June 2 program overview

We’ll start the day with an insightful look at computational reasoning and its impact across the curriculum.

The morning will be continue with a follow-up, activity-based workshop on computational reasoning led by UD faculty. Participants will be also able to complete the maker workshops series and the mobile photo safari.

The finale for today will be the Five Minutes of Fame. Five minute demonstrations will introduce us to new ideas quickly, along with a quick show-and-tell from those participating in the maker and photo workshops.

Computational thinking for all

Date: Thursday, June 2
9:00 – 10:00 a.m.
Mitchell Hall Theater

Jim Kurose

Jim Kurose    
Assistant Director of NSF for the Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE), National Science Foundation

Dr. Jim Kurose is the Assistant Director of the National Science Foundation (NSF) for the Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE). He leads the CISE Directorate, with an annual budget of more than $900 million, in its mission to uphold the nation’s leadership in scientific discovery and engineering innovation through its support of fundamental research in computer and information science and engineering and transformative advances in cyberinfrastructure. Dr. Kurose also serves as co-chair of the Networking and Information Technology Research and Development Subcommittee of the National Science and Technology Council Committee on Technology, facilitating the coordination of networking and information technology research and development efforts across Federal agencies.  Find out more here.

Introducing the Student Success Collaborative

Date: Thursday, June 2
Time: 10:00 – 10:15 a.m.
Location: Mitchell Hall Theatre

An introduction to the new Student Success Collaborative (SSC). SSC is a retention management system that combines technology, research, and predictive analytics to help UD positively inflect degree completion outcomes for at-risk students.


Chris Lucier

Chris Lucier    
Vice President, Enrollment Management

Christopher Lucier is Vice President for Enrollment Management, with responsibility for identifying, attracting, yielding, funding and ensuring the success of UD’s undergraduate students. He oversees the offices of Admissions, the Registrar, Student Financial Services and the University Tutoring Center. Before joining UD in 2014, he was at the University of Vermont, serving as a member of the president’s senior leadership team, helping shape and manage overall university strategy. Reporting to the provost, he was responsible for developing enrollment management strategy and implementing and assessing operational programs to recruit, admit, retain graduate and undergraduate students.

John Pelesko

John Pelesko    
Interim Assoc Dean, Arts & Sciences

John A. Pelesko is an applied mathematician with a passion for doing and teaching mathematical modeling. At the University of Delaware, he co-founded the “MEC Lab,” an experimental laboratory designed to bring hands-on, real-world, project based experience to mathematics students. He has worked extensively with undergraduate students, graduate students, and K-12 mathematics teachers in exploring the use of projects to teach mathematics. A former chairperson of the Department of Mathematical Sciences, he is presently serving as Interim Associate Dean for the Natural Sciences in the College of Arts & Sciences at the University of Delaware.

Lynn Okagaki

Lynn Okagaki    
Deputy Provost, Academic Affairs

Lynn Okagaki is Deputy Provost for Academic Affairs, with responsibility for undergraduate academic affairs. She works with the Provost on the administration of academic policies and faculty appointment and promotion. She also works with the Provost to establish global collaborations and partnerships to extend the University’s global role, leadership, geographic presence and visibility.

Build your idea (maker workshop 3)

Date: Thursday, June 2
Time: 10:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., with a break for lunch
Location: based on your team selection, choose from the list below.

Maker activity map for June 2

Activity map for June 2 (click for Google Map)

Following up on yesterday’s tour of maker facilities, participants will build using one of four activities.

Laser cutting. Design Studio (D Studio), 109 Spencer Lab (Dustyn Roberts, Mechanical Engineering)

3D printing. BluePrint 3D Studio, Smith Hall (Jevonia Harris & Pavani Vemuri, IT Academic Technology Services)

Arduino sensors & motors. “The Pit”, 134 Spencer Lab. (Michael O’Neal, Geological Sciences and Ashley Pigford, Art & Design)

Arduino IDE Software

FTDI Drivers

Spark Fun Inventor’s Kit

Build a push-button controller, a variation of the “wireless music veto button”. Faculty will build a multi-purpose “action button” that can map to a key or series of keystrokes/macros in a laptop or phone. Some faculty may choose to create a video recording button, or PowerPoint slide changer, or something else. Faculty Commons, 116 Pearson Hall (Bryan Givens and Foster Schucker, Barrel of Makers)


Jevonia Harris    
Digital Media Specialist, IT Academic Technology Services

Brian Givens    
, Barrel of Makers, Inc.

Find out more about this organization at the Barrel of Makers web site.

Michael O’Neal

Michael O’Neal    
Associate Professor, Geological Sciences

Michael O’Neal’s research centers on finding unique ways to observe and characterize human-induced changes to the Earth’s surface, ranging in cause from deforestation to climate change.  He employs technology such as 3D laser scanners to assess landscapes, drone-mounted cameras to collect custom aerial imagery, and environmental sensors to monitor attributes such as temperature, humidity, moisture, and others. Because commercially available technology rarely addresses the specific needs of his projects or field sites, his research group constantly adapts and modifies off-the-shelf equipment to suit their evolving field experiences and research needs.

