Faculty: Frequently Asked Questions

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Faculty: Frequently Asked Questions
What is a workshop?

A workshop is a credit or noncredit activity that focuses on a participant's professional tasks. Instructional emphasis is given to mastery and applications of knowledge, skills, and attitudes that address a narrowly defined range of problems or issues related to practice.

All credit workshops are graded satisfactory/unsatisfactory (S/U).

Workshops can be scheduled on an as-needed basis in response to industry or profession-specific trends and issues.

What is the process for getting a credit workshop approved?

For Education, Health, and Human Services (EHHS) credit workshops, contact the Office of Professional Development & Outreach at: pdo@kent.edu.

For other colleges, please check with your curriculum committee or department chair. All credit workshops must be approved by a KSU academic unit.

What should I do if I am interested in offering a noncredit workshop?

Please begin by completing a request form for assistance

Please note that the vast majority of Kent campus noncredit workshops are offered in conjunction with an academic unit.

When are workshops offered?

Workshops are offered year-round. They may be flexibly scheduled as they do not need to fit into the standard University schedule.

Can I assign letter grades?

No, all credit workshops are graded Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory (S/U).

Are workshops face-to-face or online?

Both! Workshops may be held on a Kent State campus, on-site at area schools, businesses, libraries, etc., be fully online or in a hybrid format.

How do I decide if a workshop should be offered for credit or noncredit?

Consider your audience and the workshop content and purpose. Would credit hours be of value to likely participants? Noncredit workshops offer more flexibility in scheduling and pricing but must be marketed to a well-defined audience.

Credit workshops, like credit courses, must meet University and Ohio Board of Regents standards for contact hours and out-of-class time, and must adhere to the cost per credit hour set by the University Board of Trustees. Participants in credit workshops must be evaluated according to criteria clearly detailed in the workshop proposal. Noncredit workshops offer more flexibility. There are no set time constraints and the program fee is not tied to the University fee structure.

What are the benefits of teaching a workshop?

Workshops provide an opportunity to explore current topics, hands-on training, and practical application. They can help you to reach nontraditional audiences and to teaching techniques. All revenue generated, excluding expenses, will be returned to the sponsoring academic unit. Workshop instructors (teaching offload) are compensated.

Does OCDE provide support for conferences, symposia, training, and other outreach programs?

Yes, OCDE can provide support including registration, learning management system access, certificates of completion, housing/food, marketing, etc.

For questions, please contact continuinged@kent.edu or 330-672-3100.

Does OCDE market workshops and other outreach programs?

Based on the level of departmental financial support, OCDE can assist with a variety of marketing strategies. However, it will be necessary for the academic department and/or instructor to promote a workshop as well.

How are workshops funded?

Workshop expenses must be covered by the tuition or fees charged. That includes, but is not limited to, instructor salary/benefits, guest instructors, marketing, travel, or other expenses.

Does OCDE cover workshop-related costs that exceed registration income?

No, the academic sponsor (department, college) is responsible for covering all workshop-related expenses that exceed income.