Teaching Transformation Academy (TTA)

The Teaching Transformation Academy consists of a series of workshops designed to expose faculty to:

  • the latest in pedagogical strategies
  • sound instructional design processes
  • the effective use of technology in the teaching process

The TTA is a voluntary effort and approximately 40% of VU's faculty have attended.

See the list of TTA graduates by clicking here

 

TTA Reading List - http://quality-instruction.blogspot.com/2007/06/reading-list.html

 

TTA Class Sessions:

Session 01 –Transformation, Effective Teaching and Quality Instruction (Pedagogy, Technology)

Description:

The focus is developing a personal understanding of effective teaching. How does each individual faculty member define effective teaching and quality instruction? Reflecting on the aspects of learner-centered teaching, faculty members will engage in a discussion on their own teaching styles, learning styles and the impact on the teaching environment. This session will highlight best practices and implementing these practices into their unique classrooms, whether face-to-face, fully online, or a hybrid classroom.

Learning Outcomes:

  • At the end of this session, participants will IDENTIFY and DESCRIBE the impact of personal teaching style, preference and/or strategy on transformation
  • At the end of this session, participants will IDENTIFY and DESCRIBE the impact of personal learning style, preference and/or strategy on transformation

Technology Component Outcomes- Module One: Blackboard Introduction:

  • After completing module one, participants will have NAVIGATED through Blackboard menus
  • After completing module one, participants will have REQUESTED Blackboard maintenance
  • After completing module one, participants will have POSTED to discussion board, journal, and uploaded an assignment

Session 02 – Teaching and Learning Styles (Pedagogy, Technology)

Description:

Understanding the myriad of teaching and learning styles can be somewhat daunting for even the most seasoned faculty member. Much of the intuitive approaches to teaching have success. The focus of this session will include a reflective and interactive discussion on both teaching and learning styles. As part of understanding and determining the impact of teaching styles on learning and learning styles on teaching, faculty will be introduced to the role of technology in teaching and learning.

Learning Outcomes:

  • At the end of this session, participants will DETERMINE and DESCRIBE their teaching style
  • At the end of this session, participants will DETERMINE and DESCRIBE their learning style

Technology Component Outcomes- Module Two: Getting Started with Blackboard:

  • After completing module two, participants will have CREATED a homepage and menu items in their training course.
  • After completing module two, participants will have CREATED a banner, announcement and profile for their training course

Session 03 – Course Development and Concept Mapping/Outlining (Pedagogy, Instructional Design, Technology)

Description:

Realizing that while all courses may have similar elements, all courses differ from one another. Faculty will discuss and examine the course structure and lesson structure. Identifying curricular elements and their place in course and lesson structure, faculty will focus on the development of a course, or the modification of a course, for different delivery modalities (face-to-face, fully online, or hybrid). This session will focus on concept mapping or outlining as a strategy to enhance course or lesson design. Using web based applications or other technological applications, instructional units will be mapped or outlined and these outlines will be used to identify depth and breadth of coverage.

Learning Outcomes:

  • At the end of this session, participants will CREATE a concept map for a unique lesson or course
  • At the end of this session, participants will EXPLAIN the concept map as a course development document

Technology Component Outcomes- Concept Mapping Software:

  • After completing module three, participants will have CREATED a course concept map using various software programs.

Session 04 – Instructional Design (Instructional Design, Technology)

Description:

Educational instructional design is the theory and practice used to produce the optimal results in methods of instruction. Simply put it is a comprehensive plan of instruction that helps the instructor to best help their students meet the learning outcomes of the course. Instructional design is a broad area that includes educational theory, teaching methods, strategies, target analysis, classroom management, activity planning, evaluation and presentation. This session will focus on best practices and tips for good instructional design.

Learning Outcomes:

  • At the end of this session, participants will IDENTIFY best practices for good instructional design
  • At the end of this session, participants will CREATE course learning outcomes

Technology Component Outcomes- Module Three: Adding and Modifying Content in Blackboard:

  • After completing module four, participants will have CREATED items and folders in their Blackboard training course
  • After completing module four, participants will have UPLOADED content in their Blackboard training course

Session 05 – Active Learning and Course Materials (Pedagogy, Technology)

Description:

Developing a sense and understanding of active learning is important. Using this understanding to focus, direct and redirect teaching will create an environment where all students have the same potential to learn. Active learning is, and should, be a primary method for teaching AND learning. This session will focus on modeling active learning, and a variety of active learning techniques. Creating course materials that support and enhance active learning will be discussed and examined.