Ashley Pigford

Ashley Pigford    
Associate Professor, Art & Design

Ashley John Pigford, Associate Professor of Graphic and Interaction Design at the University of Delaware, applies design thinking to interrogate meaningful relationships between technology, materials and human experience. He received his MFA in Graphic Design from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2006 and his BS in Visual Communications from the University of Delaware in 1996. From 1996-2003 He had a successful career as co-founder and Creative Director of a design company in Los Angeles, CA. His notable design work includes motion graphics for Firefly TV series and DMX’s “Who We Be” music video, plus packaging design for Blink 182’s major label debut “Dude Ranch”. He has received research grants from the Center for Creativity, Craft and Design, the University of Delaware and the Creative Arts Council at Brown University, and a State of Delaware Established Artist Fellowship.

Dustyn Roberts

Dustyn Roberts    
Assistant Professor, Instruction, Mechanical Engineering

Dustyn is a Philadelphia-based engineer and Assistant Professor of Instruction at the University of Delaware, where she teaches classes focused on interdisciplinary design and robotics. Dustyn holds a BS in Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University, an MS in Biomechanics & Movement Science from the University of Delaware, and a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from New York University.

Foster Schucker    
, Barrel of Makers, Inc.

Find out more about this organization at the Barrel of Makers web site.

Pavani Vemuri    
Graduate Assistant, IT Academic Technology Services

Infusing computational reasoning into the curriculum

Date: Thursday, June 2
Time: 10:30 a.m. – 12 noon
Location: 208 Gore Hall


Chrystalla Mouza

Chrystalla Mouza    
Associate Professor, School of Education

Dr. Chrystalla Mouza is an associate professor of Instructional Technology. She earned an Ed.D., M.Ed., and M.A. in Instructional Technology and Media from Teachers College, Columbia University and completed post-doctoral work at the Educational Testing Service (ETS). She has expertise in the learning sciences including teacher learning, applications of technology in K-12 classrooms, and teaching and learning outcomes in ubiquitous and mobile computing environments. She is a principal investigator on several projects funded by the Delaware Department of Education to improve teacher quality in high-need schools, a co- PI on a National Science Foundation grant that will provide teacher professional development in computational thinking, and the learning scientist on two National Science Foundation projects that seek to improve climate change education by providing effective professional development to teachers. Dr. Mouza is the recipient of the 2010 Distinguished Research in Teacher Education Award from the Association of Teacher Educators and serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Technology and Teacher Education.

Lori Pollock

Lori Pollock    
Professor, Computer & Information Sciences

Lori Pollock is a Professor in the Department of Computer and Information Sciences at the University of Delaware.  Her research currently focuses on program analysis for building better software maintenance tools, optimizing compilers for modern computer architectures, and software testing. Her research has been continuously supported through the years by numerous grants from the National Science Foundation and the Army Research Laboratory.  Lori Pollock teaches courses primarily in compiler construction, parallel programming, automatic program analysis and transformation, and software testing. She was awarded the University of Delaware’s Excellence in Teaching Award in 2001.

Zoubeida Dagher

Zoubeida Dagher    
Professor, School of Education

Dr. Zoubeida R. Dagher is professor of science education at the School of Education and a Faculty Fellow at the Center for Science, Ethics, and Public Policy, University of Delaware. She is currently serving as President of the International History and Philosophy of Science Teaching [IHPST] Group. Her research interests include the nature of scientific methods and practices and representations of scientific epistemology in science curriculum and instruction. Dr. Dagher has coauthored a book titled: Reconceptualizing the Nature of Science for Science Education: Scientific Knowledge, Practices and Other Family Categories (2014).


Kevin Guidry    
Senior Research Analyst, Center for Teaching and Assessment of Learning

Kevin R. Guidry is Senior Research Analyst at the UD Center for Teaching and Assessment of Learning. He works with faculty on exploring new pedagogies and improving existing teaching practices to enhance student learning. Guidry specializes in assessment of student learning and survey methodology having worked on teaching, learning, and assessment research and practice at levels ranging from individual courses to projects spanning hundreds of colleges and universities.

Kathy Pusecker

Kathy Pusecker    
Acting Director, Center for Teaching and Assessment of Learning

Kathleen Langan Pusecker is the Acting Director of the Center for Teaching and Assessment of Learning at the University of Delaware. She establishes and maintains relationships with faculty members, Chairs, Deans, and other senior internal constituencies and external agencies, to include national accreditation bodies. She also serves on the Faculty Senate General Education Committee that passed new goals in November 2014. Her responsibilities include assisting UD in addressing the Middle States Commission on Higher Education accreditation standards related to the assessment of general education and student learning. She helps to select and develop tools and oversees their implementation and the analysis and reporting of data. Pusecker establishes critical communications and coordination with internal constituencies and University senior decision-makers to address issues that may affect execution/implementation of University strategic plans, policies and programs. In addition, Pusecker publishes the reports of student learning outcomes for the College Portrait.


