October 18, 2011

Event’s focus is teaching, learning and technology

by Andrea Hahn

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- The Center for Teaching Excellence, in coordination with the Office of Distance Education and Off Campus Programs, at Southern Illinois University Carbondale offers a Teaching and Learning with Technology Symposium on Thursday, Oct. 20.  The event is 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the John C. Guyon Auditorium in Morris Library.  The day’s events include a light lunch, and also a wine and cheese reception at the end of the day. 

The symposium features presentations by SIU Carbondale faculty, and information tables beginning at 9 a.m. and offered throughout the day.

Here is the presentation schedule:

• 11 a.m.-noon: Lessons Learned in Performance Assessment -- Gary Dunnington, 2011 Outstanding Teacher, SIU School of Medicine.

Dunnington is chair of surgery at the School of Medicine, and he is the founder of the School of Medicine’s Breast Center.  A prolific author, he has more than 60 books, chapters, articles and abstracts.  He is a past recipient of the Distinguished Educator Award from the Association for Surgical Education.  He conducts faculty development workshops for surgeons, and he is the director of a surgical fellowship at SIU School of Medicine.

• 1-2:30 p.m.:  2011 Faculty Summer Institute Panel

Several SIU Carbondale faculty members attended the Faculty Summer Institute at the University of Illinois under sponsorship by the Office of the Chancellor.  They bring back to the SIU Carbondale faculty community a summary of that experience.  The annual institute offers college faculty the opportunity to learn how best to integrate technology into course and academic work.

• 2:45-3:45 p.m.:  Offering an Online Course or Program:  What does it take? -- SIU Carbondale Faculty Focused Presentation.

• 3:45-4:30 p.m.:  Offering a Successful Online Graduate Program -- College of Business

Online learning has become an important part of the way students access higher education opportunities, and it offers opportunities for college educators to develop new and different coursework and to work with students in a much broader context.  At SIU Carbondale, 31 online and off campus courses are now part of academic units; 16 new online courses will be available next spring as the result of online course development grant funding; and by the spring 2012 semester, the Office of Distance Education and Off Campus Programs anticipates offering 75 online and 80 off campus courses.  SIU Carbondale faculty who want to add coursework to this growing list can get a jumpstart here.

Technology tables will be open throughout the symposium.  Information available includes: classroom support and SMART classrooms, online communication with students, assessment and ePortfolio, marketing online courses and programs, and more.

Registration is encouraged. To register, email Julie Eisenhauer at juliee@siu.edu, or, on Facebook, at tinyrul.com/TLTSevent.