• 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!

    Transfer to (and from) the Workplace

    Special Interest Group

    Presented by Glenn Lester

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

    Onsite = Norrington Learning Lab

    Offsite = https://parkuniversity.zoom.us/j/832204181 


    In this meeting, we will look at ways we can help our students abstract and apply their classroom knowledge to challenges in the workplace; we’ll also identify ways we can leverage workplace knowledge to help students succeed in the classroom.

    Implementing Strategies for Improved Learner-Centered Pedagogy

    Special Interest Group

    Presented by Katelyn Handler

    March 7th (Wednesday) from 3:00-4:00pm, CST

    Onsite = Norrington Learning Lab

    Offsite = https://parkuniversity.zoom.us/j/818878341  


    In this month’s SIG, we’ll use a hands-on activity to talk about how we learn, and figure out how to put these observations into practice in our classrooms.

    Teaching about Privilege

    Deep Dive

    Presented by Monica Brannon and Chelsea Platt

    March 8th (Thursday) from 3:30-4:30pm, CST

    Onsite = Norrington Learning Lab

    Offsite = https://zoom.us/meeting/register/71414ea644f617e9dc2040ba88984b7b


    With Park’s Years of Inclusivity and Diversity, there has been increased awareness among the university community of how power and inequality operate in society. Understanding how privilege shapes our experiences and possibilities is an essential component of diversity and inclusion, but privilege takes multiple forms, including race, class, gender, ability, and sexuality. How do you engage students in such a complex conversation? How do you encourage them to see their own position in relation to other groups and within the structure of opportunities and barriers? This workshop will offer some ideas for exercises to teach about privilege and how to facilitate a productive classroom experience on this topic in any discipline, ultimately offering students a lens for understanding diverse groups in any future career field.

    Faculty Fellows Application Q&A

    Faculty Fellows Program

    Presented by Debra Olson-Morrison, Judi Estes, Katelyn Handler, and Glenn Lester

    March 20th (Tuesday) from 2:30-4:30pm, CST

    Onsite = Norrington Learning Lab

    Offsite = https://zoom.us/meeting/register/d890706f00b0536fcde7dc3c8da9331e


    Are you interested in becoming a thought leader on teaching and learning within the Park community? Join the Faculty Center for Innovation (FCI) and AY 17-18 Faculty Fellows to learn about the Fellows application process and experience. This year’s Fellows will be on hand after the Q&A, for individual meetings to help support your application process. For more information on the Faculty Fellows Program or to apply, visit http://www.innovatepark.org/faculty-fellows.

    Engaging Students: An Old Dog Learns New Tricks

    Innovation Exchange

    Presented by Greg Plumb

    March 21st (Wednesday) from 11:30am-12:00pm, CST

    Onsite = AP380

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


    What can an old, experienced teacher learn about better engaging students in classroom discussions and general class participation? Impromptu small group discussions, pick-a-card method of selecting students to question in class, posting questions for each class session in the course syllabus, reaction papers at the end of a class session, and allowing students to select assignments are just a few of the methods used. This presentation is based on an Association of College and University Educators (ACUE) course - Effective Teaching Practices, in which the presenter participated this year.

    Technology Powered Instruction

    Special Interest Group

    Presented by Judi Estes

    February 22nd (Thursday) from 1:00-2:00pm, CST

    Onsite = Norrington Learning Lab

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


    In this SIG we will discuss how high quality lesson design, building a community of learners, and providing authentic learning assignments within and without the classroom are foundations for selection of technology that transforms the learning process.

    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

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

    Onsite = AP461

    Offsite = https://zoom.us/meeting/register/ffb0fe829035908e7c24e00bf0acd2b8


    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 2: (Re)Writing Assignment Prompts for Better International Student Accessibility

    This hands-on workshop will help you write more accessible prompts for non-native English speakers. Many native speakers of English are unaware of how particular sentence structures, words, or document design choices make prompts harder to read and understand for ESL students. During this workshop, we will demonstrate some easy changes you can make to your assignments and give you feedback on one of your own prompts. Participants should bring an assignment prompt to revise during the workshop.

    New Faculty Reconvenings​

    Faculty Foundations

    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

    Keep track of your events using the FCI calendar

  • Create Together

    Please share your ideas, accomplishments, or tips that might be of interest to the Park community!

    You + us = awesome.

  • Let's Connect

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