Circles of Innovation is back for an exciting new year, and we have some some engaging sessions planned. For those of you who have not yet had an opportunity to check us out, Circles of Innovation (Circles for short) is a faculty development opportunity “Where good ideas collide and great discoveries are made possible!” We invite you to join us for one hour each month to explore innovative ideas and try out collaborative and creative techniques designed to enhance teaching. As always, every session will have practical Brick & Click (aka both traditional & digital) teaching strategies that you can adopt, adapt, and apply in your own classroom. Below you will find a brief description of each session along with campus dates and locations. You are welcome to join sessions at any of our campus sessions. To RSVP, simply click on the link that best fits your calendar and sign up. Feel free to invite some friends, the more the merrier.
September – Fun Theory Challenge
Fun Theory is simply the idea that something as simple as fun is the easiest way to change people’s behaviour for the better. Want people to take stairs instead of the escalator? Turn the stairs into a piano! Want people to use hand sanitizer? Have the sanitizer machine talk to them as they walk past! Come join us for an engaging discussion and playful session on how you can use Fun Theory and Game Theory in the classroom to change student behavior and enhance learning. What are the problems? What are the possibilities? Then if you are interested, create your own campus team and learn more about how you can compete in our inaugural Fun Theory Challenge.
October – Screencasting, Padcasting, Touchcasting Oh My!
Gone are the days of Googling for written instructions. Let’s face it, that is so 2008! Are you Two-thousand and late? You may have noticed your students Googling Video-On-Demand through their mobile devices. Why is it that they prefer video to text instructions? Will they retain it? Do they need to? Will meeting them in their preferred medium increase participation and performance? Come learn more about FREE and easy to use technologies for broadcasting your ideas from your favorite computer, tablet or pad device. Also learn more about how you and your students can make the same video content interactive with Touchcasting. What are the problems? What are the possibilities? This one-hour session is full of information, interactive discussion, and both digital and traditional strategies you can use to better engage your students.
November – Fun With Green Screen
Where in the world is Professor Creasman? Was he really with Jefferson and Adams as they discussed politicaltheory? Was he really there at the founding of the American Nation , or is that greenscreening technology in action? Perhaps you are aware that your campusfaculty development center has “Mobile Video Production Units” containing allthe tools you might need to create educational experiences to engage learners.What you may not know is how easy green screening actually is. Come join us fora highly engaging practice session on “Fun with Greenscreen.” Learn more abouthow your colleagues across the college are using this technology, and envisionthe possibilities for your classroom? Be sure NOT to wear greenwhen you come to this fun, one-hour session full of information, interactivediscussion, and both digital and traditionalstrategies you can use in your classroom and beyond.
In addition to our fall line up, this year we are also going to offer some Circles Rewind Sessions (We have had requests to bring back some of the best in show sessions from last season) Your wish is our command, and if you would like to vote on which other Rewind sessions will be coming to a campus near you, please click here and let us know. Our first Circles Rewind will be held on Osceola Campus (Room 4-308) on Tuesday September 9th from 4:00 to 5:00 pm. The name of the session is “Mindset and Motivation,” based on the research of Carol Dweck, Ph.D. and Janet Zadina, Ph.D.. We will discover what type of mindset we each have and challenge one another to think about how we can change a fixed mindset of “I can’t…” and “I’m not smart enough…” to a growth mindset mentality that thrives on challenge and growth mindset feedback. Please click here to Register for that session.
West Campus 6-326 Wed Oct 29th 1:00 – 2:00 pm (Currently Taking Requests)
East Campus 8-101 Wed Nov 5th 1:00 – 2:00 pm (Currently Taking Requests)