College of Agriculture and Life Sciences “Continuing A Steady, Upward Course…” Fall Conference Meeting August 30, 2006
Welcome to a new semester at BYUI in the CALS! • Increase the quality of education. • New Math! • Serve more students • Online Courses! • Lower the costs.
Meeting Outline - Directions • Welcome and Invocation • Opening Remarks and outline of meeting • Leadership Changes • Introductions by Department Chairs Chairs • CFS/Professional Development Jerry Scrivner • Information/Business Matters • Break • The Scholarship of Learning and Teaching • Discussion and Future Planning / University Resource Support
Continuing A Steady, Upward Course… “BYU-Idaho’s Faculty Standard of Excellence”From our 2005 Fall Conference… 1) Exemplify the highest L.D.S. standards by: • Adhering to a high standard of personal integrity. • Maintaining emotional and social balance. • Sustaining the Church with their time and resources. • Being worthy to hold a temple recommend. “Integrity is the quality or condition of being whole, complete, unbroken, and undivided.”
Continuing A Steady, Upward Course…“BYU-Idaho’s Faculty Standard of Excellence” 2) Are truly professional in all their work by: • Modeling what is first-rate in their discipline. • Teaching and advising students effectively within the framework of the university’s mission statement. • Carrying out committee, administrative, and other assignments conscientiously. • Working synergistically as a team player with other faculty, staff, and administrators.
Continuing A Steady, Upward Course…“BYU-Idaho’s Faculty Standard of Excellence” 3) Fully support BYU-Idaho by: • Supporting the students, faculty, staff, and administration. • Supporting its purposes and programs. • Supporting its regulations and policies.
T4G (T$G) • Kevin Anderson • Benson 265 • Ext 2041 • T4G EMPLOYEE GIVING • Bless a student • Bless your department • Bless the university
Satellite Career Advising Center • Doug McBride • Benson 208 • Ext 2438 • Student assistants from your discipline, Peer Advisors!
College Internship and Career Placement • Steve Zollinger • Benson 241 • Ext 3132
College Internship and Career Placement • Elder David Jorgensen • Kimball 230E • Ext 2290 • Sister Sylvia Jorgensen • Kimball 230E • Ext 2290
Budget Matters…$$$$’s • Calendar Year 2006 • Capital Equipment Purchases (8400) • Supplies and Equipment Purchases (8300) • Calendar Year 2007 • Requested $338K • Status: • Campus approved • Board approved in DECEMBER • Not appropriated (“Check is in the mail!”) until approved! • Calendar Year 2005 Carry-Over! • Allocated as in the past • $100 per faculty • Thomas E. Ricks Grant recipients supplemented. • Additional requests from departments entertained for various needs with a pre-determined maximum allowed. • “CALS” Development Fund • supplemental dollars for different opportunities. Endowment monies donated through LDS Foundation.
Classroom Space Usage Survey and Results…Planning Instruments • Fall 2006 • Chairs, Seat Limits, and Enrollment • Winter 2007 • Chairs, Seat Limits, and Enrollment
Information Resource Opportunities… • CALS Plasma Screen • Benson Lobby • Department Computer Lab Screen Savers. • BYU Studies • $10 subscription rate… • PhD program in Instructional Design at ISU. Any interested?
The Future… • A New Calendar 2007 • Nothing this fall will be the same in January. • New Contracts - ???? • New Class Schedules - ???? • New Teaching Loads • 12 Credits Teaching • Internship Coordinators – Sliding scale, but as overload. • New CRF policy • New “Periodic Leave” policy • Expanding Our Health Services Programs
The Future… • A New GE “Foundations” • 14 Religion • 6 Science • 3 Citizenship • 3 Writing • 3 Quantitative • 3 Cultural Literature • 3 Family • 3 World Relations • 3 Critical Thinking • Others related to: Art Appreciation; Physical Health; Career Planning Where do we fit? What innovative thinking can we do to fit? Will you be part of the foundation?
The Future…Now. Resource Help… • Spaulding Jugganaikloo • CTO Information Technology • Kimball 170S • Ext 1409 • Joshua Holt • Training & Instructional Design Coordinator • MCK 321 • Ext 1223
How are we doing? • President Clark’s Message: • Start each class with a prayer. Teach students correct process of prayer. • Attend devotional in person. • Dress appropriately for class. • Do not take your cell phone into class or other meetings. Show respect for those in your class.
