One aspect of my work that I really enjoy is giving talks and running workshops for educational audiences. I’ve been doing faculty development work with my colleagues and for other audiences for over five years and it’s always gratifying, and usually as educational for me as it is for the people I help.
The faculty development workshops that I give on a somewhat regular basis involve:
- The inverted or “flipped” classroom, including best practices for course design and training on the technology used in this model.
- The use of classroom response systems or “clickers” in the classroom, including both the pedagogical and the technological aspects of such use.
- The use of Eric Mazur’s peer instruction in university mathematics courses.
The most popular workshop I offer is Giving your class an inverted makeover, in which faculty work to prepare actual, actionable lesson plans to “flip” a single class meeting in a course of their choice. Faculty work together with my guidance to develop and organize student learning objectives for the lesson, curate or create resources for students to use outside of class, write a Guided Practice document for students, prepare an Entrance Quiz and in-class activities, and follow-up assessments. These are real, live materials that faculty can then implement immediately in class to see how the flipped classroom works, done in a framework that allows for easy replication of these plans for other lessons and other courses. Along the way I offer just-in-time technology training and help faculty navigate potentially tricky flipped classroom issues such as obtaining student and administrator buy-in and making technology accessible to all students. I offer one-hour, three-hour, and six-hour versions of this workshop.
I’ve also given workshops on demand in the past in such areas as the use of mobile computing in university mathematics courses, Prezi web-based presentation software, and web-based classroom response platforms. My expertise lies at the intersection of mathematics, education, and technology – and most of my workshops focus on some linear combination of those themes.
I am also an experienced public speaker to educational audiences, including keynote and plenary addresses to large (100+ member) audiences.
What you can expect
Whether you are looking for a speaker at your event or someone to come in and help your faculty work with the flipped classroom, peer instruction, or other pedagogical issues, I would love to be of service to you. Here is what you can expect from me:
- Prompt, professional, and transparent replies to all your emails and phone calls. I understand that good workshops and talks are built on good relationships and mutual trust — which are based on good communication.
- A personal phone conversation with me prior to the event, to help me gauge your needs and interests.
- Thorough preparation and quality materials, especially for workshops which will provide a number of “take-home” materials for participants.
- Arrival on-site at least one hour before the talk or workshop, to be prepared and properly set up when the event begins.
- For talks — an energetic, positive message tailored to the specific interests of your group. For workshops — a vigorous time of work (and fun!) with a clear purpose in mind, again tailored to the specific interests of your group.
- A brief follow-up phone or face-to-face conversation following the event to make sure I met your expectations.
- Continued accessibility to workshop participants through email and social media, in case participants have any remaining questions or ideas that didn’t get addressed on site.
To contact me
Upcoming speaking and workshop engagements
- Faculty consultation and seminar talk, Wilfred Laurier University, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, December 12.
- Faculty consultation and seminar talk, Lenoir-Rhyne University, Hickory, North Carolina USA, January 8.
Recent speaking and workshop engagements
- Webinar on the flipped classroom through Higher Ed Hero network, October 21, 2014
- Faculty consultation and address (Re:)Designing Class for Flipped Learning Experiences, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo CA, October 17, 2014.
- Webinar on the flipped classroom, Mount Aloysius College, September 10, 2014.
- Keynote address Flipping the University Classroom: A Gateway to Lifelong Learning, given at Workshop on Innovations in Higher Education Mathematics Teaching, Cardiff University, Cardiff, Wales UK, July 7, 2014.
- Ecole Centrale Paris, speaker. Paris, France via prerecorded video, June 4, 2014.
- June 2-6: Instructional faculty and plenary speaker, Appalachian College Association Teaching and Learning Institute, Lenoir-Rhyne University, Hickory NC.
- Flipped classroom workshop with Matt Roberts, Grand Valley State University, Allendale, MI, May 22, 2014.
- Inverted classroom makeover workshop, Delta College, University Center MI, February 1.
- Five contributed talks at the Joint Mathematics Meetings in Baltimore, MD on January 16-18.
- Deconstructing columnar transposition ciphers. Mathematics Colloquium talk, Andrews University, Berrien Springs, MI on 18 October 2013 and Hope College, Holland, MI on 7 November 2013.
- Flipping the college classroom: Transform students into active learners. Webinar via the Higher Ed Hero network, 16 October 2013.
- The inverted classroom and peer instruction: Designing classes for meaningful learning experiences. Keynote presentation, Michigan Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges, 5 October 2013 in Detroit, MI.
- Giving your classroom an inverted makeover. One-hour workshop, Michigan Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges, 5 October 2013 in Detroit, MI.
- Better learning through voting: Using classroom response systems to improve student engagement and understanding. 90-minute faculty workshop, Ferris State University, Big Rapids, MI.
- Teaching and learning in the inverted classroom. Full-day workshop for faculty and staff at Lindsey Wilson College, 14 August 2013 in Columbia, KY.
- Inverting the classroom to improve student learning and engagement. 90-minute workshop given three times at the Appalachian College Association Teaching and Learning Institute, May 2013 in Ferrum, VA.
- Teaching human beings. Plenary address, Appalachian College Association Teaching and Learning Institute, May 2013 in Ferrum, VA.
- Making student learning visible in real time with peer instruction and classroom response systems. Workshop at Grand Valley State University Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Academy, May 2013 in Grand Rapids, MI.
- Using iPads to enhance the teaching and learning of mathematics. Grand Valley State University Math in Action Conference, February 2013 in Allendale, MI.