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Past Events

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The Center for Teaching and Learning hosted a series of events called “Working Lunches”. Led by faculty colleagues and experts from various departments throughout the university, the lunches were designed to provide you with insights, approaches, and strategies to enhance the student learning experiences at Kent State University. 


2017

​January 26, 2017  |  Moulton Hall Ballroom - Kent Campus - Center For Teaching and Learning

"Can you read this? can you hear this?: what faculty need to know about accessibility"

Creating an accessible course ensures that all students are able to participate fully in their learning experience, whether that course is face-to-face or online. Join Julie Di Biasio from Student Accessibility Services (SAS), Jason Piatt from Student Accessibility Services (SAS), Dr. Laurie Wagner from the School of Health Sciences and Amanda Weyant from Kent State Stark in a workshop that will provide participants with hands-on guidance on how to make their courses accessible to students.  

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2016

February 5, 2016  |  Moulton Hall Ballroom - Kent Campus - Center for Teaching and Learning 

STUDENT SUCCESS AND CULTURAL AWARENESS:  MULTICULTURAL TOOLS THAT WORK

  • Intercultural awareness and competency is critical for a successful democracy. Participants at this working lunch will learn about specific strategies and programs that contribute to increases in students’ multicultural awareness, abilities, and experiences. Whether it is a classroom assignment, undergraduate research program, or a discussion of available workshops, attendees will leave this session ready to create classrooms and programs that help develop students’ competence and provide avenues for success. Joanne Dowdy, Fitim Krasniqi, Joe Ortiz, Amoaba Gooden, Dana Lawless-Andric, and Susan Iverson will all be providing examples of their professional efforts in this critical area.

February 19, 2016  |  Kent Student Center -  Room 310C - Kent Campus - Center for Teaching and Learning 

INTERNATIONAL EXPERIENCES AND OPPORTUNITIES

  • Want to travel abroad? Do you want to provide opportunities for your students to think more globally? At this working lunch the Office of Global Education will be discussing study abroad and away opportunities for both faculty and students. We will also discuss our international partnerships and how faculty can utilize them to further their internationalization goals. Come to this lunch and learn how you can find ways for both you and your students to see the world.

March 10, 2016  |  Moulton Hall Ballroom - Kent Campus - Center for Teaching and Learning 

SUCCESSFUL STRATEGIES FOR UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH

  • Creating more significant engagement activities, like undergraduate research, is proven to increase student success. Kelly Cichy, a Center for Teaching and Learning Fellow, will be discussing her recent research on what faculty need to know to create successful undergraduate research opportunities. Faculty will leave this session with the tools and ideas they need to develop these experiences in their classes and/or programs.

March 30, 2016  |  Moulton Hall Ballroom - Kent Campus - Center for Teaching and Learning 

SCIENTIFIC TEACHING

  • Teaching in the sciences presents challenges that are unique when compared to other disciplines. At this session, Jenny Marcinkiewicz, a Center for Teaching and Learning Fellow, will be discussing her research on strategies and approaches that work in the science classroom. Whether it is large classes or content heavy courses, this session will provide faculty with evidence-based strategies that will increase student success.

April 8, 2016  |  Geauga Campus - Center for Teaching and Learning
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PLEASE NOTE THIS EVENT IS ON THE GEAUGA CAMPUS**

EVIDENCE-BASED TEACHING AND LEARNING STRATEGIES 

  • Have you ever wanted to know if the approaches you are using in your classes are really working? For the past twenty-five years, significant research has been conducted on the college classroom. In this session John Dunlosky, Brad Morris, Bethany Simunich, and David Dees will outline specific teaching and learning strategies that are proven to work in the face-to-face, hybrid, and online environment. Come to this lunch and find out what approaches are proven to work. 

