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Ashwini Ganeshan demonstrates how she set up her Spanish composition course using specifications grading during her session..

Ashwini Ganeshan demonstrates how she set up her Spanish composition course using specifications grading during her session.

Photographer: Brady Menegay

Linda Rice discusses strategies to increase student engagement and participation during her conference session.

Linda Rice discusses strategies to increase student engagement and participation during her conference session.

Photographer: Brady Menegay

2017 SOLC participants and attendees mingle between sessions.

2017 SOLC participants and attendees mingle between sessions.

Photographer: Brady Menegay

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2017 Spotlight on Learning Conference inspires participants


On April 25, the 2017 Spotlight on Learning Conference featured dozens of local experts on topics related to student learning. Roughly 170 attendees from across the University enjoyed concurrent presentations, panels, roundtables, open discussions and breakout sessions.

“The purpose of this event was to be even more intentional about the mission of supporting the intellectual and personal development of our students,” said Pam Benoit, executive vice president and provost, “and about our vision of being the nation’s best transformative learning community.”

Co-sponsored by the Teaching, Learning, and Assessment (TLA) Committee and the Office of Instructional Innovation (OII), the conference included 23 different sessions on topics from enhancing student engagement to classroom and online learning technology.

“This event was an opportunity for us as a University to come together as a community and spend a day talking about what we’re learning and doing. Sharing ideas and best practices and also hearing what doesn’t work is incredibly valuable as we explore innovative practices in our courses,” said Brad Cohen, senior vice provost for instructional innovation.

After sessions concluded, OII invited conference attendees to an open house in their newly-renovated Collaboration Hub, a space in Haning Hall designed to support teamwork between faculty and OII staff, especially as they collaborate on course design and the development of online courses. Instructional designers and other OII staff were on hand to share examples of their work.

“I enjoyed the warm and welcoming atmosphere at the Collaboration Hub open house,” said Ashwini Ganeshan, assistant professor of Spanish. “I had the opportunity to talk to several OII staff members and I look forward to collaborating with the instructional designers to explore using digital technologies in my classroom.”

OII and others live-tweeted throughout the day’s events. View a compiled Storify of posts related to the conference here.

After this year’s successful event, the TLA Committee and OII are optimistic the Spotlight on Learning Conference will be an annual occasion. “We hope this will be a reoccurring event,” said Scott Titsworth, co-chair of the TLA Committee and Dean of the Scripps College of Communication. “Let’s be committed to something like this every year so we can continue to learn from one another and continue to grow as faculty members.”


The Office of Instructional Innovation (OII) serves as a catalyst to spark bold experimentation and sustainable discovery of promising new approaches to instruction. OII provides a variety of services to academic units and faculty, online programs and students, as well as additional initiatives to further the institution’s mission. Visit www.ohio.edu/instructional-innovation for more information.