Yearly Archives: 2014

Learner Success Exceeds Expectations

This semester, in the Principles of Selling course, instructor Todd Saville had a class that exceeded his expectations concerning a fundraising challenge, which he said, “proved to be a really good successful learning experience and charitable activity…  They’re learning from it.  They’re giving back.  It’s a good cause.”  You can listen to Todd describe this… [Read the Full Story]

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Dedication to Personalized and Collaborative Learning

“Here I feel like I really learn about my students and allow them to express themselves in the assignments that I create and the collaboration that they have with each other,” says Erin Foster Hartley, film studies instructor, who is this month’s featured Professional Development Fellow. In this interview, Erin talks about the adjunct orientation… [Read the Full Story]

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Boundless Energy for Learning Renewed in Japan

Earlier this year, Loughton Smith, bakery instructor in the Hospitality Arts department, went to Japan with several culinary students to learn and get the whole experience of Japanese cuisine and the traditions and culture associated with it.  At the end of his narrative, he describes his biggest takeaway, “Even small town people from a small… [Read the Full Story]

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Meet Kirkwood’s Instructional Designers

Since Wilson and Jeremy have started working as instructional designers at Kirkwood, they have heard many faculty ask them the same questions:  What is that you exactly do here?  How is your work the same or different from what Alan and Emily do? Alan Peterka and Emily McWorthy are also instructional designers who work in… [Read the Full Story]

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Students Care If You Care

“When students feel like their teacher cares about them, they are generally more inclined to participate in their learning and also to take responsibility for their learning. When this happens, the learning experience is more robust than a traditional one-size fits all approach,” says Sarah Rissler, ELA instructor, who is this month’s featured Professional Development… [Read the Full Story]

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Gamification, Virtual Reality, and Innovation for Learner Success in the CNC Program

“Along with what the instructors may do in the lab more or less (Virtual Welding Machines) make the students more comfortable with the whole learning experience”, Bob Wade said when he was asked about the effect of virtual welding machines in his class. Also, Bob mentions how some students view aspects of the class like… [Read the Full Story]

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What Are Kirkwood Students Thinking in Class?

“What can students’ thoughts during my classes reveal about the factors that most affect their attention to and interest in the material being presented?” was the primary question Sondra Gates asked in her research project from last year’s Reflective Scholars course in the Master Teacher Program.  Sondra’s study received a lot of attention from Kirkwood… [Read the Full Story]

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Kirkwood Faculty in One Word: Passion

“The one word I think about (regarding) our faculty is the word passion.”  Art Khaw, Professional Development Fellow, believes that growth-oriented faculty are passionate about student learning and embrace technological innovation.  In this podcast, Art shares his story, challenges faculty who will ask “What happened?,” and describes how the Mentor/Mentee projects achieve learner success. 0:42… [Read the Full Story]

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Groundbreaking Move by Faculty for Student Success

For her 2013-14 Mentor-Mentee Project, Mary Schneekloth, successfully proposed a project to help Kirkwood become the first community college in the United States to attain membership to the University Partnership Program of the Society of Financial Service Professionals. Mary pursued this project because her department, Business & Information Technology, wanted to build the Financial Service… [Read the Full Story]

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Busting Myths about Learning Styles

For his 2013-14 Mentor-Mentee Project, speech communications instructor Kevin Shroth investigated the science and pseudoscience behind what educators commonly refer to as learning styles.  A few weeks ago, we sat down with Kevin to share what he learned, summarizing key ideas from this paper, which you can access here. If you would like to learn… [Read the Full Story]

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