• Learning Opportunities

    Multiple pathways for faculty exchange


    Deep Dive

    1+ Hours

    The Deep Dive includes events that allow you to dive deeper on a special topic related to teaching and learning. New programming is available throughout the academic year, and many topics are available on demand for your viewing - to visit those dives, click HERE.

    Innovation Exchange

    30 Minutes

    The monthly forum is

    open to all Park faculty. Join on campus, live webinar, or recorded session of Park faculty exchanging innovative teaching practices. Sessions occurs monthly throughout the academic year - to view those exchanges available on-demand click HERE.



    On Demand

    In the 2-Minute Mentor, you can access a learning tip or strategy on demand from a recording and learn from Park University faculty who are using innovative approaches in their courses & programs. To review the library of 2-minute mentors, please visit the gallery HERE.

    SIG Learning Communities


    The SIG Learning communities will be offered and led by FCI Faculty Fellows each month. We encourage all faculty to connect with a SIG of their choosing and interest - join these interdisciplinary teams to learn together! Dates & times for each SIG are posted on the Special Interest Groups page To view, click HERE.

  • Innovation Amplifiers

    Meet the 2017-2018 Faculty Fellows (below)

  • Judi Estes

    Associate Professor, Education

    Tech Time in the Classroom & for the Workplace

    Glenn Lester

    Assistant Professor, English

    Teaching for Transfer

    Debra Olson-Morrison

    Assistant Professor, Social Work

    Universal Design of Instruction

    Adam Potthast

    Associate Professor, Philosophy

    Asking Better Questions

    Katelyn Handler

    Reference Instruction

    Learner-Centered Pedagogy

  • Upcoming & Recent Events

    Mark your calendars!

    Learner-Centered Pedagogy: Cultivating a Growth Mindset

    Special Interest Group

    Presented by Katelyn Handler

    February 1st (Thursday) from 3:30-4:30pm, CST

    Onsite = Norrington Learning Lab

    Offsite = https://parkuniversity.zoom.us/j/994344238 


    This SIG meeting will discuss growth mindsets and strategies for cultivation in students in hopes of making the research process more manageable for students.

    Teaching for Transfer

    Special Interest Group

    Presented by Glenn Lester

    February 6th (Tuesday) from 11:00am-12:00pm, CST

    Onsite = Norrington Learning Lab

    Offsite = https://parkuniversity.zoom.us/j/563232278  


    In this meeting, we will identify what learning transfer looks like, and think about how we can work with students to apply their previous learning to new challenges and contexts.

    Integrating Technology to Enhance and Transform Teaching and Learning

    Special Interest Group

    Presented by Judi Estes

    February 8th (Tuesday) from 1:00-2:00pm, CST

    Onsite = Norrington Learning Lab

    Offsite = https://zoom.us/j/443432642   


    Use of technology can enhance and transform the teaching-learning process and increase student engagement. Join us this month as we continue our exploration of pedagogy and practice of technology integration.

    Teaching for Transfer

    Innovation Exchange

    Presented by Glenn Lester

    February 14th (Wednesday) from 11:30am-12:00pm, CST

    Onsite = Copley Quad 109

    Offsite = https://zoom.us/j/890254447


    We assume learning transfer, but do we teach it? This exchange explores one professor’s attempt to re-design general education courses using teaching for transfer principles.


    Video will be available on the FCI website, http://www.innovatepark.org/innovation-exchanges, a few days after the event.

    Educating Those Who Serve

    Deep Dive

    Presented by Mike Rutherford

    February 16th (Friday) from 12:30-2:00pm, CST

    Onsite = Norrington Learning Lab

    Offsite = https://zoom.us/meeting/register/c2c81435e02ec2c0cde7dc3c8da9331e


    Military learners are one of Parks largest yet least visible populations. “Educating Those Who Serve” will be an interactive event, where we will address:

    1. Defining the military learner and some of the challenges these learners face
    2. Sharing optimal teaching strategies
    3. Finding ways to leverage the unique skills and abilities these learners bring to our classrooms. 

