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2018 Faculty Institute

The Faculty Institute is free to attend for full-time faculty, adjunct instructors, and staff in the University of Maine System. Planning for the 2018 Faculty Institute begins soon.

The Faculty Institute

Welcome to the Faculty Institute for Technology-Enhanced Teaching & Learning! Learn more about this free professional development opportunity sponsored by University College.

2017 Sessions

With a focus on Student Engagement, the Faculty Institute Planning Committee has developed an agenda that will explore this theme within the following categories: Collaboration, Teaching & Learning, Course Modalities, Supporting Students, and Technology Tools. Read the sessions descriptions to learn more.
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Location: UMA Campus

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See the 2016 Faculty Institute

See the sessions, handouts, and videos from the last Faculty Institute on May 20, 2016.
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Dr. Michelle Miller

Dr. Michelle Miller

Cognitive Scientist Specializing in Online Learning

2017 Keynote

Design for the Mind: Strategies from the Psychology of Learning

Educators are all in the business of changing minds: We build new memories, guide students in developing new skills, and promote the development of values and mindsets. Attention, memory, and higher thought processes are three aspects of the mind that are particularly critical to learning, and are areas where instructional technology can be the most helpful. In this interactive talk, we will explore and experience principles connected to these three aspects of the mind, emphasizing the unique advantages that technology offers as we strive to use these principles in our teaching.

It is with great pleasure that the University College Faculty Institute for Technology-Enhanced Teaching and Learning welcomes our 2017 Keynote Speaker, Dr. Michelle D. Miller. Dr. Miller is the Director of the First Year Initiative at the University College of Northern Arizona University and a President’s Distinguished Teaching Fellow in the Department of Psychology at Northern Arizona University.  She is also the author of the book, Minds Online: Teaching Effectively with Technology, from Harvard University Press (2014), which is a definitive guide for online-teaching faculty that explores not only pertinent cognitive strategies for engaging distance learners, but also learning theory in practice.

Currently a Redesign Scholar with the National Center for Academic Transformation, Miller earned her doctorate from UCLA in Cognitive Psychology and Behavioral Neuroscience in 1997 and was a Post-Doctoral Research Associate at Rice University. She specializes in memory, language, attention and decision-making, and her book expands on research in these areas in the technology-enhanced classroom.

Read more about Dr. Miller

Listen to Michelle Miller discuss her book on the Teaching in Higher Ed podcast

by Dr. Michelle Miller | Cognitive Scientist Specializing in Online Learning

What Our Faculty are Saying

“This was a wonderful suite of events, and an impressive level of professionalism and kindness! I appreciated the range of hands on workshops, as well as thought-provoking topics.”

“It’s a faculty institute, it’s a day of learning new things, discovering new ideas and growing them on their own campus, meet new people and sharing.”

Register by May 2!

The Faculty Institute in free to attend for full-time faculty, adjunct instructors, and staff in the University of Maine System, but you must register.

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Accessibility Statement

The University provides reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities upon request. Any person with a disability who needs accommodations for this event should contact Mina Matthews at mina.matthews@maine.edu or (207) 621-3338 to submit a request. Due to the lead-time needed to arrange certain accommodations, individuals should submit their request no later than 2 weeks before the event.