Multimodal Learning

Faculty Learning Communities

As a member of a faculty learning community, you are immersed in a collective environment that fosters collaboration, innovation, and growth. When the focus turns to multimodal learning, you and your colleagues begin to explore various teaching methods that engage students through different sensory channels. Together, you share ideas, experiment with tools like videos, interactive simulations, or hands-on activities, and reflect on what works best. You participate in ongoing workshops and discussions, learning not only from the literature and experts but from each other's experiences. This shared journey allows you to understand and embrace the diversity of learning styles among your students. You recognize that you are part of a dynamic shift in education, one that values varied approaches to teaching, and you see firsthand the powerful impact this can have on student engagement and success. In this community, you're not just a teacher; you're a continual learner, adapting and evolving with the ever-changing landscape of education.

Multimodal Faculty Learning Community Meetings are informal community conversations around best practices for teaching and learning that typically occur on Fridays at Noon throughout CWU’s regular academic quarters.

Faculty present teaching experiences and techniques across the in-person, hybrid, and online modalities using various technologies and share best practices, take aways, or do overs. The sessions are recorded, and attendance will fulfill the Faculty Learning Community requirements of the Master Online Teacher Certificate (MOTC). Most sessions are led by CWU faculty, with occasional topic experts and industry leaders from outside the university.

All faculty are invited to bring their lunches and attend in-person in Samuelson or remotely via Zoom (registration links provided).

Spring 2023 Schedule

Generative Artificial Intelligence Hands-on Faculty Demonstration

Presenter: Open Faculty Forum, all faculty invited

Date: Friday, April 14th at Noon

Location: Samuelson 131 or remote via Zoom

Recording: Recorded Session

The 45-minute hands-on workshop will introduce faculty members to the world of artificial intelligence (AI) and its applications. The workshop will showcase ChatGPT, and other language models that can generate human-like responses to natural language queries. Participants will learn how generative AI works, its underlying architecture, and explore how it can be used by students and faculty. In addition, the workshop will also demonstrate current AI detection platforms, such as Turnitin or GPTZero, that are used to identify work potentially produced by generative AI platforms.

The Possibility of Teacher Training with MetaVerse

Presenter: Dr. Naoki Suzuki visiting professor from Tokyo Gakugei University

Date: Friday, April 3, Noon-1pm

Location: Samuelson 131 or remote via Zoom

Recording: Recorded session

Dr. Naoki Suzuki shares experience using Virtual Reality and the MetaVerse in physical education teacher training.

Think Outside the Box: Enhancing Accessibility for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing at Your College

Presenter: Dr. Taralynn Petrites, Faculty Fellow for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and Assistant Professor of World Languages

Date: Moved to Fall Quarter 2023

One size or accommodation does not fit all. Each deaf and hard-of-hearing individual is unique. Many of them do not utilize sign language or are skilled lip readers. Even interpreting and captioning services can create stress for most deaf and hard-of-hearing people. Now what, and how can we promote equity and inclusion of deaf and hard-of-hearing people? Dr. Taralynn Petrites is deaf and a Deaf and Sign Languages Studies faculty and coordinator at Central Washington University. Dr. Petrites will promote deaf and hard-of-hearing awareness, various abilities, and accessibility in diverse settings within the college and in general.

Faculty Showcase for Innovative Teaching 2023

Presenter: This year there are 17 CWU Faculty with representation from each college.

Date: Friday, May 5, 2023, 4:00-6:00pm

Location: Samuelson 104 or remote Zoom

The annual opportunity for faculty to share innovative teaching strategies with each other. Presentations may be video, 3-minute lightning round or poster sessions.

Faculty Innovation Center

The new Faculty Innovation Center is now available for interdisciplinary faculty collaborations, small research discussions, or micro-conferences. The space has a kitchenette and patio. It can comfortably hold 25-30 people.

Reserve the CWU Faculty Innovation Center (Samuelson 165)

Faculty Showcase for Innovative Teaching

Each Spring Multimodal Learning hosts the Faculty Showcase for Innovative Teaching to highlight faculty teaching practices. The event gives faculty an opportunity to share their high impact practices with each other. Presentations are made in three formats that include a 3-minute lightning round, brief video created by MML staff and poster presentations. A Faculty Innovator of the Year award (with $500 stipend) is presented and two Innovative Excellence awards are presented at the event. This year we will also have a token Best Innovation Flop and the Innovative Excellence Editor's Choice Award.

View the Inaugural Faculty Showcase for Innovative Teaching 2022

Recordings of Past Learning Community Meetings

Click the links below to view group descriptions and recordings of past presentations.

Academic Year 2021-2022 Recordings
Historical Explorers MLC 2010-2019
Historical Vanguard MLC 2010-2019

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