Best Teaching Practices Expo

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  • Gabriel Judkins, Geoscience and Rex Suba, Accessibility Resources, "Embedding Accessibility in Course Development" | Poster 
  • Maria Pena, Disability Resource Cener, "The Importance of Universal Design in Teaching" | Poster 

Advice and Interviews


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Apps and Tools for Teaching/Learning

  • Emma Bloomfield, Assistant Professor, Communication Studies, “An App that Measures Students’ Real-time Understanding During Class” Poster | Handout
  • Joe Ervin, Visiting Assistant Professor, Academic Success Center, “Games and Learning” Poster | Handout
  • Lori Johnson, Assistant Professor in Residence, Lawyering Process, “Class Polling Devices and Learning” Poster | Handout
  • Ed Jorgensen & Guyman Hall, Lecturers, Computer Science, “First-Year Experience Teaching Tools” Poster | Handout
  • Gabriel Judkins, Assistant Professor in Residence, Geosciences, College of Sciences, “Visualization for Spatial Comprehension” | Poster
  • Darrell Lutey, Associate Director Instructional Technology Services, Office of Information Technology, “Lecture Capture / Flipping / Clickers” | Poster
  • Kim Nehls, Executive Director of ASHE and Visiting Assistant Professor, Educational Psychology & Higher Ed, “A Gaming App that Increases Learning” Poster | Handout
  • Daniel R. Siciliano, Lecturer, Accounting, Lee Business School, “Facebook Group in ACC 202" | Poster

Assignments and Rubrics

Community Engagement, Identity and Inclusion

  • Erika Abad, Assistant Professor in Residence, Interdisciplinary, Gender, and Ethnic Studies, College of Liberal Arts, “Profiling as Pedagogy – Difficult Dialog in Practice" | Poster
  • Elena Gandia Garcia, Assistant Professor in Residence, World Languages and Culture, College of Liberal Arts, “Volunteering in the Community: Combining Service and Learning | Poster
  • Rian Satterwhite, Director, Service Learning & Leadership, Division of Student Affairs, “Establishing Service-Learning Criteria at UNLV | Poster
  • Alison Sloat, Assistant Professor in Residence, College of Sciences, “Rebel Science Camp: Outreach Through Engagement" | Poster

Engaging Students

  • Michelle Arroyo, Teaching and Learning, College of Education, "Connecting with Students as a Motivator for Learning" | Poster
  • Erika Engstrom, Department of Communication Studies, "Critically Thinking about Real-World Content and Practices: The Theory Show & Tell" | Poster
  • Ed Jorgensen and Laxmi Gewali, College of Engineering, Department of Computer Science, "Nifty Data Structures Projects" | Poster
  • Steve Hayden, Teaching and Learning, College of Education, "Enacting Agency through Influence on Power Relationships" | Poster
  • Jenna Heath, Academic Success Center, "Career Development in Curriculum: COLA 100E" | Poster
  • Julian Kilker, Urban Affairs, "Data-driven assignments for clear, transparent, and efficient teaching" | Poster
  • Erica Marti, Ryan Sherman, Haroon Stephen, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering & Construction, "Fostering Student Engagement: Four Strategies" | Poster
  • Kassandra Moore, Career Services, "Professional Development: COLA 100L" | Poster
  • Kimberly Nehls, Marketing and International Business, "Infographics as Data Visualization" | Poster
  • Viktoria Savatorova Mathematics, College of Science, "Active Learning and Transparency in Teaching Gateway Mathematics Courses" | Poster
  • Tim Self, College of Hospitality, "Reality in the Classroom: Teaching Critical Thinking with Scenarios" | Poster
  • Emily Shreve, Academic Success Center, "Connecting Ethics to FYS Class Participation" | Poster
  • Brandy Smith, Academic Success Center, "Quote of the Day: Increasing Student Engagement with Textbooks and Common Readers" | Poster
  • Erica S. Tietjen, Urban Studies Program, School of Public Policy & Leadership, "Body Continuum Polling: A Dynamic Technique for Any Classroom" | Poster
  • Jenifer Utz, Angela Hammond, Life Sciences, "A Strategy to Increase Formative Assessment and Student Engagement during Labs" | Poster