    Your informed opinion, and personal expertise will be crucial in this vital discussion! We look forward to seeing and hearing from you all!


    BIOSKETCH: Michael Rutherford is a Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Army, and is currently working at Park as an intern under the auspice of the Department of Defense’s Corporate Fellowship Program. He holds a BS in Public Speaking from San Diego State University, and a Master’s in Adult and Continuing Education from Kansas State University. He has taught the Transportation Officer Basic, and Advanced courses at the U.S. Army School of Transportation at Fort Eustis, VA, and more recently, he taught Command and Leadership at the Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, KS. He is about to retire from the Army, and he currently resides in Platte City, MO with Susanne, his wife of 23 years, and their three children.

    Teaching Writing to the International Student: ParkWrites Workshop Series

    Deep Dive

    Presented by Amy Jenkins, Director, English Language and Culture Institute, Zephra Weber, ESL tutor, Academic Support Center, and Amy Mecklenburg-Faenger, Director of ParkWrites

    February 22nd (Thursday) from 2:30-4:00pm, CST

    Onsite = AP461

    Offsite = https://zoom.us/meeting/register/75c927c632b4a78d8c34be5db4a05ad8


    Do your international students struggle with writing? Do you wish you wish you had more instructional techniques to help them succeed? Join us this spring for one or all of the ParkWrites workshops, designed to deepen and develop our discussion from last year on teaching writing effectively to our international students at Park. This three-part series, Teaching Writing to the International Student, is led by experts in ESL and writing instruction. You can attend in person or via Zoom, and snacks will be provided for those who can attend in person.


    Part 1: Understanding IELTS and TOEFL Scores and International Student Writing Proficiency

    During this first session, we will discuss the two major English proficiency exams used by Park to admit non-native English speakers to Park, discuss the scoring systems, and show how different scores map to different student abilities in writing. We will also read and discuss student writing samples indicative of particular scores in each system to see how the sores and abilities are reflected in actual student work.

    Online Discussion Questions: The Good, the Bad, and the Workshop-able

    Special Interest Group

    Presented by Adam Potthast

    February 27th (Tuesday) from 1:00-2:00pm, CST

    Onsite = Norrington Learning Lab

    Offsite = https://parkuniversity.zoom.us/my/adampotthast


    In this session of the SIG, we ask that you bring some of your program’s online discussion questions in for an hour-long workshop on making online discussion questions better. We’ll review some best practices in asking questions, collaboratively analyze current discussion questions, and then talk about assignment alignment and writing new questions. You should have some brand new discussion questions to bring home for course maintenance purposes.

    Universal Design and Course Construction: Backward Design Principles in Action

    Special Interest Group

    Presented by Debra Olson-Morrison

    February 28th (Wednesday) from 12:00-1:00pm, CST

    Onsite = Norrington Learning Lab

    Offsite = https://zoom.us/j/8767965103


    In this 5th SIG on Universal Design, we will begin to combine previous SIG topics as we explore how to create more accessible courses from top to bottom, using backwards design. We will also discuss constructing syllabus to support accessibility. Did not attend other Universal Design SIGS? No worries! Materials from previous SIGS will be provided and no prior UDL knowledge necessary.

    New Faculty Reconvenings​

    To ensure FCI provides new faculty with necessary support during their first year as full-time faculty, the following dates have been set for the new faculty convenings:

    • Wednesday, January 24 in Gibson - "Navigating Service Opportunities"
    • Wednesday, February 21 in Gibson - "Course Development and Online Teaching"
    • Wednesday, March 21 in Gibson - "Academic Advising"
    • Thursday, April 26 in Norrington Learning Lab - "Crafting Your Professional Development Plan"

    All spring sessions will be held from 3:30-4:30p.m., CST either in Gibson or Norrington Learning Lab. If you are unable to participate onsite, you may join live via Zoom (https://zoom.us/j/594275756).

  • FCI Calendar

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