Mobile photo safari [continued from Wednesday]

Dates and times:
previously: Wednesday, June 1, 10:20 a.m. – 12 noon
today: Thursday, June 2, 10:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Location: 218 Gore Hall

Special note: Today’s session is a continuation for those participants who started on June 1.

The mobile photo safari is designed to encourage the use of your own photography for course-related materials and activities by exploiting the ubiquity and convenience of mobile devices. For you and your students, mobile photography presents new opportunities for community connections. The two-part session will include a photography lesson, photo assignment, and photo shoot on campus and Main Street.  You’ll work with your own mobile device to post-process images, tag and catalog, and post online. The event is intended for iPhone, iPad, Android, and Windows Phone owners.

June 2: Photo lesson and photo shoot
In this second hands-on session, Jon Cox will illustrate the key principles and techniques for taking better photographs in general and on mobile devices in particular. The group will embark on a walk-about around campus and on Main Street for you to hone your new photography skills.  Back in the classroom, you’ll edit your best images and upload to your preferred photo sharing site, finishing up with showing our work in a group critique.  Selected images will have the opportunity to be shown at the afternoon session, Five Minutes of Fame.

Safari guides:

Debbie Jeffers    
Web Communication Consultant II, IT Academic Technology Services

Jon Cox

Jon Cox    
Assistant Professor, Art & Design

Jon Cox is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Art and Project Liaison in the Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Lab at the University of Delaware. He has served as a Board Member of the Dorobo Fund for Tanzania since 2006. Cox’s latest published work was a six-year documentary book project with hunter-gatherers in Tanzania titled Hadzabe, By the Light of a Million Fires. Cox has directed over twenty photographic study abroad programs across the globe including destinations to Antarctica, South East Asia, Tanzania, Australia, Tasmania and several countries in South America. He was a pioneer in the field of digital photography, served as the adventure photographer/writer for Digital Camera Magazine and authored two Amphoto digital photography books. Cox is the 2014 co-recipient of a National Geographic – Genographic Legacy Fund Grant to support a collaborative cultural mapping initiative with the Ese’Eja hunter-gatherers living in the Amazon basin of Peru.

Mindfulness in academia: Refining awareness to foster learner engagement

Date: Thursday, June 2
Time: 1:00 – 1:45 p.m.
Location: 104 Gore Hall

Session recording and presentation slides are available here.

Closing plenary session
Based on an emerging body of research in the area of Mindfulness in Education, participants will learn to develop and capitalize on both their own and student attentional skills for success in and outside the classroom.


Michael Mackenzie

Michael Mackenzie    
Director of the Applied Health Behavior Science Laboratory and Assistant Professor, Behavioral Health & Nutrition / Human Development & Family Studies

Michael Mackenzie is the Director of the Applied Health Behavior Science Laboratory (AHBSL), Program Director of the Graduate Certificate in Health Coaching, and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Behavioral Health and Nutrition, College of Health Sciences, at the University of Delaware. He holds a MSc in Counseling Psychology, PhD in Health & Exercise Psychology, and has maintained his registration as a Clinical Counsellor in British Columbia, Canada. Our lab utilizes mixed methods and community-engaged research approaches to investigate how engagement in physical activity and mind-body practices interacts with physiological, psychosocial, and phenomenological characteristics to influence health behaviors and outcomes. Ultimately, this innovative translational research approach aids in the development, implementation, and dissemination of state-of-the-art community-based health behavior interventions, programming, and education. Our mission is to advance public health and medical care models to better include health behavior science as standard to health promotion and chronic disease prevention, treatment, and rehabilitation.

Five minutes of fame

Date: Thursday, June 2
2:15 – 3:15 p.m.
104 Gore Hall

Five Minutes of Fame is a fast-paced session where you can pick up ten exciting ideas, technologies, projects, or resources, all in five minute doses. Presentations can come from any faculty or staff participant at this year’s institute. Want to be considered for this year’s list? E-mail your idea to faculty-commons@udel.edu

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Joy Lynam    
Director, IT Web Development

CritBoard in Canvas
A digital critboard within Canvas that facilitates the project-based learning critique and tangibly engages students in the process.

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Five cool things you can do in Canvas

Mathieu Plourde    
IT Project Leader I, IT Academic Technology Services

Mini Maker Fair 2017

Tanya Looney    
Science Program Manager, Hagley Museum & Library

Canvas Threadz
Threadz is a data visualization tool, and the data for this demonstration will come from SFI2016 Canvas Discussion posts. For best results in this demo, all SFI participants should login to Canvas and make multiple discussion posts!

Becky Kinney    
Educational Technology Consultant II, IT Academic Technology Services

iSchool Animation

Nico Carver    
Assistant Librarian, University of Delaware Library

Maker track participants report on what they made.

Mobile photo safari participants report on what they produced.