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8th Annual Faculty Technology Showcase
Date & Time: The 8th annual Faculty Technology Showcase is scheduled for Wednesday-Thursday, September 4-5, 8 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Location: Second Floor of the Burks American Heritage Building
The purpose of the FTS is to highlight faculty who utilize technology in the classroom, and provide them an opportunity to share, peer-to-peer, from their experiences. This has proven to be a great way to collaborate, educate and expand the use of technology on campus. Today’s classroom is a dynamic environment that engages the student in a variety of learning experiences; many of those experiences make use of technology. Several of our faculty members are already using creative methods to allow students to achieve success and we proudly display their hard work at the annual Faculty Technology Showcase.
To positively affect learning experiences and illustrate technological solutions, the goals of the FTS include:
- Educate - Increase awareness of the capabilities of technological solutions available to faculty
- Discover - Provide some hands-on time for faculty to explore a variety of technological tools
- Innovate - Promote technological resources faculty can incorporate in their classrooms
- Collaborate - Create a peer-to-peer network for further collaboration
The agenda for this year’s showcase has been expanded to cover a range of topics, including hearing from our very own faculty about their experience using creative methods (technology or theory) in the classroom. There will also be numerous hands-on activities. Our Keynote speaker, Mr. Joe Ruhl, plans to engage you with practical suggestions to get the most out of your students. His topics are: The Effects of Technology in the Classroom on Human Relationships ("What's Love Got To Do With It?") and Student Choice (What Can Student-Directed Learning Look Like?).
Mr. Rich Wells using Echo360 and the Big Blue Button in Canvas
Joe Ruhl has 40 years of experience teaching 9th-grade Biology at Jefferson High School in Lafayette, Indiana. He also teaches a second-year biology elective in Genetics and an independent projects course in Science Research, a course that allows students to work as research apprentices in laboratories at nearby Purdue University.
In addition to these roles, Dr. Ruhl loves encouraging audiences by presenting:
- inspirational and motivational keynote addresses to K – 12 teachers.
- inexpensive, creative teaching techniques and ideas to high school Biology and Genetics teachers
- talks to church groups on the topic of harmony between evolutionary biology and biblical faith
The National Association of Biology Teachers named Joe Ruhl the Outstanding Biology Teacher of Indiana in 1987. In 1989 he was honored at the White House as Indiana’s recipient of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science Teaching. In 1996 he received the Purdue University College of Science Distinguished Alumnus Award. In 2012 he was honored with the Shell National Science Teaching Award, presented to one science teacher in the U.S., and in 2017 he was one of five U.S. teachers inducted into the National Teachers Hall of Fame (another trip to the White House!)
Eddie Supratman absolutely loves being a part of the ASU Beebe family. He is always willing to lend a hand in to assist students, instructors, and staff members. His dream is to inspire everyone he meets to change the status quo by refusing to listen to condescending or pessimistic voices. He believes in educating and transforming the whole person. His love for his students extends way beyond the classroom. Eddie initiated and led several field trips for his students in an effort to broaden their world view. The first was a 3-day field trip to the Dallas area for his Comparative Religion class since 2007. His second effort was an 8-day field trip to El Salvador for his Ancient World History class since 2017. This summer (2019), he led the first 12-day field trip to Taiwan for his Modern World History class. Students experience communication at a global level in the classroom through the use of Zoom video through partnerships with El Salvador, Venezuela, Taiwan, and Punjab (India). Eddie is blessed to have been married to Michelle with 19 years of marriage and 4 children (Greg-16, Jayden-14, Michael-12 and Kai-5). Most importantly, Eddie gives all the praise to God who gives him the talent and passion to love humanity.
Stephanie Ungerank, Instructional Designer, has over 9 years of Instructional Design, Consulting and Organizational Development experience, as well as experience with writing business processes, and developing and implementing process improvement. Stephanie has experience in the design, development and facilitation of courses for face-to-face, online, internet assisted and video conferencing. She has designed, developed and implemented a variety of programs as well, including New Hire, Employee Development, Leadership Development, Systems and Change Management. Stephanie’s perspective has been influenced by her experience using methods by Bob Pike, Kagan, Blanchard, Quality Matters and Storyboarding the Disney Way. It’s molded her belief not only is the subject matter important but the way it’s designed, aligned, and delivered.
Stephanie graduated from the University of Central Arkansas and has lived in Central Arkansas for 17 years. Stephanie enjoys traveling, the outdoors and riding roller coasters. She enjoys watching her kids play sports and volunteering. Stephanie has experience in the integration, design and launch of new Learning Management Systems. She enjoys design and development consulting and process improvement, along with facilitating teambuilding sessions that aid with the continual growth of culture and collaboration. She also is an experienced conference presenter.
Dr. Ginger Howell, Instructional Designer and Educational Technologist, has over 10 years of experience in teaching and designing instruction for online, on-ground, and hybrid environments. Ginger has a BA in Early Childhood Education, MA in Teaching, MS in Educational Technology, and a PhD in Instructional Design for Online Learning. Ginger currently works for Hazelden Betty Ford designing courses for their online program at the Graduate School of Addiction Studies. She trains faculty, staff, and students on technology, brain-based design, and accessible learning. She occasionally teaches an orientation course to prepare students for online learning. In addition, she creates virtual learning modules and advises the training department at the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation.
