From Discovery to Mapping, KCELT Design Update

From Discovery to Mapping, KCELT Design Update

KCELT hosted an Innovative Learning Institute in August 2016, entitled “Designing Personalized Professional Development.”  This learning institute was not a “sit and get” two days of professional development – instead, it was a discovery-based experience with the goal to design personalized professional development for all Kirkwood employees. Before the institute, we all reviewed some inspiring […]

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Introduction to Professional Development Fellow Rachelle Biderman

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 […]

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KCELT Instructional Designer Introduction

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 […]

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Boosting Teaching and Understanding as a Professional Development Fellow

Boosting Teaching and Understanding as a Professional Development Fellow

“I always had the philosophy as a teacher that you teach the learners that you have, so I had to learn how to adapt my own teaching strategies for ELA learners. And I have grown as a teacher because of that,” says Shelby Myers-Verhage. “It’s been a very enriching experience both ways to sort of […]

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Building a Community of Learners Around Self-Authorship

Building a Community of Learners Around Self-Authorship

“[After reading the anonymous results of the first week survey, students] start to see that other students have the same fears as they do,” says Kari Weaver, “and that, whereas they felt like that they were the only student that had children or had a GED, we found out that [these assumptions were] absolutely incorrect.”  […]

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Fellow Shares Success with Team-Based Learning

Fellow Shares Success with Team-Based Learning

Speaking about team-based learning, Christine Shea-Hunt says, “I’m very passionate about it.  I’ve seen students respond to it.  Attendance has gone up.  I just think it is an important way to increase student engagement and critical thinking, and so I take every opportunity I can to talk about it and share this teaching method with […]

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Dedication to Personalized and Collaborative Learning

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 […]

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Meet Kirkwood’s Instructional Designers

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 […]

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Kirkwood Faculty in One Word: Passion

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 […]

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September 2014 Featured Professional Development Fellow: Brian Brownfield

September 2014 Featured Professional Development Fellow: Brian Brownfield

Starting this month, KCELT is beginning a new monthly series featuring our Professional Development Fellows (PDFs), a group or fellowship of Kirkwood Community College faculty who advance Kirkwood’s  mission, vision, principles, values, and strategic initiatives through continuous improvement descisions..  Our PDFs help more students learn and succeed through high quality professional development practices and personalized […]

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Libguide:  Women’s Studies

Libguide: Women’s Studies

For her Mentor-Mentee project, Sue Miller worked with Renee Schlueter to construct a Libguide for class on Women and Work.  Libguides are sets of web pages for research assitance, subject guides, and useful resources compiled by librarians.  You can access their Libguide at http://guides.kirkwood.edu/womenstudies. Beyond the Libguide, the project goals were to update the library […]

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Synthesizing & Implementing a Culture of Safety Among Ag Professionals

Synthesizing & Implementing a Culture of Safety Among Ag Professionals

This is the 2012-13 Mentor-Mentee Project developed by Rhonda Clough, assistant professor in the Agriculture department, and Joshua Henik, instructor in the Agriculture department. Introduction Agricultural professions have traditionally had a high level of occupational hazards.  The Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2012, identified the Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing, & Hunting Industry as having the most […]

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Exploring Text Choice for Community College Students

Exploring Text Choice for Community College Students

This is the 2012-13 Mentor-Mentee Project developed by Sara Kepros, reading instructor specialist at Learning Services. College professors have reason to be concerned about their students’ abilities to successfully comprehend their course texts.  Students across the United States are leaving high school and entering college lacking the reading skills to succeed in their classes.  In […]

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