The Twelfth Annual Faculty Technology Showcase (2016)

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Showcase Program Schedule

8:30 -- 10:30     Registration/breakfast (Library Main Floor/Shelby Art Room)
9:00 - 10:20      Hands-on Workshops (Library/College Hall)
10:40 - 11:40    Keynote (Robert Van Fossan Theater )
12:00 - 12:45    Lunch (Westminster 110)
1:00 - 1:45        Lightning Talks (Library Learning Hub)
2:00 - 3:30        Concurrent Presentations (Library)


Time: 10:40 am – 11:40 am | Location: Robert Van Fossan Theater
Oliver Dreon, PhD
Associate Professor, Educational Foundations
Director, Center for Academic Excellence
Millersville University of Pennsylvania

Changing space, changing culture, changing practice

Keynote speaker Oliver Dreon

Learning spaces come in many sizes, styles and arrangements.   Walk across any campus and you’re bound to encounter a variety of classrooms.  There are those large lecture rooms where introductory courses are taught and smaller more intimate environments where labs or upper levels are scheduled.  Extending the lens to the variety of online and blended class arrangements and you’re bound to see a diversity of design.  But, what impact do these learning spaces have on overall classroom culture and instructional practice?  

In this presentation, Professor Ollie will engage audience members to consider how the design of physical and online spaces can impact learning and pedagogy.  By looking at case studies and examples from real college classrooms and online courses, Ollie will introduce different principles that can inform the design of learning spaces that support more student-centered practices in online, face-to-face and blended classrooms.

Professor Dreon has been working at Millersville University since 2007.  At Millersville, he works with preservice and practicing teachers at all grade levels.  His teaching duties mainly focus on areas related to instructional technology, online teaching and science education.  He has taught elementary science methods courses, instructional technology & online teaching courses and an issues course for secondary education majors.  In addition to these courses, he has developed workshops for using Web 2.0 tools and digital storytelling in K-12 classrooms.  He is also the director the University's Center for Academic Excellence which leads professional development activities on campus.  Through the Center, he has worked to build capacity across campus with online teaching and innovative pedagogy and assessment.

His research interests may at first appear to be unrelated. He works with developing best practices for instructional technology and online pedagogy and study the development of beginning teachers.  Overall, however, the common strand is an interest in understanding how different learning communities develop and what tools help to foster collaboration and communication amongst group members.

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