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April 14, 2011 Volume 32, No. 27

Instructors and advisors to share classroom ideas at annual gathering


Agenda includes speakers and discussion sessions

The University of Missouri will mark the end of the 2010-11 academic year with a celebration that will include discussion sessions on engaging topics, nationally recognized speakers, recognition of campus authors and a reception honoring the U.S. Professor of the Year nominees from MU.

Celebration of Teaching, which is aimed at instructors and advisors on campus, will take place May 17-18.

“While this event allows us to communicate, as a campus, about what we do in the area of teaching and learning, it is also a great time for Mizzou to celebrate,” Jim Spain, vice provost for undergraduate studies, said. “Last year’s event was an enormous success and this year is setting up to be even better.”

Cole Camplese, the senior director for teaching and learning with technology at Penn State, will kickoff the celebration as he delivers the keynote address at 1:30 p.m. on May 17 in Bush Auditorium at Cornell Hall.

His address, titled “If That is Scholarship, We Are All Doomed!” will focus on the new forms of conversation that are emerging across the Web that are shaping the nature of our institutional responsibilities.

“We will explore the notion of the conversation as it exists across the social Web to see how we, as educators, can take cures from this emerging dialogue,” Camplese said. “It is our responsibility not to dismiss these forms and forums as passing fads, but to realize the embedded pedagogies that exist within these emergent spaces.”

Camplese leads efforts at Penn State to provide direction to enhance the use of technology in teaching, learning and research. His primary area of focus is the integration of emerging technologies into learning spaces.

“I really believe technology is now so embedded in our teaching and learning environments that is has so much more to do with providing models that can be used to build stories to tell to other faculty trying new things,” Camplese said.

This will be Camplese’s second trip to MU. He also spoke at the Apple Digital Campus event held at MU in 2004.

“I think people are going to really enjoy hearing from Cole Camplese,” Danna Vessell, director of Educational Technologies at Missouri, said. “He has some very innovative ways of integrating technology into teaching and learning. He is a brilliant speaker and is widely regarded as someone who thinks beyond the traditional context of learning. I think he’ll provide some great insight into how we can continue to advance our mission here at MU.”

The keynote address will be followed by a reception from 3-5 p.m. in the Columns Ballroom of the Reynolds Alumni Center. The reception will include remarks by Spain and the recognition of Missouri’s nominees for the U.S. Professor of the Year and MU campus authors.

Day two of the celebration will be filled with discussion sessions on a variety of topics. Sessions will run from 9 a.m.-4:15 p.m. on May 18 in Cornell Hall, with lunch available at Reynolds Alumni Center for those who have registered.

“Our lineup of speakers and discussion sessions includes a wide-range of topics and interest,” Vessell said. “I think we’ve put together a program that people will find of great value.”

Session topics scheduled are:

  • Faculty Guidance for Emergencies — Rebecca Bergfield
  • Accepting the Challenge: Transitioning into Online and Blended Teaching — Ron Phillips, Bethany Stone and Shawna Strickland
  • Enhancing Creativity: Assisting Students Whether You Have 15 Minutes or 15 Weeks — Bruce Litchfield and Suzanne Burgoyne
  • What’s That Tegrity Button in My Blackboard Course? Is Lecture Capture for Me? — Jacquelyn Sandone and Charlie Rigdon
  • Chicken or Egg: Classroom Design or Pedagogy, Which Comes First? — Heiddi Davis, Patricia Okker, Nicole Bartow and Marc Strid
  • Plagiarism: Perception Versus Reality — Catherine Chmidling and Bonnie Selting
  • Educating Reflective Practitioners — Benyamin Schwartz
  • Classroom in Your Pocket: Mobiles, Teaching, Learning & Thinking Without a Box — Guy Wilson
  • Helping Students in Crisis — David Wallace
  • Studio Mix: Cross Boundary Creative Engagement in the 21st Century Classroom — Lynn Cook and Suzanne Burgoyne
  • Addressing Cultural Differences and Difficult Dialogues — Noor Azizan-Gardner and Eryca Neville
  • Strategies of Engagement: Why They Should Care — Mike Porter, Bethany Stone, Jan Dauve and Michael Barnes
  • Improving Teaching Through Peer Evaluation and Other Feedback — Anna Ball
  • Using a Teaching Portfolio for Powerful Reflection — Tracy Kitchel
  • Graduate Students: Why Mentoring Versus Advising? Beneficial or Just More Work — Charlotte Phillips
  • Using Technology to Support Active Student Learning — Jason Aubrey, Linda Esser and Dorina Kosztin
  • Applying Universal Design for Learning in the College Classroom — Abbie O’Sullivan, Charlie Rigdon, Barbara Hammer and Deb Hanuscin
  • Problem-Based Learning with Undergraduate Classes — Mark Ryan and Josh Millspaugh
  • Wikis and Blogs as Tools for Deeper Thought — Clyde Bentley, Carla Allen and Dale Fitch
  • Tips and Tricks for the Graduate Instructor — Steve Keller
  • What Interdisciplinary Has to Offer — Linda Blockus, Ingolf Gruen and Mizzou Advantage Postdoctoral Fellows
  • Social Ways to Teach and Learn — Jen Reeves
  • Adding Variety to Your Course to Engage Students — Jeni Hart
  • Is There Still a Place for Places in Higher Education? The Pride of Place Campus Heritage Network — Arthur Mehrhoff

In addition, a pre-conference workshop, Creativity in the Classroom, by Lynn Book and Bruce Litchfield, with moderator Suzanne Burgoyne, will take place 9 a.m.-noon on May 17.

“The agenda is full of exciting and intriguing sessions and we are fortunate to have the chance to hear from some well-respected and insightful speakers,” Spain said. “We have also added a special recognition of authors from our campus to this year’s celebration that we are excited about.”

Those that register for the event will be asked to vote on the next “I Love Teaching at Mizzou” poster at the time of registration. The winning poster will be given out at the event, along with several other exciting giveaways.

For more information on the event, including a complete schedule and registration information, visit

— Josh Murray