the impact of technology increases, however, it also invites us to reconsider past and current practices.
How do we know what really works to enhance student learning while maximizing accessibility and affordability in higher education? Which technologies are demonstrated to be effective? Are recently identified "high impact practices" consistent with technology-based course designs? How should our student affairs and student services programs respond to the evolving needs of today's students? Since student learning is our goal, what kinds of assessments reveal where and how that learning takes place, both in the classroom and out of the classroom?

Technology also comes in many forms—from cutting-edge learning analytics platforms to face-to-face discussion. The multi-modal nature of technology invites us to investigate the underlying reasons for the instructional decisions that we make in and beyond the classroom. Are there particular strategies and approaches that work nearly universally? Should anyone only "stand and deliver?" What are some of the supplemental programs and services that enable students to get the most benefit from what goes on in a course, and, in particular in the classroom? Is advising also a teaching process that could be informed by effective instruction techniques? Should we be trying to ensure that best practices are used in all courses and in all instructional formats? Inherent in the answers to these, and similar questions, is the likelihood that some approaches are more valuable for some students than for others.

To encourage exploration of the diverse answers to these questions, this conference will provide opportunities for participants to learn about and share various strategies in teaching and learning that appear to have the most positive impact on student learning.  Participants – tenured professors, contingent faculty, and student affairs staff alike – will discuss how we can encourage and support each other to learn about different strategies, to focus on student learning, to experiment with different course designs and to adopt and retain best practices.

Schedule*

8:00 – 9:00 am   Registration and Continental Breakfast, UMass Amherst Campus Center Concourse
     
9:00 – 9:45 am  

Welcome

     
10:00 - 11:15 am   Invited Addresses and Concurrent Sessions, Campus Center Lower Level and 9th Floor
     
11:30 – 12:45 pm   Keynote Address, Campus Center Auditorium
Dr. Mary Deane Sorcinelli
     
12:45 – 1:30 pm   Lunch, Campus Center Auditorium
Dessert will be available on the Campus Center Concourse
     
1:45 – 3:00 pm   Invited Addresses and Concurrent Sessions, Campus Center Lower Level and 9th Floor
     
3:15 – 3:45 pm   Conference Wrap-up, Campus Center Auditorium
     
3:45 – 4:30 pm   Wine and Cheese Social, Campus Center Concourse, Lower Level
Come follow up with presenters, and catch up with colleagues

*Schedule is preliminary and subject to change.

Speakers

Keynote Speaker

Mary Deane Sorcinelli is a well-known researcher in the areas of academic careers, faculty professional development, and higher education teaching and learning. She has written more than 100 articles, book chapters, and books in a wide range of sources. At the University of Massachusetts Amherst, she founded the Center for Teaching and Faculty Development (CTFD). The Center supports the professional development of UMass faculty across all career stages and disciplines with a wide range of programs and resources focused on teaching, mentoring, scholarly writing, career advancement, and work/life balance.  Under her direction, the CTFD has promoted instructional and faculty development innovations that have been recognized with a range of national awards and externally funded grants.

In 2013, Sorcinelli was named the inaugural Distinguished Scholar in Residence at Mount Holyoke's Weissman Center for Leadership. She was honored with the University of Massachusetts' 2013 Distinguished Alumni Award and the 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award from Massachusetts/ACE Network of Women Leaders in Higher Education.  In 2006, she was awarded the Bob Pierleoni Spirit of POD (Professional and Organizational Development) Award for outstanding lifetime achievement and leadership in the enhancement of teaching and learning.  She also served as president and executive board member of the POD Network (2000–2004) and as senior scholar to the American Association for Higher Education.

Sorcinelli has provided faculty development teaching and consultations in international settings that include Canada, China, Egypt, England, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Puerto Rico, Saudi Arabia, and Taiwan.

She holds a B.A. in English from Westfield State University, an M.A. in English from Mount Holyoke College and an ED.D in Educational Policy from UMass Amherst.

Featured Speaker

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Logistics

Location

The conference takes place on the Concourse of the Campus Center at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Lodging

For reservations at the UMass Amherst Campus Center Hotel, call: 1-877-822-2110 or go on-line: https://hotel.aux.umass.edu/

Getting to Campus

Here is a map and directions to campus. When you arrive, look for signs directing you to the Campus Center Parking Garage, located at B3 on this more detailed campus map. For GPS, the address is 1 Campus Center Way. We suggest parking on the second level.

Registration

Upon arrival, park in the Campus Center Parking Garage on the second level, then exit the garage by walking through a short tunnel. After a set of glass doors, turn left and walk directly into the Campus Center. The registration table is located on the lower level. You may take the escalators down, which will be on your left, or the elevators, which will be on your right.

Questions

Questions should be addressed to Susan McDonough in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences: 413.577.1202.

Sponsors

McGraw Hill

SBS

UMass Provost

Student Affairs

 
College of Education    
     

Exhibitors

Bedford St. Martins

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