Each of us – faculty, staff or student – is on a personal learning journey. The Instructional Institute (September 21-22) offers an opportunity to explore the nature of each of these learning journeys.

Our journeys vary. Students make the journey from high school or work through their years at SOU to graduation and beyond. Faculty and staff are on a journey to develop personally and professionally through scholarship or service. And the University is on a journey to better understand the needs of our students – present and future. Join us for this year's Instructional Institute as we examine how one learning community weaves our journeys together.

2017 Instructional Institute 
One Learning Community to Support Many Journeys

Thursday, September 21
9:30 - 10:20 am – Keynote, Danny Santos, SOU Board of Trustees, Meese Room (LIB 305)
10:30 am - 3:30 pm – Institute Sessions, Hannon Library

Friday, September 22
8:30 - 9:30 am – Faculty Welcome Back Breakfast, Schneider Museum Courtyard
10 - 11 am – Convocation, Raider Stadium
11:20 am - 12:40 pm – Plenary, Dr. Jon Bullock, Redmond Proficiency Academy (box lunches provided)
12:45 - 2:30 pm – Institute Sessions, Hannon Library

Thursday sessions will initiate our exploration of these learning journeys with an opening keynote presentation by SOU Trustee Danny Santos. As he relates his learning journey, we will have the opportunity to reflect and share our own journeys as well. Other sessions include two-hour featured workshops and one-hour topical conversations centered on teaching and learning.

On Friday, we'll highlight the interwoven nature of curricular and co-curricular activities in our work beginning with a Faculty Welcome Back breakfast co-sponsored by New Student Orientation Programs and the Center for Instructional Support (prior to Convocation). Following Convocation, join us for a plenary session with Dr. Jon Bullock of the Redmond Proficiency Academy which will focus on discovering how proficiency-based, personalized learning is shaping our new generation of students. Afternoon sessions will include an assortment of one-hour discussions focused on a range of pedagogical topics.

Look for featured sessions on such topics as lessons learned from the Course Design Academy (CDA) project (and a call for proposals for this year), creating dialogic spaces for difficult topics, designing assignments for large classes, pitfalls and resources for student research, and the role of attendance in student success. Other sessions in the works include the campus theme, Moodle tips for engagement, growth mindset, creating significant learning experiences, using plagiarism software to help students be intellectually honest, results of the work on first year student success (featuring student voices about the journey from first year to graduation), the American Democracy Project, and the famous Moodle Exploratorium.

Look for a complete program posted on the Institute website as plans are finalized.