Teaching academy for faculty explores keys to success

May 23rd, 2014 @ 12:10 pm | Author: Greg Vanney
Valley City State University held its second annual Summer Teaching Academy on campus May 20–22, 2014.

Coordinated by the VCSU Instructional Design Team, the academy brings VCSU faculty members together to discuss new ideas in teaching and learning, and to engage them with those ideas through exploration.

The theme of the 2014 academy—“Discover Your Keys to Success!”—was based on the book “Learner-Centered Teaching: Five Key Changes to Practice” by Maryellen Weimer, professor emerita of teaching and learning at Penn State.

Weimer’s book shows how to tie teaching and curriculum to the process and objectives of learning rather than to content delivery alone.

Teaching academy participants were VCSU faculty and staff members Tony Dutton, Emily Fenster, Lana Fornes, Jane Hammer, Curt Hill, Morgan Keasler, Sam Keasler, Heidi Larson, Ram Lau, Elizabeth Maher, Nicholaus Meyers, Sarah Milner, Jodi Shorma, Sam Stover, Teather Sundstrom, Brenda Tyre, Hilde van Gijssel, Jamie Wirth and Katie Woehl.

The teaching academy was led by the VCSU Instructional Design Team, a group of teaching faculty charged with supporting faculty members’ pedagogical strategies, especially in regard to efficiency, innovation and technology in teaching and learning. The design team includes Amber Aberle, Jim Boe, Diane Burr, Kerry Gregoryk, Sara Hagen, Julee Russell and Shannon VanHorn.