Learning Outcomes:

  • At the end of this session, participants will EXPLAIN active learning as an instructional strategy
  • At the end of this session, participants will CREATE an active learning lesson

Technology Component Outcomes- Module Five: Discussion Boards, Wikis, Blogs and Journals:

  • After completing module five, participants will have CREATED a discussion board forum, wiki, blog, and journal in their training course
  • After completing module four, participants will have CONTRIBUTED to a journal, blog and wiki in their training site

Session 06 – Teaching Challenges (Pedagogy, Technology)

Description:

This session will focus on several of the challenges instructors may encounter in the classroom including; plagiarism, bad behavior, and students with disabilities. Participants will also discuss techniques used in “Teaching the Unprepared Student” by Kathleen Gabriel.

Learning Outcomes:

  • At the end of this session, participants will IDENTIFY different techniques to help resolve or avoid teaching challenges
  • At the end of this session, participants will IDENTIFY strategies and techniques to help students with disabilities and the unprepared student

Technology Component Outcomes- Module Six: Assignments, SafeAssign, Rubrics and Outcomes Alignment:

  • After completing module six, participants will have CREATED assignment links and SafeAssign plagiarism links in their training course
  • After completing module six, participants will have CREATED gradable rubrics using the Blackboard rubric feature in their training course
  • After completing module six, participants will have ALIGNED program outcomes and CREATED outcome reports in their training course

Session 07 – Digital Learning Assets and PowerPoint (Technology)

Description:

The assets available for learning are growing as fast as technological changes. To understand the differences in digital audio, digital video and digital file formats is important to begin integrating these assets into the classroom. Faculty will explore and be introduced to the digital assets available and instructional strategies to incorporate and integrate these assets into their classroom. The focus will include presentation software (currently Microsoft PowerPoint 2007) introduction and basic skill development.

Learning Outcomes:

  • At the end of this session, participants will CREATE a Microsoft PowerPoint presentation
  • At the end of this session, participants will DESCRIBE the role of digital media assets in and for their academic discipline

Technology Component Outcomes- Module Four: Creating and Adding Multi-media (Part I):

  • After completing module four, participants will have CREATED and UPLOADED a variety of multimedia content in their training course
  • After completing module four, participants will have FOUND and UPLOADED media rich content such as Films on Demand video, still images and slide presentations to their training course

Session 08 – Desktop Audio and Video (Technology)

Description:

The uses of audio and video will be the focus of this session. Using readily accessible desktop software or web based software; faculty will create audio files and video files to be used in their classroom. This session will include a discussion and examination of both audio and video files in teaching and learning. Faculty will be introduced to and develop skills necessary for creating, basic editing and distributing digital or desktop audio and video files.

Learning Outcomes:

  • At the end of this session, participants will CREATE and IDENTIFY how to use a screencast
  • At the end of this session, participants will CREATE and IDENTIFY how to use an audio file

Technology Component Outcomes- Module Four: Creating and Adding Multi-media (Part II):

  • After completing module six, participants will have CREATED and UPLOADED audio files and music widgets to their training site
  • After completing module four, participants will have CREATED and UPLOADED a video screencast to their training site

Session 09 – Synchronous and Asynchronous Communication (Technology)

Description:

Current technological applications provide seemingly immediate, continuous and rich communication venues between teacher and student. Supplementing traditional email or discussion forums, new synchronous and asynchronous communication tools are providing access anywhere, anytime and anyplace. This session will focus on introducing and exploring the new emerging communication tools, and provide opportunities for discussion on the nature of contemporary communication in teaching and learning.

Learning Outcomes:

  • At the end of this session, participants will PARTICIPATE in synchronous communication session
  • At the end of this session, participants will PARTICIPATE in asynchronous communication session

Technology Component Outcomes- Module Ten: Collaborate/Elluminate Live:

  • In this session, participants will actively PARTICIPATE in a Collaborate training session through chat, audio, video and desktop sharing.

