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Thursday, November 2
 

3:00pm

Bridging Developmental Reading, Writing and Critical Thinking Using Thematic Units
Integrating reading, writing, and critical thinking equally can be challenging. Thematic units provide the platform to support all three crucial areas equally. This panel will demonstrate the planning of engaging thematic units using backwards design, share classroom-tested units, and describe strategies for experiences in reading, writing, and critical thinking.

The presentation content will be delivered though PowerPoint, interactive classroom case studies, and small and large group discussion. The chair will begin with an overview of backwards design and components of effective thematic units. Using this framework, three panelists will demonstrate how they translate this research/theory into practice using sample lessons and student work. The chair will then facilitate an interactive discussion in which participants will share ideas for adopting thematic units in their respective classrooms. This will also be an opportunity for dialogue between the panelists and presenters.



Thursday November 2, 2017 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Pennsylvania East

3:00pm

Building Bridges to Careers: Assignments That Enhance Professional Skills
An online university offers introductory level courses that develop students’ academic and professional writing skills. The panel will discuss the courses, key assignments that enhance students’ communication, digital literacy, and job preparation skills, and other strategies that faculty can use to help students be more prepared for the job market.

This panel will consist of three speakers and two chairs who have taught and designed courses in composition and career preparation. After each speaker reviews key talking points about the courses, their purpose, and assignments that hone professional writing skills, the panel will encourage discussion from attendees regarding strategies for revising composition courses to better meet employers’ needs and to create courses that will help students better prepare for a competitive job market.

Panelists and the chair will also share assignment examples and encourage participants to discuss assignments that they use to help students develop professional and digital literacy skills.



Thursday November 2, 2017 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Butler West

3:00pm

Learning Styles: Bridging Differences between Traditional Practices and Current Research
Many learning centers and tutor training programs incorporate discussion and activities related to learning styles. However current research tends to consider learning styles with skepticism. Through discussion and group activity, this session will explore best practices that reconcile how both may be of value.

This session will utilize a variety of presentational techniques. These include, but are not limited to the following: PowerPoint, discussion, brainstorming and group activity.

The group activity is an important element of the session as it encourages interaction among session participants, reinforces recognizing differing learning styles or preferences and how they affect group dynamics, and it provides a valuable tie-in to the conference theme. Participants will be divided into groups according to their learning style or preference. Each group will be tasked with determining how to best move four hypothetical travelers across a bridge while following prescribed guidelines.

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Thursday November 2, 2017 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Westmoreland East

3:00pm

First Year in a Learning Center: Navigation, Support, and Guidance
Have you transitioned into a learning assistance center in an entry, mid-level, or director position and questioned how to thrive in the role? Personal experiences, survey results, and theoretical frameworks will guide this interactive session; participants will discover best practices for being effective in their first year.

The presenters will be using a slideshow presentation as the primary visual aid throughout the workshop. Audience engagement will be implemented through a variety of methods, including an interactive survey which participants will respond to during the workshop to spark conversation and gather various experiences and perspectives. Additionally, participants will be divided into small groups to discuss obstacles they have witnessed or experienced. The large group will then have a discussion about solutions and strategies for facilitating an impactful and smooth first-year transition into a learning assistance center.

View Presentation File via Google Drive Here


Thursday November 2, 2017 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Butler East

3:00pm

Strengthening Faculty Relationships to Strengthen Student Learning
This interactive workshop will help learning support program staff maximize faculty partnerships. Presenters will share a highly networked model, including faculty development programs. Participants will map opportunities, complete an analysis of priorities, and create an action plan for strengthening bridges to faculty partnerships to enhance student learning.

Presenters will demonstrate various models of faculty partnerships, including ways to integrate learning support staff and/or programs with faculty development; participants will map current collaborations and future opportunities at their own institutions.

Presenters will facilitate a SWOT analysis activity; participants will identify strengths, brainstorm ways to circumvent potential weaknesses, make a plan to leverage or enlist likely allies, and anticipate ways to overcome possible obstacles in strengthening faculty partnerships.

Participants will give and receive feedback on their analyses.

Participants will complete an action plan to take back to their institutions.

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Thursday November 2, 2017 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Westmoreland West

3:00pm

A Bridge Worth Building: Campus-wide CRLA Certified Tutor Training Course
In this workshop, we will present on the delivery method of our tutor training course and the benefits of collaborating to provide a single CRLA certified training course for peer educators across campus. Participants will identify, draft, and review a topics schedule for their training courses that utilizes campus partners.

