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NFTI Schedule

8:00 – 8:30 a.m. | Check-in & Continental Breakfast

(Strong Hall Atrium)


8:30 – 8:45 a.m. | Welcome

(Strong Hall, Room 101)


8:50 – 10:10 a.m. | “Who Are We Teaching at UTK?”

(Strong Hall, Room 101)

Speaker: Doug Renalds, Director of the Student Success Center

Learn about our student population at UTK and then reflect together on how to prepare to effectively teach our students from other NFTI participants.

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10:10 – 10:15 a.m. | Break


10:15 – 11:45 a.m. | “The Foundations of Developing a Strong Course”

(Strong Hall, Room 101)

Speakers: John Walker, Experiential Learning Assessment Coordinator |  Janelle Coleman, TLI Faculty Consultant for Assessment | Igor Akpovo, TLI Faculty Consultant for Innovative Teaching

Learn about many of the foundational necessaties related to preparing and leading an effective course at UTK.

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12:00 – 1:00 p.m. | Lunch

(Student Union, Room 362)

Vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options will be available.


1:00 – 1:45 p.m. | “The Student Experience in the Classroom”

(Student Union, Room 362)

Listen to current UTK students as they share experiences about taking courses at our university.


2:00 – 2:50 | “Inclusive Teaching: Why is it important?”

(Strong Hall, Room 101)

Learn about some of the nuances and opportunities for deeper learning as we discuss the growth and significance of this topic at our university.


2:50 – 3:00 p.m. | Break


3:00 – 3:50 p.m. | “Available Teaching Tools for Faculty”

(Strong Hall, Room 101)

Speakers: Rosie Sasso, OIT Course Design & Delivery | Rachael Stanley, OIT Instructional Support & Training

Members of the Office of Information Technology staff will be with us to introduce unique and helpful software and technology tools available to help bolster and support the learning environment here at UTK.

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3:50 – 4:00 p.m. | Break


4:00 – 4:50 p.m. | “UT Libraries as Partners in Teaching & Learning”

(Strong Hall, Room101)

Speakers: Charissa Powell, Student Success Librarian | Rachel Caldwell, Scholarly Communication Librarian

UT Libraries faculty members discuss and share information about the unique ways in which the Libraries serve as partners to support student and faculty success through teaching tools, resources, and learning spaces available in and through the university’s libraries.

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4:50 – 5:00 p.m. | Closing Remarks & Preparing for Day 2

(Strong Hall, Room 101)


5:00 – 5:30 p.m. | Faculty Mixer

(Strong Hall Atrium)

Hors d’oeuvres will be available.

8:00 – 8:30 a.m. | Check-in & Continental Breakfast

(Strong Hall Atrium)


8:30 – 8:40 a.m. | Welcome

(Strong Hall, Room 101)


8:40 – 9:00 a.m. | “The Significance of Teaching Excellence in a Research University”

(Strong Hall, Room 101)

Speaker: Theresa Lee, Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences

Lee serves as the Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences here at UTK, the university’s largest college. Come and listen to her wisdom and experience regarding the importance of the role of teaching at Research 1 universities.


9:10 – 10:00 a.m. | Faculty Panels

(Faculty Panel, 5+ years – Strong Hall, Room 103)

(Faculty Panel, >5 years – Strong Hall, Room 222)

(Online Faculty Panel – Strong Hall, Cottage) 

Choose the panel that best matches your interest and teaching experience. Learn from other faculty about their experiences and how they have successfully accomplished great things in their careers at UTK.


10:00 – 10:50 a.m. | Concurrent Sessions

(Strong Hall, Room 103)

Speaker: Igor Akpovo, TLI Faculty Consultant for Innovative Teaching

Learn about effective ways that you can incorporate technology into your classroom to develop a more active learning environment for your students.

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(Strong Hall, Room 222) 

Speakers: April Conner, College of Arts & Sciences | Jedidiah Blanton, College of Education, Health & Human Services

This session will provide participants with the opportunity to begin incorporating easy-to-learn strategies for converting your classroom from a lecture-based exchange to an active and engaged space for everyone to learn from one another.

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(Strong Hall, Cottage)

Speakers:
Maria Stehle, College of Arts & Sciences
Rosie Sasso, OIT Course Design & Delivery

This hands-on session introduces faculty to strategies and tools that promote and sustain student engagement in both asynchronous and synchronous online classes.


10:50 – 11:00 a.m. | Break


11:00 – 11:50 a.m. | Concurrent Sessions

(Strong Hall, Room 103)

Speaker: James Williams, College of Education, Health, & Human Services

How do you prepare for the challenges of effectively teaching your students throughout a long semester when change is the only consistent factor in the equation? Join us as James Williams leads us through a stirring session by providing attendees with tips for engaging students effectively throughout the semester.

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(Strong Hall, Room 222) 

Speaker: Rachel McCord, Tickle College of Engineering

Many faculty members teach classrooms of 50 or more students each semester at UTK. Join us as McCord provides us with strategies for teaching in this classroom environment based on her own experiences and testimonials she’s learned from other faculty.

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(Strong Hall, Cottage)

Speakers:

Gene Fitzhugh, College of Education, Health, & Human Services
Jennifer Gramling, Teaching & Learning Innovation
Fred Kelly, OIT Support

Whether you are teaching an online class of fifty or five hundred, this session will help you learn specifics related to the effective design and delivery of a large online class. Join experienced online instructional faculty and staff as they present strategies for successfully teaching and managing high enrollment courses, including techniques for assessing student learning.


12:00 – 1:00 p.m. | Lunch

(Strong Hall Atrium)

Vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options will be available.