Evidence of Student Achievement

Games and Learning

  • Sara Mathis, Lecturer, Communication Studies, Greenspun College of Urban Affairs, “Are Dogs Better Than Cats?: Teaching Oral and Written Persuasion Skills" | Poster
  • Cass Shum, Assistant Professor, William F. Harrah College of Hospitality, “Enhancing Student Learning with Word Games" | Poster
  • Erica S. Tietjen, Lecturer, School of Public Policy and Leadership, Greenspun College of Urban Affairs, “Using a Breakout Box to Encourage Critical Thinking in the Classroom" | Poster

Metacognition and Teaching

  • Tiffany Barrett, Physical Therapy, "Categorization of Exam Questions to Improve Metacognition" | Poster
  • Janna M. Bernstein, Student Engagement and Diversity, "What are Funds of Knowledge? A Collaborative Approach to Education" | Poster
  • Bryan Blankfield, Honors College, "Reducing Anxiety While Boosting Creativity: Lessons from the Progymnasmata" | Poster
  • Melissa Bowles-Terry, Head, Educational Initiatives, University Libraries, “The Impact of Library Instruction on Student Success" | Poster
  • Jorge Ramon Fonseca Cacho, Computer Science, "Engaging Assignments Increase Performance" | Poster
  • Celeste Calkins, College of Education, and Mary-Ann Winkelmes, Faculty Affairs & History Department, "A Teaching Method that Boosts UNLV Student Retention" | Poster
  • Joe Ervin, Assistant Professor in Residence, Academic Success Center, “Self-Assessment in the College Curriculum" | Poster
  • Joe Ervin, Nathan Slife, Academic Success Center, College of Education, "Double-Loop Learning: An Approach to Critical Thinking" | Poster
  • Dan Gianoutsos, Academic Success Center, "Benefits of Formative Teaching Observations" | Poster
  • Steve Hayden, Professor, Teaching and Learning, College of Education, “Developing a Teaching Philosophy Statement" | Poster
  • Sara Jordan, School of Medicine, "Using Microanalysis (MFD) to Teach & Train Students" | Poster
  • Rosalie Kalili, School of Medicine, "Using Problem-Based Learning to Promote Self-Directed Learning @ Kirk Kerkorian School of Medicine at UNLV" | Poster
  • Deborah A. Obara, Educational Psychology and Higher Education, "Student-Led Discussions" | Poster
  • Elana Paladino, College of Sciences, "Mentoring meetings increase student performance on “high stakes” projects in STEM" | Poster
  • Carolina Meza Perez, The PRACTICE at the College of Education, "Trauma-Informed Schools and Educators" | Poster
  • Nathan Slife, Assistant Professor in Residence, Educational Psychology and Higher Education, College of “Education, Dialectical Teaching Strategies for First and Second-Year Students" | Poster
  • Alison Sloat, College of Sciences, "Pre-tests Improve Students’ Critical Thinking" | Poster

Online Learning

  • Matthew Bernacki, Assistant Professor, Educational Psychology & Higher Ed, Online Tools that Help STEM Students “Learn to Learn” Poster | Handout
  • Lori Candela, Associate Professor, School of Nursing, “Reducing Online Students’ Isolation” Poster | Handout
  • Leeann Fields, Assistant Director, Office of Online Education, “Tips-n- Tricks for Online Teaching” Poster | Handout
  • Tiffiany Howard, Associate Professor, Political Science, College of Liberal Arts, “Instructional Methods That Improve Outcomes for UNLV Students in Virtual Classrooms" | Poster
  • Sharon Jalene, Kinesiology & Nutrition Sciences, "Student Outcomes - Online vs. Hybrid" | Poster
  • Yeonsoo Kim, Instructional Artist and Heather Whitesides, Assistant Instructional Designer, Office of Online Education, “Agile Instructional Design for Learning" | Poster
  • Robyn Raschke, Associate Professor, Accounting, Lee Business School, “Creative Student Engagement" | Poster
  • Benjamin Root, Instructional Programmer, Office of Online Education, “Add Interactive Elements to Videos Using H5P" | Poster
  • Benjamin Root, Jennie Tran, Joey Kim, Philip Cheung, Office of Online Education, "Student Polling in WebCampus" | Poster
  • Kristina Schmid, Peter McCandless, Eddie Gomez, Office of Online Education, Math Learning Center, Office of Online Education,"Dynamic Lightboard Videos" | Poster
  • Cecilia Turman, Graduate Student, Teaching and Learning, College of Education, “Web Based, Personalized and Experiential Learning" | Poster
  • Jenifer Utz, Assistant Professor in Residence, School of Life Sciences, College of Sciences and Matthew Bernacki, Assistant Professor, Educational Psychology and Higher Education, College of Education, “Web-based Self-Assessment Improves Exam Performance" | Poster
  • Jenifer C. Utz, and Matthew L. Bernacki, "Voluntary Web-Based Self-Assessment Quiz Use is Associated With
    Improved Exam Performance.
    "Journal of the Human Anatomy and Physiology Society (August 2018).
  • Heather Whitesides, Assistant Instructional Designer and Yeonsoo Kim, Instructional Artist, Office of Online Education, “Benefits of Hybrid Courses for Students and Faculty" | Poster