Representatives from 2 of the 4 departments (Housing and Undergraduate Education) will facilitate the workshop through:
- Introductions
- Description of CRLA certified training course
- Draft creation of a syllabus
- Group discussion on potential resources, allies, and campus partners.
- Challenges and potential areas of improvement.
- Q&A


Thursday November 2, 2017 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Somerset East

3:00pm

Bridge the Gap: Interactive Learning Activities Improve Tutor Training Effectiveness
Student engagement in tutor training is essential for an effective training program. This session presents ways to evaluate how engaging an activity is and introduces participants to activities they can use in training. Participants will take away two interactive and engaging activities they can customize to achieve many learning outcomes.

Warm-up: Brief direct instruction to introduce ourselves and give background of our Tutoring Center, its training philosophy, and its training history.
Activities: Sample interactive training activities with follow-up debrief and discussion
Conclusion: Wrap-up discussion & handouts

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Thursday November 2, 2017 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Cambria West

3:00pm

Building better tutor training with standards, outcomes and assessments
Tutor training programs are more effective with standards, outcomes, and assessment (SOA) metrics in place. We will be discussing best practices for SOA development, and the ITTPC guidelines for standards. We’ll also introduce how to develop measurable standards, outcomes and assessments, and how to integrate them into your training program.

The presentation will include:
1. Powerpoint (to guide the discussion)
2. Activities (matching SOAs, labeling activities, moving around the room)
3. Small- and Large-group Discussion & Pair work
4. Q&A



Thursday November 2, 2017 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Westmoreland Central

3:00pm

Creating and Publishing the Blueprints: Tutor Tips and Projects
This workshop will share the bridge from tutor tips /techniques to a demo of a culminating project for CRLA Certification (3) to publication. Participants will have the opportunity to share their own tutor created ideas. A free model for publishing and celebrating these great ideas will be demoed and discussed.

•Each presenter using PowerPoint will share the concept of celebrating tutor created materials from tips and techniques to an example of CRLA certification Level 3 final project.

•Audience engagement includes small group discussion and reporting out with half sheets of color paper to the wall size “sticky wall” for all to see.

•Presenters will facilitate small group discussions and posting of ideas for large group summary.

•A demonstration will include how the “recipes” can be published online in an established student centered web site set up for sharing tutor tips and techniques


Thursday November 2, 2017 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Pennsylvania West

3:00pm

Enhancing Self-Directed Learning in SI Leaders
The presenter will give an overview of the training format and priorities of an established SI program, highlighting several best practices for fostering self-directed learning in leaders. Participants will have the opportunity to discuss and share best practices from their programs for encouraging critical engagement in the self-directed learning process.

The Supplemental Instruction and EXCEL Collaborative Learning Group Program Coordinator will give an overview of one university’s undergraduate collaborative learning programs, featuring the training format and priorities and highlighting several of the program’s best practices for fostering self-directed learning in leaders.

Participants will have the opportunity to discuss and share their best practices for encouraging self-assessment, collaborative learning technique mastery, critical engagement, reflection, and creativity for fostering self-directed learning in student leaders and their sessions.

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Thursday November 2, 2017 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Somerset West

3:00pm

Academic Coaching: A Bridge to Student Empowerment, Engagement and Growth
Presenters have provided academic coaching, a powerful form of support in higher education, for over a decade, and have trained university professionals on this method of student support. This session will train participants in the fundamental principles of academic coaching and guide them to implement training for their staff.

The Pre-Conference Institute will be based on two successful training programs developed by The [University name redacted]’s learning center over the last three years: our coach approach training delivered to over 175 faculty and staff, and our academic coaching training week delivered annually to graduate student academic coaches.

This Pre-Conference Institute will be delivered interactively, mixing digital presentations of academic coaching with frequent discussion, live demonstrations, and participant interaction including practice of coaching skills and design of professional development plans.

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Thursday November 2, 2017 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Cambria East

3:00pm

Bridging the Gap Between Your Research Questions and Student Experiences
Staff needed to quickly develop skills in qualitative research to evaluate Entangled Learning, a process model for learning being implemented at Clemson. We will share our challenges in planning and conducting research, provide examples of approaches we considered and adopted, and lead participants in developing new skills for their projects.

Presenters will provide an overview of the landscape of research that can be used. The overview will be made in the context of our decisions during a current research project. Audience members will have the opportunity to work with samples of qualitative data to gain experience with decision-making and procedures for coding and analyzing narrative documents. Audience members will also have opportunity to brainstorm initial research questions and develop an initial plan for pursuing their own research projects. Presenters and participants will discuss potential challenges and decision points inherent in these initial plans.

