Center for Faculty Excellence
CFE Faculty Development
The Center for Faculty Excellence (CFE) is committed to the professional development of USMA faculty members. To that end we offer the Master Teacher Certificate Program
and, along with the USMA Faculty Development Committee, sponser symposiums and workshops for faculty throughout the year.
In Spring of AY2015, we held a workshop entitled, "Robotics and Artificial Intelligence: An Interdisciplinary Theme." The event took place Wednesday, 22 April, in the ATCL (room 121) in Jefferson Library. The initial thematic statement, "Some of the most interesting and consequential decisions we face over the next twenty years involve how we humans will interact with increasingly powerful and even intelligent robotic systems — from battlefields to our roads," guided USMA faculty in teams of one, two, or three who were provided a small kit of electronic parts that included a programmable processing module.
In the first half of the workshop, teams built and explored very simple devices as a way to begin to unserstand how cadets might learn about and create their own robotic devices. This part had two purposes — getting to know the hardware and seeing how working with robotic systems is tightly intertwined with the entire 47 month USMA experience. As one example, lessons learned about how measurement — its benefits, costs, and unintended consequences — carries over to domains like high stakes testing and the Common Core Standards and even policing policies like stop-and-frisk. In the second half of the workshop, teams developed and presented ideas brainstorming how robotics and artificial intelligence might be used in their own courses or programs.
In the Fall of AY 2015, we held the first annual iPad Pedagogy Symposium, co-sponsored by the Department of History and the Viola Foundation.
The Symposium was held Wednesday, 29 October, 2014 in the Haig Room of Jefferson Library at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. Participants included representatives from Apple Computer, Blackboard, Rowan Technology, and USMA faculty with unique approaches to iPad use in the classroom who did presentations and Q&A about this quickly expanding technology. Lunch was provided through the generosity of the Viola Foundation. iPad apps and classroom techniques presented and discussed in a "trade-show" format at the symposium included:
• iBooks Author
• Adobe Ideas
• BlackBoard Mobile
• Socrative Clicker
• Note taking Apps
• Multi-User Displays
In AY 2014, we co-sponsored the following workshop with the Department of Civil and Mechanical Engineering, and the Departmrnt of English and Philosophy.
Introductory Overview of the Human-Centered Design Process
This faculty development workshop was held Thursday, 24 April, 2014 in the Haig Room of Jefferson Library at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. It was facilitated by IDEO (pronounced “eye-dee-oh”), an award-winning global design firm that takes a human-centered, design-based approach to helping organizations in the public and private sectors innovate and grow. The IDEO facilitators were David Haygood, Heather Boesch, Jillian Farrell, Bill Stewart, Michelle Kwasny, and Ann Kim. T
he workshop discussion points included:
"Thinking like a designer can transform the way organizations develop products, services, processes, and strategy. This approach, which IDEO calls design thinking, brings together what is desirable from a human point of view with what is technologically feasible and economically viable. It also allows people who aren’t trained as designers to use creative tools to address a vast range of challenges."
In AY 2013, we co-sponsored the following workshop with the USMA Faculty Development Committee.
The Joy and Responsibility of Teaching Well and Integrated Course Design for Significant Learning
This faculty development workshop was held Tuesday, 23 April, 2013 Haig Room of Jefferson Library at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. The guest speaker was Dr Stewart Ross, the Founding Director of the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning at Minnesota State, Mankato. He is a Senior Associate with Dee Fink and Associates and has given over 100 workshops related to university teaching in the past 5 years.
The Joy and Responsibility of Teaching Well keynote address described the importance of continuous improvement as college teachers and how we might reflect and improve.
Integrated Course Design covers the significance of course design within the array of tasks involved in teaching, and Identifies “Dreams” for student learning. Dr. Ross introduced the overall model of Integrated Course Design and work on understanding and taking the initial steps toward applying the key components.
In AY 2012, we co-sponsored the following workshops, also with the USMA Faculty Development Committee.
This faculty development workshop was held Wednesday, 25 April, 2012 in the Haig Room of Jefferson Library at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. The guest speaker was Dr. Joseph Lowman, author of Mastering the Techniques of Teaching (Jossey-Bass; 2nd edition,1995) .
Dr. Lowman discussed with faculty the need for formative assessment of teaching faculty and described techniques to effectively conduct formative assessments.
The participants discussed techniques for formative assessment using both in-class visits and video tapes. In small groups and break-out rooms they evaluated video tapes of faculty teaching. Dr. Lowman discussed and demonstrated techniques for this activity and provided guiding formats.
After the break-out activities all participants regrouped to compare observations and challenges.
In AY 2011, we co-sponsored the following workshops, also with the USMA Faculty Development Committee.
Effective Practices in On-Line Education and Distance Learning at West Point
This faculty development workshop was held Thursday, 19 January, 2012 in the Haig Room of Jefferson Library at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.
On-Line and distance learning is a growing phenomenon in higher education.
This workshop introduced USMA faculty to how on-line and distance education is employed across disciplines at the Academy, and explored the potential for on-line and distance education as a means to broaden educational opportunities for cadets.