Other Best Practices

  • Jacimaria Batista and Erica Marti, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering and Construction, “Continuous Lab Feedback” Poster | Handout
  • Roberta Sabbath, Adjunct Faculty, Department of English, “Getting Students to Talk (Even the Shy Ones)” Poster | Handout
  • Daniel R. Siciliano, Lecturer, Accounting, Lee Business School, “Internships for Accounting Students" | Poster
  • Nathan Slife, Assistant Professor in Residence, Educational Psychology & Higher Education, “Building Relationships for UNLV Students’ Success” Poster | Handout
  • Haroon Stephen, Assistant Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering & Construction, “My Best Teaching Practices” Poster | Handout
  • Diane Villa, Assistant Professor in Residence, Psychology, “Evidence, ‘Truthiness,’ and Critical Thinking” Poster | Handout
  • Mary Wammack, Part Time Instructor, History, “Introducing Students to Faculty Scholarship” Poster | Handout

Peer Learning and Flipped Instruction

  • Emma Bloomfield, Assistant Professor, Communications, Greenspun College of Urban Affairs and Kathryn Rafferty, Assistant Professor in Residence, School of Life Sciences, College of Sciences, “Working Groups as Classroom Management Style" | Poster
  • Dak Kopec, Associate Professor, School of Architecture, College of Fine Arts, “Interior Architecture’s Use of Rotating Teams" | Poster
  • Erica Marti, Assistant Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering and Construction, Howard R. Hughes College of Engineering, “Instructors Learn from Homework, Too: Data Collection to Facilitate Reteaching Before the Test" | Poster

Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Publications

Self-identity / Self-efficacy and Learning

  • Emmanuel Ayim, Assistant Professor in Residence, Kinesiology and Nutrition Science, “Self-identification and Graduation Rate Increases” Poster | Handout
  • Jori Beck, Assistant Professor, Teaching & Learning, and Christina Santoyo, “Mastery Learning” Poster | Handout
  • David Copeland, Associate Professor, Psychology, “Cumulative Exams (with a twist)” Poster | Handout
  • Malayka Neith Cornejo, Graduate Assistant, Teaching & Learning, “Building Community and Metacognition” Poster | Handout
  • Ed Jorgensen, Lecturer, Computer Science, “Class Splitting for Large Lecture Courses” Handout
  • Elana Paladino, Assistant Professor in Residence, College of Sciences, “Providing Annotated Examples Increases Science Learning” Poster | Handout
  • Shelly Volsche, Graduate Student and Visiting Lecturer, Academic Success Center, “Intersectionality/Diversity and Learning” Poster | Handout

Service Learning and Site-based Learning

  • Nathan Hanke, Director, Service Learning, Student Engagement & Diversity, “Service Learning” Poster | Handout
  • Rian Satterwhite, Service Learning and Leadership, "Designing engaged learning experiences: Service-learning" | Poster
  • Anna Smedley-Lopez, Assistant Professor in Residence, Sociology, “Service Learning: SLICES” Poster | Handout
  • D. Villa, C. Stockwell, M. Cohen, K. Stucki, Psychology,"Civic Engagement and Service Learning Partnerships" | Poster
  • Erica Tietjen, Lecturer, Public Policy & Leadership, “The Las Vegas Wash: Student Real-world Site Involvement” Poster | Handout

Syllabi and Course Descriptions

Teaching Materials

Teaching Philosophy Statements

Undergraduate Research

  • Kim Nehls, Visiting Assistant Professor, Executive Director, ASHE, College of Education, “Tea-Searching with Undergrad and Grad Students: Moving Beyond STEM" | Poster

Video Recordings of Teaching