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"(Re)Writing Assignment Prompts for Better International Student Accessibility" - Amy Jenkins, Zephra Weber, and Amy Mecklenburg-Faenger

Participants were able to 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, participants demonstrated some easy changes you can make to assignments and gave feedback on each of the participant's prompts brought to the workshop.

"Teaching about Privilege" - Monica Brannon and Chelsea Platt

This workshop offered some ideas for exercises to teach about privilege & how to facilitate a productive classroom experience on privilege in any discipline, offering students a lens for understanding diverse groups in any future career field.

"Understanding IELTS and TOEFL Scores and International Student Writing Proficiency" - Amy Jenkins, Zephra Weber, and Amy Mecklenburg-Faenger

During this first session, we discussed the two major English proficiency exams used by Park to admit non-native English speakers to Park, discussed the scoring systems, and showed how different scores map to different student abilities in writing.

"Educating Those Who Serve" - Lt. Col. Mike Rutherford

Military learners are one of Park's largest yet least visible populations. This session was an interactive event, where we addressed:

  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


"Getting the Most Out of Turnitin Feedback Studio"

Paige Singleton from Turnitin provided an overview on how to use Turnitin Feedback Studio in Canvas to go beyond simple originality checking. This session focused on interpreting a Turnitin Originality Report, applying Turnitin best practices and delivering quality student feedback.



"Reducing Textbook Costs, Increasing Access, Enhancing Teaching and Learning: OER and Library Resources"

Park is among dozens of higher education institutions across the country actively exploring ways to reduce textbook costs for students while upholding the rights and responsibilities of academic departments/faculty to adopt the instructional materials best for their courses. Institutions are increasingly turning to Open Educational Resources (OER) and the collections within their own libraries to reduce cost, increase expedient access to instructional materials, and enhance learning outcomes.This conversation about reducing textbook costs through OER and library resources was presented by:

  • Jon Ritterbush, Director of Library Services and Learning Commons
  • Katelyn Handler, Assistant Professor and Reference Instruction Librarian
  • Scott Curtis, Open Educational Resources Coordinator, UMKC Libraries


"Conducting Meetings Training Seminar" - Greg Plumb

The purpose of this session provided practical information about how to plan a meeting, lead the meeting, take notes at the meeting, and follow-up from the meeting. This session was designed for those leading academic department meetings, school or college meetings, campus center meetings and committee meetings.

"The High Impact of Writing in All Courses" - Chris M. Anson, North Carolina State University

This presentation offered a view of writing as a highly varied language activity that could be strongly tied to goals for student learning, and, through examples and research, suggested ways that it could play a central role in every discipline.

"Scholarships, Fellowships and Internships: Helping Our Students Succeed" - Angela Peterson and Leah Fletcher

Find out how to help your students identify opportunities that are right for them and how to support students through the application processes. The presenters also discussed how to write letters of recommendation that will help your students win awards.


  • Scholarships, Fellowships, and Internships: Helping Our Students Succeed presentation
"Supporting International Students"

Roundtable representatives included: Raed Alhathni, Robin Burger, Julie Creek, Kevin Vicker, Maureen Wambui, and Zephra Weber

Park University has a long tradition of diversity and inclusivity, and our dedication to international students is a matter of pride. However, as faculty, we often struggle with the challenges of teaching students who come from different cultural or linguistic backgrounds than ourselves. We are good enough teachers that we find strategies to help our students, but what are we not considering? In what ways could we better support our international students, both in the classroom and outside of it?

"Serving Underprepared Students" - Jon Ritterbush, Debra McArthur, and Jayme Uden

This session provided information on student demographics and student development theory and the resources that Park provides for underprepared students.


"From Trump to Turnitin: Pedagogical Approaches to Plagiarism" - Amy Mecklenburg-Faenger and Jared Flaherty

This session explores pedagogical approaches to preventing plagiarism rather than punishing it. Presenters shared resources for working on proper source use with students and demonstrated how students can use Turnitin through Canvas as a revising tool.


"Teaching the International Classroom - Student Forum" - Moderated by Glenn Lester and Stacey Kikendall

In response to feedback Stacey Kikendall and Glenn Lester received through their “Teaching the International Classroom” reading group and faculty survey, they gathered five international students representing different cultural backgrounds who spoke about their educational experiences in their home countries and how it might differ from their experiences at Park. The student panelists included: Anna Jaehn, Arber Dumani, Iroda Narzullaeva, Jinhong Li, and Leonard Lindweld.


  • Teaching the International Classroom Prezi
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