New Faculty Luncheon: Teaching with Technology


The November New Faculty Luncheon Debate will take place from 12:30-1:45 p.m. on Tuesday, November 1 and from 12-1:15 p.m. on Wednesday, November 2 at the Cordia Harrington Center of Excellence, CORD 349. New faculty are those who are in their first two years teaching at the U of A.

Technology can be a powerful educational tool. Join our new faculty luncheon and learn to hear the winners of the 2022 Paul Cronan Award for Excellence in Teaching Technology talk about their ideas for maximizing the use of technology in the classroom.

Stephen Caldwell will talk about “Magic in Their Pockets: Embracing the Smartphone in Your Classroom”. For years, teachers at all levels have railed against phones. Turn them off! Store! Those days are over and our students’ technology goes beyond their phones. “Phone away? I’m fine! I get all my notifications through my watch now!” With smartphones now connected to watches, tablets and laptops, trying to prevent students from interacting with their devices is a losing battle. So if they have all those screens in front of them anyway, why not put them to good use? This chat will explore a few ways to embrace student smartphones for the greater good.

David Fredrick will talk about “Outer Wilder: Leveraging the Elemental Tetrad of Game Design”. In The Art of Game Design: A Book of Objectives, game designer Jesse Schell defines a game as “a problem-solving activity approached with a playful attitude”. This contrasts sharply with higher education, which often comes across as a problem-solving activity approached with a stressful, even painful attitude. This presentation will focus on the elemental tetrad, the four elements of a game that must be in balance for the game to be successful: aesthetics, story, interaction design, and technology. We’ll explore how balancing these elements (and a playful attitude) can enhance the problem-solving experience that is essential to learning.

Fredrick, Associate Professor of Classical Studies in the Department of World Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, has been deeply involved in using technology and the interdisciplinary creativity of video games to enhance the student experience at the U of A. This includes on-campus and study abroad. courses in archaeological visualization, video game review, virtual reality, immersive retail, and game design itself. He has won national and international awards for his creative use of technology.

Caldwell, an associate professor of music, used technology during the pandemic to create a virtual choir. The students checked in on their smart phones, which Caldwell then put together. The video of the U of A Choir singing performance has become a viral sensation. Additional videos were created throughout the fall 2020 semester. The Schola Cantorum, which Caldwell directs, took the idea one step further and created original music and used video technology to create a combined performance . Caldwell won a national award for the creative use of technology during the pandemic.

This will be offered live and on Zoom. Lunch will be offered.

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