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  • Upcoming & Recent Events

    Mark your calendars!

    Faculty Fellows Application Q&A

    Deep Dive

    Presented by AY 18-19 Faculty Fellows

    February 4th (Monday) from 3:00-4:00pm, CST

    Onsite = Norrington Learning Lab

    Offsite = https://zoom.us/j/535699909


    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 18-19 Faculty Fellows to learn about the Fellows application process and experience. For more information on the Faculty Fellows Program or to apply, visit http://www.innovatepark.org/faculty-fellows.

    Make it Stick

    Special Interest Group

    Presented by Linda Bell

    February 6th (Wednesday) from 12:00-1:00pm, CST

    Onsite = Norrington Learning Lab

    Offsite = https://parkuniversity.zoom.us/j/890598163


    Explore evidence-based learning strategies that enable students to learn better and remember longer. Transformative power of story will be utilized to help us understand why these principles should replace less effective but widely accepted practices.

    Simulated & Active Learning Strategies

    Special Interest Group

    Presented by Tami Radohl

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

    Onsite = Norrington Learning Lab

    Offsite = https://parkuniversity.zoom.us/j/992306328   


    Simulated and active learning strategies demonstrate knowledge
    attainment in safe, controlled academic environments. These
    approaches showcase higher-order thinking, increase student
    engagement, and bolster confidence in knowledge. Join us in
    exploring ways to replicate the real world in our face-to-face and
    online classrooms.

    Trauma & Resilience

    Special Interest Group

    Presented by Brant Winn

    February 20th (Wednesday) from 12:00-1:00pm, CST

    Onsite = Gibson (3rd floor of Thompson Commons)

    Offsite = https://parkuniversity.zoom.us/j/716658958


    Join us as we explore together to find answers to the following questions: What is trauma? What is resilience? How does trauma and resilience impact learning? Who is resilient and what makes them so? How can resilience be fostered in the wake of trauma? What can we learn from highly resilient individuals that will help inform our work with students?

    Moving Forward: A Pirate Patch Teaching Community

    Special Interest Group

    Presented by Erica Jansen

    February 21st (Thursday) from 10:00-11:00am, CST

    Offsite = https://parkuniversity.zoom.us/j/959827988


    We’re exploring ways to bring active learning, collaboration, and
    community into our Pirate Patch classrooms. How can we maximize Pirate Patch technology to create a dynamic, student-centered environment? Join us as we discover and share our best practices.

    Tools to Enhance Student Retention in the Major

    Innovation Exchange

    Presented by Linda Bell

    February 25th (Monday) from 1:30-2:00pm, CST

    Onsite = Norrington Learning Lab

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


    As the rigor and demands grow in upper-level courses, some students drop out and shop around for another major. Come and learn about a strategy implemented in the accounting curriculum to enhance student retention. These are not unique to accounting; rather, can be implemented across the university.

    Shift Happens: Integrating Growth Mindset into Courses and Students

    Special Interest Group

    Presented by Kathy Jackson

    February 26th (Tuesday) from 2:00-3:00pm, CST

    Onsite = AP 371

    Offsite = https://parkuniversity.zoom.us/j/4395698513


    Join me in exploring how growth mindset can inform all that we do
    with students in the classroom. It starts with ourselves
    understanding how our brains work and how we view learning, our
    goals, and mistakes. Learn new language of encouragement for
    growth and the Power of Yet.

    From Line Breaks to Legal Briefs: Engaging Writing Activities for the Quantitative Classroom

    Deep Dive

    Presented by Patrick Bahls, University of North Carolina

    February 28th (Thursday) from 3:30-4:30pm, CST

    Onsite = McCoy Meetin' House

    Offsite = https://zoom.us/j/145532472


    Many instructors in the quantitative disciplines struggle to find meaningful ways to engage their students with discipline-specific writing. In fields traditionally dominated by numerical information, writing, at least as it’s long been construed, has often taken a second seat. However, every discipline, no matter how number-heavy, has its own writing conventions, and with a few aptly chosen exercises, students can begin to learn those conventions and become skilled writers in their chosen fields.


    This presentation will provide instructors with a number of “out-of-the-box” writing activities that are adaptable to a variety of classrooms, including those in quantitative fields. Some of the activities are short, “low-stakes” exercises that students can complete in minutes and others are lengthier, multistage projects that help students develop a deeper understanding of disciplinary writing as a process.

    No prior experience with writing in the disciplines will be expected, and faculty from all disciplines are encouraged to join in!

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