SPRING 2019 EDUCATION WORKSHOPS | Office of Continuing and Distance Education | Kent State University

SPRING 2019 EDUCATION WORKSHOPS

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  • Workshops marked are online workshops. Please note that all online courses and workshops have an additional distance learning fee of $12 per credit hour.

Please Note: Both undergraduate and graduate tuition are subject to change for all Spring 2019 workshops. 

Adobe Acrobat PDF Basics: An Overview of PDF Files as a Tool

Communicating effectively and efficiently with audiences, peers, and employers is crucial in a society that is moving at a rapid pace. An effective, easy tool for communicating electronically is a PDF file. This Adobe Acrobat workshop is designed to equip the beginner or novice with the skills needed to downsize and convert Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Excel files. You will also be able to e-mail and create secure passwords for each PDF file. 

Required Textbook: NONE

ONLINE; March 18 - April 5
2 undergraduate credit hours, $912
ETEC 40093, CRN # 20790
2 graduate credit hours, $1050
ETEC 50093, CRN # 20791
Dr. Marian Maxfield, instructor, LDES

China Today II: Its Society and Government

This workshop will provide an introduction to the contemporary society and political system of China. Participants will gain a general understanding of the political and social structure of contemporary China, as well as the economic ties and challenges both China and the U.S. are encountering under the circumstances of globalization. Upon completion, workshop participants will be able to utilize information and resources related to teaching practice, business settings, and life situations. 

Required Textbook:  NONE

ONLINE; January 4 - February 3
2 undergraduate credit hours, $912
CULT 40093, CRN # 20724
2 graduate credit hours, $1050
CULT 50093, CRN # 20725
2 graduate credit hours, $1050
CULT 70093, CRN # 20726
Dr. Xiaoqi Yu, instructor, FLA

Classroom Management: Addressing All Students’ Behavioral Needs

Difficulty managing student behavior is among the most frequently cited reasons why teachers leave the profession. Don’t be scared, be prepared! This workshop provides in-depth coverage of research-based principles and practices for effective classroom and behavior management. Workshop materials include step-by-step guides for implementing behavioral interventions at group and individual levels. Multimedia podcasts reinforce key knowledge and include video demonstrations of real teachers modeling effective practices. Valuable information and guidance for all school-based professionals and anyone interested in supporting student success at school.  

Required Textbook:  NONE

ONLINE; February 4 - March 10
3 graduate credit hours, $1575
SPED 50093, CRN # 20746
Dr. Andrew Wiley, Associate Professor, LDES

 Co-Teaching and Collaboration for General and Special Education Teachers

This workshop is designed to teach general and special education teachers how to effectively collaborate to meet the needs of all students. Participants will learn the basic concepts of co-teaching and how to develop meaningful and appropriate lessons to help enhance and implement effective co-teaching. This workshop is also appropriate for general and special education graduate students who want to learn how to work in collaborative environments.   

Required Textbook: 
Co-teaching and Collaboration in the Classroom (2nd ed.), (2010). Fitzell, S.G., Cognent, Catalyst. ISBN: 1932995102 

ONLINE; February 4 - March 17
2 graduate credit hours, $1050
SPED 50093, CRN # 20745
Dr. Pena Bedesem, Associate Professor, LDES

Designing Web Sites: An Overview

The World Wide Web is used extensively in educational and business settings as a means of presenting original information. The variety and availability of programs for web designs have increased; however, it is important to first learn basic Web designing principles and skills. This workshop provides skills in organizing and writing information for the Web, structuring a site, enhancing site usability, and evaluating one's efforts. Participants will create a blueprint of a website in this workshop that wil assist in the future creation of the website. This workshop is independent of and does not teach specific software and other technologies used in building the site. 

Required Textbook: NONE

ONLINE; March 4 - March 15
1 undergraduate credit hour, $456 
ETEC 40093, CRN # 20780
1 graduate credit hour, $525
ETEC 50093, CRN # 20781
Dr. Marian Maxfield, instructor, LDES

Developing an ePortfolio with WordPress

WordPress is one of the most highly used platforms on the web. It provides users with the tools needed to create blogs or websites with ease. Within minutes, beginners can create a dynamic website or blog with a sharp design and zero coding required…for free! In the two-week workshop, students will complete an ePortfolio that showcases their KSU coursework all with the WordPress.com environment.

