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Secrets to Happiness

My colleague Chris King, Learning and Development Coordinator, handed out a book called “Beyond Happy: Women, Work, and Well-Being” by Beth Cabrera to me and the other female colleagues in our department last month. The first glance at the name of the book made me critical about the title only addressing “women”. I took the book… [Read the Full Story]

Deep Learning Through Digital Story Telling

Sara Kepros is an assistant professor and a reading specialist in the English Department at Kirkwood. She is also a Professional Development Fellow  for KCELT (Kirkwood Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching). Students in her class practice effective reading for the college level, they learn strategies and tools for increasing their reading comprehension. They… [Read the Full Story]

Introduction to Dr. Lydia Hartunian Professional Development Fellow

Dr. Lydia Hartunian is a professor of Philosophy and Humanities at Kirkwood. She is also a Professional Development Fellow in KCELT. Lydia has a doctoral degree in Philosophy, she is passionate for what she teaches at Kirkwood, and she believes in being part of a professional development community. With her many years of teaching experience,… [Read the Full Story]

Teaching in a Flexible Learning Space (MALIE)

“I believed it was important that I try to ‘model the way’ in terms of teaching in an innovative learning space myself, while engaging my peers in these discussions. The experience has been illuminating in many ways, ” states Theresa Moore, a Kirkwood faculty member and Faculty Development Specialist in KCELT (Kirkwood Center for Excellence… [Read the Full Story]

From Teaching to Organizing a State Wide Conference!

Janine Martin is a Biology adjunct faculty at Kirkwood Community College. For the last two years she has been the organizer of the Iowa Conference in Higher Education, a statewide education conference. This conference is designed to provide professional development opportunities for part-time and full-time faculty and staff who are working in the field of… [Read the Full Story]

Untold Stories of Aging in America

Two weeks ago, my colleague Wilson Rojas Bugueño talked about an interesting class project that one of the Kirkwood faculty, Shelby Myers-Verhage, has her students work on in a college writing course. Shelby is an Associate Professor of English at the Kirkwood Community College campus in Iowa City and she is also a Professional Development… [Read the Full Story]

The Tools’ Paradox and Technology in Higher Education

Technology Integration brings a lot of debate among educators around the country.  Supporters argue that technology increases motivation and engagement, while critics claim technology has no real impact on student success. In this blog post, I will outline my personal perspective on Technology Integration. The Tools’ Paradox What comes first: technology or pedagogy? This is… [Read the Full Story]

Growth vs. Fixed Mindset – Debunking the Dichotomy

In a recent article in Education Week, Carol Dweck revisits her seminal work on Growth Mindset and offers news ways of thinking about this concept that maybe helpful for both classroom and organizational application. “Growth mindset” is a term that can be overused and become cliche – very easily. I mean, who doesn’t want to declare… [Read the Full Story]

Introduction to Professional Development Fellow Rachelle Biderman

Rachelle Biderman is a member of KCELT’s Professional Development Fellows. Rachelle teaches Public Speaking and Fundamentals of World Communication courses using active learning strategies. She is a passionate faculty who loves teaching and applies methods that engage students in learning leading to their success. When Rachelle was a student at Kirkwood her experience changed her life… [Read the Full Story]

KCELT Instructional Designer Introduction

My name is Maryam Ghayoorrad (Rod-Szabo) Instructional Designer at Kirkwood Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (KCELT). I was an instructor of Educational Technology and Design and I am a doctoral student at the University of Northern Iowa. I have taught and served as a graduate research assistant at the University of Northern Iowa… [Read the Full Story]