Innovation Intersession


Innovation Intersession2018
Above: The 2017 Innovation Intersession.

Program Description

This three-week intersession program (May 20-June 7, 2019) 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 workshop 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 and the Office of Continuing and Distance Education. The program will include workshops on good pedagogical design, online technology, and active learning in face-to-face classes. In addition, there will be open “lab” hours where consultants will be available for support during module development. There will be face-to-face sessions Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm in addition to open “lab” hours and class preparation assignments between May 22 – June 9.

Participants should expect to spend 20 – 25 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 2 lessons on a focused area, topic or theme. 

Application questions will include:
  • Describe your experience with the flipped classroom pedagogy (If N/A, please describe your experience with active learning techniques)
  • 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 topic, unit or focused theme within the course do you plan to "flip" and why is it a good candidate for the flipped approach (no more than 150-300 word maximum)?

Expectations for participants

  • Participation in all 9 workshops and associated activities (Tues, Wed, Thurs  |  May 20 - June 7  |  9:00 am – 1:00 pm)
  • Attend a Collaboration & Consultation time during week 1 & 2
  • Complete a flipped module
  • Presentation of module to peers/department
  • Presentation at University Teaching Council Celebrating College Teaching Conference Symposium

For more information or to discuss your application for the program, please contact Jenny Marcinkiewicz at jmarcink [at] or contact the Center for Teaching and Learning at 330-672-2992 or ctl [at]

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