PSU Faculty Days Aug. 25 – 27

August 25th, 2008 by Adam

Monday and Tuesday, August 25-26, are Faculty Workshop Days, including the Lamson Learning Commons’ Fair. Details are online at plymouth.edu/acadaff

August 27, Wednesday Faculty Day
The complete schedule and details are online at plymouth.edu/acadaff

Faculty Day will begin with opening remarks by President Steen, followed by the announcement of this year’s recipients for the Award for Distinguished Scholarship and the Excellence in Faculty Service Award.

A third, a newly created award, will also be announced – the Distinguished Advising Award.

The Student Senate has developed this award to recognize the excellent advising skills of one of their faculty. Representatives from the Student Senate will be on hand to present this award.

The Faculty Day speaker will be Dr. Curtis Bonk, who will speak on “Implementing Learning-Centered Teaching in a Technology Rich Environment.” Bonk says, “Everyone is talking about being providing more authentic and engaging learning environments for students. There has been a shift from teacher-centered to learner-centered approaches in schools and colleges. This talk will outline the options for being more learner-centered in schools. It will match the learner-centered principles from the American Psychological Association to specific activities and tasks that can be done in schools. Participants will find many ideas immediately able to be implemented.”

Bonk is a former corporate controller and CPA, who is now is Professor of Instructional Systems Technology and adjunct in the School of Informatics at Indiana University (IU).

Bonk earned his master’s and doctoral degrees in educational psychology from the University of Wisconsin. In 2007, he was named Visiting Professor at the University of Glamorgan in Wales. Dr. Bonk was recently a Senior Research Fellow with the Advanced Distributed Learning Lab within the Department of Defense. He has received numerous teaching and mentoring awards from IU as well as the CyberStar Award from the Indiana Information Technology Association, the Most Outstanding Achievement Award from the U.S. Distance Learning Association, and the Most Innovative Teaching in a Distance Education Program Award from the State of Indiana.

In addition to speaking engagements all over the world, Bonk has more than 200 publications on topics such as online learning pedagogy, massive multiplayer online gaming, Wikibooks, blogging, open source software, collaborative technologies, and synchronous and asynchronous computer conferencing.

Bonk is author of the “Handbook of Blended Learning: Global Perspectives, Local Designs” and “Empowering Online Learning: 100+ Activities for Reading, Reflecting, Displaying, and Doing.”

For additional information log on to his homepage at mypage.iu.edu/~cjbonk/.

<p.Faculty Day will end with a reception honoring the three recipients of this year's awards.

“This also gives us the opportunity to commemorate the importance of scholarship, service, and advising in our faculty culture, as well as celebrate the start of another year filled with the promise of learning and adventure,” said Provost Julie Bernier.

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