Category Archives: Humanisitic Knowledge

Off to a Real Life Experience for Students

Christine Flavin is a photography professor at Kirkwood Community College. She teaches photography using both digital and traditional technology. Students in her class experience working in the traditional chemical darkroom. They process film and make black and white silver gelatin prints. They also do a lot of digital photography and use imaging programs like Lightroom… [Read the Full Story]

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The Joy of Learning: Learning Made Personalized

Have you ever watched the Bob Ross “The Joy of Painting” series? When I was watching his instructional videos a few days ago, I was asking myself: “What made his show so unique or even better than a face to face painting class for me?” In his twenty-first episode of The Joy of Painting, Bob… [Read the Full Story]

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Student Centered Ecosystem

Dr. Lydia Hartunian is a professor of Philosophy & Humanities at Kirkwood Community College. She is also a Professional Development Fellow for KCELT. I asked Lydia how she teaches philosophy and humanities to undergraduates in a way that is interesting and fun. With her sense of humor, Lydia said, “I probably should not say this… [Read the Full Story]

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Faculty Reflection on Self Growth

The Master Teacher Program (MTP) is a three-year professional development opportunity for new full-time faculty at Kirkwood. This program is built upon faculty’s strengths and it is an opportunity for the probationary faculty to reflect on their good teaching practices that lead to their student’s success in a non-evaluative setting. KCELT hosted an outstanding annual… [Read the Full Story]

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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]

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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]

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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]

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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]

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Study Abroad Experiences Spark Student Aspirations

“I truly believe that through participating in the Kirkwood Study Abroad trip to India, I now have a better idea of what I want to do after I graduate,” wrote one student.  “The trip helped reiterate my desire to live and work abroad someday and aided in solidifying my want to work with underprivileged kids.” … [Read the Full Story]

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Community Partnerships Strengthen Learner Success

The end of February presented several events that raised Kirkwood and the community’s awareness of issues our minority students and their families face. On Saturday, February 21st, a positive dialogue about law enforcement and community relations was hosted at Kennedy High School in Cedar Rapids.  Several Kirkwood faculty, including Juanita Limas and Chris Cronbaugh, attended… [Read the Full Story]

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