Required Textbook: None

ONLINE; April 1 - April 28
2 undergraduate credit hours, $912
ETEC 40093, CRN # 20803
2 graduate credit hours, $1050
ETEC 50093, CRN # 20804
Dr. Richard (Ben) Hollis, instructor, LDES

Emotional Intelligence: Implications and Applications for the Classroom and Other Settings

What is emotional intelligence? Why is emotional intelligence important, and how can educators, social workers, counselors, and others in health-related fields promote its development within students and clients? These are a few of the questions that will be addressed as participants are introduced to basic concepts and models related to emotional intelligence. In this experiential workshop, practical strategies that can be applied personally, as well as in professional settings, will be explored. 

Required Textbook:
Emotional Intelligence: Why it can matter more than IQ, (2005). Goleman, D., NY: Random House Publishing Group, ISBN-10-055338371X or ISBN-13-978-0553804911

SAT, February 9 & February 16
8:30 am-4:30 pm
1 undergraduate credit hour, $456
CI 40093, CRN # 20743
1 graduate credit hour, $525 
CI 50093, CRN # 20744
Parking: $6
Dr. Betsy Justice, instructor, TLC

 Experiencing Excellence: Teaching & Coaching Mental Excellence

Combining the exciting new discoveries of neuroplasticity (brain science) for improved learning, confidence and information retention is now being used by the best in the profession. Attaining success in the quickest way possible is the inevitable outcome as a teacher or coach. Aspiring great teachers and coaches can take advantage of the aspects of brain science that great athletes and achievers utilize effectively. This workshop will provide the participant with the proven successes of top professionals by using the cutting-edge science of educating the brain. 

Optional Textbooks: 
In Pursuit of Excellence, 5th Ed., IL Human Kinetics (2007). Orlick, T. ISBN: 978-0-736-06757-7

ONLINE; April 7-20
1 graduate credit hour, $525
CI 50093, CRN # 21407
Timothy Berger, instructor, TLC

Fit for Life: An Exercise Program

This workshop targets community, faculty, staff, or Kent State students in a supervised exercise setting. The purpose of the exercise program is to enhance health, well-being, and reduce cardiovascular risk factors. Although the target population engaged in this program may have cardiovascular or other risk factors, it is not an exclusionary criterion and is open to anyone wanting to reduce their risk factors. For more details about this exercise program, go to: http://www.kent.edu/ehhs/hs/exph/exercise-programs.

Required Textbook: None

Please specify which session you would like to attend. All sessions cover the same content.

M,W,F,  January 14 - May 5
6:00 am-7:00 am
1 undergraduate credit hour, $456
EXSC 23093, CRN # 13578
TBD, instructor, HS

M,W,F, January 14 - May 5
5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
1 undergraduate credit hour, $456
EXSC 23093, CRN # 13579
TBD, instructor, HS

Flipping Your Classroom

How do you reach every student, in every class, every day? Create a flipped classroom. This type of classroom inverts traditional teaching methods, delivering instruction online outside of the classroom, and moving homework into the classroom. Students will learn how to create an engaging, interactive environment that is student-centered. Workshop participants will create an instructional video that can be used for flipped learning in their classroom.

Required Textbook:
Flip Your Classroom: Reach Every Student in Every Class & Every Day (2012). Bergman, J. & Sams, VA: International Society for Technology in Education, ISBN: 10:1564843157 or 13:97815648431599

ONLINE; February 25 - March 17
2 undergraduate credit hours, $912
ETEC 40093, CRN # 20778
2 graduate credit hours, $1050
ETEC 50093, CRN # 20779
Dr. Julee Henry, instructor, LDES

Grant Writing

Interested in increasing your skills to locate and write a successful grant proposal? The skills learned in this basic grant writing workshop can be transferred to any occupation and look great when presented on a vitae or resume. You will learn basic grant writing skills, including proposal development, acquisition, and management. Review strategies for developing successful grants.

