Quick Start to Teaching for Student Success at MSU

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Tuesday, May 9, 2017
 Wells Hall, B122

(Registration and light breakfast at 8:00 a.m.; program begins at 8:30 a.m.)

Registration is now closed. If you are interested in attending this event please email AANevent@msu.edu.



In response to requests from a variety of departments, The Graduate School / Postdoc Office and the Academic Advancement Network are collaborating to  offer a “Quick-Start” program for summer instructors (open to faculty, graduate students, postdocs). The purpose of this one-day program will be to provide an overview of policies and hands-on problem solving related to important issues including:  accessibility of course materials, accommodations for person with disabilities, promoting student privacy & academic integrity, and promoting environments free of sexual discrimination and harassment. There will be breakout sessions on important issues related to an instructor’s role in supporting student mental health, engaging in difficult conversations about diversity and difference, and accessing and using digital technologies to enhance teaching. At the end of the day participants will be invited to attend the key-note address on student success as a part of another program - the student success data summit. PLEASE NOTE:  these topics will also be covered in August as part of existing faculty teaching boot-camp and TA orientations. The Quick-Start is being held in response to requests from departments within which many new instructors teach for the first time each summer.

Schedule

  8:00 - 8:30 a.m.         Registration and Light Breakfast
  8:30 - 8:45 a.m.    Welcome
  8:45 - 9:45 a.m.

   Inside Teaching @ MSU:
   Promoting Inclusive & Accessible Learning Environments  

  9:45-10:00 a.m.      BREAK
  10:00 - 11:00 a.m.

   Inside Teaching @ MSU:
   Promoting Student Privacy & Academic Integrity Session 

  11:00 a.m - 12:00 p.m. 

   Inside Teaching @ MSU:
   Promoting Learning Environments
   Free of Sexual Discrimination & Harassment 

  12:00 - 1:00 p.m.   LUNCH
  1:00 - 2:00 p.m.   Concurrent sessions: Mental Health - Difficult Convos - Tech
  2:00-2:15 p.m.   BREAK
  2:15-3:15 p.m.   Concurrent sessions: Mental Health - Difficult Convos - Tech
  3:00 - 3:30 p.m.   Wrap Up; Invitation to join the Neighborhoods Data Summit


PLENARY SESSIONS

 

Inside Teaching @ MSU: Promoting Inclusive & Accessible Learning Environments

Session Description:

This session focuses on promoting inclusive and accessible learning environments at Michigan State University. Through interactive discussion and the examination of case studies, participants will learn about university policies and processes related to accommodations and accessible content for students with disabilities and how any requests are handled. The dynamic presenters will identify strategies to respond to accommodation or accessibility requests as well as resources available to support both educators in their classrooms and their students.

Presenters:

  • Angela Sebald, Blindness/Visual Impairment, Media Access Specialist, Resource Center for Persons with Disabilities
  • Nate Evans, Manager, Digital Content & Accessibility, MSU Informational Technology

Learning Goals:

Upon completing this session, academics will be able to:

  • Articulate university policies related to accommodations and accessible content for students with disabilities, and describe the processes by which accommodation and accessibility requests are handled.
  • Identify strategies to respond to accommodation and accessibility requests they will be frequently presented with as educators
  • Identify resources available to both support participants in responding to accommodation/ accessibility requests, and support students with disabilities that are in their classes.

Teaching Competencies:

  • Understanding the University Context
  • Creating Effective Learning Environments

 

Inside Teaching @ MSU: Promoting Student Privacy & Academic Integrity

Session Description:

This session focuses on university policies related to academic integrity and promoting student privacy. Using a combination of lecture, discussion, and case studies, the expert presenters will identify strategies to respond to potential situations that could be encountered in teaching roles and strategies for intentionally creating pedagogical contexts and teaching environments that would least likely produce issues impacting student privacy or academic integrity. Lastly, participants will receive extensive resources for support. This interactive session presents real world scenarios to help contextualize university policies and procedures related to academic integrity and student privacy.

Presenters:

  • Rob Kent, MSU Assistant General Counsel
  • Shannon Burton, Associate University Ombudsperson, Office of the University Ombudsperson

Learning Goals:

Upon completing this session, participants will be able to:

  • Articulate university policies related to academic integrity and promoting student privacy (as well as the expectations that exist for upholding these policies).
  • Identify strategies to respond to situations that they could be presented with
  • Implement strategies in their teaching environments.
  • Create pedagogical contexts that would be least likely to produce issues.
  • Identify resources available to promote academic integrity and student privacy

Teaching Competency:

  • Understanding the University Context

 

Inside Teaching @ MSU: Promoting Learning Environments Free of Sexual Discrimination & Harassment

Session Description:

In this session, expert presenters will articulate university policies related to sex discrimination and sexual harassment. Through this interactive session, participants will explore explore the common expectations for academics and GTAs in upholding these policies and strategies for effective communication with students to establish a positive learning environment free of sex discrimination and/or harassment. At this end of this session, participants will be able to: 1) identify strategies for support in responding to potential situations during interactions with students inside and outside of the classroom. 2) Identify strategies and tips to set up a positive teaching and learning environments free of sex discrimination and harassment. 3). Identify a variety of resources available for support.

Presenters:

  • Jessica Norris, Title IX Coordinator and ADA Coordinator, Office of Institutional Equity
  • Ande Durojaiye, Director and Deputy Title IX Coordinator, Office of Institutional Equity

Learning Goals:

Upon completing this session, participants will be able to:

  • Articulate university policies related to sex discrimination and sexual harassment (as well as the expectations for upholding the policy).
  • Identify strategies to respond to situations that they could be presented with & implement strategies in their teaching environments.
  • Identify resources available to promote learning environments free of sex discrimination and harassment.

Teaching Competency:

  • Understanding the University Context
  • Creating Effective Learning Environments

 

BREAKOUTS

Understanding College Students' Mental Health: Signs, Resources & Strategies for Support

This session focuses on promoting inclusive and accessible learning environments at Michigan State University. Through interactive discussion and the examination of case studies, participants will learn about university policies and processes related to accommodations and accessible content for students with disabilities and how any requests are handled. The dynamic presenters will identify strategies to respond to accommodation or accessibility requests as well as resources available to support both educators in their classrooms and their students.

Presenters:

  • Dr. Talitha Easterly, Staff Psychologist and Coordinator for Outreach, Counseling Center at Michigan State University
  • Dr. Scott Becker, Director, Counseling Center at Michigan State University

Learning Goals:

Upon completing this session, participants will be able to:

  • Articulate university policies related to accommodations and accessible content for students with disabilities, and describe the processes by which accommodation and accessibility requests are handled.
  • Identify strategies to respond to accommodation and accessibility requests they will be frequently presented with as educators.
  • Identify resources available to both support participants in responding to accommodation/ accessibility requests, and support students with disabilities that are in their classes.

Teaching Competency:

  • Creating effective learning environments