2017 Summer Institute

Digital Pedagogy - Projects in Progress

Digital Pedagogy Summer Institute –
Projects in Progress
June 2017

A few of the faculty projects from the 2017 Summer Institute have been highlighted below. Click on the faculty member's name to read about the projects and understand the pedagogical thinking behind the design. These projects will be implemented in the classroom in 2017-2018.

 J. Mendoza  |  E. Johnson-Tyson  |  C. Butler-Sweet   |  B. Greer  |  U. Lechtenberg


Prof. Jose Mendoza, Assistant Professor, Marketing

I wanted to encourage my students to review the course materials prior to class. My courses require the use of different technologies and the idea originated of creating games incorporating different course materials. I use the games to assign simple tasks that students must complete prior to class. I have integrated different games within Blackboard and use the adaptive release function, so students must complete the game before they can proceed. I use the games to measure engagement and participation. For example, once the student has completed the game, their score goes directly to the grade center, and this will, in particular, help students in need of extra grading.


Prof. Elizabeth Johnson-Tyson, Assistant Professor, Social Work

As the Social Work department in the College of Arts and Sciences is beginning a new Master of Social Work (MSW) degree program, it is essential that we have ready information for those field instructors who will be supporting our students by providing internships. This has been something that we have been wrestling with; trying to identify the best course of action to take to welcome, support and inform our field instructors while disseminating information to them on an ongoing basis. Our field instructors are statewide and use various platforms and systems of communication. We needed some way of reaching them all regardless of the platforms they utilize at their offices.

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Prof. Colleen Butler-Sweet, Assistant Professor, Sociology

In the past, students responded positively to a storytelling approach to lectures in class. The challenge has been to capture this for current and future use and podcasting was the solution. The creation of a podcast captures the storytelling element on a range of topics for which can be posted to BlackBoard for students to listen, reflect, and prepare for their next class for discussion. The use of podcasting for topical issues in Sociology extends the learning beyond the classroom and provides a convenient method for students to listen on their computer, laptop or smartphone.


Dr. Beau Greer, Associate Professor, Exercise Science & Nutrition M.S. Program

The inspiration for this project came from converting my EX 255 course into a blended course as well as teaching 2-week online courses. I wanted to find different ways in which I could make more online content comparable to my “on-ground” class time, but after some brainstorming I completely re-centered my thinking on the matter. Why do something online to mimic the classroom? Why not do something I cannot easily do in class? After serious consideration I decided that bringing in actual food is always a challenge for all the predictable reasons (not to mention costly). As such, I created this short video using only my phone. I used to make ceviche in class to illustrate the concept in the video.


Urszula Lechtenberg, Instructional Design Librarian, SHU Library

My project for the 2017 Summer Institute, Navigating the Research Process, is meant to bridge the gap for students in the First Year Seminar (FYS), who are generally only familiar with Google as a research tool. It is also meant to help FYS instructors incorporate information literacy concepts into their courses. Using the Library’s CMS (Libguides), I created a set of modules that guide students through the research process, acknowledging the usefulness of Internet sources but then directing them to the world of academic research, scaffolding information literacy concepts along the way. After working with Blackboard administrators at the Summer Institute, the guide can be directly embedded into any Blackboard course shell, providing students with library resources at their point of need.

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