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Transformational Change Initiative

PIT Stops

PIT (Pedagogy, Innovation, and Technology) Stops is a new faculty support series consisting of sessions held twice monthly that rotate between a system-wide virtual event and campus-specific events.

The latest series launched on Feb. 1, 2024 beginning with a focus on how to document your teaching for self-reflection and improvement, annual review, and promotion. The entire spring 2024 schedule — along with recaps of past sessions — is provided below.

Spring 2024 PIT Stops

February 2024

March 2024

April 2024

May 2024

  • May 2, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.: Zoom (Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS, or Android)
    Meeting ID: 978 7857 2688
    Passcode: 989976
    • Topic: EQUIP: A customizable observation tool for understanding patterns in student participation, Dr. Daniel Reinholz, San Diego State University

Archived PIT Stop Sessions

November 2023

  • Nov. 15 at 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (PST): In-person follow up discussion at WSU Vancouver
    • Topic: Follow-up discussion on the Vancouver campus to Nov. 9 “Educational Equity is a Journey, Not a Destination” PIT Stop.
    • Facilitator: Shameem Rakha, Associate Professor, Dept. of Teaching and Learning
    • Location: VUB 126
  • Nov. 9 at 3:00 p.m. (PST): System-wide faculty virtual session
    • Topic: “Educational Equity is a Journey, Not a Destination.” Dr. Lisa Guerrero will lead an exploration of the ongoing and dynamic nature of achieving equity in postsecondary education. Equity is not a fixed goal but a continuous process of improvement. As such, this PIT Stop encourages a forward-looking perspective, inspiring educators to commit to the long-term journey of ensuring equal opportunities and outcomes for all students in our ever-evolving educational landscape.
    • Facilitator:
      • Lisa Guerrero, Vice Chancellor
    • Session recording:
      Watch a recording on YouTube of the Nov. 4, 2023 PIT Stops session facilitated by Lisa Guerrero. The session was titled “Education Equity is a Journey, Not a Destination.”
    • Download session slides (PPTX)
    • Zoom information: https://wsu.zoom.us/j/91492785341?pwd=WDVIZkRDQithYlFvMWJwTFl0NFRldz09

      • Meeting ID: 914 9278 5341
      • Passcode: 244906

October 2023

  • Oct. 30 at 3:10 – 4:00 p.m.: Spark 208, WSU Pullman campus
    • Topic: Join Priya Panday-Shukla (Department of Teaching and Learning) and Mary Packer (Academic Outreach and Innovation) in this hands-on workshop to explore the affordances and limitations of generative artificial intelligence (GenAI). Whether you are a first-time explorer or an experienced user, we invite you to join in learning the basics of GenAI, discussing and understanding GenAI use in writing and images, and discovering different GenAI applications. Bring a laptop and come explore!
    • Who: Pullman faculty and graduate teaching assistants
  • Oct. 4 at 3:00 p.m.: System-wide faculty virtual session

September 2023

  • Sept. 7 at 3:00 p.m.: System-wide faculty virtual session
    • Topic: Practical ideas for teaching in the time of generative AI
    • Panelists:
      • Lisa Carloye, School of Biological Sciences, WSU Teaching Academy
      • Harrison Hughes, Academic success and Career Center
      • Karen Metzner, Center for Community Standards
    • Zoom information: https://wsu.zoom.us/j/98266101733?pwd=VzA1ZStvcTByNDlMcjRCYm1PRTcxUT09

      • Meeting ID: 982 6610 1733
      • Passcode: 992078

April 2023

  • Apr. 12 at 4:00 p.m.: System-wide faculty virtual session
    • Topic: Mindful Emotional & Social Intelligence (MESI) for Students and Faculty. Supporting the development of emotional and social intelligence skills for wellbeing.
    • Facilitators:
      • Joe Hewa, Director, Center for Transformational Learning & Leadership; Director, Mindful Emotional & Social Intelligence (MESI) at WSU
      • Robin Bond, Assistant Dean, Honors College; Director, Mindfulness-based Emotional and Social Intelligence (MESI) in the Honors College
      • Becky Dueben, Assistant Professor, Center for Transformational Learning & Leadership
    • Zoom information: https://wsu.zoom.us/j/94103517967?pwd=S3ErNm54VUhEdGZBVThONWFEem1aZz09

      • Meeting ID: 941 0351 7967
      • Passcode: 361644
  • Weeks of April 17 and 24: Campus-specific faculty sessions
    • Topic: How to incorporate mindful activities to promote emotional and social intelligence
      • Everett:
        Apr. 24, 4:00 p.m.
        Hosted on the Zoom platform
      • Pullman and Extension:
        Join members of the WSU Teaching Academy, the Honors College, Center for Transformational Learning and Leadership, the Learning Innovations Team, and Counseling and Psychological Services in Cougar Health Services to reimagine how you might incorporate activities in your class or via Canvas that support students’ skills in emotional and social intelligence. Enjoy coffee and a treat while you are there!Apr. 25, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., Spark 102

        • Guest experts: Charice DeGuzman, Joe Hewa, Brian Malone, Mary Kay Patton, and Anna Whitehall.

