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Spotlight on Learning Conference

Spotlight on Learning Conference

Ohio University’s Spotlight on Learning (SoL) Conference is supported by the Center for Teaching, Learning, and Assessment (CTLA); the Teaching, Learning, and Assessment Committee (TLA); and the Office of Instructional Innovation (OII).

The SoL Conference brings OHIO faculty, staff and the larger teaching and learning community together to highlight models of teaching excellence by sharing examples of highly effective instructional practice, outlining strong approaches to assessing student learning and evaluating instruction, and providing methods for implementing, investigating, assessing and researching teaching innovation.

2023 Spotlight on Learning Conference

The 2023 Spotlight on Learning Conference theme is "Technology Trends (from AI to ChatGPT) to Improve Student Learning Outcomes" and will take place through in-person and virtual events.

Join us for the in-person kickoff on Tuesday, April 25, from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Baker University Center. Multiple virtual faculty panels and workshops will be offered Wednesday through Friday from 11:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Featured presenters, faculty panels and collaborative community building opportunities will focus on:

  1. The future of teaching and technology informed by rapid shifts in remote instruction
  2. Effective and innovative teaching with enterprise-support technologies
  3. The careful selection and elimination of technology to support student academic success

Registration is now open, and seating is limited.

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2023 Spotlight on Learning Conference Agenda

All times are Eastern unless otherwise specified. Agenda is subject to change.

Tuesday, April 25 – In-person Kick-off, Baker University Center

  • 9-9:30 a.m.: Coffee and Conversation, Baker Center 240/242
  • 9:30-10:20 a.m.: Keynote Presentation (will be recorded)"Mindsets for Agility: Keeping Pace with the Ever-changing Landscape of Teaching with Technology", Baker Center Theater and Lounge
    • Keynote Speaker: Ryan Gottfredson, PhD, Associate Professor of Leadership and Management, California State University-Fullerton
  • 10:30-11:15 a.m.: Community Conversation – "The Impact on ChatGPT and AI on Teaching and Learning", Baker Center 240/242
    • Facilitators: Paul Shovlin, PhD, CTLA Faculty Learning Community Facilitator, Assistant Professor of Instruction in English and Director of Composition, and FLC members will guide the conversation, sharing themes and resources arising from their work
  • 11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m.: "Using Cinematic Virtual Realty to Educate Students about Implicit Bias and Social Drivers of Health", Baker Center 240/242
    • Speakers: Elizabeth A. Beverly, PhD/MS, and Matthew Love, MFA
    • Please note: This session will be an immersive, interactive virtual reality experience for all attendees. Additionally, CEU/CME credits are available.
  • 12:30-1:30 p.m.: Lunch, Baker Center 240/242
  • Vendor and faculty development unit support tables available throughout the morning

Wednesday, April 26, Virtual Sessions

  • 11:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m. – Virtual Session 1: Emergency Remote Teaching
    • Speakers: Kristin English, MA, Disability Services Office, Marietta College; Jamie Lambert, MBA; and Sarah Rist, MA, Marketing Department, College of Business
    • Presentation Title: “Postsecondary Student Course Delivery Preferences in Post-Pandemic Times”
  • 12:45-1:30 p.m. – Virtual Session 2: AI in Education
    • Speakers: Orhan Kocatas, MA, and Min Lun (Alan) Wu, PhD, Educational Studies-Instructional Technology, Patton College of Education
    • Presentation Title: “The Role of Artificial Intelligence in Education: Instructional Technology Faculty Perspectives”

Thursday, April 27, Virtual Sessions

  • 11:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m. – Virtual Session 1: Hybrid Learning
    • Speakers: Becky Munhall, PhD, and Lori Woods, MA, College of Health, Sciences and Professions
    • Presentation Title: “Using GoReact, an Online Assessment Program, to Enhance Student Learning”
  • 12:45-1:30 p.m. – Virtual Session 2: Hybrid Learning
    • Speaker: Ayman Elbarbary, MA, Applied Linguistics
    • Presentation Title: “Microsoft Surface-Hub: New Era in Language Teaching”

Friday, April 28, Virtual Sessions

  • 11:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m. — Virtual Session 1: Virtual Lab Experience
    • Speakers: Douglas Bowie, PhD, and Brandon Saunders, MS, McClure School of Emerging Communication Technology
    • Presentation Title: Virtual Experiences Extend and Engage Student Learning”
  • 12:45-1:30 p.m. — Virtual Session 2: Mixed and Hyper Reality
    • Speaker: John Bowditch, MA, Scripps College of Communication
    • Presentation Title: "Mixing Realities: Touching Virtual Worlds?"
  • 1:30 p.m.: Closing Remarks and Prize Drawings
  • 2023 Spotlight on Learning Conference Proposals

    The SoL Conference Planning Committee welcomes proposals for panels, demonstrations and case studies of best practices for the conference each year. The deadline to submit proposals for the 2023 conference has passed. Check back later for 2023-24 proposal announcements!

Spotlight on Learning Conference Committee

The Center for Teaching, Learning, and Assessment, the Teaching, Learning, and Assessment Committee and the Office of Instructional Innovation (OII) thank the Spotlight on Learning planning committee members for their contributions to ensuring a successful event.

2023 SoL Conference Planning Committee

  • Elizabeth Beverly, Ph.D. – SoL Co-chair, Professor in the Department of Primary Care, HCOM
  • Michael Grant, Ph.D. – SoL Co-chair, Director of Online Education in Psychology, Associate Professor of Instruction and Undergraduate Academic Adviser
  • Joy Cobb – Technology Education Specialist III, OIT
  • John Canter – Subject Librarian for the Physical Sciences and Mathematics, OHIO Libraries
  • Candice Morris – Associate Vice Provost for Instructional Innovation
  • Kalyn McDonald, Au.D. – Assistant Clinical Professor, Communication Sciences and Disorders, School of Rehabilitation and Communication Sciences
  • Melinda Rhodes-DiSalvo, Ph.D. – Executive Director, Center for Teaching, Learning, and Assessment
  • David Nguyen, Ph.D. – Dean, University College