Events


 

Energy Sovereignty for Indigenous People (ESIP) Global Initiative Workshops

This spring, the Energy Sovereignty for Indigenous People (ESIP) Global Initiative, a collaboration of the University of North Dakota, Kansas State University, and North Dakota State University, is sponsoring workshops via Zoom that are open to all faculty and graduate students at North Dakota's NSF EPSCoR affiliated colleges and universities. We hope you will join us! Registration information is linked through the titles below.

Series 1: Collaborating Across Cultures

Oftentimes when conducting research, especially with Tribal Nations and Communities, Research Universities enact their research agenda and cultural norms and take a paternalistic approach in collaborations. This approach does not allow for a foundation of mutual respect and expertise to be shared. It minimizes the knowledge, connection, and culture of these communities and the broader implications of research outcomes. This workshop series will focus on understanding the impact of colonization and current issues facing Native populations in our region and how we can utilize this knowledge to better inform research practices when working with Tribal Nations and other cultures.

** Series 1 is no longer available **

Series 2: Bringing Joy to your Teaching Career: How to Fall in Love with Teaching

For new instructors teaching can be overwhelming, especially in the current climate for higher education.  Classrooms can begin to feel bogged down with challenges and issues that detract from the joy of helping students learn and the excitement of fostering their curiosity and intellectual growth. This two-session series will center on the basics of creating effective learning environments that allow you and your students to focus on the positive social engagement that fosters their growth.

Session 1: Designing Effective Learning Environments  ** Session 1 is no longer available **

April 10th from noon-1pm via Zoom.
Presenters: Wayne Seames and Anne Kelsch
Topics include: 1) learning modules 2) the learning taxonomy 3) the use of assessment instruments to ensure that your students engage with course material 4) blended and flipped instructional techniques 5) case studies, problem-based learning assignments and projects 6) generative AI and 7) special considerations for remote learners.

Session 2:  Techniques that Foster Engagement and Learning  ** Session 2 is no longer available **

April 15th from noon-1pm via Zoom.
Presenters: Wayne Seames and Anne Kelsch
Topics include: 1) improving engagement 2) concept checking techniques 3) open ended questions 4) using case studies and problem-based learning PBL to increase engagement 6) tutorial videos and their importance for the current generation of learners, 7) using feedback technology 8) engagement with remote learners.

Series 3: Refreshing your Teaching at Mid-Career: How to Fall Back in Love with Teaching

For many faculty at mid-career, especially in the current climate for higher education, our classrooms can begin to feel bogged down with challenges and issues that detract from the joy of helping students learn and witnessing their growth. In this two-session series we will focus on refreshing our teaching by getting back to the basics of creating an effective learning environment and regaining the sense of hope and inspiration that comes with seeing students learn. 

Session 1: Designing Effective Learning Environments  ** Session 1 is no longer available **

April 24th from noon-1pm via Zoom.
Presenters: Wayne Seames and Anne Kelsch
Topics include: 1) the learning module method 2) addressing the learning taxonomy 3) the use of assessment instruments to ensure that your students engage with course material 4) designing blended and flipped instructional techniques 5) designing case studies, problem-based learning assignments and projects 6) generative AI and 7) special considerations for remote learners.

Session 2:  Techniques that Foster Learning  ** Session 2 is no longer available **

April 29th from noon-1pm via Zoom.
Presenters: Wayne Seames and Anne Kelsch
Topics include: 1) organizing the classroom to improve engagement 2) concept checking techniques 3) open ended questions, 4) using case studies to increase engagement 5) using PBL assignments to increase engagement 6) tutorial videos and their importance for the current generation of learners, 7) using feedback technology – clickers, polls, etc., 8) engagement with remote learners

Series 4: Networking and Collaborations

Learn how networking with others and forming collaborations can advance your academic career and enrich your academic activities and experiences.

Session 1: Networking and Collaborations

May 8th from 11-noon via Zoom.
Presenters:  Wayne Seames and Daphne Pedersen


 

The Science of Learning: PreK-12 Conferences

The Science of Learning: PreK-12 Literacy Conference

The University of North Dakota (UND), College of Education and Human Development is hosting a 1-day PreK-12 Literacy Conference on Wednesday, June 19, in Grand Forks, at the Memorial Union. Educators in the region are invited to attend Pages & Pathways: The Science of Learning: Literacy. All educators who attend are eligible to receive continuing education credit through UND. As an added incentive to attend and participate, the first 200 ND educators that sign up to attend the conference are eligible to earn 1 credit free of cost. Linda Diamond, co-author of several textbooks that align with the Science of Reading, and Salaam Green, the poet Laureate of Birmingham, Alabama, and a UND alumna, will be featured speakers. The conference will offer 28 professional learning sessions for attendees that focus on best practices on a range of literacy topics. Presenters will share a plethora of strategies that can be used across content areas, ideas to foster a life-long appreciation of reading, and support comprehension and learning.

The Science of Learning: PreK-12 STEM Conference

The University of North Dakota (UND), College of Education and Human Development is hosting a 1-day PreK-12 STEM Conference on Thursday, August 1, in Grand Forks, at the Memorial Union. Educators in the region are invited to attend Pages & Pathways: The Science of Learning: STEM. All educators who attend are eligible to receive continuing education credit through UND. As an added incentive to attend and participate, the first 200 ND educators that sign up to attend the conference are eligible to earn 1 credit free of cost. The conference will feature 28 professional learning sessions led by enthusiastic presenters with an emphasis on best practices

 

A printable flyer is available for the PreK-12 Literacy and STEM conferences with QR codes to the registration site. More information about professional development opportunities for educators, including these face-to-face conferencesis available by calling 701-777-0488 or emailing  UND.courses@UND.edu.