April 22, 2016  |  KSU Hotel & Conference Center Ballroom - Center for Teaching and Learning 

PEER REVIEW OF TEACHING: BETTER STRATEGIES FOR MORE MEANINGFUL RESULTS

  • Systematic reviews of evidence-based strategies for peer review of teaching are scarce. This year’s Teaching Scholars, a marquee program of the Center for Teaching and Learning have been studying this important evaluation issue. Faculty attending this session will learn of evidence for a variety of approaches designed to enrich conversations of teaching and learning in higher education. Presenters will suggest best practices for peer-review of both online and face-to-face courses, and the problematic contradictions among the ultimate applications of these reviews  - e.g., routine departmental reviews, promotion portfolios, and individual peer-to-peer feedback. Participants are encouraged to contribute to this interactive discussion.

​September 26, 2016  |  11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.  |  Moulton Hall Ballroom - Kent Campus - Center for Teaching and Learning 

STEPPING UP AND SPEAKING OUT AS A FACULTY MEMBER:  ASSISTING DISRUPTIVE AND DISTRESSED STUDENTS

  • Join Jennifer Kulics (VP and Dean of Student Affairs), Carrie Berta (KSU Psychological Services) and Tricia Knoles (KSU Police) as they provide faculty with practical advice on how to assist distressed and disruptive students.  Participants will develop skills through interactive breakout sessions.   
October 26, 2016  |  11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.  |  181 Health & Science Wing - Salem Campus - Center for Teaching and Learning 

HUH???:  TEACHING DISTRACTED STUDENTS

  • Dr. Rachael Blasiman will present her research on distractions in online courses.  Workshop participants will work collaboratively on best practices to reduce student distraction in online and face-to-face courses.

October 31, 2016  |  11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.  |   Ballroom Balcony, Kent Student Center - Kent Campus - Center for Teaching and Learning 

MOVING THE BOULDER UPHILL:  ENGAGING STUDENTS IN DIFFICULT COURSES

  • Engagement relates to the degree of attention, curiosity, interest, caring and passion that students display and that directly impacts their level of motivation to learn.  Join Jon Secaur (Physics) and Leslie Heaphy (History) as they share engagement strategies that work.  Participants will gain additional insight through interactive breakout sessions.  

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2015​

November 18, 2015  | Kent Campus - Center for Teaching and Learning 

PUTTING A LITTLE TECHNOLOGY INTO YOUR STUDENTS' LEARNING

  • This working lunch will explore how various uses of technology (clickers, web-based response systems, discussion boards) can influence student learning.  Additionally, best practices in on-line teaching will be discussed.

November 12, 2015  | Ashtabula Campus - Center for Teaching and Learning 

THE WHAT, WHY, AND HOW OF THE FLIPPED CLASSROOM

  • Co-hosted with Kent State University at Ashtabula, this session will explore the research, practice, and approaches associated with flipping your classroom to improve student learning.

October 21, 2015  | Kent Campus - Center for Teaching and Learning 

ACCESSIBILITY:  IT'S A CAMPUS THING

  • This workshop will feature both, Kent State faculty as well as experts from Student Accessibility Services, and will provide participants with ideas and strategies to create an accessible learning environment for all students.

October 2, 2015  | Stark Campus - Center for Teaching and Learning 

STUDENT SURVEYS OF INSTRUCTION:  WHAT DO THEY TELL US, HOW DID WE GET HERE AND WHERE ARE WE GOING?

  • This event co-hosted with Kent State University at Stark, will feature discussions and conversations on student surveys of instruction.  Scheduled topics include identifying the bias in evaluations, understanding how to interpret the data, and what is the history and purpose of student evaluations.

September 23, 2015  | Kent Campus - Center for Teaching and Learning 

STRATEGIES FOR STUDENT LEARNING AND TEACHING: A GUIDED TOUR AND DISCUSSION OF WHAT WORKS, AND WHAT DOESN'T

  • John Dunlosky and Brad Morris from the Science of Learning and Education Center (SOLE) will be providing evidence from the most recent research on student learning.  In this session participants will also explore how this research could inform classroom practice.

