For the 2016-2017 academic year I was chosen as a CTE Faculty Fellow and given the ability to offer workshops and learning experiences for faculty regarding how students would be different in the next 3 to 5 years.
Looking Ahead!: What will students be like in 5 years! How is higher education set to change?
This faculty learning series will focus on what we can expect from students in the next five years. This would be tied to new employment and technology focuses in common education, which is meant to make students successful and employable and how they will be bringing these experiences and soft skills to higher education. We will also focus on the new emphases on creativity, entrepreneurship, and problem solving and the skills that students may be bringing to your courses in the near future.
It will focus on a few key areas:
- How will students use technology and learn differently than they do today?
- What federal initiatives and programs are being instituted in how students are using technology and being prepared for college?
- How is higher education changing as to these needs and requirements?
- How are student expectations of higher education changing?
For my Fellowship, I organized one book club that met four times, had three different speakers and planned one event in September 2017 for a speaker that was not available in Spring. I worked to partner with different spaces on campus to increase attendance and encourage faculty from other colleges to mingle.
I was impressed by the variety of people from campus that I had attend, and I met a lot of new people that I found attended other events and increased my campus network. Thank you for the opportunity. I learned a lot from the experience and I believe we have enhanced the education environment for our faculty, University students, and community members.
My philosophy for guest speakers were for any speaker that we used funds to bring to campus, I had events that were more public (could be attended by community members and students) and those closed only to faculty and graduate students at OU. This allowed us to increase our reach and better utilize the limited resources available. We had people attend some sessions from as far away as Clinton Oklahoma.
Additionally, as we were planning the events, I was asked to assist University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma (USAO) in Chickasha, Oklahoma to assist with their innovation and technology grant focused on improving education for Native American Students. They received that grant in Fall and had personnel participate in several of our workshops to provide additional support to other educators in the state, especially those servicing Native American students and thus supported part of the mission of the University of Oklahoma.
|Overview of the Program – What will students look like in 5 years – Presented by Dr. Theresa Cullen overviewing trends in both K-12 and higher education related to Technology and 21st Century Teaching and Learning.||9/26/16|
|Most Likely to Succeed Book Club – Mondays
Lead by Dr. Theresa Cullen – we spent 4 weeks reading the Most Likely to Succeed Book and discussed the use of Problem and Project Based Education in K-12 schools and 21st Century Skills.
|Supporting Innovation in a Mobile Device World: The possibility of App Development in XCode
Speaker Provided by Apple and presented in concert with the OU Innovation Hub. Attended by student and faculty form CS, Education and faculty and staff from OU IT and the Innovation Hub.
|Everyone Can Code Initiative
Speaker provided by Apple overviewing how coding is being taught in K-12 and colleges and universities and the resources available. This was a high level overview for faculty held in the Peggy Helmerich Community Classroom in Bizzell library.
|Writing Apps Using XCode An Introduction and Resource Sharing
Speaker provided by Apple to have students and faculty learn about App development in the curriculum. Students in both undergraduate and graduate Education and Journalism courses encouraged to attend.
|Tap Into YOUR Creative Mind
Rabbi Michael Cohen did a workshop on sketchnoting and engaging students in creative pursuits as part of teaching to encourage creativity and engagement. We had many students, USAO faculty, OU faculty and teachers from local schools attend the event.
|Design Thinking Workshop
Rabbi Michael Cohen facilitated a Design Thinking workshop that encouraged faculty and graduate students to redesign a part of their course taking student needs in mind. Faculty were very happy with this workshop and felt they had gotten work done that they could apply to their classes immediately. This workshop had a great cross section of campus and people worked with faculty they had not worked with in the past.
|Stand by Me Collaborating and Making as Acts of Empowerment
This presentation offered by Bill Rankin it was open and promoted to the public and talked about how online collaboration enhances education and promotes a global view point.
|Lecturing is [not] Dead: Teaching in the Third Information Age
This workshop with Bill Rankin encouraged faculty to think about how they could use technology to enhance engagement in traditional courses.
|Learning Outside the Box: Growing an Ecosystem for Learning
This presentation by Bill Rankin encouraged faculty to think about new ways to engage students. It discussed several theoretical models about levels of engagement including the importance of Community, Content and Context in curricular planning. This was held at the Faculty Scholarship Lab conference room in the Bizzell library.
|Redesigning Higher Ed: Starting a New College
Michelle Jones, President and Founder of Wayfinding Academy in Portland Oregon explained how she designed a new college to help students find their purpose. In this mixed crowd of students and faculty, she also gave ideas of how some of the activities could improve the experience for current students even at a much larger university.
|Reaching Students in Their First Year of College: Lessons Learned from Wayfinding Year 1
This presentation by Michelle Jones encouraged faculty and those involved in student services to think about how we can scale up the lessons learned from Wayfinding to better support our students and grow their satisfaction so they will thrive.
Thoughts on the Series:
I am so fortunate to been afforded this opportunity to work with faculty from across campus. I found the discussions greatly enhanced my view of the University and our mission to serve our students. I also made connections that I am pretty sure will turn into future collaborations across campus.
Additionally, it allowed me to share what I was reading and thinking about with a larger audience beyond my scholarship and better connect with faculty and staff in student services. Several students attended the public events and it has allowed me to cement some student relationships which I find very fulfilling..
If I were to do it again, I might engage in a project approach and have faculty showcase their own work. I had wanted to do a faculty, K-12 educator, parent, potential student and current student listening panel to discuss these ideas at the Annual TSI (Teachers Scholar Institute) but due to scheduling and budget cuts, it never materialized.
I hope to have opportunities in the future to do more work with faculty. I would especially like to do a series on how we can use distance technologies to increase our presence and service within our state.