Required Textbook:
Winning Grants Step by Step: The Complete Workbook for Planning, Developing & Writing Successful Proposals, (4th ed.), (2013). Tori O’Neal-McElrath, San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass, ISBN: 978-1-118-37834-2

ONLINE; January 14 - March 4
2 undergraduate credit hours, $912
EDLE 40093, CRN # 20721
2 graduate credit hours, $1050
EDLE 50093, CRN # 20722
2 graduate credit hours, $1050
EDLE 70093, CRN # 20723
Dr. Wendy Samford, instructor, FLA

Inspiring Excellence: Teaching & Coaching Mental Excellence

This workshop is designed to assist instructional and teacher coaches to utilize the latest brain science for better performance in and out of the classroom. Great teachers and great coaches must take advantage of the practical applications of these exciting new discoveries to get peak performance during classroom testing or state championships. Great teachers coach and coaches teach.

Recommended Textbook: (optional)
In Pursuit of Excellence, (2007), 5th Edition, Terry Orlick: Human Kinetics Publishers, ISBN: 978-0-736-06757-7

ONLINE January 27 - February 9
1 graduate credit hour, $525
CI 50093, CRN # 20737
Timothy Berger, instructor, TLC

Intercultural Business Practice: Getting Along with Chinese

It is wisdom to know others and there is no business like Sino-business. The economic tie between China and the U.S. is rapidly growing. Doing business effectively in China requires a practical knowledge of the culture and people of China. For instance, a comprehensive understanding of the power structure of Chinese society will be essential in making business negotiation strategies. This workshop is designed to provide practical and informative insights of Chinese culture and social mores for a better intercultural business practice and communication. 

Required Textbook: None

ONLINE; January 14 - January 27
2 undergraduate credit hours, $912
CULT 40093, CRN # 20728
2 graduate credit hours, $1050
CULT 50093, CRN # 20729
2 graduate credit hours, $1050
CULT 70093, CRN # 20730
Dr. Xiaogi Yu, instructor, FLA

Intrapersonal Conflict and Stress Management

This fully online course addresses the question: "What is intrapersonal conflict and stress (conflict within one's own self), and how can it be addressed more effectively—for myself, and for the clients/students that I serve?” Upon successful completion of this course, participants will be able to do the following: distinguish between different types of stress; describe the impact of traumatic stress on children and adults: identify aspects and types of dissociation; identify and evaluate preferred techniques through practice, application, and reflection; and describe the benefits and intentions of your preferred techniques to others. Developed for teachers, counselors, social workers and psychologists, this course is helpful to anyone working with people experiencing inner conflict and stressful life situations, and includes the opportunity to try out and develop ways of sharing stress reduction techniques with your clients or students.

Required Textbook: None

ONLINE; January 14 - February 10
2 graduate credit hours, $1050
CES 50093, CRN # 20717
Dr. Jennifer Maxwell, instructor, LDES

Managing and Negotiating Conflict in your Personal and Professional Life: A Workshop for Educators, Counselors and Social Workers

Conflict is a part of life – it can lead to positive change and growth, or it can be waged in intensely destructive ways. This fully online course is designed to help participants develop an enhanced ability to use communication and listening skills and negotiation strategies to manage conflict in a more productive manner. Participants will develop a deeper understanding of how conflict styles, temperament, power, and cultural differences impact how conflict is waged. They will experiment with and practice techniques to deal with conflict with “difficult people,” anger, and aggression. Finally, they will be able to use their enhanced skills and knowledge to develop programs to teach this information to their students or clients.

Required Textbooks: None

ONLINE; February 11 - March 10
2 graduate credit hours, $1050
CES 50093, CRN # 20777
Dr. Jennifer Maxwell, instructor, LDES

Mentoring Basics: Using Peer Engagement in Learning

What is mentoring? Whether you have participated in, heard of, aren’t sure you value, or know nothing about mentoring, this workshop will help you understand what mentoring really is (and is not!), how it is beneficial, and how you can utilize mentoring relationships to enhance learning and engagement. We will discuss literature on mentoring, our own experiences, and basic principles of educational psychology and instructional design, as a foundation for designing your own mentoring plan.

