Welcome to the Summer Faculty Institute 2016!

SFI 2016 flyer

SFI 2016 flyer (PDF)

The Summer Faculty Institute is the premiere event at the University of Delaware for faculty and all those who teach to take advantage of the latest research and technological advances in classroom and online instruction. The program changes each year to reflect the latest progress demonstrated by UD faculty and guest speakers, the newest insights from educational research, and the latest opportunities presented by technological advances.

Session recordings are now available. Visit the SFI 2016 session recordings page.

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This year’s themes

Maker thinking for active learning

Creation and iteration as extensions of problem-based learning form the basis for maker thinking. Makerspaces have made a splash in the academic world and through this theme you will learn how to incorporate creation technology into your course. This theme will help you capitalize on teaching opportunities throughout the design process–from conception to the completed project.

Information literacy

The information literacy theme will highlight the evolving nature of information literacy and how it can be supported in the classroom. Join a community of faculty and information professionals who are passionate about helping students successfully negotiate collaborative, dynamic online information environments as consumers and active creators of information, and learn about innovative assignments, tools, and collaborations. Dr. Thomas P. Mackey, Vice Provost for Academic Programs at SUNY Empire State College will provide a keynote on June 1.

Computational reasoning

SFI 2016 will address the new Gen Ed objective of computational reasoning (CR). Find out what CR is and how you can infuse it into a course that doesn’t have programming. Dr. Jim Kurose, Assistant Director of the National Science Foundation for the Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE), will be our keynote speaker on June 2.

This year’s featured presenters

Nancy TargettDr. Nancy Targett
Acting President, University of Delaware
Amy HurstDr. Amy Hurst
University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Georgia GuthrieGeorgia Guthrie
The Hacktory, Philadephia
Tom MackeyDr. Tom Mackey
Vice Provost for Academic Programs at SUNY Empire State College
Jim KuroseDr. Jim Kurose
Assistant Director of the National Science Foundation for the Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE)


Over two dozen featured University of Delaware presenters, including:

Martha Carothers, Art & Design
Nico Carver, University Library
Jon Cox, Art & Design
Jeremy Crenshaw, Kinesiology & Applied Physiology
Christine Cucciarre, English
Zoubeida Dagher, School of Education
Jessica Edwards, English
Jackie Fajardo, Chemistry & Biochemistry
Jill Flynn, English
Richard Gordon, IT Communication Group
Meg Grotti, University Library
Kevin Guidry, Center for Teaching & Assessment of Learning
Carolyn Haines, Nursing
Jevonia Harris,IT Academic Technology Services
Joe Harris, English
Lindsay Hoffman, Communication
Roger Horowitz, History
Debbie Jeffers, IT Academic Technology Services
Becky Kinney, IT Academic Technology Services
Hannah Lee, University Library
Tom Leitch, English
Chris Lucier, Enrollment Services
Joy Lynam, IT Web Development
Michael Mackenzie, Behavioral Health & Nutrition
Michael McCamley, English
Rebecca Melvin Johnson, University Library
Chrystalla Mouza, School of Education
Michael O’Neal, Geological Sciences
Lynn Okagaki, Deputy Provost, Academic Affairs
Nike Olabisi, Biological Sciences
Lynnette Overby, Student Engagement Initiative
John Pelesko, Arts & Sciences
Ashley Pigford, Art & Design
Mathieu Plourde, IT Academic Technology Services
Lori Pollock, Computer & Information Sciences
Kathy Pusecker, Center for Teaching & Assessment of Learning
Dan Rich, Student Engagement Initiative
Cheryl Richardson, Center for Teaching & Assessment of Learning
Eric Rise, CORE faculty group
Dustyn Roberts, Mechanical Engineering
Eric Roth, Psychological & Brain Sciences
Sue Serra ,Office of Service Learning
Curtis Small, University Library
Olena Smith, IT Client Support & Services
Linda Stein, University Library
John Stevenson, University Library
Nancy Targett, Acting President
Lydia Timmins, Communication
Jacquie Truluck, Communication Sciences & Disorders
Pavani Vemuri, IT Academic Technology Services
Roger Wagner, Biological Sciences
Harry Wang, Accounting & MIS
Gang Wang, Accounting & MIS
Anna Wik, Plant & Soil Science
Délice Williams, English


Late registration is still open..