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Thursday November 2, 2017 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Lawrence
 
Saturday, November 4
 

8:00am

Building Bridges: Forming Writing Center/Campus Partnerships to Assist Students
By strengthening relationships with faculty and staff, the SHU Writing Center has expanded its services to create and implement initiatives. New types of workshops and strategies targeting specific student populations will be discussed. Participants will be guided through steps to take to become the architects of their own cross-campus collaborations.

The presenters will explain the background for collaborations, as well as their process for developing, implementing and revising the activities stemming from their partnerships. Specific strategies will be shared, as well as the resulting impact from these initiatives. Video testimonials from colleagues involved will also be shown. In addition to sharing their experiences, presenters will guide participants through steps so they can begin exploring outreach on their own campuses: recognizing concerns, identifying possible collaborators, determining a process, implementing initiatives, considering revisions, and evaluating new projects. Participants will share their ideas during the workshop.

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Saturday November 4, 2017 8:00am - 9:30am
Westmoreland East

8:00am

Efficient & Effective Readers: Bridging Success Counseling and Literacy Support
Interested in helping students integrate reading and study strategies into their reading process? Curious about exploring the intersection between student success counseling and literacy support? Join Meaghan and Renee in this interactive workshop where you will learn and practice strategies that you can implement immediately with your students.

This workshop will be implemented as a model for how this content can best be delivered to college students. More specifically, the workshop will include facilitated discussion of participants’ needs in supporting their students, direct instruction, application of the strategies and skills, and metacognitive discussion about implications on participants’ professional practice. Participants will leave with not only the foundational knowledge of how to link time management techniques and strategic reading skills, but also the tools and materials necessary for sharing this approach with their students immediately.

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Saturday November 4, 2017 8:00am - 9:30am
Cambria East

8:00am

Integrated Course Design: Connecting Students to Their Potential as Learners
Using Fink's (2013) Taxonomy for significant learning and integrated course design as a framework when structuring courses fosters deep connections between students and the course material, their potential as learners, and ultimately the overall experience of learning. This workshop will engage participants in creating the foundation for transformative learning.

Attendees will be introduced to Fink's (2013) Taxonomy for significant learning and integrated course design through a mini-lecture. The presenter's course syllabus will be used as an example. They will then write 1-2 of their own learning outcomes for a course they facilitate using Fink's Taxonomy. Next, there will be mini-lecture on the differences between active learning and assessment activities, as well as auditive versus educative assessment activities. Participants will work in groups to complete short case studies and then will use Fink's (2013) Integrated course design chart to match their learning outcomes with active learning and assessment activities.

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Saturday November 4, 2017 8:00am - 9:30am
Washington

8:00am

Developing 21st Century skills in students using a competency-based approach
In this interactive workshop, participants will explore the benefits of applying a competency-based approach to help student-staff develop 21st Century skills. Opportunities are designed to enhance vocational self-efficacy and provide practical experience to support future career interests. Participants will have the opportunity to design competencies for their programs.

In this session, we will use a mix of delivery methods including presentation, small and large group discussion, and individual and small group work. Participants will be introduced to background, literature, and rationale for this session topic, see various examples from our institution, share with and learn from other participants, and have an opportunity to develop and design their own examples of competency-based professional development activities for their tutors, SI leaders, or other staff.



Saturday November 4, 2017 8:00am - 9:30am
Somerset East

8:00am

Synergistic Supervision: Building Strategies for Managing a Large Student Staff
Student staff retention is an important part of managing a successful program. However, many Coordinators oversee multiple programs and many student employees with limited resources. This workshop will explore how supervisors can utilize various tools and techniques in order to manage time efficiently, while providing an enriching employment experience.

This workshop will begin with participants sharing challenges they encounter while managing a large staff or multiple programs.
The presenter will discuss the importance of staff retention, introduce the framework of synergistic supervision, and identify five common challenges faced by LAC supervisors.

Participants will break out into five groups to collect and present their own strategies and innovations that help them address each challenge, and the presenter will introduce additional approaches and tools that have proven to be effective.
Strategies and tools will be collected and posted in the “Toolbox,” located on an accessible Google Site.

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Saturday November 4, 2017 8:00am - 9:30am
Westmoreland West

8:00am

Building Bridges, Removing Barriers: Supporting Students with Disabilities
This panel will address issues of understanding diversity and leveraging student differences to maximize success for students with disabilities. Key points will focus on faculty-student connections as well as an in-depth examination of disabilities. Audience members will be actively engaged in this dynamic conversation about working with students with disabilities.




Saturday November 4, 2017 8:00am - 9:30am
Butler East