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Faculty Technology Institute


May 18 - 22, 2015

Registration is open


We are pleased to announce the schedule for 2015! 

We will offer the customary mix of hands-on training, discussion and demonstration, and short “Quick Byte” sessions organized into four subject tracks. To get a quick overview of the full week, view the daily schedule. Below you can view sessions by our 2015 Tracks: Big Data in the Liberal Arts, Crafting Your Cloud Classroom, Mastering Multimedia and Digital Students, Digital Methods.

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact Julio Appling or Miranda Carney-Morris.

Special Guest Speaker - Dr. Paul Anderson

Thanks to generous funding from the HHMI Undergraduate Science Education Grant, we have a special guest joining us for the start of the Faculty Technology Institute this year. Dr. Anderson will lead sessions in the Big Data track on Monday and Tuesday.

Dr. Paul Anderson received a B.S. in Computer Engineering, a M.S. in Computer Science, and a Ph.D. in Computer Science and Engineering from Wright State University. After graduation, he was awarded a Consortium of Universities Research Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL). He has published 28+ peer-reviewed articles in the fields of genomics, computational intelligence, metabolomics, e-Science, bioinformatics, cloud computing, cancer informatics, and computer science education. At present, he is an assistant professor in the Computer Science Department at the College of Charleston where he also directs the Data Science Program, the first such undergraduate program in the country. Dr. Anderson is the director of Data Science Research Group and his lab develops algorithms and software to tackle some of the most challenging and interesting data intensive problems in the life sciences. His research interests include data science, big data, pattern analysis in high-dimensionality data sets, evolutionary computation and optimization, machine learning, computational genomics, cloud computing, computational metabolomics, and e-Science. Dr. Anderson is the primary investigator for Omics NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates and the C. Richard Crosby Distinguished Teaching Co-Chair.

Track I - Big Data in the Liberal Arts

The increase in the speed and quantity of data we generate on a daily basis is staggering. Creating and exploring this data provides a wealth of opportunities for research, teaching and learning across the liberal arts, but also brings challenges in developing new tools and techniques to store, manage and analyze this rapidly increasing quantity of data. Sessions in this track will be a mix of introductory overviews, round table discussions and hands-on workshops.

Daily Workshops (75 minutes)
Quick Bytes (20-minute mini-sessions):

Track II - Crafting Your Cloud Classroom

Whether you use Moodle, Google or something else, ubiquitous access to the Internet and cloud resources is an integral part of teaching, learning and research. In this track we’ll have hands-on sessions that focus on class web pages (Moodle, Google Sites and others) as this is often the starting point for online interactions with your class. We’ll also have sessions that focus on designing online activities using a variety of educational and social media Apps.

Daily Workshops (75 minutes)
Quick Bytes (20-minute mini-sessions):

Track 3 - Mastering Multimedia

Today’s classrooms—both virtual and online—often include a mix of video, images, text and audio, with these comes the challenge of media management. In addition to the many options for creating multimedia content, other important considerations include storage and distribution media files, as well as strategies and methods for evaluating multimedia assignments. In this track we’ll focus on practical tips and tricks to help you get the most out of your media mix.

Daily Workshops (75 minutes)
Quick Bytes (20-minute mini-sessions):

Track 4 - Digital Students, Digital Methods

Much like writing skills, the development of digital skills—both fluency and literacy—are essential for today’s students. It’s possible to foster these skills as part of any curriculum without turning your course into a “computer class.” In this track, we examine methods for supporting digital literacy and fluency for students, which includes ideas for modifying assignments to foster digital literacy skills, leveraging digital tools and applications to support learning, or a mix of both. 

Daily Workshops (75 minutes)
Quick Bytes (20-minute mini-sessions):

Afternoon Sessions