Archives for 2005-2015 are available below.

SFI 2015

Shaun Harper
Executive Director, Center for the Study of Race and Equity in Education
University of Pennsylvania
Michelle Moravec
Associate Professor, History
Rosemont University
Jesse Stommel
Assistant Professor, Digital Humanities
University of Wisconsin
Kevin Harris
Associate Director, Center for Assessment and Improvement of Learning
Tennessee Tech University
Elizabeth Lisic
Assistant Director, Center for Assessm
ent & Improvement of Learning
Tennessee Tech University
Kyle Dickson
Associate Professor, English
Director, AT&T Learning Studio
Abilene Christian University
LaTanya S. Autry
Marcia Brady Tucker Fellow in Photography
Yale University Art Gallery
Archana Kaku
Program Coordinator
Tri-College Digital Humanities Initiative
Janneken Smucker
Assistant Professor, History
West Chester University
SFI 2014

EPIC FAIL! If We’re Teaching, Why Aren’t They Learning?

Extreme Arousal 2.0: Creating ‘I Don’t Want to Miss a Moment of This!’ Learning Environments

Averting Death by Academic PowerPoint! From Killer Professors to Killer Presenters
Christy Price, Dalton State University

Productive Discomfort: Fostering Learning in an Inquiry-Driven Class
Kris Shaffer, Colorado University – BoulderStimulating Attitudes of Inquiry
Hal White, University of DelawareCreative Teaching and Learning with Emerging Technologies in YOUR Hands
Robbie Melton, Tennessee Board of Regents
SFI 2013 Learning-Centered Teaching
Terry Doyle, Ferris State UniversityWhat can MOOCs teach us about online learning?
Phil Hill, e-Literate
The New Future
Ken Cavallo, iSchool InitiativeCross-generational Communication
Peggy Smith, Smith & Associates
SFI 2012 New Tools for Student Engagement
Sydneyeve Matrix, Queen’s University Canada
Incenting innovation and collaboration across teams
Mk Haley, Carnegie Mellon University
SFI 2011 Excellence in College Teaching and Learning
Susan Smith Nash
Syllabus 3.0
Allen Partridge, Indiana University of PennsylvaniaLeveraging mobile information and social technologies for the classroom
Jon Landis, Apple, Inc.
SFI 2010 Design thinking as a learning process
Reinhold Steinbeck, Stanford
Effective online instruction
Bryan Carter, University of Central Missouri
Engaging the best students
Alan Fox, University of Delaware
SFI 2009 Harnessing the power of social networks in teaching & learning
Alec Couros, University of Regina
Beyond our biology: an inside look at Second Life
John Lester, Linden Labs
SFI 2008 50 ways to tell a story
Alan Levine, New Media Consortium
Selecting Sakai tools based on how people learn
Fred Hofstetter, University of DelawareThe evolution of the digital learner
Lester Ray, Apple, Inc.Using technology to enhance instruction & engage students
Kimberly Dyar, Cecil County Public Schools
SFI 2007 Multimedia learning
Richard Mayer, UC Santa Barbara
Calibrated peer review
Todd Nickle, University of Calgary
Engaging an open source course management system
David Goodrum, Indiana U-Bloomington
SFI 2006 Designing interactive learning for visually-hungry learners
Curt Bonk, Indiana University
New directions in instructional technology
Mark Pellegrini, Wikipedia
Elevating the interactivity of technology-based materials
Phil Stephens, Villanova
SFI 2005 Building creativity into education: Human needs and the new computing technologies
Ben Shneiderman, University of Maryland
Staying motivated teaching with technology
Anastasia Morrone, IUPUI
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