Earlier this week KCELT hosted its first Learning Institute, which is a professional development program for all Kirkwood faculty.  Every Learning Institute will have a different theme, and this year’s theme was Assessment.  Below is the list of topics and presenters.  Two presentations occurred simultaneously in two adjacent rooms in Benton Hall.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

9:00am – 10:50am

11:00am – 11:50am

  • Rose Kodet – CATs (Classroom Assessment Techniques) for College Teachers
  • Art Khaw – Team Based Learning: Lessons Learned and Reflections of Implementing a Transformative Classroom

1:00pm – 1:50pm

  • Samantha Hench – Final Exam Assessment for the Course Introduction to Computers (CSC-110)
  • David Bennett – Active Learning Assessment

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

9:00am – 9:50am:  Alissa R. King – It’s All Sociological: Study Guides, Joint-Testing, and Student Collaboration

9:00am – 10:50am:  David Keller – Clear and Measurable Course Outcomes: A Strategic Plan

10:00am – 11:50am – Alan Peterka – Angel Assessments

11:00am – 11:50am – Natalia Cherjovsky & Rich Underwood – A Flipped & Fun Class

1:00pm – 1:50pm

  • Erin Foster Hartley – Creative Exam Review Strategies for the Classroom
  • Nikki Julian & Jacalyn McCarville – Emotional Regulation on Campus

In addition to the theme being assessment, many of the presentations highlighted the importance of collaborative over individual work.  You can see this in the key words in a couple of the titles: “Team-Based Learning,” and “Joint-Testing and Student Collaboration.”  A couple other presentations also emphasized collaborative work as “active learning,” “flipped & fun,” & “creative exam review strategies.”  In the same way, collaborative work was practiced in the presentations themselves.  The pictures below are evidence to that:

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These two photos above show David Bennett’s presentation, in which faculty are in a simulation of helping to get someone, who is stuck in a hole, get out.  They learned the benefit of team-based hands-on training over watching the teacher provide instructions while the learners take notes.

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The first photo shows Kirkwood faculty working in groups in David Keller’s presentation.  The second photo shows faculty beginning their flipped & fun class that teaches creativity, critical thinking, and group communication styles.  The third photo shows one team of two, in Erin Foster Hartley’s presentation, that is working on creating a timeline of milestones in the film industry.  In all of these photos, the faculty were relaxed, engaged, and some might have admitted to having fun.

With cooperation from the presenters, KCELT will be posting some of the ideas and content from some of the individual presentations.  So if you missed one because you were in the other presentation, or you missed the Learning Institute completely, now here is your chance to learn some more.  We hope that some participants will engage in the comments below to help inform those who didn’t participate.

We are now psyched to inform, engage, and connect with our Kirkwood learners who arrive on Monday!

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