• Special Interest Groups (SIGs)

  • 2019-2020 SIGs

    Each of the five Faculty Fellows and FCI graduate assistant will be hosting a Special Interest Group (SIG) on their selected topic (listed below). These SIGs will be open to all faculty beginning Fall 2019!

    There's an App for That!

    Eugene Matthews

    Are you ready to take your teaching skills up a notch? Are you
    interested in reclaiming time invested in grading and assessing student
    assignments? Join me in my Special Interest Group because "There's an
    app for that!" (Note. For those planning to participate in person and actively engage these sessions, please bring your mobile device to each “There’s an app for that!” SIG you attend.)

    Zoom link: https://park.zoom.us/j/494693973

    • Monday, September 23rd @ 2:00pm CST - Meetin' House
    • Tuesday, October 8th @ 10:00am CST - Norrington Learning Lab
    • Tuesday, January 7th @ 10:00am CST - Norrington Learning Lab
    • Tuesday, February 25th @ 10:00am CST - Norrington Learning Lab
    • Tuesday, March 31st @ 10:00am CST - (online only)

    Organizational Culture

    Adrian James

    In these discussions, we will explore our ideal organizational culture
    and how to best build that culture. We’ll cover strategies on working
    smarter not harder, valuing others, increasing positivity, and topics
    the participants choose. Those attending will be engaged in active
    learning strategies to reinforce their learning.

    Zoom link: https://park.zoom.us/j/129698731

    • Thursday, August 29st @ 10:00am CST - Meetin' House
    • Thursday, August 29st @ 1:00pm CST - Meetin' House
    • Tuesday, November 12th @ 10:00am CST - Meetin' House
    • Tuesday, November 12th @ 1:00pm CST - (online only)
    • Thursday, January 23rd @ 10:00am CST - Meetin' House
    • Thursday, January 23rd @ 1:00pm CST - (online only)
    • Thursday, February 20th @ 10:00am CST - Meetin' House
    • Thursday, February 20th @ 2:00pm CST - (online only)
    • Tuesday, March 24th @ 1:00pm CST - (online only)

    Immersive Learning (Augmented & Virtual Realities)

    Stephen Fant

    This SIG will explore VR and AR and how universities are utilizing the
    technology. We will provide tools that traditional (brick and mortar)
    and online instructors can incorporate into their classrooms to
    enhance learning, and also research emerging trends in AR/VR.

    Zoom Link: https://park.zoom.us/j/634240484​

    • Tuesday, September 10th (1:00 pm CST)
    • Tuesday, November 19th (10:00 am CST)
    • Wednesday, January 22nd (1:00 pm CST)
    • Wednesday, April 8th (10:00 am CST)

    Deconstructing Diversity: Strategies for Creating Inclusive Classrooms

    Allison Rand

    Putting diversity, equity, inclusion into measurable action is
    critical to long term success. So this session will create a space for
    conversations about how race, gender, class, and other factors
    affect student learning, and will provide strategies for how to
    address those factors in the classroom.

    Onsite Location: Norrington Learning Lab
    Zoom Link: https://park.zoom.us/j/747466804

    • Thursday, September 12th @ 1:00pm CST
    • Wednesday, November 13th @ 10:00am CST
    • Tuesday, January 28th @ 1:00pm CST
    • Thursday, March 5th @ 11:00am CST
    • Google Drive folder link

    Facilitating a Community of Inquiry

    Josh Mugg

    Want to improve your in-class discussions? This SIG will introduce
    you to ‘Community of Inquiry’—a flipped-classroom approach to
    discussion that helps students learn how to have meaningful,
    respectful, rational discussion. Since we learn by doing, each
    session will consist, in part, of a Community of Inquiry session.

    Onsite Location: Gibson (3rd floor Thompson Commons)
    Zoom Link: https://park.zoom.us/j/643231848

    • Tuesday, September 17th @ 1:00pm CST
    • Monday, September 30th @ 2:00pm CST (online only)
    • Thursday, October 24th @ 2:00pm CST
    • Tuesday, January 14th @ 2:00pm CST
    • Wednesday, February 12th @ 10:00am CST
    • Facilitating a Community of Inquiry handout
    • Online Community of Inquiry handout
    • Online Community of Inquiry Advantages and Disadvantages handout

    Student Perspective Series

    Indra Ganbat

    This SIG will explore various student perspectives on what
    constitutes great teaching at Park University. These student led,
    student-panel discussions will explore advice and student
    experiences for instructors to consider in their practice. Each
    session will highlight a specific student population perspective.


    Onsite Location: Norrington Learning Lab
    Zoom Link: https://park.zoom.us/j/690744016

    • Thursday, September 26th @ 1:00pm CST
    • Tuesday, October 29th @ 11:00am CST
    • Thursday, February 6th @ 1:00pm CST