When she’s not designing, training, or instructing, she manages to keep four children alive - all the while shaping them into well-rounded individuals. In her free time, she and her husband enjoy transforming their 1992 home into the 21st century.
Dr. Melanie Meeker graduated from Harding University in 1995 and from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in 1997. She joined the Harding faculty in 2008 with a background in medical speech pathology. Her expertise is in adult neurogenic communication disorders, dysphagia, and interprofessional education and practice. She completed her Ph.D. from the University of Central Arkansas, University of Arkansas at Little Rock, and University of Arkansas Medical Sciences consortium in 2012. She was presented with the Distinguished Teacher Award in 2017 and assumed the role of department Chair in 2018. Dr. Meeker utilizes TBL to teach graduate coursework in neurogenic disorders, neuroscience and in interprofessional classes.
Dr. Anita Killins is an Associate Professor at Harding University in the Physical Therapy Department. Dr. Killins has advanced clinical training and experience in the management and treatment of adults with hemiplegia, Parkinson's disease, spinal cord injury, pediatrics, and women’s health. She has been a clinician for 20 years. She received her clinical doctorate at Creighton University in Omaha, NE and her PhD in physical therapy at the University of Central Arkansas in Conway, AR. She received the Teacher Achievement Award in 2017. Dr. Killins' research emphasis is physical therapy education and her dissertation research focused on Team-Based Learning as an approach to Gross Anatomy Education. Team-Based Learning is an integral part of the following courses she teaches: Gross Anatomy, Neuroscience, and Adult Neurological Physical Therapy Practice courses.
Amy McGohan is the Electronic Resource Librarian at Harding University's Brackett Library. She is responsible for all of the library's databases, electronic journals, and electronic books. Before joining the university in 2015, Amy worked in various other academic and public libraries. She has a Masters of Science in Information and Library Studies from Florida State University.
Jean Waldrop is the Library Director at Brackett Library on Harding’s Searcy campus. She has been working at Brackett Library since 2006, overseeing several areas of the library, including Reference and Electronic Resources, before becoming Director. Jean has a Master of Science from Texas A&M – Commerce in Learning Technology and Information Systems with an emphasis in Library Science. A long title that lets you know that she is comfortable and excited to be a part of the physical library, as well as our digital library resources. She encourages all to view the library team as a valuable tool when developing and teaching classes. In 2017, she received her Copyright Leadership certification and look forward to assisting the Harding community in any way she can.
Dr. Usenime Akpanudo is an Associate Professor of Education and Director of Research Initiatives at Cannon-Clary College of Education. His primary teaching responsibilities include graduate-level courses in research methods, statistical techniques, as well as cultural and sociological issues in education. In addition to teaching, Usen serves on dissertation committees, is the lead investigator for the Social Phenomena in Education Lab (SPEL) and faculty adviser for the Journal of Graduate Education Research (JGER).
Dr. Rich Brown is a Professor of Marketing and serves as the department Chairman. He has been at Harding since 2008 and before that taught for 12 years at Freed-Hardeman. Dr. Brown teaches at the undergraduate and graduate levels and he received the Teacher Achievement Award during the 2017-2018 school year. He and Laura Beth will celebrate 32 years of marriage this fall and they have two daughters. Rich runs ultra-marathons and is a long-time Cubs fan—he is familiar with suffering.
|8:00-8:30 AM||Registration||Registration||CLT and Team||Outside Cone Chapel|
|8:45-8:55 AM||Welcome||Welcome||Keith Cronk||Heritage 206|
|9:00-9:45 AM||Keynote 1||The Effects of Technology in the Classroom on Human|
Relationships (“What’s Love Got to Do With It?”)
|Joe Ruhl||Heritage 206|
|10:00-10:30 AM||Breakout 1||Course Design with the Brain in Mind||Dr. Ginger Howell||Heritage 209|
|10:35-11:05 AM||Breakout 2||Alignment:What is it and how it works||Eddie Supratman & Stephanie Ungerank||Heritage 210|
|11:15-11:45 AM||Playroom 1||Interactive Tools: come explore!||CLT and Team||Cone Chapel|
|12:00-1:00 PM||Lunch||Heritage 206|
|1:00-1:30 PM||Breakout 3||Team Based Learning||Dr. Melanie Meeker and Dr. Anita Killins||Heritage 209|
|1:35-2:15 PM||Lightning Session||Echo 360||Echo 360||Heritage 210|
|2:20-2:55 PM||Playroom 2||Interactive Tools: come explore!||CLT and Team||Cone Chapel|
|3:00-3:45 PM||Keynote 2||Student Choice (What Can Student-Directed Learning look like?)||Joe Ruhl||Heritage 206|
|3:45-4:00 PM||Drawings and Prizes||Drawings||CLT and Team||Heritage 206|