Category Archives: Meta Knowledge

Mini Design Session Feedback

After the Personalized Professional Development Learning Institute in  August, the Design Team (KCELT, L&D, and educational consultant, Jim Stephens) got together to code and categorize the ideas from  designs, recordings, and participant feedback to move forward the future professional development here at Kirkwood. Based on the observations and notes during the institute, we realized a gap… [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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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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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]

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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]

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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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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]

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An Instructional Designer’s Perspective on Reading Circles

  Last month, I presented at the Statewide Teaching and Learning Conference in Waterloo, Iowa with my faculty colleagues Shelby Myers-Verhage from the Iowa City campus and Judith Wightman from the Psychology department.  We have been working together for at least the past year on leading reading circles for faculty at KCELT.   In the… [Read the Full Story]

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Modular Workstations: Faculty Designs a Solution to Prepare Students for the Automation Industry

“Teacher as Designer” is one of the main themes at KCELT, and Ben Foley is a great example of this.  He designed modular workstations for his students in the Automation and Instrumentation Technologies (AIT) program in the Industrial Technologies Department for the purposes of making their learning more relevant to the industry. At the end… [Read the Full Story]

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