2019 SENCER Summer Institute–Off Schedule Events

Pre-Meeting Workshops (Thursday, August 1, 1:00-4:00)

Introduction to the Question Formulation Technique: A High-Impact Practice for Student Inquiry (Registration fee: 100.00)

This active learning workshop will provide participants an introduction to the Question Formulation Technique (QFT), a simple, powerful evidence-based strategy used by over 350,000 educators to teach students how to ask their own questions. The QFT helps to advance teaching and learning goals across all disciplines through cultivating collaborative, student-centered learning. Participants will learn how to facilitate the strategy and will have the opportunity to plan on how to best integrate the QFT into their instruction to support ongoing work.  The workshop will cover:
• Analysis and unpacking of how and why the QFT works
• Review of higher education examples across subject areas
• Hands-on work on the art and science of the QFT
• Practice in Question Focus design
• Development of a QFT lesson using a planning tool

The workshop will be limited to 50 participants.

Facilitator: The Right Question Institute’s (RQI) Director of Strategy for the Education Program, Andrew P. Minigan, will facilitate the learning experience. Andrew is currently a Co-P.I. on a National Science Foundation funded grant exploring how the QFT supports doctoral students’ ability to develop research questions, and from 2015-2018 he led RQI’s Million Classrooms Campaign (supported with funding from the John Templeton Foundation).

Assignment Design for Powerful Civic Learning in STEM (Registration fee 50.00)

In this highly interactive 3-hour workshop, the participants will leave with the ability to apply assignment design strategies to improve their own assignments and to provide peer feedback. The facilitator will first present exemplary assignment design strategies that empower civic learning in STEM fields. She will have the participants apply these strategies to critique sample assignments that target civic learning outcomes. Majority of the workshop will be devoted to peer share and peer feedback. Participants will gain valuable suggestions to improve their own assignments from fellow attendees. In the end, the facilitator will provide resources to explore the scholarship of teaching, learning, and assessment.

Participants will receive follow-up support from the facilitator and fellow participants to continuously improving their assignments. For those who are interested, the facilitator will provide consultation on assessing the impact of the improved assignment on their students.

Participants are expected to bring 5 copies of assignments to the workshop to share with their peers. Workshop is limited to 25 participants.

Facilitator: Yao Z. Hill, Ph.D., is a faculty specialist in the Assessment Office at University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. She assists with program learning outcomes assessment projects and coordinates institutional learning assessment activities. She specializes in faculty professional development in learning assessment. She has over 10 years of experience in program evaluation, educational measurement, and learning assessment. She has offered over 115 workshops and 170 consultations on the topic of assessment, evaluation, and curriculum development. She provides grant evaluation consultation and services. She currently serves as the grant evaluator for the Transcending Barrier to Success grant funded by the KECK foundation. She also serves as the Vice-President of the Hawaii-Pacific Evaluation Association.

Case Studies in Academic Leadership

A Success 4 Higher Education Sponsored  (S4HE) Pre-SSI Institute Workshop

Some of the very best learning experiences are created through engaging in interactive case studies, which allow you to analyze complex situation through the eyes of a diverse audience.  We know that good academic administrators are hard to find and a poor leader can cause undeterminable damage to the department and institution. During our case study pre-conference workshop you will be presented a variety of cases and short vignettes followed by a focused discussion designed to uncover insights applicable to your work as a leader.

Success 4 Higher Education partners and associates invite you to participate in our pre-conference session using case studies to explore the multiple dimensions of academic decision-making and leadership. Through the interactive cases, we aim to develop an understanding of both theory and practice by exploring the values, ideals, and aspirations that make the difference between managers and great leaders.  According to a recent Harvard Business Review, 2 of every 5 managers fail in their positions within their first 18 months. Although higher education managers may appear to have more flexibility than other professionals, when good people don’t succeed, the causes for failure are the same. An important lesson from the report is that most people do not quit the company, they quit their boss! It is the person who can manage effectively, while creating a mentoring, joyful and transparent environment who will become the leader others respect and drives the success of others..

This workshop is sponsored by S4HE and is offered free of charge. Open only to registrants in the 2019 SENCER Summer Institute.