Center for Teaching Excellence
CTE Faculty Development
The Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE) 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.
Inclusive Teaching for a Diverse Student Body was held on 04 MAY 2018, 1200-1300 hours, in the Haig Room of Jefferson Library."Looking to create a more inclusive classroom experience for students, but unsure how to begin?" Start small by discussing the importance and relevance of inclusive teaching, and by learning teaching strategies you can implement immediately (e.g., how to foster productive student-student interactions, set discussion guidelines, and collect feedback on course climate).
• Define and explain the necessity of inclusive teaching
• Brainstorm small strategies that foster inclusive
teaching through workshop activities
• Identify strategies to implement in their own courses
Moderators: Dr. Amanda Jungels and Christine Simonian Bean, Center for Teaching and Learning, ColumbiaUniversity.
Leveraging and Additional 20 Minutes took place on 04 APR 2018 at 1205 hours in the CTE/IETD Technology Evaluation Classroom (JH423). In AY2019, some classes at USMA will move to a 75-minute format, adding an additional 20 minutes of classtime to faculty planning. How can we best use 75 minutes in the classroom? This workshop provided a perspective on how an instructor might holistically approach the transistion from a 55-minute class/40 lesson semester to a 75-minute/30 lesson semester. It highlighted an alternative perspective for maximizing cadet learning in this new framework.
• Developing the syllabus
• Optimizing a 75-minute lesson
• Practical activities for classroom use
Moderator: LTC Hise Gibson, Department of Systems Engineering
On 27 MAR 2018, from 1205 to 1245 hours, the CTE sponsored The Important Elements of Instructional Design, that explored design of instruction to assist learners in their acquisition and use of knowledge and skills. It asked, with so many different methods available, how does one decide which technoque to use? Under what conditions? With whom? The seminar addressed the difficulties in negotiating the "balancing act" instructors struggle with and highlighted the science informing human learning and instruction.
• The starting point for course and instructional design
• Human cognitive architecture
Moderator: Dr. Steven Condly, Department of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership
Writing as a Tool for Learning took place in the CTE/IETD Technology Evaluation Classroom (JH423) on 01 MAR 2018. This workshop explored how we can make use of writing in the classroom across widely different courses and disciplines. It further reckons with the challenges faculty often feel in balancing the demands of teaching the subject of their course with their desire to help cadets improve as writers. It sought to equip participants with several alternatives for advancing cadet learning through informal and low-stakes writing.
• Educational theory behind writing-to-learn
• Ideas for maximizing learning in 75-minute classes
• Practical activities for classroom use
Moderator: Dr. Jason Hoppe, Director, West point Writing Program
Classroom Activities to Increase Cadet Engagement was held on
28 Sep 2017, 1250-1450, in the Haig Room of Jefferson Library.
In this workshop, USMA faculty members from multiple disciplines
will share a variety of classroom activities designed to increase and
maintain student engagement also discuss the reasons why variety
in the classroom is an effective tool for teaching. The workshop will
include short presentations followed by group discussion.
• The pedagogical challenges of a longer classroom session
• Impressions from faculty currently piloting the 30-lesson,
• Research findings on student attention spans
• Suggestions for variety in classroom activities
• Classroom activities and transitions
Moderators: Dr. Mark Evans (CFE), Dr. Stephen Finn (CFE)
Contributors: Dr. Russ Lachance (AARS), Dr. Brock Barry (CME),
LTC Chris Fuhriman (GENE), CPT Ryan Leach (DSS & History),
LTC Kristin Arney (MATH)
The Teaching with Technology Fair is the evolving successor to the iPad Pedagogy Symposium that began in AY2015. Co-sponsored with the Department of History, the 4th annual event took place on Tuesday, 06 February, 2018 in the Haig room of Jefferson Hall. The fair included representatives from various technology companies as well as faculty from West Point academic departments. The purpose of the fair is to demonstrate the use of mobile applications, iBooks, and other classroom technologies and to support the Academy’s mission to educate, train, and inspire cadets to a lifetime of honorable service. The Fair provides an excellent opportunity for faculty to share methods and collaborate with their colleagues. The event is an open fair and attendees may come and go as they please.
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.