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Pre-conference Workshops

Wednesday, February 9, 2:00-5:00

Pre-Conference Workshops provide participants with the opportunity to develop new skills, learn new ideas, network with colleages, and create new approaches to teaching and learning. The CHEP pre-conference workshops feature authors and leaders in the field of teaching and learning. The workshop fee is $100.

WS 1- Dr. Shara Lee

Dr. Thomas Morris

Shara Lee, Ph.D., Director, Faculty and Instructional Development, Valencia College

Although experiential learning is a recognized high-impact practice, the way in which it is done significantly contributes to the depth of positive impact. In this interactive workshop, we will explore both the science and the art of creating meaningful experiential learning as we connect it to your individual practice.

Dr. Shara Lee is a faculty member and director of Faculty and Instructional Development at Valencia College in Orlando, Florida. She is a board member for the National Society for Experiential Education, serves as the Chair and a faculty member for its Experiential Education Academy, and was honored with an excellence award for research on experiential education. Over the past year and a half, Dr. Lee has co-chaired college-wide teams of faculty, staff, and administrators resulting in a new instructional modality responsive to the times and an evidence-based Brief on equity-minded pedagogy and curriculum. She currently teaches for Syracuse University’s Bachelor of Professional Studies in Creative Leadership program and Valencia College’s Bachelor of Applied Science in Business and Organizational Leadership programs.

WS 2- My Corona: The Opportunities of Teaching in a Post-Pandemic World

Robert Turner III, Ph.D., Associate Professor,  Chair of the Department of Modern Languages and Linguistics, University of South Dakota

Matthew Turner, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Communications, Radford University 

Scott Turner, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Computer Science, University of Wisconsin – Stout

Dr. Thomas Morris
Dr. Matthew Turner
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As the fallout from the global pandemic has continued to drag on, the return to the classroom has been anything but smooth. Many are asking “When do things finally get back to normal?” But perhaps the more important question is “What should normal be?”  

Although the pandemic has disrupted education in unprecedented ways it also provides great opportunities. Many of us have lamented the loss of quality instruction and inability to connect with students that the pandemic caused. However, we now have a body of students and faculty who have a whole new arsenal of tools that allow them to connect to the material and each other in a variety of ways. The newly acquired skills make flipped classrooms easier and more understandable and allow for the possibility of Hi-flex courses. We have discovered and practiced more flexible approaches to things like asynchronous and synchronous lectures, testing and evaluation, and virtual office hours. In this workshop participants will discuss the purpose of teaching and evaluation and how that perception has changed over the last two years. We will also assess new skills, technologies, and opportunities and strategize how to take advantage of them. One of the goals of the workshop is to strategically allow participants to plan how to shift practices and reimagine goals using tech as a tool and not following tech as a fad. The workshop will prepare participants not only to increase their arsenal of pedagogical tools, but also plan out how and when to employ them.

Dr. Robert Turner III is an associate professor of Spanish and Chair of the Department of Modern Languages and Linguistics at the University of South Dakota. He received his B.A. in Spanish and German from Brigham Young University, his M.A. in Spanish literature from the University of Virginia, and his Ph.D. in Spanish literature from Vanderbilt University. Dr Turner teaches courses in advanced Spanish grammar, the literature and history of Spain and honors courses in Science Fiction. His research centers around issues of identity, power and disguise in the works of the playwright Tirso de Molina. His recent publications address topics such as the multiplication of identity, the use of space as a metaphor, and the use of structural duplication to emphasize communication gaps through asymmetrical information. His next projects include a translation of Por el sótano y el torno, and a book length consideration of the written word in the theater of Tirso.

Dr. Matthew Turner is a professor of Communication at Radford University. He received his B.A.’s in Communication and English from Virginia Tech. He has worked in television production and engineering as well as video editing and producing professionally before returning to academia. Dr. Turner received his M.A. in Telecommunication from Ohio University and his Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Arts also from Ohio University. He currently teaches, media production, film, and communication at Radford University, has served as Interim Chair of Foreign Languages and Literatures, Interim Director of the School of Communication, and Director of the Virginia Governor’s Schools for Humanities and Visual and Performing Arts. Dr. Turner has presented at numerous national and international conferences in pedagogy, interdisciplinary studies, theater, art history, philosophy, English, and film. Dr. Turner’s primary research area is in comedy in its various forms, which he frequently slips into his teaching as well. 

Dr. Scott Turner is an associate professor of Computer Science at the University of Wisconsin – Stout where he has been for six years. He previously taught at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke. Dr. Turner received his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. in Computer Science from Virginia Tech. He teaches mobile development in Android, human-computer interaction, and programming in many different languages and has recently become more involved with Stout’s game development program. Dr. Turner has happily avoided any administrative positions so far. His research areas include Computer Science education and human-computer interaction.

WS 3- Employing the E.N.H.A.N.C.E. Learning Model to Create Dynamic Learning Environments and Experiences

Morris Thomas, Ph.D., Director, Center for Excellence in Teaching, Learning & Assessment, Howard University

Dr. Thomas Morris

A primary focus of the E.N.H.A.N.C.E. Learning Model (ELM) is to provide a link between the learners’ emotional and cognitive aspects needed to positively affect the learning environment and the learners’ experience. Moreover, the ELM is provided to ease the many demands required for course design and delivery. Each letter in the ELM represents a term (Engage, Navigate, Highlight, Assessment, Network, Connect, Edutain) to create an acronym that represents (7) strategies to inform thoughtful preparation in designing and delivering courses conducive for learning.

The participants will have an opportunity to consider how these strategies can be applied to the affective and technical aspects of the learning experience. Participant will also be provided the opportunity for hands-on practice utilizing technological tools presented during the session. Participants will leave this interactive session with the information needed to immediately incorporate both instructional best practices and technology to create adaptable and rich learning experiences.

Dr. Morris Thomas serves as the Assistant Provost for Digital and Online Learning and Director of the Center for Excellence in Teaching, Learning and Assessment at Howard University. He has an extensive background in facilitating learning across instructional modalities. Dr. Thomas’ research focuses on instructional dynamics encompassing instructional domains, design and delivery. He developed an instructional design framework, the E.N.H.A.N.C.E. Learning Model that includes seven strategies to inform intentional course design and delivery. He is also the creator of the “Whole Experience” a framework that addresses Diversity Equity and Inclusion (DEI). He is the author of Focus: The Missing Factor; A Practical Guide to Accomplishing Your Goals. Dr. Thomas serves as a member of the Quality Matters Academic Advisory Council (QMAAC) and holds several Quality Matters certifications, including Master Reviewer, Peer-Reviewer and Quality Matters Coordinator. He is also certified to facilitate the Applying the Quality Matters Rubric workshop face-to-face and online. He is a Gallup-Certified Strengths Coach and certified to administer the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator. Dr. Thomas is a Project Management Professional with the Project Management Institute, Inc. and completed the University of South Florida’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion certificate.

Dr. Thomas received his Ph.D. in higher education administration from Morgan State University, a M.A. in educational policy and leadership from The Ohio State University, a M.S. in instructional technology management from LaSalle University, a M.M. in classical vocal performance from New Jersey City University and a B.A. in music from Fisk University.