The University of Findlay Teaching with Technology Conference May 12-13 2011

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The University of Findlay Center for Teaching Excellence
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The University of Findlay's Center for Teaching Excellence

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May 12–13, 2011
The University of Findlay
Findlay, Ohio

Deadline for electronic proposals of 500 words:
Midnight, January 15, 2011

Teaching, Learning and Technology Centers/Centers for Teaching Excellence (hereafter referred to as TLTCs/CTEs) serve a wide diversity of purposes and populations at university campuses. From a broad perspective, these type of centers are engaged in faculty (and possibly staff and student) development and training, providing programs/services in areas such as classroom, tenure and promotion preparation, advising, assessment and/or technology outreach.

Despite the plurality and diversity of CTEs/TLTCs, both new and established organizations face similar challenges:

* How to engage and serve individual members of the campus community who are not the TLTC/CTE "regulars".
* How to penetrate and reach sectors/programs at the university that may benefit from TLTC/CTE support & services.
* How to make faculty/staff/students aware of the center's role on campus and the services provided.
* How to cultivate and foster an image as a support center integral to faculty development and avoid the "remediation" reputation pitfall.
* How to provide services to traditional and new populations (e.g. adjunct faculty) during a time of shrinking budgets and resources.
* How to anticipate campus population training/development needs and effectively support train-the-trainer opportunities.

SEED 2011 provides an exciting forum for the consideration of how TLTC/CTE type organizations can maintain a viable, active role in the life and advancement of their institutions.

1. How does your CTE/TLTC market itself to various populations?

Presentations in this area might explore: How is your center introduced to new faculty (and who does the introducing)? What follow-up activities do you provide for new faculty beyond a quick stop on an orientation tour? How does your center reach out to these groups with complex schedules and needs such as adjuncts, staff, and administrators? Does your center provide online support or workshops at a variety of times? How are these groups made to feel included in the services the center offers? How does your center reach out to mid-career and late-career faculty who may not have the need for other services (for example, tenure and promotion help)? Presentations might include also include ideas about an online presence, faculty liaisons who connect the center with the faculty, and the types of publications and media presence the center uses each year to market to various populations simultaneously.

2. What signature programs at your CTE/TLTC are successful at drawing a high percentage of participants?

Presentations in this area might showcase signature programs in your centers that are guaranteed "crowd pleasers" and are well received (for example, a signature program such as a Teaching Academy or a spring speaker, etc.). What makes these programs work on your campus? Why do they appeal to faculty, staff, students, administrators, and/or community members?

3. What programs specifically focusing on technology tools (both on and off campus) help to draw new and repeat clientele?

Presentations in this area might focus on specific technologies featured by your center to enhance teaching, learning, and assessment. Tools used such as course management systems, assessment packages and synchronous online collaboration tools (Elluminate, Wimba, Adobe Connect) may be discussed. Presenters may also share information about workshops that introduces faculty, staff, and students to free online applications (such as Google Apps, Jing, Slideshare, WordPress blogs, Zotero, etc.) or programs/grants for technology tools such as digital cameras or audio/video equipment for podcasting. Other options might include training and implementation of various ePortfolio systems, social media tools (such as Facebook or Twitter) and SecondLife.

We look forward to seeing you in Findlay. If you are interested in presenting you can submit an abstract by clicking here. Please direct any questions to:

Dr. Ray McCandless
Center for Teaching Excellence, Director
Professor of Political Science
The University of Findlay

Dr. Christine Tulley
Center for Teaching Excellence, Academic Career Development Coordinator
Associate Professor of English & Director of Writing
The University of Findlay

Ms. Beth Stewart
Center for Teaching Excellence, Program Manager
2011 SEED Project Manager
The University of Findlay