Opening Week Events

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As we look forward to the beginning of the Spring 2017 Semester, I hope that you will be able to participate in many of the events listed below.

Dean Van Galen

Spring 2017 Opening Events

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

1 p.m.

All-Campus Hospitality Reception
Riverview Ballroom, University Center

1:30 p.m.

All-Campus Opening Meeting
Riverview Ballroom, University Center

College and Department Meetings 


Wednesday, January 18, 2017

9-11:50 a.m.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          

Goals and Mindsets: Motivational Factors Underlying Learning
Dr. Mary Beth Leibham, UW-Eau Claire Department of Psychology
23 Hagestad Hall

Motivation underlies student engagement in higher education and plays an important role in meaningful learning.  While some students enter our classes eager to learn and willing to be challenged, many others appear less enthusiastic about learning and/or appear motivated by factors unrelated to the content (e.g. grades).  Fortunately, instructors have considerable influence on their students' motivation and they can provide a learning environment that increases motivation in their students. During this presentation, Leibham will provide a general overview of important motivational theories with the intention of identifying the important factors underlying an environment that fosters student motivation and engagement.

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Leibham is an associate professor of psychology at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. She earned a master's degree in developmental psychology from Miami University in Ohio and a Ph.D. in educational psychology from Indiana University. Her early research interests focused on children's cognitive development, particularly the family and home factors related to females' science interests, and how these interests relate to their subsequent science academic motivation. More recently, her research has evolved into college student cognitive development, specifically college students' academic motivation (e.g., mastery vs. performance orientations). Leibham was a Wisconsin Teaching Fellow in 2010-2011, the UWEC Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) Faculty Fellow in 2012-2013, and currently serves as the UWEC faculty representative for the Office of Professional and Instructional Development (OPID).


Preparing for the Future: UWRF and the Current State of Higher Education & On-line Learning
23 Hagestad Hall, Active Learning Classroom

Purpose: This is a kickoff meeting for activities related to on-line learning at UWRF and an introduction to M-SARA (Midwestern State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement). The State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement is a voluntary agreement among its member states and U.S. territories that establishes comparable national standards for interstate offering of postsecondary distance education courses and programs. It is intended to make it easier for students to take online courses offered by postsecondary institutions based in another state. More information can be found at

Guest speaker Ryan Anderson will review the current state of higher education and how on-line learning can provide opportunities for faculty/staff and students. Discussion will provide an opportunity for participants to envision how on-line learning can provide excellent experiences for students and instructors. 

1 p.m. Welcome by Chancellor Dean Van Galen

1:05 p.m. Introduction and agenda for the afternoon (Associate Provost Wes Chapin)

SESSION 1: The Big Picture of UWRF and On-line Learning
Ryan Anderson, Director of Instructional Design and Development, UW-Extension
Faye Perkins, Provost and Vice Chancellor
Rellen Hardtke, Faculty Senate Vice Chair

    a. Current Landscape in Higher Education & On-line Learning (Ryan Anderson)
    b. Provost Perspective: Growing the Pie (Provost Perkins)
    c. Shared governance and working together (Rellen Hardtke)
    d. Discussion: What are we currently doing? (Ryan Anderson)

2 p.m. Break 

2:05-3 p.m. SESSION 2: Faculty Development Instruction
Ryan Anderson, Director of Instructional Design and Development, UW-Extension
Dan Paulus, Technology Council Chair
Karl Peterson, Faculty Senate Liaison

    a. Training
    b. Expectations
    c. Assessment

3 p.m. Break

3:05-4 p.m. SESSION 3: Student Support
Ryan Anderson, Director of Instructional Design and Development, UW-Extension
Randy Zimmerman, Director of Outreach and Continuing Education
Joe Kmiech, Chief Information Officer

    a. Orientation
    b. Supports

4:05 p.m. Summary and Wrap-up by Provost Perkins and Professor Rellen Hardtke

Thursday, January 19, 2017


Faculty Development Online Training Program
137 Hagestad Hall

This is open to those who applied and were accepted into the Online Course Faculty Development.

By invitation only.

Friday, January 20, 2017