Required Textbook: None

ONLINE; February 4 - March 9
2 undergraduate credit hours, $912
EDLE 40093, CRN # 20770
2 graduate credit hours, $1050
EDLE 50093, CRN # 20771
2 graduate credit hours, $1050
EDLE 70093, CRN # 20772
Dr. Kristen Chorba, instructor, FLA

Microsoft Excel-I ®

This course is an introduction to the functional design of Microsoft Excel focusing on the management of Excel spreadsheets, applying formulas, and graphing and charting data. Skills covered will include but are not limited to the following:

• SUM - 4 basic operations + - * /
• AVERAGE • COUNT, COUNTA, COUNTIF
• Wrap Text/Shrink Text
• Table formatting
• Format painter
• Sorting
• Linking
• Absolute referencing
• Conditional formatting
• Text to columns
• Concatenate
• Freezing rows, columns
• Printing gridlines, repeated rows/columns
• Protection
• Renaming sheets
• Move/Copy sheet
• Chart formatting
• Charting data from multiple worksheets
• Templates
• Headers and Footers

Students will need Microsoft Excel 2013 or later for Windows or Microsoft Excel 2016 for this workshop.

Required Textbook: None

ONLINE; January 28 - February 27
2 undergraduate credit hours, $912
ETEC 40093, CRN # 20741
2 graduate credit hours, $1050
ETEC 50093, CRN # 20742
Patricia Schnellinger, instructor, LDES

Mobile Technologies for Educators

Technology but more specifically mobile devices and applications have become integrated into the daily lives of people on a personal, educational, and professional level. The use of mobile devices and the methodological and best practice in K-12 classrooms are essential in the 21st century classroom. It is important for participants to be able to understand the basics and integration of mobile technologies to engage, motivate, and assist students in the learning process and achievement. Mobile technologies are increasing in society and within the learning and teaching environments because mobile technologies are readily available and are easy and effective tools to aid in effective and efficient teaching and learning. Participants will review the current mobile technologies and how they can be implemented into a unit lesson for student learning and achievement. 

Required Textbook: NONE

ONLINE; January 28 - February 8
1 undergraduate credit hour, $456
ETEC 40093, CRN # 20739
1 graduate credit hour, $525
ETEC 50093, CRN # 20740
Dr. Marian Maxfield, instructor, LDES

Photoshop® I

Focus on the fundamental operations and controls of Photoshop. The workshop will feature lectures, demonstrations, and tutorial lessons from the text.

Optional Textbook: 
Adobe Photoshop CC Classroom in a Book, (2017). Andrew Faulkner & Conrad Chavez, San Francisco, CA: Pearson Adobe Press, ISBN-13: 978-0134663456

ONLINE; April 1 - April 28
2 undergraduate credit hours, $912
ETEC 40093, CRN # 20794
2 graduate credit hours, $1050
ETEC 50093, CRN # 20798
Dr. Richard (Ben) Hollis, instructor, LDES

Problem-Based Learning: An Interactive and Engaging Student-Centered Learning Environment 

Solving everyday ill-structured and complex problems with diverse audiences is a required skill needed to prepare students for the rapidly-paced Global Market. Problem-Based Learning (PBL) is a student-centered methodology that provides an interactive learning environment to engage students. PBL requires students to resolve everyday problems through research, higher-level thinking, and cooperation. You will apply the basics of PBL by creating a PBL unit to use within the classroom. The online workshop will cover instructional strategies, cognitive aids, and teacher and student roles within PBL. 

