Innovation Station: A Lively Conversation on Fostering Pedagogical Breakthroughs

Concurrent Session 7
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Brief Abstract

In an educational landscape filled with silos, let's tear down the walls for a few minutes and share examples of innovations across our organizations.


I am currently an instructional designer at Cornell University. My primary areas of support include international collaborations, online course development and e-Portfolios. Prior to my position at Cornell I taught marketing in Panama, Santo Domingo, Prague and Lebanon using a blended learning model. I incorporate cloud computing tools to increase engagement while the students work online and for collaborations across cultures. I recently earned my PhD at UAlbany School of Education. The title of my dissertation was Five Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Majors: A Portraiture of their Lived Experiences.
Kristen Eshleman is Director of Digital Innovation at Davidson College. She leads a campus-wide innovation initiative focused on the design and research of mission-aligned experimentation that reimagines a traditional liberal arts institution in the current context. As part of Technology & Innovation, this initiative intentionally pushes the envelope to adapt and respond strategically to rapid changes in the digital age. In partnership with the Cynefin Center for Applied Complexity at the University of Bangor, she is also pursuing research on institutions as complex adaptive systems and how these might be optimally structured to foster and account for emergence.

Extended Abstract

Innovation Station: A Lively Conversation on Fostering Pedagogical Breakthroughs

In an educational landscape filled with silos letís tear down the walls for a few minutes and share examples of innovations across our organizations. This panel session will provide participants at a glimpse into the pedagogical innovations taking place across multiple institutions.

In this session we will describe how we develop learning environments that support interconnectedness between educators and students, and are equipped to quickly change processes and strategies, while simultaneously fostering and celebrating creativity and ingenuity. Additionally we will demonstrate new methods and technologies that we have utilized that are most scalable in teaching and learning while keeping the focus on improving teaching and learning rather than the use of the latest and greatest new tool. We will demonstrate changes in teaching methods and pedagogical practices that have been informed by emerging technology.

The session will begin with a brief overview of the use of emerging technologies to foster pedagogical change and then move to individual panelists presentations of innovations in online course development.

Themes from Cornell University
Transforming the faculty journey through Academic Technology services
Re-visioning MOOCs as a call to action and a way to build a community of practice

Themes from Davidson College
How access to a ëDomain of Oneís Owní refocuses teaching, learning & research toward student agency
What happens when faculty, staff and students participate in digital learning communities of practice and ask the same questions together, repeatedly, over the course of a semester
How EdTech, specifically MOOCs in this example, have turned a critical lens on our assumptions about residential education and revealed exciting possibilities for online learning
How the creation of a safe-to-fail R&D space is allowing students and faculty to enter into a cycle of experimentation to understand how digital learning can strengthen the residential student experience and contribute to the development of the whole person, through curricular and co-curricular experimentation and evidence-based design

Themes from Michigan State University
Using design thinking and LX design to transform how MSU IT Teaching and Learning Technologies delivers services
Using existing MOOCs as a call to action and to build a community of practice
MSU IT as a partner and catalyst with faculty, departments, and the Innovation Hub for Teaching and Learning, working to connect people and ideas across a large R1 campus

Themes from the University of Arizona
Re-visioning discipline-specific experiential learning in the online environment
Setting the stage for student-driven learning with mindful applications of emerging technology (Purdue Passport, VoiceThread, Storyline)
With numerous stakeholders invested in design and delivery of online instruction, creating organizational structures to document process and capture the lifecycle of course development

Themes from iDesignEDU
Transformation of Learning Design from Instructor-centric to Student Centered
Using Personas and design thinking to support the transition to a learner centered course design
Emerging technology to support learner autonomy
Canva, Remark, FlipGrid, Zaption
Using metaphors to make connections to prior knowledge
Imagery and learner narratives

This session will be structured as a collegial and collaborative open dialogue, encouraging participants to join in on the discussion and share innovations from their institutions. Participants will leave with a bevy of effective practices that they might implement in their own teaching and learning or in supporting their colleagues in their efforts to support student engagement.