September 18, 2015  |  Office of the Provost and Center for Teaching and Learning 

BEYOND TENURE: GOAL SETTING AND MOVING FORWARD

  • This two hour workshop, followed by a luncheon at noon, is targeted as a celebration for faculty that have just been awarded tenure within the past two years at Kent State University.  At this session Amanda Shaffer, Director of the Office of Faculty Development at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, will be guiding faculty through a variety of activities that are designed to assist with setting professional goals as they move to the next stage in their faculty careers.
April 17, 2015  |  Center for Teaching and Learning and Faculty Fellows

FACULTY SUCCESS: NEW PERSPECTIVES ON TEACHING, FACULTY LEADERSHIP, AND MID-CAREER DEVELOPMENT

  • During this workshop, the Center for Teaching and Learning Faculty Fellows will be leading discussions on their respective areas of study. Chris Was and Swathi Ravichandran focused their efforts on specific strategies faculty can use to improve student learning.  Dr. Was’ project examines how faculty’s metacognitive and self-regulation strategies influence factors such as student engagement and achievement of course objectives.  Dr. Ravichandran’s project focuses on identifying faculty strategies that can support the writing challenges faced by international students. Kathryn Kerns’ work identifies programming and institutional strategies that can be implemented to support faculty development beyond the tenure process. Ken Cushner will be discussing the semester long train-the-trainer program he developed to prepare faculty leaders in the area of international and intercultural student issues. After a short overview of each project attendees will have the opportunity to join a small group to engage in an extended discussion of each Faculty Fellows project. 
  • To learn more about the Faculty Fellows program, visit their website.
April 10, 2015  |  Center for Teaching and Learning and Teaching Scholars

RETHINKING EVIDENCE OF QUALITY TEACHING: A MULTI-FACETED APPROACH

  • This 2014-2015 Teaching Scholars workshop provides faculty with strategies to diversify evidence of their own quality of teaching. Current student-driven models only capture a portion of the classroom experience. A better model would incorporate growth and development, best practices, and insightful formative assessments. Participants will gain a greater understanding of the scholarship and practices associated with mentorship, peer reviews, student input, and self-reflections. This session invites people to participate in crafting a portfolio that captures the complexity of the evaluation process of teaching.
  • To learn more about the Teaching Scholars program, visit their website.
January 29, 2015  |  Center for Teaching and Learning

UTILIZING GOOGLE APPLICATIONS IN YOUR CLASSROOM

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2014

November 6 and 7, 2014  |  Center for Teaching and Learning and University Teaching Council

KEN BAIN BUILDING THE BEST: TEACHERS, STUDENTS AND SYLLABI

  • On Thursday evening (7 p.m. to 9 p.m.), Ken Bain, author of “What the Best College Teacher’s Do,” will present an overview of his 15 year extensive study of the practices of nearly 100 college educators. Through both humorous and touching stories of students’ classroom discoveries his presentation will offer insight and inspiration for university professors at various stages in their professional career. 
  • On Friday morning (8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.), he will present a workshop on “The Promising Syllabus.” Based on his extensive study of highly successful college educators, Ken Bain has identify critical elements to the course syllabus. In this interactive event he will be working with faculty on how to build a syllabus that reflects these elements. Finally (1 p.m. to 3 p.m.), in his recent book, 'What the Best College Students Do,' he identifies key attitudes that distinguish the best college students from their peers. On Friday afternoon he will outline the critical ideas from this text which includes some of the key research on learning and motivation as well as interviews conducted with highly successful people from a variety of fields.
  • Additional resources that outline best practices associated with teaching and learning can be found from our recent How to Build a Better Student events. 
  • Request access to our CTL Blackboard Learn Course to view event resources.
April 11, 2014  |  Teaching Scholars Program (Center For Teaching and Learning)

OOPS...THE SCHOLARLY PROCESS OF CONSTRUCTING A BETTER LEARNING ENVIRONMENT

  • Most faculty use trial and error over a series of semesters to identify strategies that enhance student learning. This interactive session will feature faculty colleagues from the Teaching Scholars Program outlining how the development of a scholarly teaching project helped them to become more methodological, proactive, deliberative, and reflective in improving their classroom environments. The event will also include open table discussions with participants on the scholars’ current research which includes: examining ways to deepen online discussions and collaborations, improving student and instructor engagement both face-to-face and online, identifying ways to improve foreign language proficiency, and investigating strategies for purposeful mentoring in field experiences. To find out more about the Teaching Scholars Program or this special event, please visit the Center for Teaching and Learning Teaching Scholars' webpage.
March 14, 2014  |  Center for Teaching and Learning

