Interface 2018

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Student Voices Transform Teaching

Thursday, April 19th, 2018

Emerson Alumni Hall


Interface 2018 is your ticket to making good use of the formative and summative information that students can provide. Learn how UF faculty collect and integrate student feedback into their courses.

Tentative Agenda

8:30am – 9:00am

Coffee and Networking

Breakfast catered by Dos Mamas

9:00am – 9:15am


Given by Chase Brannan, Agricultural Education and Communication student

9:15am – 10:45am

Keynote Speaker

Presented by Dr. Melinda Maris, Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning at Southern Vermont
Dr. Maris is leading a workshop on Visible Learning, an approach to teaching that focuses on the student’s perspective.

11:00am – 11:50am

Breakout Sessions A

  • Feedback
    Feedback Fever lead by Dr. Matthew Sowcik.
    Explore varied styles of feedback in this American Idol style session that will challenge your creative thinking and collaboration skills.
  • Feedback
    Lead by Dr. Kelli Peck Parrott and Dr. Jason Arnold.
    Discover how to use Zoom conferencing application as a live discussion platform for providing effective feedback to students.
  • Large Enrollment Strategies
    Real-time Data-Driven Facilitation with Microsoft Forms lead by Dr. Rick Segal, Dr. Shannon Miller, and Linda James.
    See how Microsoft Forms supports gathering quality feedback in large enrollment courses.
  • Real World Learning
    Swamp Tank lead by Dr. Stacey Curtis and Shane Ryan.
    Experience an active learning entrepreneurship class modeled after the hit reality TV show, Shark Tank.

12:00pm – 1:00pm


Catered by Dos Mamas

12:45pm – 1:30pm

Online Education Excellence Awards

Presented by Dr. W. Andrew McCollough
The Online Education Excellence Awards recognize quality and innovation in online course design and development.

1:30pm – 2:15pm

Digital Literacy

Presented by Dr. Sidney Dobrin, English Department Chair
What is Digital Literacy and how can it support your course assignments and goals?

2:30pm – 3:20pm

Breakout Sessions B

  • Large Enrollment Courses
    Electronic Gallery Walk: an Excel Online Solution for Large Enrollment Classroom Activities lead by Dr. Steve Smith and Linda James.
    Team Based Learning in an interactive video conferencing environment.
  • Communication: Voice
    Lead by Susan Schuld.
    Are your students as excited about your course topic as you are? This session will provide practical how-to tips for communicating with your students.
  • Feedback
    Using Canvas to Manage the Evolution of Your Course Based on Student Feedback lead by Emma Brady, Selcuk Dogan, and Andrew Reynolds.
    How do you capture student feedback? Where do you store it? How do you respond to it? How do you communicate it to colleagues? This session will provide time efficient tips to answer these questions.
  • Workload Empathy
    Game of LIFE facilitated by Dr. Leslie Pendelton, Gerry Altamirano, Kate Fletcher, Dr. Joslyn Ahlgren, and students.
    What are the challenges and obstacles students face during their studies at UF?

3:20pm – 3:35pm

Closing Remarks

Presented by Dr. Melinda Maris, Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning at Southern Vermont

Speaker Biographies

Keynote Speaker

Melinda Maris, Ph.D.

Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning at Southern Vermont

Dr. Maris is an award-winning educator and scientist whose work is transforming the way we approach teaching and learning in all disciplines. She is a pioneer in the field of teaching and learning using evidence-based methods, and she has established herself as one of the rising stars using research to improve student learning. As a testament to her expertise, talent, and reputation as one of today’s leading educational thinkers, she is widely sought to deliver seminars and lead workshops on evidence-based teaching and learning strategies at institutions around the world.

Joslyn Ahlgren, Ph.D.

Senior Lecturer, Undergraduate Coordinator for the Department of Applied Physiology & Kinesiology

Dr. Ahlgren joined the College of Health & Human Performance as a Lecturer in August of 2009. As a Senior Lecturer, Dr. Ahlgren spends the great majority of her time teaching rather than researching, and she wouldn’t have it any other way. When she’s not in the classroom, she can be found giving hallway lectures just outside her office or in the gym–she is just as enthusiastic about fitness as she is about teaching.

Gerry Altamirano

Assistant Dean/Director of the Disability Resource Center with the Dean of Student’s Office

Gerry received his Masters of Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Bachelors of Art in Psychology with a Minor in Spanish from the University of Texas at Arlington, and is currently a doctoral student in Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Florida. He is a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor and Certified Bilingual Education Generalist. Gerry’s research interests include ethnographic studies in self-actualization and identity development in adults with disabilities, examining post-traumatic growth in marginalized communities, and investigating the positive effects of bilingualism in life-long learning.

