2014 Associate Series Workshops

The Associates Program calls upon the talents and expertise of The State University of New York at Fredonia’s faculty and staff to offer professional development programming to the campus community. We are pleased to announce the 2014 Fall Schedule: 

How the World Perceives Us?: Part I
Presented by: Dr. Guangyu Tan, Curriculum & Instruction
Wednesday, September 10th, 2014, 12:00-1:00 pm
Bonsai Room, 120 Reed Library
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We will explore the world perceptions of America and American people, focusing on China’s as well as the Middle Eastern people’s perspectives.  The session will model classroom strategies for engaging students in cross-cultural dialogues. The following questions will be explored:

  • What stereotypes do we have against people from a different country, for example, from China and from the Middle East?
  • Where do the stereotypes come from?
  • How do you think the world perceive the U.S., and American people?

Communicating Across Cultures
Presented by: Dr. Bond Benton, Communication, and Dr. Daniela Peterka-Benton, Criminal Justice
Wednesday, September 17, 2014, 1:00 - 2:00 pm
Williams Center, S204A
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This program will focus on improving competency in intercultural communication. Learning objectives and outcomes will include:

  •  Improved understanding of cultural differences
  • Development of strategies to manage cultural differences
  • Identification of cultural values
  • Application of cultural values to understanding actions and behaviors
  • Exploration of the concept of intercultural competence -Application of intercultural competence to concrete circumstances

Methods of delivery will include discussion along with scenarios, role-plays, and audio-visual content. As the facilitators are part of mixed culture partnership, authentic examples of the day-to-day challenges of cultural difference will be extensive and discussion will be lively. The scenarios and role plays used for the seminar have been developed and incorporated in various trainings and courses delivered to broad constituencies throughout the world. Videos and supplemental materials will add to an energetic, active, and applied program created to assist participants in better managing the internationalization of our campus.        
                

In Their Own Words: Strategies for Working Effectively with Our International Students
Presented by: Cynthia Carlson, Language Learning & Leadership
Wednesday, September 17, 2014, 2:00 - 3:00 pm
Williams Center, S204A
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International students describe their first reactions to The State University of New York at Fredonia campus and compare our teaching and learning styles with those of their country of origin in a short presentation. Then, we will explore some myths and quick dos and don'ts, and end by learning 5 easy strategies for working with international students.

Creating Effective Videos for your Scholarship, Creative Work, and the Classroom
Presented by Dr. Mike Igoe, Communication
Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014, 10:00am -11:00am
Bonsai Room, 120 Reed Library
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You’re probably discovering in many different parts of your academic life there’s a growing need to use video. It’s not just about playing a DVD in class anymore. Creative work has become a growing part of many disciplines both for tenure portfolios as well as conferences. Also, to reach corporations or community groups for research and engagement purposes, sometimes they need to see a video about you and your organization before they’ll “open up”. Once you do connect with those groups, it's crucial to understand how to capitalize on this opportunity. Likewise, a large number of organizations providing grants these days want a video work that can be placed on multiple media platforms. We'll learn how to produce good "stories" as well as ways to gather the materials that enhance your presentation. We will also screen some good and bad examples to illustrate the do's and don'ts.    
 

Why Do They Hate Us? :  Part II
Presented by: Dr. Guangyu Tan, Curriculum & Instruction
Wednesday, October 15th, 2014, 12:00-1:00 pm
Bonsai Room, 120 Reed Library
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In this workshop we will explore classroom strategies to demystify the misconception that people from other countries, especially people from Middle East, hate the United States.The following types of questions will be examined: 

  • How much do we follow the news that happens in the world?
  • What are the sentiments when the media talks about China or Middle East?
  • Do “they” hate us as American people? Or do they hate certain American government foreign policies?

The session will model easy-to-implement classroom strategies for engaging students in cross-cultural dialogues.