How are we doing? • He’s a very enthusiastic man and cares a great deal for the students • He explains things very well using the board and real life examples. He is qualified to teach this course. • He is very knowledgeable and keeps up-to-date on the industry. He’s fun, yet very structured and easy to learn from • One of the best instructors I have ever had. Seems to really care.
How are we doing? • He is enthusiastic and helpful. He brings gospel insights into class. • Very good at explain concepts and making class a good learning environment • Requires a lot but pushes us always has a positive attitude. • The instructor is very knowledgeable and willing to answer any questions students may have. It would be nice to have him approach students more frequently and ask if they have questions or make suggestions.
How are we doing? • Teacher is exceptional in his teaching methods and has formed personal friendships with his students that add to the learning experience. • Course is good and useful for everyone. Teacher is awesome and cares about students individually. • Doesn’t seem to be too partial, open to other ideas besides his own. • I appreciated his patience and respect for my weaknesses.
How are we doing? • Instructor prepares well for lectures. He cares about his students and has a strong knowledge base of the material to be learned. • I loved the jokes and PowerPoint presentations, excellent job. • -his attitude created a learning environment that I thrived in. He’s a wonderful instructor. Went out of his way for each one of his students to succeed.
How are we doing? • Awesome, always taught us everything we needed to know for exams and quizzes in class so we just had to read material and review instead of learning on our own. I learned a lot from her, I really enjoyed hearing her personal experiences as well, that helped me learn even more. Overall great class. • She is very excited about what we are doing and is very good at explaining topics. • She was very enthusiastic about all that she taught and she knew a lot about the subject. • -amazing and taught me so much. • She does a very good job on lectures, and examples. You can tell that she loves what she does.
How are we (you) doing? Can we do better… “The image of the Church will improve in direct proportion to the degree to which we mirror the Master in our lives. No media effort can do as much good, over the sweep of time, as can believing, behaving and serving members of the Church.” (President Gordon B. Hinckley)
How are we (you) doing? Can we do better… • “I speak of the need for a little more effort, a little more self-discipline, a little more consecrated effort in the direction of excellence in our lives…. • This is the great day of decision for each of us. For many it is the time of beginning something that will go on for as long as you live. I plead with you: don’t be a scrub! • Rise to the high ground of spiritual, mental, and physical excellence. You can do it. You may not be a genius. You may be lacking in some skills. • But so many of us can do better than we are now doing. We are members of this great Church whose influence is now felt over the world. • We are people with a present and with a future. Don’t muff your opportunities. Be excellent.” (President Gordon B. Hinckley, Ensign, Sept 1999.)
Scholarship of Learning and Teaching • Problem Based Learning (PBL) • Collaborative Learning • Case Study Learning • Project Based Learning • Learning & Teaching for Exponential Growth, A Three Person ProblemSusan Peterson Gong.
Scholarship of Learning and Teaching • Problem-based learning (PBL) is a pedagogical concept of "active learning" in tertiary education, but is currently being adapted for use in K-12 education. It was pioneered and used extensively at McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. • The defining characteristics of PBL are: • Learning is driven by challenging, open-ended problems. • Students work in small collaborative groups. • Teachers take on the role as "facilitators" of learning. • Accordingly, students are encouraged to take responsibility for their group and organize and direct the learning process with support from a tutor or instructor. • Advocates of PBL claim it can be used to enhance content knowledge and foster the development of communication, problem-solving, and self-directed learning skill.
Collaborative learning • Collaborative learning is an umbrella term for a variety of approaches in education that involve joint intellectual effort by students or students and teachers. • Groups of students work together in searching for understanding, meaning or solutions or in creating a product. The approach is closely related to cooperative learning, but is considered to be more radical because of its reliance on youth voice. • Collaborative learning activities can include collaborative writing, group projects, and other activities. • Collaborative learning has taken on many forms. One form is Collaborative Networked Learning for the self-directed adult learner. Another is Computer-supported collaborative learning (CSCL).
