New Approaches to Teaching and Learning Conference 2019

The Office of Faculty Development and CITS Instructional Development have partnered with colleagues from across campus to host a full-day conference on January 18th, 2019.

  • Learn about innovative teaching and learning taking place at UMass Dartmouth.
  • Network with your peers from across campus.

Conference Schedule

Breakfast & Registration
CCB Lobby, 8:00am

Welcome Remarks
CCB 149, 9:00am

Provost’s Teaching and Learning with Technology Award Presentation
CCB 149, 9:15am

Sessions – 10:00am

Humanizing Online Learning
CCB 247 Learn how to take some “distance” out of distance learning with tips and strategies from online faculty who teach engaging and interactive online courses.

  • Karen Carnes
  • Sandra Rivera
  • Jaqueline Ristau
  • Analia Tebaldi

Session Recap VoiceThread

Teaching Writing as a Process
CCB 248 This panel recounts the ways three faculty members make use of various technologies to support their writing process assignments.

  • Meghan Fair
  • Alexis Teagarden
  • Yuan Zhang


Lightning Rounds – 10:50am

Active Learning
CCB 247 Hear about the impact that active learning strategies has had on three faculty and how they teach their courses.

  • Jacqueline Einstein
  • Kiley Medeiros
  • Jennifer Viveiros


Teaching with Technology
CCB 248 Come learn a few practical ways that technology can support your teaching. New technology will be showcased.

  • Caroline Gelmi
  • Qinguo Fan
  • Damon Gatenby
  • Rachel Rebello


Sessions – 11:40am

Teaching To and Accommodating Students on the Autism Spectrum

  • Mark Dumas
  • Todd Levine
  • Valarie Oresto

Engaging Students in Library Instruction
CCB 248 Learn how faculty-librarian collaboration can successfully teach students information literacy and actively engage them directly with the research process.

  • Rachel Baum
  • Hilary Kraus
  • Olivia Piepmeier


Complimentary Lunch for Attendees – 12:30pm

Lunch will take place at the Claire T. Carney Library Grand Reading Room.

Keynote – 1:30pm

Team-Based Learning: Group Work that Works by Dr. Michael Sweet
Claire T. Carney Library – Grand Reading Room

Keynote Materials

Teachers are increasingly looking for ways to engage students in classes across the disciplines, and Team-Based Learning is a “flipped classroom” pedagogy that is enjoying widespread adoption. In this workshop, you will experience Team-Based Learning (TBL), an instructional strategy that both teachers and students have reported increasing levels of student attendance, preparation, participation and critical thinking. Dr. Michael Sweet has published and presented widely on TBL, and will be leading participants through a flipped-classroom experience using TBL. Upon completing this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Explain the structural flaw in most “traditional” forms of group work
  • Identify three important distinctions between TBL and other forms of group work
  • Describe the four practical elements of TBL
  • Begin designing an effective and enjoyable group assignment

About the Speaker

Dr. Michael Sweet
Director of Design and Integration, Center for Advanced Teaching and Learning Through Research
Lecturer, Department of Psychology
Northeastern University

Dr. Sweet earned his Ph.D. from University of Texas Austin in Educational Psychology. His research and professional work have centered on learning processes in student groups and he has published in Educational Psychology Review, Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, Decision Sciences, Journal of Innovative Education, To Improve the Academy, and New Directions for Teaching and Learning. He was an invited guest editor for a special issue of Educational Psychology Review and was lead editor of the volume Team-Based Learning in the Social Sciences and Humanities: Group Work that Works to Generate Critical Thinking and Engagement.

Dr. Sweet presents nationally and internationally on critical thinking and team-based learning, served as the 2009-2010 President of the international Team-Based Learning Collaborative and 2014-2016 Executive Editor of Publications. Furthermore, the online resources he developed to support critical thinking instruction and team-based learning have achieved international adoption.

Dr. Sweet has taught classes in Learning and Motivation, Group Communication, Critical Thinking and in various internet and data networking topics.

Conference Sponsors

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