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Innovator Dr. Lodge McCammon is Featured Keynote Speaker at 2016 University College Faculty Institute

Each day in face-to-face classrooms across the world, educators spend most of their time delivering content through lectures and class discussions. The time honored ways of content delivery are necessary, argue some, because students must learn content in order to gain mastery of the discipline or subject.

A frequent result of the current paradigm is a group of passive students, which educators agree can lead to boredom, attention deficits, behavioral issues and other unintended consequences.

Dr. Lodge McCammonIs there a better way? Yes, says Dr. Lodge McCammon, and with training educators at every level can “flip” the classroom experience, changing the paradigm entirely from passive information delivery to active learning experience. At home, students discover the content at their own speed, and then they spend their time in the classroom engaged in applying concepts and working hands-on with material, freeing educators from running on a hamster wheel of content delivery.

McCammon will serve as the keynote speaker at the 2016 University College Faculty Institute on the campus of the University of Maine at Augusta. He will discuss video production techniques that can support distance, flipped, and blended course delivery, including one-take video production for tutorials and screen casts, quick-lessons, and dynamic question-and-answer videos for online classes.

The Institute is set for Friday, May 20, 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Registration for the 2016 University College Faculty Institute is now open for staff and faculty within the University of Maine System until May 12th. If you want to register after this date, please contact Heidi to make arrangements at 1-800-868-7000. Those interested in learning more about how to access readily available tools, resources, and strategies to add value to distance courses are particularly encouraged to participate.

In addition, the program will also feature presentations from Erin Knight and Sunny Lee of Badge Labs and the Maine State of Learning. Knight will discuss the process of issuing credentialed mini-certificates using digital badges, and after lunch, she will lead a break-out session for faculty to construct digital badges.

The complete agenda, program and the opportunity to register are currently available online. This event is no-cost for faculty and staff within the University of Maine System. Lunch and refreshments are provided. Mileage is reimbursed to UMS participants.

Thinking Differently About Teaching

Dr. Lodge McCammon’s career began in 2003 at Wakefield High School in Raleigh, North Carolina, where he taught Civics and AP Economics. He received a Ph.D. from NC State University in 2008 and continued his work by developing innovative classroom strategies (e.g., paperslide videos) and sharing them with students, teachers and schools across the world.

His expertise lies in improving teacher quality by emphasizing the importance of transparency, efficiency, reflective practice, and relationships.

McCammon helps instructors create healthy learning environments that are highly collaborative, differentiated, and engaging.

A professional musician who composes educational songs with supporting materials about advanced curriculum for K-12 classrooms, his popular subject areas include algebra, chemistry, and U.S. history. His songs and related materials can be found in Discovery Education Streaming.

McCammon is an independent education consultant who provides professional services, including keynote speeches, presentations, curriculum development, and a variety of training programs.

An aspect of his method involves use of cell phones by instructors to produce simple “one take” videos. Called “one take” videos because they are just that: instruction delivered in a single take, they focus on content rather than stylized editing. Surprisingly to some educators, simplicity has its place at the forefront of leading-edge instructional innovation.

“Research has shown that millennials prefer informal video,” McCammon said. “One take videos give educators permission to use their cell phone to record a lesson or piece of one in a single take. Research says the more informal the better. Millennials find even mistakes to be o.k.”

McCammon will directly involve Institute attendees in the kinds of hands-on learning that defines the “flipped” classroom.

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