Innovation Intersession


Innovation Intersession2018
Above: The 2019 Innovation Intersession.

This program will be held via synchronous virtual sessions to accommodate remote participation

Program Description

This four-week intersession program (May 14-June 3, 2020) is designed to give faculty members the opportunity to learn the skills needed to flip a course. Flipped course design is one in which a portion of lecture materials is delivered online, providing time in class for students to work on exercises, projects, problem-solving, and discussion. Participants will receive a book on flipped classroom pedagogy and a $1500 award upon completing the program requirements.

The primary goal of this program is to support faculty in the design of an individual module for one of their classes with intensive support from staff at The Center for Teaching and Learning. The program will include workshops on good pedagogical design, online technology, and active learning in face-to-face classes. In addition, there will be Consultation & Collaboration hours for additional support during module development.

  • Effective course design
  • Organizing and planning meaningful learning experiences (online & face-to-face)
  • Student motivation and dealing with resistance
  • Assessment strategies
  • Inclusion and universal design for learning
  • Engaging students before, during and after class sessions
  • Technology-enhanced and low-tech approaches to flipped course pedagogy

Feel free to check out the tentative Schedule-at-a-Glance (PDF).  There will be synchronous remote workshops from 9:00 -1:00 in addition to Consultation & Collaboration hours and class preparation assignments between May 14th -June 3rd. The synchronous virtual workshops will be held on the following days. 

  • Thursday May 14th
  • Friday May 15th
  • Tuesday May 19th
  • Thursday May 21st
  • Tuesday May 26th​​​​​​​
  • Thursday May 28th 
  • Monday June 1st​​​​​​​
  • Tuesday June 2nd​​​​​​​
  • Wednesday June 3rd 

Participants should expect to spend 20 hours each week participating in workshops, preparing for workshops, and developing their modules. Applications will be accepted from full-time faculty (NTT or TT) who are not teaching during the intersession. We encourage applications from multiple faculty members from the same school, campus or department. The application requires a brief description of your course and the anticipated learning module you intend to flip.  A learning module will consist of approximately 1-2 weeks of material in a typical 15 weeks course. 

Application questions will include:
  • What is your experience, if any, with using the flipped classroom approach?
  • Please describe a time you experience student resistance to a new teaching approach and how you handled it.  
  • Describe the course in which you propose to use a flipped-course design (no more than a sentence or two about the course, i.e. enrollment, online/hybrid/face-to-face, required course, Kent Core, etc.)
  • What (sub)topic, unit or focused theme within the course do you plan to "flip" (accounts for 1-2 weeks’ worth of material in a typical 15 week course).
  • What do you expect students to gain from this particular topic being flipped? OR Why is this specific topic a good candidate for the flipped classroom approach?
  • What experiences, interests, knowledge, and skills would you contribute to colleagues in this program?​​​​​​​

Expectations for participants

  • Participation in all 9 workshops and associated activities
    • Associated activities may include but are not limited to pre-class work (readings, discussion posts, videos), in-class activities, peer review of modules, and pre-class work associated with peer experience the final week
    • More than 2 incomplete associated activities could forfeit the stipend
  • Attend at least two Collaboration & Consultation times before the end of Week 2
  • Develop a completed flipped module
  • Presentation of module to peers/department
  • Presentation at University Teaching Council Celebrating College Teaching Conference Symposium (date to be determined)

For more information or to discuss your application for the program, please contact the Center for Teaching and Learning at 330-672-2992 or


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