BUILD A BETTER STUDENT

  • John Dunlosky, Professor of Psychology and Director of Experimental Training, Katherine Rawson, Associate Professor of Psychology, and Christopher Was, Associate Professor of Educational Psychology have examined the effectiveness of specific learning strategies that are commonly used by students. During the upcoming October event John Dunlosky and Chris Was, will be discussing this research as well as examining specific course structures that will allow faculty to “Build a Better Student” in their classes. Katherine Rawson will be leading a similar discussion during the spring semester. Register now. Space is limited. Join us as John Dunlosky (Fall Learning Institute), Professor of Psychology and Director of Experimental Training, Christopher Was (Fall Learning Institute), Associate Professor of Educational Psychology, and Katherine Rawson (Spring Learning institute), Associate Professor of Psychology suggest strategies for building a better student and a stronger university.
  • Watch a short intro: http://bit.ly/KSUKen
  • Request access to our CTL Blackboard Learn Course to view event resources.

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2013

October 18, 2013  |  Center for Teaching and Learning

LUNCH & LEARN: USING SOCIAL MEDIA FOR NETWORKING YOUR SCHOLARSHIP

  • In this session Dr. Tara Smith will provide an overview of different social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, Blogs, etc.), give examples of how each can be used to find online peer/mentors, and finally discuss how social media can be used to publicize your work to open doors for grants, publications, etc. This interactive session will utilize personal examples and provide participants with ideas on how to get started. Bring your lunch and find out how to use social media to promote your work.
  • Watch the recorded presentation: http://bit.ly/2013LL01Rec
    • If you need these materials in an accessible format more immediately, please contact the center at ctl@kent.edu or 330-672-2992
October 11, 2013  |  Center for Teaching and Learning

FALL 2013 LEARNING INSTITUTE

  • John Dunlosky, Professor of Psychology and Director of Experimental Training, Katherine Rawson, Associate Professor of Psychology, and Christopher Was, Associate Professor of Educational Psychology have examined the effectiveness of specific learning strategies that are commonly used by students. During the upcoming October event John Dunlosky and Chris Was, will be discussing this research as well as examining specific course structures that will allow faculty to “Build a Better Student” in their classes. Katherine Rawson will be leading a similar discussion during the spring semester. Register now. Space is limited. Join us as John Dunlosky (Fall Learning Institute), Professor of Psychology and Director of Experimental Training, Christopher Was (Fall Learning Institute), Associate Professor of Educational Psychology, and Katherine Rawson (Spring Learning institute), Associate Professor of Psychology suggest strategies for building a better student and a stronger university.
  • Watch a short intro: http://bit.ly/KSUKen
    • If you need these materials in an accessible format more immediately, please contact the center at ctl@kent.edu or 330-672-2992
  • Resources for this event are available for your viewing here.
October 8, 2013  |  Office of Continuing and Distance Education and Center for Teaching and Learning

HOW THE BRAIN LEARNS: IMPLICATIONS FOR TEACHING AND LEARNING (WEBINAR)

  • The Office of Continuing and Distance Education and the Center for Teaching and Learning host the How the Brain Learns: Implications for Teaching and Learning.
  • Additional information: http://tinyurl.com/ofv8vcv
Fall 2013  |  Lilly Conference

EVIDENCE-BASED TEACHING AND LEARNING

For 33 years, the Lilly Conferences on College and University Teaching and Learning have provided opportunities for the presentation of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. This interdisciplinary teaching conference includes faculty, administrators, and graduate students from across the United States and abroad. Participants are given the opportunity to exchange ideas, build a repertoire of skills that can be put to immediate use, and to network with colleagues.

The conference theme is “Evidence-Based Teaching and Learning.” The conference offers three full days of dynamic programming with a wide variety of presentations: workshops, concurrent sessions, 20-minute discussions, plenary addresses, and a poster session. Presentations were selected through a blind peer-review process.