        Apr. 28, 9:00 – 11:00 a.m., Spark 208

        • Guest experts: Robin Bond, Kristin Cutler, Charice DeGuzman, Becky Dueben, Joe Hewa, Brian Malone, Mary Kay Patton, and Kathleen Rodgers.
      • Spokane:
        Apr. 21, 12:10 – 1:00 p.m. (Register for location and Zoom link)
        Registration link: https://form.asana.com/?k=4pnp8lcpdwhNuBZ5Ql3Uaw&d=983331870380148
        Calendar invites with location and zoom info are sent following registration.
      • Tri-Cities:
        Apr. 26, 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. in CIC 223
        Check the WSU Tri-Cities event calendar for more information about this on-campus follow-up discussion.
      • Vancouver
        Apr. 27, 12:00 p.m. in Undergraduate Building, Room 212
        Join Dr. Patience McGinnis, Campus Director of Student Wellness, in a guided discussion around the development of student emotional and social intelligence skills. As a follow-up to the PIT Stops online discussion via the Transformational Change Initiative, join us to discuss what this means to our campus and students. Light refreshments will be served.

March 2023

  • Mar. 1 at 4:00 PM (Pacific): System-wide faculty virtual session
    • Session recording:
      Watch a recording of the Mar. 1, 2023 PIT Stops session on YouTube. The session was titled "Classroom Assessment for Inclusion."
    • Topic: Classroom assessment that promotes inclusion
      • Students arrive in our classrooms with a diversity of experiences, knowledge, and skills. By adopting inclusive assessment practices, faculty and graduate teaching assistants can create a more welcoming and supportive learning environment, reduce bias, and improve student engagement and motivation. In this one-hour session, Dr. Jenny Knight (UC-Boulder) will review best practices for engaging students in learning and assessing their progress, and help participants create a tool chest of practices they will be comfortable implementing.
      • Dr. Jenny Knight has a Ph.D. in Neuroscience from the University of Michigan. She has been teaching undergraduates at all levels for over twenty years, ranging from freshmen-level genetics to senior-level developmental biology, along with graduate courses in pedagogy. After transitioning from lab bench to biology education research in 2004, she has developed concept assessments, studied the benefits of peer discussion of clicker questions, investigated how students solve complex problems in genetics, and is currently working on how to stimulate self-regulation and metacognition.
    • Zoom information: https://wsu.zoom.us/j/94766330875?pwd=NE0zZDIxb2VoR0VPVmplK3R0c3o5dz09
      • Meeting ID: 947 6633 0875
      • Passcode: 124556
  • Week of Mar. 20: Campus-specific faculty sessions
    • Topic: How to design for inclusive assessment
      • Pullman and Extension:
        Mar. 23, 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. in Spark 102
        Mar. 24, 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. in Spark 102
        Dr. Jenny Knight will be flying in from the University of Colorado Boulder to discuss her work studying a variety of critical factors that affect students as they learn biology.
      • Vancouver:
        Mar. 23, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. in VUB 122
        WSU Vancouver’s on-campus follow-up discussion for March’s “Classroom assessments that promotes inclusion” will be led by Jessica Masterson, PhD, in the College of Education.
      • Tri-Cities:
        Mar. 22, 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. in CIC 223
        Check the WSU Tri-Cities event calendar for more information about this on-campus follow-up discussion.
  • Week of March 27: Campus-specific faculty sessions
    • Topic: How to design for inclusive assessment
      • Everett and Mt. Vernon Extension:
        Mar. 28, 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. in the conference room
      • Spokane:
        Mar. 30, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
        Johnny Lupinacci will facilitate the next Teaching Conversation/PIT Stop for WSU Spokane focused on inclusive assessment.

February 2023

  • Feb. 1 at 3:00 PM (Pacific): System-wide faculty virtual session
    • Topic: ChatGPT: What is it? What can it do, and what can’t it do?
    • Session recording:
      Watch a recording of the Feb. 13, 2023 PIT Stops presentation on YouTube. The session was titled "ChatGPT: What is it? What can it do, and what can’t it do?"
    • Panelists:
      • Brian Clowers, Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry
      • David Makin, Associate Professor and Director of the Complex Social Interaction Laboratory, Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology
      • Dee Posey, Associate Professor and Associate Chair for Undergraduate Education, Department of Psychology; WSU Teaching Academy
      • Heather Schneider, Instructional Designer, Academic Outreach and Innovation
      • Kate Watts, Associate Professor, Department of English; WSU Teaching Academy
  • Weeks of Feb. 13 and 20: Campus-specific faculty sessions
    • Topic: How to prepare for and respond to ChatGPT in the classroom
    • Everett and Mt. Vernon Extension:
      Feb. 28, 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. in the conference room
    • Pullman and Extension:
      Feb. 14, 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. in Spark 102
      Feb. 15, 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. in Spark 102
      Join members of the WSU Teaching Academy and Instructional Designers from Learning Innovations for coffee and donuts. This drop-in event is an opportunity to continue the discussion about ChatGPT, what it means for YOUR classroom, and how you can design your course in proactive ways.
    • Spokane:
      Feb. 21, 11:10 a.m. in SAC 347
      Take part in a themed teaching conversation to discuss artificial intelligence in healthcare education. This event will be hosted both in person and electronically.
    • Tri-Cities:
      Feb. 16, 9:00 – 10:00 a.m. in CIC 223
      ChatGPT Follow-Up: How to prepare for and respond to ChatGPT in the classroom
    • Vancouver:
      Feb. 22, 12:05 – 1:00 p.m. in VUB 124
      Join Wendy Olson, Director of Composition and Writing Assessment, and Paul Krouss, Faculty Lead for Innovative Pedagogies, in a guided discussion around ChatGPT and what this internet tool might mean for our classes. As a follow-up to the PIT Stops panel discussion via the Transformational Change Initiative, we will take a look at this tool and discuss implications/usefulness for instruction. Light refreshments will be served.