                  

Hands-on with Digitally Enhancing Your Courses: Part I
Presented by: Dr. Kathleen Gradel, Language, Learning & Leadership
Monday, October 20, 2014, 9:00 - 10:30 AM 
Bonsai Room, 120 Reed Library
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As instructors, we are usually in the driver’s seat, as we build learning experiences and carefully cull through resources for student use. This session does not advocate taking our instructional design and pedagogy jobs away, but it does push for giving students both responsibility and tools for collating information and source material. Curation has become an increasingly common concept, and today’s information overload has pushed it onto everyone’s to-do lists. What is curation? Simply, it is inclusive of researching, locating, collecting, filtering, organizing, and compiling information into collections, guides, snapshots, and galleries to profile or present content.

This session will focus on a set of solid, stable tools that can guide the curation process that you use with students. This session is totally hands-on, test-driving tools; we will also review real course examples, to highlight how the tools can be used within the instructional flow.

Engaging Students with Interactive Technology
Presented by: Cynthia Carlson, Language Learning & Leadership
Wednesday, October 22, 2014, 1:00- 2:00 pm
207 Thompson Hall
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This workshop will engage participants in creating and maintaining effective course ePortfolios, as well as integrating them into existing Angel course sites for streamlined usage. We will also practice using screencasting for giving explanations and student feedback, as well as other interactive uses of technology.  

 

Presenting On Camera and Conducting More Effective Interviews
Presented by Dr. Mike Igoe, Communication
Wednesday, November 5, 2014, 10:00am-11:00am
Bonsai Room, 120 Reed Library
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In this era of you tube and other web sites, it’s obvious there are a lot of bad presentations floating around! Some professionals who believe they’re enhancing their profile are in fact doing just the opposite. If you are being interviewed by a media outlet because of your field of expertise, it’s especially important to know “the rules of the game”. This is NOT the same type of speaking as lecturing in the classroom or giving a speech. It’s definitely an art to present on camera, use video effectively, and know how to do interviews...whether you are doing them or someone else is interviewing you. We will have group exercises as well as use individual colleagues to make points for everyone to embrace. Of course we will use an actual camera and play back tape right on the spot. Just as my students have learned, Professor Igoe's critiques are highly instructive without being embarrassing or nasty!        

 

Culture Clash: Challenges and Miscommunication in Cultural Interaction
Presented by: Dr. Bond Benton, Communication, and Dr. Daniela Peterka-Benton, Criminal Justice
Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014, 11:00am-12:00pm
Bonsai Room, 120 Reed Library
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This program will focus on improving intercultural communication by exploring the difficulties different perspectives can create. Learning objectives and outcomes will include:

  •  Exploration of the sources of cultural tension
  • Development of strategies to manage cultural differences
  • Identification of conflicting cultural values
  • Management strategies for culture clashes
  • Applying intercultural competence to culture clashes
  • Integration of cultural understanding into real world scenarios

 Methods of delivery will include discussion along with scenarios, role-plays, and audio-visual content. As the facilitators are part of mixed culture partnership, authentic examples of the day-to-day challenges of cultural difference will be extensive and discussion will be lively. The scenarios and role plays used for the seminar have been developed and incorporated in various trainings and courses delivered to broad constituencies throughout the world. Videos and supplemental materials will add to an energetic, active, and applied program created to assist participants in better managing the internationalization of our campus.                         

                 

Hands-on with Digitally Enhancing Your Courses: Part II
Presented by: Dr. Kathleen Gradel, Language, Learning & Leadership
Monday, November 10, 2014, 9:00 - 10:30 AM 
Bonsai Room, 120 Reed Library
Register here

Access to cell phones in their courses has been a challenge for today’s college students, despite the ubiquity of phones in students’ purses, backpacks, and pockets. How do we incorporate cell phones and tablets in our courses, to help students make meaning of important concepts and skills?

This hands-on session introduces instructors to free platform-agnostic tools for smartphones and tablets. This workshop will enable participants to: (a) get hands-on experience with a few functional mobile apps (for productivity, collaboration, and assessment); (b) discuss management concerns; and (c) leave with an online toolbox of supports for their own future work in this area. And you will have a "feel" for integrating mobile device use into an array of instructional venues (f2f, blended, and online).                         

 

 


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