Fearless Teaching

23rd Annual Innovations in Teaching and Learning Conference

About the ITL Conference

Adele H. Stamp Student Union - May 12, 2017

To teach fearlessly means to embrace the scholarship and art of teaching through reflection, training, and professional development. Decades of research on student learning and achievement can be understood through four essential pillars of an effective course: excellent content, an inclusive climate, evidence-based teaching practices, and valid assessments. Come to this year’s Innovations in Teaching and Learning Conference to learn how University of Maryland faculty, teaching assistants and peer mentors are making teaching fearlessly innovative and effective.

Conference Program

Colony Ballroom Timeslot
Registration & Breakfast 8:30 - 9:30 a.m.
Weclome & Opening Remarks
Deborah Mateik, Director of DIT Learning Technology Design
Dr. Scott Roberts, Director of TLTC Instructional Excellence & Innovation
9:00 a.m.
Fearless Teaching Framework
Alice Donlan, Director of Research, TLTC
9:15 a.m.
Title & Author Room
Unpacking Diversity in the Classroom: Ensuring Productive Dialogue Among Students
Rowena B. Winkler and Sabeen Sheikh, Department of Communication, College of Arts & Humanities
B. Banneker
Lightning Round Session
Unconference – Organic, Participant-Driven Professional Learning Experiences
Natalie Janiszewski, Office of Transformational Learning, R. H. Smith School of Business

The Thing About Me
Karen Lamb, Department of Communication, College of Arts & Humanities

Understanding Students' Perceptions and Practices for Pre-Lecture Content Reading
Will Gammerdinger, Department of Biology, College of Computer, Mathematical & Natural Sciences

QR Codes in Classroom Discussions, Content Review, and Peer Analyses
Ebony Terrell Shockley, Department of Teaching and Learning, Policy and Leadership, College of Education
M. Brent
Integrate Critical Thinking into Your Course Assignments and Assessments
Annie Laurie Nichols, Department of Communication, College of Arts & Humanities and Bill Kules, iSchool
C. Carroll
Common Core Kids: Strategies for Instructing the Next Generation
Theresa Nebel Robinson, Department of Teaching and Learning, Policy and Leadership, College of Education
J. Jimenez
Title & Author Room
Designing for All: Exploring Course Accessibility in Canvas
Ana Palla-Kane, Academic Technology & Innovation, Division of Information Technology
B. Banneker
Using Learning Analytics to Support Evidence-based Decision Making
Ben Bederson, Teaching and Learning Transformation Center and Patrick Killion, Academic Affairs & Provost
M. Brent
Critical Thinking: Moving Toward Greater Learning
Susan White and Karen Hallows, Department of Finance, R.H. Smith School of Business
C. Carroll
Examining the Role of Listening and Speaking in the Oral Communication Program:
An Assessment of Learning Outcomes in COMM 107