Session 10 – Classroom Management (Pedagogy, Instructional Design, Technology)

Description:

Contemporary classroom management strategies are changing with changes in classroom technology, refinement and identification of teaching and learning styles and curricular expectations. How the classroom is managed depends not only on the type of classroom (face-to-face, fully online, or hybrid), the type of technologies used, but also on the learning outcomes. This session will focus on a discussion of the dynamic classroom management strategies necessary for all types of classrooms.

Learning Outcomes:

  • At the end of this session, participants will IDENTIFY personal classroom management style
  • At the end of this session, participants will DETERMINE the impact of pedagogical elements on classroom management

Technology Component Outcomes- Module Nine: Groups, Archiving, Adaptive Release and Moving Content:

  • After completing module nine, participants will have CREATED groups in their training site
  • After completing module nine, participants will have ARCHIVED their Blackboard course
  • After completing module nine, participants will have MOVED content in and between their training sites
  • After completing module nine, participants will have SETUP an adaptive release in their training site

Session 11 – Assessment Strategies and Techniques (Pedagogy, Instructional Design, Technology)

Description:

Assessment and evaluation are integral elements in the classroom. Expanding the variety of assessment strategies provides faculty with different methods of determining or measuring the depth and breadth of student learning. This session will focus on reviewing a variety of assessment strategies. Faculty will participate in multiple assessments and reflect on each assessment. This session will seek to integrate assessment into the classroom and use assessment to determine both student performance and teaching effectiveness.

Learning Outcomes:

  • At the end of this session, participants will ASSESS the role of different methods to evaluate learning
  • At the end of this session, participants will DETERMINE the role of assessment for improvement
  • At the end of this session, participants will DETERMINE the role of assessment for evaluating teaching

Technology Component Outcomes- Module Seven: Creating and Delivering On-line Tests:

  • After completing module seven, participants will have CREATED tests and surveys in their training site

Session 12 – Blackboard Grading and Feedback (Technology)

Description:

This session will focus on an advanced Blackboard element, the Grade Center. Participants will learn how to grade, create columns, schemas, smartviews, provide feedback, and download the grade book. They will also learn how to look at test and survey result data and grade histories.

Learning Outcomes:

  • At the end of this session, participants will CREATE advanced Blackboard course elements
  • At the end of this session, participants will MANIPULATE selected advanced Blackboard course elements

Technology Component Outcomes- Module Eight: The Blackboard Grade Center:

  • After completing module eight, participants will have SETUP their grade book in their training site
  • After completing module eight, participants will have MANIPULATED the various features of the grade book in their training site

Session 13 – Delivering Content and Learning Environments (Pedagogy, Instructional Design, Technology)

Description:

Contemporary course content should be delivered using the variety of technological means available. No longer is curricular content only text and images. Digital content can be delivered to students and updated and dynamically changed. In this session we will focus on determining the most appropriate method to deliver content, whether face-to-face, fully online or in a blended or hybrid environment. In learning environments, the dynamic model of learning can occur with no regard to place or time. Resources that once were available at a unique location are now available and accessible as digital resources. This session will focus on examining and reflecting on the changes and shifts for teaching in different environments or spaces.

Learning Outcomes:

  • At the end of this session, participants will DESCRIBE the role of lesson or course structure on delivery methods
  • At the end of this session, participants will EXPLAIN the impact of delivery methods on course structure
  • At the end of this session, participants will EXPLAIN the impact of effective teaching and quality instruction on learning spaces
  • At the end of this session, participants will DESCRIBE the characteristics of optimal learning environments or spaces

Technology Component Outcomes- Cutting Edge Technology to Help in the Classroom:

  • After this session participants will be able to EXPLAIN and IMPLEMENT some of the newest technology tools into their classroom

Session 14 – Final Reflection (Pedagogy)

Description:

What has been transformed? How have the participants been transformed? What are their plans for implementation and integration of the academy into practice? This session will celebrate the accomplishments of the participants and challenge them to continue their transformation.

Learning Outcomes:

  • At the end of this session, participants will DESCRIBE the personal impact of transformation
  • At the end of this session, participants will SHARE new or modified perspectives on teaching and learning