Jason Arnold, Ph.D.

Director of E-Learning, Technology, & Communication Services with the College of Education

Dr. Arnold’s career in education includes teaching in the areas of early childhood, elementary, secondary English, and teacher/leader professional development. Currently, Jason leads a talented and multifaceted team in the development of undergraduate and graduate courses, digital content, and software applications that creatively enhance teaching and learning online.

Emma Brady

Lead Instructional Designer for STEM Courses for the Center of Online Innovation and Production (COIP)

Emma Brady focuses on building relationships with faculty to support and enrich their online course production and online teaching practice by scaffolding course production and evaluation from conception through delivery. She leads a team assembled to target the unique needs of online students and instructors of STEM courses, particularly labs for online students.

Chase Brannan

Agricultural Education and Communication Student

Chase Brannan’s involvement reaches across many organizations including the Alpha Gamma Rho Fraternity, Collegiate Farm Bureau, UF Student Government, UF Persons with Disabilities Presidential Committee, J. Wayne Reitz Scholars, Dance Marathon, and Florida Blue Key. He recently completed his term as a Student Senator for the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences (CALS). Within CALS, he serves as a CALS Ambassador and a Collegiate Farm Bureau Agricultural & Life Sciences College Council Representative. After finishing his undergraduate studies, he plans to attend graduate school and seek employment that fosters the growth, diversification, and sustainability of Floridian agriculture and our natural resources.

Stacey Curtis, Pharm.D.

Clinical Assistant Professor of Pharmacotherapy and Translational Research

Dr. Stacey Curtis has been a community pharmacist for 20 years where she has worked as a staff pharmacist, pharmacy manager, pharmacist recruiter, pharmacist trainer, and pharmacy intern coordinator. She joined the College of Pharmacy in 2011 and currently serves as the Course Coordinator for Professional Practice Skills Lab, Community Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience, and Advanced Topics in Community Pharmacy. Dr. Curtis was awarded the Exemplar Teacher Award for the college of pharmacy in 2016 and 2017. Outside of the classroom, she was appointed by Dean Julie Johnson to serve on the Recruitment, Admissions, and Retention Task Force and is a member of the Admissions Committee.

Sidney Dobrin, Ph.D.

Chair of the English Department at the University of Florida

Dr. Dobrin’s research specializes in composition theory, visual rhetoric, digital rhetoric, posthumanism, and environmental rhetoric. He is the author or editor of more than a dozen books on those subjects.

Selcuk Dogan, Ph.D.

Instructional Designer at the Center for Online Innovation and Production (COIP)

Selcuk Dogan holds a Ph.D. degree in Curriculum and Instruction with the focus of program evaluation. He focuses on designing innovative online STEM courses by incorporating research-based pedagogical and instructional strategies. Currently, he works on how to develop hands-on labs for online students as well as plans research on course evaluation to determine the effectiveness of UF Online STEM courses on student performance and what STEM students’ experiences are in online environment.

Kate Fletcher, M.S.

Senior Lecturer, FYCS Faculty Advisor

Kate H. Fletcher is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Family, Youth and Community Sciences at the University of Florida. Her M.S. is in FYCS from UF with a specialization in youth development, first-time offenders, and decision-making theory. She has been teaching at UF in FYCS since Fall 2004. Kate serves as an Academic Advisor in FYCS specializing in advising future Child Life Specialists and as a FYCS Club Faculty Advisor (2007 – present). She has several teaching awards, including one from the University of Florida (2012), is a Faculty Honoree of Anderson Scholars (2012 & 2014) at the University of Florida, and also won the NACTA Educator Award (2015).

Linda James, M.S.

Instructional Designer

Linda James is an experienced instructional designer in the health sciences designing, managing, and teaching in educational settings. She provides instructional design expertise to the PharmD program at the College of Pharmacy. Linda focuses on interactive learning design and encourages activities designed to reduce cognitive load. Linda received her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida in Family, Youth, and Community Science. She went on to receive her Masters in Community and Economic Development from Penn State University. She is currently working on her second Masters in Educational Technology at the University of Florida.

Shannon Miller, Pharm.D.

Assistant Director of the Orlando Campus, Clinical Associate Professor

Dr. Miller comes to us from Florida Hospital where she was a Family Medicine Faculty member and Ambulatory Care Clinical Pharmacist for 17 years. Dr. Miller worked closely with the family medicine residents and received Faculty of the Year in 2009 and 2010 Lecturer of the Year in 2002, and Outstanding Educator in 2000. She has been active with the College, serving as a preceptor, a course facilitator on the Orlando campus, and as a member of the College’s National Advisory Board. She was named University of Florida preceptor of the year in 2001, 2003, and 2009.