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Spring 2013  |  May Learning Institute (Center for Teaching and Learning)

A Mirror to the Mind: Metacognitive Practices to Help Students Learn How They Learn

  • Commonly described as "thinking about thinking," metacognition is the basis for "self-regulated learning," reflections, and other activities that help students plan, monitor, and evaluate their own learning. By teaching students to learn how they learn, we're engendering a continuously valuable and renewable skill that will help them to succeed in class, in their career, and throughout their lives! To explore this, please join us for our next Learning Institute: A Mirror to the Mind. Take part in discussions, discover case studies, and see LSU's Dr. Saundra McGuire speak on this fascinating subject.

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Summer 2013  |  Center for Teaching and Learning

SUMMER FULBRIGHT SCHOLARS PROGRAM

  • Each year, a group of selected Fulbright Scholars visit Kent State University. The scholars attend various presentations by various departments in relation to the classroom, technology, and teaching. View the presentation resources here.
    • If you need these materials in an accessible format more immediately, please contact the center at ctl@kent.edu or 330-672-2992

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2012

February 17, 2012  |  Center for Teaching and Learning

SCHOLARSHIP OF TEACHING AND LEARNING

Kathleen McKinney - February 2012

Bio: Dr. Kathleen McKinney received her Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Currently, she is Professor of Sociology and the Cross Chair in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) at Illinois State University. McKinney is a social psychologist with interests in relationships and college teaching/SoTL. She has been involved in the SoTL movement for more than a decade, including with the Carnegie Academy for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (CASTL), the ASA Section on Teaching and Learning and service as a founding member of the International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (ISSoTL). McKinney served three years as editor of Teaching Sociology. She published Enhancing Learning through the Scholarship of teaching and Learning: The Challenges and Joys of Juggling (Jossey-Bass, 2007). Her current project is an edited book titled Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in and across the Disciplines (IU Press, 2012).

On Friday, February 17th, 2012. Dr. Kathleen McKinney, Cross Endowed Chair at Illinois State University, raised expectations of SoTL and helped faculty members and administrators find mutual benefit for student learning outcomes and demonstrated contributions to the academy. The title, “Improving the Culture of Teaching and Learning Through Scholarship” reminded each of us and our colleagues to look at learning environments, teaching styles, and even technology used to enhance the learning of our students. She also helped connect this work to our strategic initiatives and helped us demonstrate the value of teaching in the life of the student and for the University in meeting our mission and living our philosophy.

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Spring 2012  |  Center for Teaching and Learning

Team Based Learning

Team-Based Learning is a strategy to help you hold individuals accountable and to develop the extraordinary capabilities of the team. Using a sequence of activities to reach new learning outcomes, Team-Based Learning engages students and allows them to apply their knowledge in an effective and efficient manner.

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2011

February 17 and 18, 2011  |  Center for Teaching and Learning

Decoding the Disciplines

Have you ever noticed that students seem to get stuck at certain points in your class? The decoding the disciplines process, developed at Indiana University, is designed to help faculty identify those “sticking” points and design ways to assist students through these “bottlenecks”. On Thursday February 17 and Friday February 18, 2011, we were fortunate to have several members of this group join us for a series of university conversations and workshops on this process. Mark your calendars and plan on joining us for this two day exploration of student learning through scholarly teaching and decoding the disciplines.

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2010

February 2010  |  Center for Teaching and Learning
Ken Bain - February 2010

University faculty and staff met up with one another to enjoy the evening with Ken Bain. They were all engaged as he discussed his book, What the Best College Teachers Do. He discussed his research and findings on the best college teachers and how they are good at teaching.

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2009

October 2009  |  Center for Teaching and Learning

Marcia Baxter Magolda

Marcia Baxter Magolda's keynote presentation and interactive workshop on October October 15th, 2009 and October 16th 2009 was very well attended. University colleagues got together to spend an evening with Marcia Baxter Magolda. They were engaged in considering implications of findings from her longitudinal (22-year) study of student learning and development.

University colleagues got together to spend an evening with Marcia Baxter Magolda. They were engaged in considering implications of findings from her longitudinal (22-year) study of student learning and development. Engaged learning, she finds, requires transformative learning at all levels of the academy.

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