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"Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire." 
- W. B. Yeats



Thanks to the University
community for making this year's Spotlight a success!


Poster  Sessions that won
$500 professional development certificates were:



Enhancing Critical Thinking In Introductory Courses: A Website of Tested Strategies Produced by the Members of a Faculty Learning Community
Sue Simon Westendorf, Sarah Wyatt,  JoAnn Dugan, Sylvia Hawranick, Margaret Thomas

Monte Carlo Methods for Teaching Statistics
Gordon Brooks

Creating Significant Intercultural Learning Experiences
Gerry Krzic

Palming Around in Ohio Higher Education
Teresa Franklin



Comments from this year's event: 
"I always make great contacts here at this session." "Spotlight gives me an opportunity to continue learning how better to engage students and encourage them to get engaged..."  "The keynote was really interesting."  "The event demonstrates positive support for teaching."  "I like that there is a University sponsored event that aids the teacher to better him or herself."  "I especially enjoyed the keynote and posters."  "I enjoy the opportunity to meet other faculty."  "The keynote was fantastic."  "The poster sessions provided a great opportunity for interaction."  "I enjoyed meeting colleagues and learning new ideas."  "The posters and roundtables were excellent."  


Activities at this year's event:

Keynote:     Dr. Milt Cox

Milt Cox


Cooperation, Collaboration, and Community: Challenging Work, But Worth It

Professor Milt Cox, of Miami University, is an innovator in the development of FLC's.  He is
Director of the Center for the Enhancement of Learning and Teaching at Miami University and founded and directs the Lilly Conference on College Teaching, is Editor-in-Chief of the Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, and facilitates the Hesburgh Award-winning Teaching Scholars Faculty Learning Community. 
Dr. Cox also is project director of a FIPSE grant establishing faculty learning community programs on other campuses. He is recipient of the C.C. MacDuffee Award for distinguished service to Pi Mu Epsilon, the national mathematics honorary, and a certificate of special achievement from the Professional and Organizational Development Network in Higher Education in recognition and appreciation of notable contributions to the profession of faculty, instructional, and organizational development.  Dr. Cox is a popular choice for workshops nationwide.


Poster Presentations

Conceptual Change in Entry-Level Geoscience Courses (P)
Julie Libarkin

Service Learning in CS456/556 "Software Design and Development" (P)
Chang Liu

The Forest in My Backyard: Using Student Life-Experience to Teach Environmental History (P)
Glenn Matlack


Web-Based Self-Learning Modules (P)
Varsha Pandya and Sylvia Hawranick


Active Learning Strategies in the Patient-Centered Continuum (P)
Nancy Stevens, Patrick O'Connor, Mario Grijalva, William Duerfeldt

An Equation Editor and Its Use in Online Communication (P)
Phong Vu

The Mystery of the Twin Chimneys (P)
David Lucas

Enhancing Critical Thinking In Introductory Courses: A Website of Tested Strategies Produced by the Members of a Faculty Learning Community (P)
Sue Simon Westendorf, Sarah Wyatt,  JoAnn Dugan, Sylvia Hawranick, Margaret Thomas

Monte Carlo Methods for Teaching Statistics (P)
Gordon Brooks

Creating Significant Intercultural Learning Experiences (P)
Gerry Krzic

Palming Around in Ohio Higher Education (P)
Teresa Franklin


Panel Discussion
 "Who Put the Learning in Service Learning?"

Karin Sandell, Mary Tucker, Co-Facilitator
Brian Hoyt, Sylvester Young, Dorothy Bryant
Maggie Goetz, Jane Denbow, Lacey Curtis



Workshops:

Workshop I:  MERLOT Community
Jorg Waltje, David Shafie, Paul Castagno
Valerie Young, Dorothy Bryant, Garth Coombs

Workshop II:  Teaching in andabout Appalachia
Sharon Denham, Jack Wright, Betty Pytlik,
Frans Doppen, Meryl Graybill

Workshop III:  Learning Communities at Ohio University
Wendy Merb-Brown


Roundtable Discussions:

Seamless Integration of Video Highlights into Class (R)
Arthur Trese and Raymond Frost

Blackboard and the Library from a Faculty Member's Perspective (R)
Susan Sarnoff

Facilitating and Evaluating Student Engagement (R)
Fred Toner and Modern Languages Faculty & Students

Implementing Diversity through a Faculty Learning Community (R)
Ann Paulins, Crystal Anderson,  Mary Tucker, Yingjiao Xu,  Grace Essex, Jenny Chabot

Retention and Recruitment (R)
Student Senate: Anne Marsico, Bryan O'Shea, Kristen Jensen,  Jen Price


Find out about the Spotlight on Learning
programs from years past.
Spotlight 2004
Spotlight 2003
Spotlight 2002
Faculty Learning Communities
A FLC is a cross disciplinary faculty or staff group of 6-12 persons that is focused on enhancing teaching and learning within the university community.  These groups could be cohort-based or theme based.  At this year's Spotlight, several of the active FLC's on the Ohio University campus will be showcased.  These include the Service Learning FLC, the Multi-Media Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching (MERLOT) community which  focuses on the use of technology in pedagogy and the "Teaching in and about Appalachia " FLC.    To learn more about FLC's, you may find the following web site useful:  http://www.units.muohio.edu/flc/what.shtml.





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