Focusing on Learning and Discovery
Educators at Kent State University are taking innovative approaches to cultivating student learning—and students are taking notice.
Staff at the Faculty Professional Development Center are seeking out stories of these learning experiences for their new series, Focusing on Learning and Discovery. In on-campus interviews, students have begun to report on the most significant learning experiences they have had at KSU, prompting follow-up interviews with the teachers responsible. The result? Videos like the ones you'll find on this page—a back and forth between both teacher and student that highlights a particular course, activity, teaching style, or whatever the case may be.
Vol. 1: Seven Ideas that Shook the Universe with Prof. Jonathan Secaur
Freshman Exploratory Major Ethan White discusses his acting debut, which came in the context of Prof. Jonathan Secaur’s "7 Ideas that Shook the Universe" course—one of KSU’s most popular courses.
Vol. 2: Seven Ideas that Shook the Universe with John Barrick
Senior Chemistry Major Greg Bussard cites John Barrick's "7 Ideas that Shook the Universe" course as the most significant learning experience he has had at Kent State, due in large part to Mr. Barrick's ability to present the information in an interesting way and relate it to students' everyday lives.
Vol. 3: Assessment in Higher Education with Prof. Paul Gaston
Carey Haeufgloeckner, a graduate student in the Higher Education Administration program, discusses her recent course in assessment, taught by the Trustees Professor, Paul Gaston. Prof. Gaston has an interesting approach to cultivating student learning in the course.