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"Teaching for Transfer" - Glenn Lester

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

"Practical Tips for Student Engagement" - Leslie Umstattd

Getting students involved and engaged can be a challenge for any instructor. This exchange offered practical ways to increase student engagement in the online classroom from the beginning of a course to the end.


  • Practical Tips for Student Engagement presentation
  • Practical Tips for Student Engagement handout
"Information Literacy in Students, Both in and out of the Classroom" - Katelyn Handler

This discussion focused on information literacy; what it is, and what it means for our students. We explored the current direction of library instruction efforts at Park University, along with the work done by Project Information Literacy.


"Asking Better Questions" - Adam Potthast

Revisit that first radical piece of active learning: the question. Dr. Potthast started with the premise that the quality of discussion you get in your courses was directly proportional to the quality of questions you asked. This session spotlights Socratic questioning in the classroom.


"Inclusivity in Course Curriculum: Using Universal Design to Support Diverse Student Learners" - Debra Olson Morrison and Ashley Boyer

This innovation broadly focused on applying the three principles of Universal Design of Instruction to course curriculum. The goal of this exchange is to provide an easy to use framework that will increase inclusivity and accessibility of your course content. Participants left the session with concrete and actionable ideas to support the diverse learning styles and needs of Park students.


"Online Proctoring with ProctorU" - John Dean and Guillermo Tonsmann

Starting fall 2017, Park online courses will be able to use ProctorU to proctor their final exams. In this exchange, Guillermo Tonsmann and John Dean will present an overview of Park's online proctoring policy, the online proctoring experience from a student's perspective, and the setup experience from a teacher's perspective.

"Civic Action Plan" - Shannon Cuff

In July 2016, President Gunderson signed the Campus Compact 30th Anniversary Action Statement to show Park’s support of offering service-learning and community engagement opportunities to faculty, staff, and students. Dr. Shannon Cuff will share the progress the committee has made developing the plan thus far and welcomes input from members of the Park community before the plan is finalized.


"Exposing Students to the Professional World: The Mentoring Project" - Kay Miller Boehr

This presentation described a component of the interior design senior studio that pairs each student with a mentor who is a professional designer for a real-world experience. The student and mentor meet regularly while the student designs her senior thesis project, reviewing project progress and developing a relationship over time.


"The Library's Development of an Information Literacy Tutorial within Canvas" - Katelyn Handler

The library's development of an online information literacy module, created with the intention of increasing student engagement with the library while providing a better understanding of the resources available.


"Pirate Patch" - Robert Kao and Jared Flaherty

The technological and pedagogical aspects of this project were discussed, with some video demonstrations of the project.


  • Synchronous Distance Education - Pedagogical and Technological Approaches presentation
"eMINTS: Networked Teaching Strategies" - Judi Estes

The eMINTS Instructional Model was presented to show faculty how incorporating the four areas - high quality lesson design, community of learners, authentic learning, and powered by technology - transform students' learning.


"Course Redesign with SoTL in Mind" - Stacey Kikendall

How to design, or redesign, course assignments in a deliberate way that takes into consideration the scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL).

"A Journey in Problem-Based Learning" - Amber Dailey-Hebert

Reliance of real-world, ill-structured problems to drive the curriculum.

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