Case Study Learning • A case study is a particular method of qualitative research. Rather than using large samples and following a rigid protocol to examine a limited number of variables, case study methods involve an in-depth, longitudinal examination of a single instance or event: a case. • They provide a systematic way of looking at events, collecting data, analyzing information, and reporting the results. As a result the researcher may gain a sharpened understanding of why the instance happened as it did, and what might become important to look at more extensively in future research. • Yin, … suggests, that case study should be defined as a research strategy, an empirical inquiry that investigates a phenomenon within its real-life context. • Case study research means single- and multiple case studies, can include quantitative evidence, relies on multiple sources of evidence and benefits from the prior development of theoretical propositions. • He notes that case studies should not be confused with qualitative research and points out that they can be based on any mix of quantitative and qualitative evidence (Yin 2002).
Project-based learning • Project based learning is a constructivist pedagogy that intends to bring about deep learning by allowing learners to use an inquiry based approach to engage with issues and questions that are rich, real and relevant to their lives. • Project based learning is designed to be used for complex issues that require students to investigate in order to understand. It is not useful to use PBL for easy to learn factual information. For example, students may be asked to monitor the water quality in a local river to learn about their local environment and environmental issues that affect it. • It is an approach for classroom activity that emphasizes learning activities that are long-term, interdisciplinary and student-centered. • This approach is generally less structured than traditional, teacher-led classroom activities; in a project-based class, students often must organize their own work and manage their own time. Within the project based learning framework students collaborate, working together to make sense of what is going on. • Project-based instruction differs from inquiry-based activity by its emphasis on collaborative learning. Additionally, project-based instruction differs from traditional inquiry by its emphasis on students' own artifact construction to represent what is being learned.
Characteristic of the Master Teacher John Walker
Concluding ThoughtsContinuing a Steady, Upward Course… • Summer Graduation Luncheon • Share personal insights from your association with President Hinckley: “It is humbling to hear the prophet pray for revelation in our board meetings.” • How many of us “pray for revelation”?
Concluding ThoughtsContinuing a Steady, Upward Course… • Comments yesterday of President Clark with respect to building Zion here at BYUI. “Whatsoever ye shall ask…it shall be given to you.” • “Raising the personal bar of righteousness” • Don’t Be Late For Class or a Meeting! • Come Prepared To Class • To Teach and • To Be Taught • Dress & Grooming • All things are possible, based upon faith and work.
Concluding ThoughtsContinuing a Steady, Upward Course… They the Builders of the Nation They, the builders of the nation, Blazing trails along the way; Stepping stones for generations Were their deeds of every day. Building new and firm foundations, Pushing on the wild frontier, Forging onward, every onward, Blessed, honored Pioneer!
Concluding ThoughtsContinuing a Steady, Upward Course… As an ensign to the nation, They unfurled the flag of truth, Pillar, guide, and inspiration To the hosts of waiting youth. Honor, praise, and veneration To the founders we revere! List our song of adoration, Blessed, honored, Pioneer!
The Isle of Man – Irish Sea • Conister Rock – St. Mary’s Isle • Douglas Bay • Douglas is the Isle of Man capital with by far the highest population at over 25,000. It is the island hub for shipping, transport, shopping, and entertainment. It is also the home of the government and main finance sector. • Sir William Hillary • Royal National Lifeboat Institution • Tower of Refuge • Steam Packet – St. George • Wrecked on reef • 22 crew members • 1830
Isle of Man • The Isle of Man is located in the middle of the stormy Irish Sea. It has been throughout history a cultural crossroads of the British Isles. • It was home to the Viking king Olaf the Black, who came raiding and pillaging down the Hebrides and Western coast of Scotland, leaving his sons behind to rule the conquered lands. (His black ship with furled sails, indicating harborage, is to be seen in the heraldic achievements of many Western Scottish chiefs.) • Finally, no longer a premier warrior, he settled in the Isle of Man and eventually died there.
Living Prophets – Towers of Refuge Today “The God of my rock, in him will I trust: he is my sheild, and the horn of my salvation, my high tower, and my refuge, my saviour, thou savest me from violence.” (2 Samual 22:3)
Living Towers of Refuge • Proverbs 18: 10. 10 The name of the LORD is a strong tower•: the righteous runneth into it, and is safe. • D&C 97: 20. 20 And he hath sworn by the power of his might to be her salvation and her high tower•. • Proverbs 14: 26 • 26 In the fear of the LORD is strong confidence: and his children shall have a place of refuge. • 27 The fear of the LORD is a fountain of life, to depart from the snares of death.