May 21st, 2013 @ 2:21 pm | Author: Greg Vanney
Valley City State University held its Summer Teaching Academy 2013 on campus May 14–17.

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

The theme of the academy, “Engage in Teaching Naked,” was based on the book Teaching Naked: How Moving Technology Out of Your College Classroom Will Improve Student Learning by José Antonio Bowen, dean of the Meadows School of the Arts and professor of music at Southern Methodist University. Bowen’s book explores and encourages the use of a variety of new technologies in teaching and learning to help deliver content outside the classroom but recommends saving the classroom period itself for high-engagement activities.

Teaching academy participants were VCSU faculty members Amber Aberle, Gregory Brister, Shou Ching Chao, Daisy Figueroa, Peder Gjovik, Rachelle Hunt, Jennifer Jenness, Steven King, Heather Kvilvang, Sarah Milner, Jamie Paurus, Christopher Redfearn, Julee Russell, Teather Sundstrom, Rob Walsh, Jamie Wirth, Kathryn Woehl and Jonna Ziniel.

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 James Boe, Diane Burr, Kerry Gregoryk, Sara Hagen and Shannon VanHorn.