2018 Fall Faculty Meeting

Tuesday, October 16, 2018
Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory

Keynote Address: Parker Solar Probe: Overview of the Mission, Science, and Engineering
Andrew Driesman

Andrew Driesman

Andrew Driesman has an extensive background in the project management, systems engineering, development, integration and architecting of complex spacecraft for both civil and military use. Since 1997, he has worked for the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (JHU APL). He led the development of the two nearly-identical STEREO heliophysics spacecraft, from conceptual design, through a successful launch and a year of on-orbit operations. Starting in 2007, he supervised the Space Systems Applications Group within the Space Sector. The Space System Applications Group is responsible for mission and spacecraft system engineering, fault management and reliability engineering. After leaving the Space Systems Application Group, Driesman was detailed to NOAA as Technical Director for the Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS) Program. Since late 2011, he has served as the project manager for NASA's Parker Solar Probe (PSP) Mission. First conceived in 1958, the PSP mission will fly through the Sun’s outer atmosphere (3.8 million miles from the Sun’s surface) to increase our understanding of what processes heat/accelerate the solar wind and transport energetic particles. The PSP spacecraft launched successfully from Cape Canaveral on August 12, 2018 and is currently being commissioned.


Live Help Desk

At our live help desk, instructional technology (IT) staff members will be available to answer any questions about Blackboard that have you stumped. The IT staff can also introduce you to the EP Knowledge Base (support.ep.jhu.edu​), schedule individualized training and support sessions, and provide information on available educational technologies and services for your courses.
Presenters: Kelly Queen, Heather George

Course Video Best Practices

Effective use of video in your online course better engages students​, aids in knowledge retention, motivates interest in the subject matter, and illustrates the relevance of key concepts. At EP, we have many resources and services for producing high quality multimedia content including video production studios, audio recording lab, lightboard studios, video editing software, and dedicated multimedia staff. We will provide information on best practices in instructional video, demonstrate exemplary use cases in our online courses, and offer support and training for producing your course content.
Presenters: Brad Aumiller and Liz Bonilla

Connected Learning: Web Conferencing and Online Office Hours with Zoom

Whether you're providing real-time feedback, hosting office hours, teaching a live session, or facilitating group presentations, Zoom can be an essential instructional tool. We will demonstrate relevant​ features, highlight effective web-conferencing strategies, and answer your Zoom questions.
Presenters: Matthew Ribkoff

Faculty Development at WSE-EP

Overview of the various faculty development opportunities available at WSE-EP, including the Faculty Forward program.
Presenters: Margo Williams


Learning Communities

Research suggests that learning communities help students acquire and retain knowledge, provide opportunities to improve key skills such as critical thinking, and feel more connected to their instructor, peers, and institution. In this presentation, we explore the importance of creating learning communities and present strategies that can be incorporated in your course.
Presenters: Juliet Owuor and Matthew Schneider

Embrace the BEST in Online Learning

Did you know WSE-EP faculty members have won awards for their courses? This session will showcase award-winning courses and review criteria and information about how to participate in an awards program. We will showcase examples highlighted in these awards. We will also discuss the WSE-EP Faculty Fellows program, an opportunity for professional development focused on best practices in teaching and learning. Are you up for the challenge? Your course could be the next to achieve national recognition! ​
Presenters: Diane Banner and Olysha Magruder

Planning a Great Lesson can be ELEMENT-ary

All great stories have six essential elements: setting, character, point of view, conflict, plot, and theme. Did you know that great lessons also have essential elements? In this session, we will define what makes a lesson great and identify the underlying key elements. We’ll provide practical examples of how these elements can be easily incorporated into your teaching, whether face-to-face or online. You’ll walk away from this session with a guide you can immediately incorporate that will make lesson planning easier and enhance your teaching.
Presenters: Denille Williams and Ed Queen

2018 Spring Faculty Meeting

Thursday, March 22, 2018
Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory
Laurel, Maryland

Keynote Address: Unmanned Systems at Hurricane Harvey
Robin R. Murphy, PhD

Robin Roberson Murphy received her BME in mechanical engineering (1980), her MS in computer science (1989), and her PhD in computer science (1992) from Georgia Tech, where she was also a Rockwell International Doctoral Fellow.

She is currently the Raytheon Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at Texas A&M, and directs the Center for Robot-Assisted Search and Rescue. She is also an IEEE Fellow.

Her research interests are artificial intelligence, human-robot interaction, and heterogeneous teams of robots. She has authored more than 100 publications including the best selling textbook, Introduction to AI Robotics (MIT Press 2000). She is a founder of the fields of rescue robots and human-robot interaction. In 2008, she was awarded the Al Aube Outstanding Contributor award by the AUVSI Foundation for her insertion of ground, air, and sea robots for urban search and rescue (US&R) at 11 disasters, including the 9/11 World Trade Center disaster, Hurricanes Katrina and Charley, and the Crandall Canyon Utah mine collapse.

Since arriving at Texas A&M in 2008, she has been leading an initiative in emergency informatics, which stems in part from witnessing valuable data from robots not reaching the right decision maker. Dr. Murphy is active in the community, having served on the IEEE Robotics and Automation executive committees, and numerous national academies and defense boards, including the Defense Science Board.

EP Update and Presentation of Faculty Awards
Led by Associate Dean Dan Horn, PhD

2017 Fall Faculty Meeting

Tuesday, October 17, 2017
Sheraton Columbia Town Center Hotel
Columbia, Maryland

Keynote Address: The Power of Teamwork Knows No Limits
Captain Pierre J. Thuot

Fall Faculty Panel Discussion: Rick Chapman, Ramsey Hourani and Deborah Kopsick
Led by Margo Williams and Olysha Magruder

Academic Integrity: Plagiarism
Presented by Sharon Morris, Bob Armstrong and Juliet Owuor

Video 360 and Interactive Photo 360
Presented by Matt Schneider and Liz Bonilla