The Office of Academic Affairs, the Center for Teaching, Learning, and Technology, PSU Faculty Senate, and PSU KNEA hosted the 2012 Faculty Professional Development Day on Wednesday, August 15, from 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
This year's theme was "Course Redesign" inspired by a book reviewed by the Provost's Reading Group during the spring semester.
Dr. Philip Turner, author of “Next Generation Course Redesign,” and his colleague, Dr. Brenda McCoy, were the keynote speakers.
Dr. Phil Turner has been a classroom teacher, a librarian, a college professor, and the owner of an information company. He served simultaneously as an academic dean and the lead administrator for distance learning at two institutions: The University of Alabama and the University of North Texas. Dr. Turner is Professor Emeritus at the University of North Texas and serves as a consultant to their Next Generation Course Redesign Project. He has written extensively on the subject of the application of technology to the teaching and learning process and is currently researching and writing in the area of online training in public libraries. His latest book is Next Generation Course Redesign published by Peter Lang.
Dr. Brenda McCoy is the Director of Applied Professional Programs at the University of North Texas which includes Alternative Dispute Resolution, the Bachelor of Applied Arts & Sciences (BAAS) degree program, and Non-Profit Studies. Dr. McCoy’s academic background is in sociology. She has been actively involved in UNT’s Next Generation Course Redesign™ Project since 2008 and has redesigned and implemented an introductory sociology course, a cross-disciplinary course in research methods, and a course on civic engagement. She is currently developing a new BAAS program assessment model using data from required courses which have been redesigned. Her scholarly interests include pedagogy and engaged learning strategies. Dr. McCoy regularly conducts workshops and gives presentations on the need for new instructional approaches in higher education.
Concurrent sessions were held after lunch. Presenters and titles included: