PG Village 2022
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PG Village's 2022 virtual conference was held November 7-11, 2022.
- ItemHow Time Management is more than a new App or Life Hack(2022-11) Mary Laska; Jon RacsterThe purpose of this proposal was to focus on time management as a decision-making process that involves planning. It is also important to consider changing societal expectations, career changes, and family dynamics when determining what needs to get done. Time management can be aided by new and existing technology tools. This proposal focuses on awareness, perception and actionable items related to time management. Oyzarzun et al. (2020) demonstrate a disconnect between the perceived helpfulness of LMS tools for time management and their frequency of use many times stemming from lack of knowledge or perceived difficulty in using the tools. To address this disconnect we will highlight some of the LMS tools available in Brightspace as well as other existing productivity resources that may help faculty better manage their time both in and outside of the online classroom. We will also provide insights into the usefulness of the technologies and best practices when employing each tool.
- ItemPrior Credits for Future Success: PG’s New Center for Prior Learning Recognition(2022-11) Allegra FowlerToday’s transfer students are complex and dynamic learners seeking to accelerate their ability to earn meaningful credentials and achieve careers. Research shows that students who received credit for their prior learning did better. PG students who had prior learning recognized did better. PG believes that all students arrive at our university with skills and learning that they have acquired through past education, experience, and service. The new Center for Prior Learning Recognition (CPLR) hosts a system of student-focused solutions working in concert to measure skills and experiences, recognize the contained learning, and advance students towards efficient completion of their academic program. Join this session to learn more about PG’s new CPLR and the work PG is doing to observe transfer trends and respond to emerging opportunities for credit recognition. This session will outline the framework of prior learning recognition tools that our university uses to position students for academic success.
- ItemAny questions? Probably …: Strategies for improving student-centered learning in virtual seminars.(2022-11) Johnathan RacsterRalph (1999) demonstrates that both novice and established teachers rate the importance of asking questions as very high (4.6-4.8 out of 5). However, the same teachers did not demonstrate similar levels of care in the practice of asking questions (Ibid.). Further, in virtual seminars we are pressed for time and students are dealing with increased cognitive load (Nunneley, et al., 2021). This presentation provides simple strategies to improve our interrogatory practices in virtual seminars to shift the classroom to a more student-centered learning environment. Strategies include deliberate, targeted questions at the onset of seminar (Nunneley, et al., 2021), using Bloom’s Taxonomy (Anderson & Krathwohl, 2001) to create questions that match levels of educational outcomes, and more. We can also help students learn to ask better questions themselves, improving engagement and outcomes (Jacobs & Renandya, 2021).
- ItemThe Crucial First Week: Engagement Approaches to Promote Student Involvement and Success from Day One(2022-11) Beth LeeThe first week of classes is crucial for student success. But, how do we successfully reach out to students during the first week and keep them engaged and present in the classroom? Getting students involved in the first week of a class is vital to reach out to their positive well-being and help ensure their retention and success in the course. According to a recent Gallup Poll, “Graduates are 1.4 times more likely to be thriving in five key elements of well-being if a professor cared about them as a person” (Gallup, 2022. p.1). The instructor's tone, clarity, and empathy help to provide students with a positive learning environment and is demonstrated in the instructor’s communication with students. This is crucial in the first week to reach out to the whole student to provide the needed encouragement. Furthermore, providing an engaging environment for students from day one is crucial for their retention and success, as ⅓ of students do not make it through their first year in higher education (Deloitte, 2017). Providing support, opportunities, as well as resources in the first week, can go a long way to keeping our students active and engaged. In this session, we will discuss the importance and suggestions of outreach timing during the first week of classes and examples to help successfully reach out and engage students. Specific examples will include timed announcements, emails, and seminars to help reach out to the whole student and promote engagement and retention in the classroom.
- ItemInclusive Leaders Lead Authentically(2022-11) Angela EvenAuthenticity encourages equity and inclusion by allowing everyone to be their authentic self. Leaders committed to who they are and what they value are the most effective. When authenticity is valued, others notice, leading to further acceptance and inclusion. Authentic leaders that develop a climate of inclusion can prompt the learning of inclusive behaviors by others (Boekhorst, 2015). These authentic behaviors encourage inclusion. Leaders should encourage employees to behave authentically and facilitate such inclusion. These leadership behaviors promote inclusion and lead to further inclusion in followers. Finally, authenticity can be a tool that provides more emotional capital. The concept of an organization that is stronger together and strives for common goals attracts millennials (Pearl, 2019). Leaders can encourage groups to discover hidden similarities (Being, 2021) or accept and appreciate uniqueness and difference. Diversity is the presence of differences amongst the members of a group, while equity is the removal of barriers to providing an even playing field for all members. Inclusion, however, is sometimes overlooked. The group members need to be free to participate and feel they belong and have value. With leaders that model an acceptance of individuality in charge, people feel free to perform at their best. Authenticity leads to equity and inclusion while supporting diversity and inspiring others to live and lead authentically.