Kelli Peck Parrott, Ph.D.

Clinical Professor, Higher Education Administration and Policy programs Program leader, and Associate Director for the School of Human Development and Organizational Studies in Education

Dr. Peck Parrott has written and presented extensively regarding generations in the workplace, particularly in the student affairs administration workplace. She has served as an ongoing trainer for Halliburton, the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service, and the Bill Blackwood Law Enforcement Management Training Institute. Her most recent published work was the book, Careers in Student Affairs: A Holistic Guide to Professional Development in Higher Education, which she co-edited with Dr. Peggy Holzweiss.

Leslie Pendleton, Ph.D.

Senior Director of Retention and Success Initiatives in the Division of Student Affairs

Dr. Pendleton serves as Director of the Machen Florida Opportunity Scholars Program and supervises the Disability Resource Center. Since 2009 and as the inaugural director of the now nationally-recognized MFOS program, Leslie has championed support for first-generation college students at UF. In her current position, Leslie co-chairs the university-wide Taskforce on Student Retention and Success and also serves as the liaison from Student Affairs to improve UF’s retention and graduation rates with intentional work with partners such as Academic Affairs, the Office of Academic Support, TRIO programs, and the Office of Admissions.

Andrew Reynolds, Ph.D.

Instructional Designer at the Center for Online Innovation and Production (COIP)

Andrew Reynolds has been working in higher education for over 15 years. He has taught a variety of writing and literature courses. In 2010, he earned a Ph.D. in English from the University of Florida. Within COIP, his role is to support faculty beyond the course production process. This support work includes: scaffolding course readiness for a new semester, trouble-shooting issues that arise during the semester, and providing strategies and resources to help instructors improve their course delivery based on student feedback and analytics.

Shane Ryan, M.Ed.

Assistant Director of Curriculum Development and Delivery for Curricular Affairs and Accreditation with the College of Pharmacy

Shane Ryan currently directs instructional design and technology, and academic support services at the University of Florida College of Pharmacy. He is an active member on the college curriculum committee and the college task force for diversity and inclusion. He has recently supported the Associate Dean of Curricular Affairs and Accreditation in the implementation of a new curriculum for the Doctor of Pharmacy professional degree program. His research interests relate to faculty development in teaching and learning, and curricular reform.

Susan Schuld, M.F.A

Assistant Professor of Theatre and Dance, specializing in Voice, Speech, and Dialects for Actors

Susan Schuld has been acting, coaching, and teaching around the nation for the last 20 years. Her current courses here at UF include Voice and Movement for the Actor, Acting Shakespeare, Audition Coaching, and Accent/Dialect designing for theatre productions. Additional research includes teaching accent empowerment workshops to foreign-born medical practitioners, conducting interdisciplinary voice workshops in the Middle East, and TEDX Speaker Coaching.

Richard Segal, Ph.D.

Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs and Professor of Pharmaceutical Outcomes & Policy at the University of Florida College of Pharmacy

Dr. Segal’s research interests include disease management and outcomes research particularly in the areas of drug prescribing, pharmaceutical care, and medication therapy management. His research in the area of changing prescribing behavior has been the basis of prescribing interventions throughout the world. Dr. Segal also has extensive experience with statewide Medicaid and the Florida Department of Health in data analysis and studying the impact of interventions such as formulary changes, physician profiling, and provider/patient education.

Steven Smith, Pharm.D., M.P.H.

Assistant Professor, Colleges of Pharmacy and Medicine

Steven Smith is an Assistant Professor in the Departments of Pharmacotherapy and Translational Research (Pharmacy) and Community Health & Family Medicine (Medicine). He received his PharmD and MPH degrees from the UF Colleges of Pharmacy and Public Health and Health Professions, respectively. Dr. Smith teaches Pharmacy & Population Health in the first year of the UF PharmD curriculum, and the capstone Pharmacotherapy VI course in the fourth year. He also serves as Coordinator of the PharmD/MPH joint degree program. His research is in the area of cardiovascular pharmacotherapy and hypertension.

Matthew Sowcik, Ph.D.

Assistant professor in the Department of Agricultural Education and Communication, Coordinator for the University of Florida’s leadership minor

Originally from Wilkes-Barre, PA, Sowcik earned his Bachelor of Arts at Wilkes University, majoring in psychology and business. He then attended Columbia University, where he received his Master of Arts in organizational leadership. Finally, Sowcik graduated from Gonzaga University with his doctorate in leadership studies. Dr. Sowcik serves as a faculty member of the Challenge 2050 Project, a program aimed at developing human capacity to meet the needs associated of a population projected to exceed 9.6 billion by the year 2050.

