2016 Faculty Showcase

Enriching Courses through Digital Storytelling and Other Narrative Techniques

On May 9 2016, over 100 members of faculty and staff participated in the Faculty Showcase 2016, presented by faculty, for faculty. This mini-conference provided professors, lecturers, and others interested in educational technology, a platform to:

  • Discover how technology can increase student learning and engagement.
  • Learn about enriching courses through digital storytelling and other narrative techniques.
  • Gain insight on the unique experience of teaching online from faculty that have been there.
  • Network and be part of the teaching and learning community here at UM.

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Thank You

Thank you for attending the second annual Faculty Showcase Event! This event would not have been possible without the assistance and dedication received from the University of Miami’s faculty and staff. We would like to thank our presenters: Dr. Brian Barrett for his presentation on Cases and Narratives for Quantitative Topics,  Dr. Wesley Smith’s experience and inspiring demonstration in using Blackboard Learn, Dr. Rosina Cianelli and Dr. Natalia Villegas for their stimulating discussion on Innovative Breastfeeding Training for Healthcare Workers, Dr. Mónica Alexandra Durán visual presentation on Student Generated Media and Dr. Chrisfouad Alabiad for his engaging session on Taking a Course Online.

We would also like to thank our learning circle leaders for their thought-provoking discussions providing faculty with practical experience and guidance including Dr. Jill Sanko, Dr. Mary McKay and Dr. Latoya Lewis-Pierre, Dr. David Lewis, Melissa Burley, Clay Ewing and Lien Tran and Dr. James Wilson.

A special thank you also goes out to all of the individuals that spent their time answering faculty questions at the library, Blackboard, and Learning Innovation & Faculty Engagement technology tables.

Finally, we would like to thank our Opening and Closing Remarks presenters Dr. William S. Green and Allan Gyorke for their time and dedication to this event.

View the Presentation Resources

View the Presentation Resources

Event Information

When: Monday, May 9, 2016 from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Where: Student Activities Center (3rd Floor) – University of Miami. 1330 Miller Drive. Coral Gables, FL 33124

Who: All UM Faculty are encouraged to register; students and staff interested in course design are welcome to attend if space is available; this event is not open to the public.

Cost: Free! There is no cost to attend, but space is limited to the first 150 participants.

What is a Faculty Showcase?

A faculty showcase is an opportunity for faculty to share, network and discover the fascinating and innovative ways fellow colleagues are using technology in their courses. Academic Technologies invites the academic community to discover how faculty can implement educational technology to employ effective teaching strategies, develop student engagement, and promote digital literacy.

Last year, we invited an array of faculty and staff to discuss a collection of topics including: flipping the classroom, capturing student presentations for improved feedback and building a feeling of community online. To learn more information about how a faculty showcase can support faculty development and impact student learning, view the resources on this site.

2015 Faculty Showcase Highlights

2015 Faculty Showcase Highlights

Narrative Techniques and Technology

Storytelling is one of the oldest teaching methods. Before the creation of writing, early people learned about the world and their culture through parables, fables, koans, and fairy tales that were passed down from one generation to another. These stories encapsulate who we are, what might happen, and how we should act.

Today, a broader set of narrative techniques can be used in education to engage students, get them to think creatively, and synthesize what they have learned into something concrete. These narrative techniques have storytelling components such as a fictional situation and a cast of characters, but are more interactive than passively listening to a tale of morality. Key techniques include:

 Student Generated Media

 Open Ended Problems

 Case Studies

 Faculty and Student Stories

 Simple Simulations

 Role-Playing Activities

This year we celebrate the use of Digital Storytelling and other Narrative Techniques, based on a year-long pilot commenced in Fall 2015, funded by the Knight Foundation. At the Faculty Showcase 2016, faculty across all disciplines will share their journey using narrative techniques in the classroom, providing their essential tips and practical experience. The resources on this site provide a brief overview of several narrative techniques that can be used in practically any discipline.

Narrative Techniques at UM

Narrative Techniques

Event Itinerary

The following itinerary provides an outline of the day.

CHECK IN & BREAKFAST 9:00 – 9:30
Welcome – Allan Gyorke 9:30- 9:45
Introduction – Dr. William Green 9:45 – 10:15
Cases and Narratives for Quantitative Topics – Dr. W. Brian Barrett 10:20 – 10:45
BREAK 10:45 – 10:50
Black(board) Magic – Dr. Wesley Smith 10:50- 11:15
Innovative Breastfeeding Training for Healthcare Workers – Dr. Rosina Cianelli and Dr. Natalia Villegas 11:30 – 12:00
LUNCH 12:00 – 1:00
Student Generated Media – Dr. Mónica Alexandra Durán 1:00 – 1:25
Taking a Course Online – Dr. Chrisfouad Alabiad and Dr. Carol Karp 1:30 – 2:00
Learning Circles and Tech Tables 2:15 – 3:15

Breakfast, lunch and afternoon refreshments will be provided.

More Information

More Information

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