Required Textbook: None

ONLINE; April 8 - May 3
2 undergraduate credit hours, $912
CI 40093, CRN # 20807
2 graduate credit hours, $1050
CI 50093, CRN # 20808
Dr. Marian Maxfield, instructor, LDES

 Realizing Excellence: Teaching & Coaching Mental Excellence

Whether you are a new teacher or coach or a seasoned veteran, applications of the newest brain science discoveries can aid you in developing a "culture of success" in the classroom or on the playing field. Learn how to apply the old themes of success...confidence, concentration, attitude, positive performance...in light of the newest discoveries of brain research will shorten your quest to be the finest you can be. Join the adventure of learning how those 100 billion neurons called your brain, can be molded into a successful machine of incredible power and performance. 

Optional Textbooks: 
Above the Line, (2017). Urban Meyer & Wayne Coffey, Penguin Books. ISBN: 97811019780705 
With Winning in Mind, (2012). Lanny Bassham. ISBN: 978193432264

ONLINE; March 3-16
1 graduate credit hour, $525
CI 50093, CRN # 21405
Timothy Berger, instructor, TLC

Response to Intervention: A Promising Practice for Identifying and Helping Struggling Learners

Participants will obtain a solid understanding of the logic behind RTI, how RTI is implemented in schools, and how RTI can be used to identify students who have learning disabilities.

Required Textbook: None

ONLINE; March 18 - April 14
2 undergraduate credit hours, $912
SPED 40093, CRN # 20785
2 graduate credit hours, $1030
SPED 50093, CRN # 20786
Dr. Andrew Wiley, Associate Professor, LDES

Social Networking for Educators

Social networking has become a common means of communication among students and faculty alike. The purpose of this workshop is to teach the fundamentals of social networking and the impact it has on education. This online workshop will help participants: identify various social networking tools to use as teaching aids, recognize ways in which social networking can enhance teaching and learning, and identify the pros and cons of social networking.

Required Textbook: None

ONLINE; January 14 - February 3
2 undergraduate credit hours, $912
ETEC 40093, CRN # 20719
2 graduate credit hours, $1050
ETEC 50093, CRN # 20720
Dr. Julee Henry, instructor, LDES

Stress & Life Management: Being All Things to All People

In this workshop, you will enhance your power of thought, focusing on the positive and keeping life’s events in their proper perspective. You will learn specific techniques to deal with stress, change and worry, along with time management and goal-setting strategies.

Required Textbook:
First Things First (1st ed. series), (2003), Steven Coven, A. Roger Merrill, & Rebecca R. Merrill, NY: FREE PRESS, ISBN: 0-684-80203-1

ONLINE; April 1 - April 12
1 undergraduate credit hour, $456
CI 40093, CRN # 20800
1 graduate credit hour, $525
CI 50093, CRN # 20802
W. Dewayne Nicholes, instructor, LDES

Teaching with Tablets

Tablets are changing the way people communicate and the possibilities for utilizing these devices to engage in technology-supported activities are limitless. The ability to collaborate anytime, anywhere benefits teaching, learning, and so much more. In this online workshop participants will explore the many uses of tablets in varying fields and environments. Students will learn to identify various apps for teaching aids, recognize ways in which tablets can enhance teaching and learning, and identify both the benefits and challenges of tablets.

Required Textbook: NONE

ONLINE; April 1 - April 21
2 undergraduate credit hours, $912
ETEC 40093, CRN # 20792
2 graduate credit hours, $1050
ETEC 50093, CRN # 20793
Dr. Julee Henry, instructor, LDES

Teen Dating in the 21st Century: The Impact of Alcohol, Drugs and Sex

This workshop is designed to provide parents, students, and professionals the skills and tools to work with teenagers who are involved in dating. Teenage dating has evolved during the 21st century to a point that teens as young as twelve and thirteen are now dating and engaging in sexual activities, as well as the use of drugs and alcohol. It is conceivable that today’s youth are engaging in these adult-like activities without the maturity or knowledge of how to protect themselves from harm. It is paramount that parents and professionals learn what is needed to assist teens in making good decisions and being safe in today’s society. Those who understand and provide appropriate guidance can make a difference in teenagers being safe or being harmed by others, or by situations in which they are vulnerable.