Devin Scott, Andrew Wolvin, and Lindsey Anderson, Department of Communication, College of Arts & Humanities
J. Jimenez
Title & Author Room
Utilizing Diversity: A Funds of Knowledge Approach to Making Any Classroom Inclusive
Annie Laurie Nichols and Melissa Lucas, Department of Communication, College of Arts & Humanities; Scott Holdren, Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, College of Computer, Math & Natural Sciences
B. Banneker
"A Rich Intellectual Apprenticeship": Teaching a Large Scholarship in Practice Class
Heidi Bulich and Jennifer Salazar, School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation
M. Brent
Using Student Avatars to Support Novice Teacher Practice
Megan Madigan Peercy, Daniel Levin and Jade Wexler, Department of Teaching, Learning, Policy & Leadership, College of Education
C. Carroll
AMPing Courses - Creating a campus-wide academic mentoring program
Alexis Williams, Teaching and Learning Transformation Center
J. Jimenez
Colony Ballroom Timeslot
Grab Your Lunch 11:50 - 12:15 p.m.
Using Data to Inform, Drive and Scale Instructional Reform - Keynote & Discussion
Marco Molinaro, Ph.D.
12:15 - 1:15 p.m.
Title & Author Room
Building Inclusive Learning into Teaching: Lessons from the University of Edinburgh
Sue Johnston, Learning Technology Design, Division of Information Technology
B. Banneker
Using UMD's GenEd Writing Rubrics to Assign and Assess Writing
Scott Wible, Department of English, College of Arts & Humanities
M. Brent
Examining Exams: New Technologies for Administering Exams
Ryan Curtis, Department of Psychology, College of Behavioral & Social Sciences
C. Carroll
Leveraging Strategic Partnerships to Enhance Learning
Jonathan Southgate, Allison Nederveld and Nicole Coomber, Office of Transformational Learning, R. H. Smith School of Business
J. Jimenez
Title & Author Room
Active Learning: The use of simulations to enhance student learning
Erica Smith, MLAW Programs & College Park Scholars
B. Banneker
Digital Pedagogy: New Approaches in Blended and Online Learning
Clare Parsons, Professional Writing Program, College of Arts & Humanities
M. Brent
Improv in Every Classroom: Using Fun Exercises as Teaching Tools
Edward Priola, Institute of Applied Agriculture
C. Carroll
Direct Industry Collaboration in the Classroom - Case Study: Under Armour
Oliver Schlake, Department of Management & Organization, R. H. Smith School of Business
J. Jimenez
Colony Ballroom Timeslot
Poster Session 2:45 - 3:15 p.m.
Teaching Awards Ceremony 3:15 - 3:45 p.m.
Posters & Reception 3:45 - 4:30 p.m.

View the Conference Abstracts

Room Legend

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Room Name Room Number
Colony Ballroom 2203
Benjamin Banneker 2212 A/B
Margaret Brent 2212
Charles Carroll 2203 J/K
Juan Jimenez 2208

Using data to Inform, Drive and Scale Instructional Reform

Marco Molinaro, Ph.D.

Marco Molinaro, Ph.D., is the Assistant Vice Provost for Educational Effectiveness at UC Davis where he oversees the Center for Educational Effectiveness which includes learning and teaching support, instructional research and development and educational analytics. Dr. Molinaro has over 20 years of educational experience creating and leading applications of technology for instruction, scientific visualization and simulation, tools for evidence-based instructional actions, curriculum development and evaluation, and science exhibits for students from elementary school through graduate school and for the general public. Full Biography

At UCD we’ve been trying to understand how the instructional system, from individual courses to whole programs, function to support, and at times impair, successful student outcomes for an ever increasingly diverse population. In this discussion, I will present examples of our attempts to:

  • Understand and address incoming student preparation and course placement practices for both incoming freshmen and transfers
  • Understand where and how student course path differences and performance disparities arise
  • Study the impact of grading practices in large introductory courses on student outcomes
  • Measure and impact student learning in introductory chemistry and biology courses at UCD
  • Create tools to help understand and foster action to improve the instructional system.

Conference Registration 2017

Registration Now Open

The ITL Conference highlights the accomplishments of College Park faculty and instructors. The Division of Information Technology and the Teaching and Learning Transformation Center underwrite the cost of conference participation for University of Maryland, College Park faculty, teaching assistants, and instructional support staff. While attendance is free, registration is required. In addition, we welcome registrants from other University System of Maryland schools, regional colleges and universities, and members of the K-12 community for a modest fee.

For registrants from other University of Maryland institutions, as well as regional colleges and universities and the K-12 community, as noted above, payment can be made in advance via purchase order or Rstars (USM institutions only); or paid on-site via cash, check (made payable to the University of Maryland), or purchase order. We are unable to process credit card requests. Contact the Conference Coordinator at itl-coords@umd.edu or 301-405-2945 with questions concerning invoicing, Rstars information, or special needs.

University of Maryland College Park University System of Maryland, K-12 Teachers, Participants from Other Universities & Colleges
Conference keynotes, breakout sessions, breakfast and lunch are free for faculty, instructors, teaching assistants and instructional support personnel. $75 (fee does not include parking - $16 per day)

Contact Conference Coordinators