Past Interface Conferences

2017 Interface

“The outstanding teachers used assessment to help students learn, not just to rate and rank their efforts.”  –Ken Bain, What the Best College Teachers Do

Interface 2017

Presentation Teasers

Handouts & Presentations



Thank you to our UF sponsors:  The Office of Faculty Development and Teaching ExcellenceUF Conference DepartmentUF Distance and Continuing Education


Thank you to our Platinum and Gold Sponsors:

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If you are interested in sponsoring Interface 2018 please visit the Event Sponsorship Information page



2016 Interface

Welcome to Interface 2016!

Lessons learned by instructors combining active learning with technology.


The Spring 2016 Interface will be an interactive event highlighting low- and high-technology learning tools. Faculty presenters will share experiences and time-saving tips from their use of technology in teaching to support active learning methods. Try out the tools others have used to transform the teaching and learning experience. Be inspired by your colleagues from different disciplines across campus!



Thank you to our UF sponsors:

The Office of Faculty Development and Teaching Excellence, UF Conference Department, UF College of Medicine,UF Distance and Continuing Education


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2015 Interface

Spring 2015 Interface

Critical Reflection in Action


The reflective practitioner values the “bigger picture” and the relationship between learning activities, courses, academic programs, and past and future life experiences and plans. The purpose of Interface is to look through the lenses of quantitative and qualitative methods and use these perspectives for reflection on practice. This process has a great deal of ambiguity; there is often no one right answer or solution for everyone. Rather, the intent of Interface is to spark ideas and foster discussion and conversation. Together, we will critically reflect on our own beliefs and actions, and create opportunities for growth, in teach



Sponsors for the Spring 2015 Program:

2014 Interface
2013 Interface

Spring 2013: Interface

The Spring 2013 Session ran on April 25th and was a great success according to participants. Nearly 200 people participated, including online participants from Boise state (Idaho), Florida international University, Maryville (Missouri), Indiana (do you really need the state?), and Texas Tech (likewise).

Thanks to Curtis Bonk, our keynote speaker, and to all the presenters who made this session such a valuable sharing, learning, and networking experience! Likewise, thanks to the Office of Academic Technology, The Center for the Humanities and the Public Sphere, and the UF Libraries for their continued support for Interface.


We invite you to join us in exploring and examining pedagogy, the science of teaching, and the teaching practice itself in blended learning environments as they relate to "reading, reflecting, displaying, and doing" in our disciplines.



Sponsors for the Spring 2013 Program:

2012 Interface

Spring 2012 Interface + Digital Humanities Day

Another success!

Collaboration with the UF Center for the Humanities in the Public Sphere and the UF Libraries proved to be a great success. Over 200 people attended Spring 2012 Interface + Digital Humanities Day. 141 attended the face-to-face program and another 88 participated online. The keynote speakers provided an excellent overview of key issues related to the theme of "Open Resources, Open Possibilities" and the lightning rounds and breakout sessions were well received stimulating interesting and lively discussions.

THEME: "Open Resources, Open Possibilities"

For ten years, MIT has made all of its educational content available for anyone wanting to use it. During the same time period, Stanford has championed Creative Commons, which has defined and made available a form of open intellectual property attribution. Many other institutions and organizations are moving in the direction of open content and resources.

At the University of Florida, we are exploring the implications of "Open Resources, Open Possibilities" and the impact on teaching and learning in higher education by focusing our Interface Faculty Seminar on the use of open and free resources on our own campus.


Interface is growing! This Spring we are collaborating with the UF Libraries and the UF Digital Humanities Day around the theme of "Open Resources, Open Possibilities". As a result, we will have a full day of activities including keynote speakers, lightning round presentations, breakout sessions, poster sessions, and plenty of time to socialize and network with your UF peers.




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2011 Interface


The Fall 2011 Interface program will feature a series of "lightning rounds" - short demonstrations of technology use and instructional practices - presented by selected UF instructors identified for their innovative and effective use of technology in teaching. In addition to viewing these demonstrations, Interface participants will have opportunities for face-to-face discussion with both presenters and peers.


Sponsored By

The Technology Innovations Advisory Committee and the Office of Academic Technology would like to thank the UFCollege of Journalism and Communications for co-sponsoring this event.

2010 Interface


Interface is an opportunity to recognize innovative faculty, provide a forum for professors to share their work with other disciplines and foster interdisciplinary collaborations on future projects.



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