Required Textbook:
Parenting teens with love and logic: Preparing adolescents for responsible adulthood, (2006). Cline, F. & Fay, J., CO: Pinion Press, ISBN: 9781576839300

ONLINE; February 4 - February 25
1 undergraduate credit hour, $456
CES 40093, CRN # 20775
1 graduate credit hour, $525
CES 50093, CRN # 20776
Dr. Sandra Miller-Jones, instructor, LDES

Thrive with Google Drive

Did you know that you could actually teach and learn through the use of Google Drive? The goal of this workshop is to introduce you to the many tools available through Google Drive. Through this hands-on workshop, you’ll learn how Google Drive can increase collaboration and communication, creativity and innovation, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills. Don’t get left behind, thrive using Google Drive!

Required Textbook: NONE

ONLINE; February 4 - February 24
2 undergraduate credit hours, $912
ETEC 40093, CRN # 20773
2 graduate credit hours, $1050
ETEC 50093, CRN # 20774
Dr. Julee Henry, instructor, LDES

Understanding and Working with Difficult Children

This workshop is designed to provide individuals who are working with children, or plan on working with children, pertinent information regarding recognizing and understanding behavior problems in children. Not all children with behavior problems will display identical difficulties. Eclectic approaches are needed to address specific behavior issues. Workshop participants will be educated on the diversity of problems and children. Referrals and assessment needs will be discussed. 

Required Textbook:
Transforming the difficult child: The nurtured heart approach, (1998). Glasser, H. & Easley, J., AZ: Nurtured Heart Publications, ISBN: 9780967050706

ONLINE; March 4 - March 25
1 undergraduate credit hour, $456
CES 40093, CRN # 20782
1 graduate credit hour, $525
CES 50093, CRN # 20783
Dr. Sandra Miller-Jones, instructor, LDES

Understanding and Reducing Stress

What “stresses you out?” Would you like to reduce the stress in your life? Come join us as we explore various aspects of stress in our modern society, the effects of stress, and various ways to reduce stress and improve health, learning, and the ability to function effectively.

Required Textbook:
Putting Out the Fire of Fear: Extinguish the Burning Issues in Your Life, (2002). Sharon Promislow, West Vancouver, BC: Enhanced Learning & Integration Inc., ISBN-10: 0968106641 or ISBN-13: 978-0968106648

TUES/THUR, January 15 – February 14
9:15 am – 10:30 am
1 undergraduate credit hour, $456
CES 40093, CRN # 21758
1 graduate credit hour, $525
CES 50093, CRN # 21948

TUES/THUR, January 15 – February 14
2:15 pm – 3:30 pm
1 undergraduate credit hour, $456
CES 40093, CRN # 21760  
1 graduate credit hour, $525
CES 50093, CRN # 21949

WED, January 16 – March 20
9:15 am – 10:30 am
1 undergraduate credit hour, $456
CES 40093, CRN # 21761 
1 graduate credit hour, $525
CES 50093, CRN # 21951

SAT, January 26 & February 2
8:30 am – 4:30 pm
1 undergraduate credit hour, $456
CES 40093, CRN # 20733
1 graduate credit hour, $525
CES 50093, CRN # 20736
Parking: $6

THURS, January 31 – February 28
4:15 pm – 6:45 pm
1 undergraduate credit hour, $456
CES 40093, CRN # 21762 
1 graduate credit hour, $525
CES 50093, CRN # 21952

Dr. Betsy Justice, instructor, LDES

Understanding Power and Control in Interpersonal Relationships: A Course for Educators, Counselors and Social Workers

This course has been developed for professionals to enhance their ability to recognize power inequalities and the effects of coercion and force in the context of trust-based relationships. The effects of trauma and disassociated coercion in battering relationships, domestic violence, and child abuse will be explored, as well as models of collaborative and balanced power in interpersonal relationships. Participants will be provided with information designed to enable them to develop individualized screening and assessment plans.

Required Textbook: None

ONLINE; March 11 - April 7
2 graduate credit hours, $1050
CES 50093, CRN # 20784
Dr. Jennifer Maxwell, instructor, LDES