About The Next Thing Program
"The Next Thing" is a cohorted professional development opportunity hosted by the Office of eLearning. The goal of the program is to give faculty the opportunity and support to do something new - big or small - in their use of educational technology while creating community of practice for colleagues to share their experiences.
This program will provide faculty with innovative examples, support, and a group of colleagues to help you stop putting off the next thing and do it now.
The goal of this program isn't to recreate your whole class. The goal is to do one. new. thing.
"The Next Thing provided a stress-free and supportive environment to try one new thing, and it ended up opening the door to so many more." -Dr. Kathryn Kinnucan-Welsch, Teacher Education
- Meeting 1 - Introduction: Program introduction where examples of new approaches faculty could adopt will be presented. Participants will be given the chance to ask questions about the program and also discuss with others their ideas for things they would like to try.
- (Optional) Check-in Meeting: Optional meeting for all participants. During this meeting, participants can stop by and get hands-on assistance with the practice they are implementing in their course.
- Meeting 2 - Showcase: Showcase time! Participants share the practices they implemented in their course with other participants.
Spring 2018 was our first cohort of this program. Below are some examples of what the participants accomplished:
- Dr. Mary Fisher from the Department of Physical Therapy cleaned up her Overview page and organized her site content into subpages to improve communication among faculty members.
- Dr. Paul Kladitis from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering used the grading feature in the Attendance tool to reduce skipped classes to almost zero.
- Dr. Anne Crecelius from the Department of Health and Sport Science created lecture videos using the Lightboard.
- Dr. Elana Bernstein from the Department of Counselor Education and Human Services created a flashcard set using Learning Apps within Isidore.
How to Apply
Watch for an email from the Office of E-Learning early on in the Spring semester. The email will contain details about when the sessions will be held and a link to apply for The Next Thing Program.