This video features highlights from the 2018 Spotlight on Learning Conference.

2019 SPOTLIGHT ON LEARNING CONFERENCE

On Tuesday, April 30, the Spotlight on Learning Conference will give OHIO faculty and staff the opportunity to participate in multiple, concurrent sessions on topics related to the theme “Experiential Learning.”

The 2019 Spotlight on Learning Conference is an occasion to share these approaches, seek insights that can help us be more successful as instructors, and come together to talk about opportunities on the horizon to further the University’s engagement ecosystem.

This University-wide event will take place in Baker University Center on the Athens Campus. Anticipated activities include presentations, panel and open discussions, roundtables, and breakout sessions.

Co-sponsored by the Teaching, Learning, and Assessment Committee and the Office of Instructional Innovation, this conference is open to all OHIO faculty/instructors, administrators, and teaching assistants. For questions, please contact the Office of Instructional Innovation at oii@ohio.edu.

Conference Schedule

You can view the HTML version of the 2019 Spotlight on Learning conference agenda by clicking and expanding the session sections below.

Registration Opens – 8:00 a.m.

Visit the registration desk on the second floor of Baker University Center to pick up a name tag and other materials before attending your first session of the day.

Opening Session – 8:30 a.m.–10:00 a.m.

Baker Center Theatre, 2nd Floor

In this opening panel, OHIO faculty will discuss their experiences introducing experiential learning into their courses.

Purba Das, Associate Professor, School of Communication Studies, Scripps College of Communication
Sarah Davis, Associate Professor, Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs
Aimee Edmondson, Associate Professor, E. W. Scripps School of Journalism, Scripps College of Communication
Jerry Miller, Professor and Associate Director of Undergraduate Studies, School of Communication Studies, Scripps College of Communication
Nancy Stevens, Professor, Department of Biomedical Sciences, Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine
Moderator: Mary Nally, Director, Center for Campus and Community Engagement

Open Educational Resources Workshops

As part of a University initiative to expand access to Open Educational Resources (OER), members of the Top Hat team will be available during the conference to provide faculty with group workshops and one-on-one consultations on adopting OER for your courses.

Enriching the Classroom Through Service Learning

Service learning is a teaching pedagogy that combines curricular content with real-world partnerships focused on making the world a better place. There are a plethora of dynamic organizations that instructors can partner with locally, regionally, nationally, or internationally to provide students with opportunities to engage with the community and apply practices learned from class. This session will review best practices and give examples of how successful service experiences can enhance learning.

Peter Mather, Professor and Chair, Department of Counseling and Higher Education, Patton College of Education
Mary Nally, Director, Center for Campus and Community Engagement
Julia Paxton, Faculty Fellow, Center for Campus and Community Engagement; Professor, Department of Economics, College of Arts and Sciences
Solveig Spjeldnes, Associate Professor, Department of Social Work, College of Health Sciences and Professions
Athan Vouzianas, Lecturer of Engineering Fundamentals, Russ College of Engineering and Technology

Experiential Learning in Pediatric Physical Therapy Education

Experiential learning is utilized in OHIO pediatric physical therapy to enhance student engagement while providing more natural, practical experiences for graduate students. Students engage with pediatric patients and their families in a variety of settings and service learning projects across the term. Through this involvement, students develop a greater understanding of family-centered care when working with pediatric physical therapy clients. The presenters will discuss their assessment of this teaching strategy, sharing results from a survey and a comparative analysis of course evaluations.

Michele Courtney, Assistant Clinical Professor, School of Rehabilitation and Communication Sciences, College of Health Sciences and Professions
Tobe Gillogly, Assistant Clinical Professor and Chair, Department of Interdisciplinary Health Studies, College of Health Sciences and Professions

The STEAM Team: An Interdisciplinary Program for Student Professional Development and Community Engagement

The STEAM Team is an experiential learning program for students from multiple disciplines to develop and lead public engagement activities throughout the region. The group leverages an interdisciplinary STEAM approach (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts/Humanities, and Math) to create authentic, family-centered activities. The program involves professional development training for student fellows that scaffolds best practices for effective public engagement and communication. The presenters will discuss professional development and community engagement activities, share lessons learned, and identify best practices.

Jennifer Hines, Professor, Chemistry & Biochemistry Department, College of Arts and Sciences
Mark Lucas, Associate Professor, Physics & Astronomy Department, College of Arts and Sciences
Jen Parsons, Executive Director, Ohio Valley Museum of Discovery
Addy Kruse, Student Member, STEAM Team

Experience as Motivator: Effective Experiential Learning in a Composition Course

Experiential learning can be incorporated into a variety of disciplines to ensure student engagement and success in a way that contributes to fulfilling course goals. The presenters will share how they integrated experiential learning into ENG 1610 – Freshman Composition: Writing and Rhetoric, a course for international and multilingual students in which they work closely with a local business or organization to analyze and help improve processes. This session covers how the instructors create experiences for the course, how they administer it, and how they overcome challenges.

Kelley Bodwell, Adjunct Instructor, English Language Improvement Program, Linguistics Department, College of Arts and Sciences
Chris Hitchcock, Lecturer, English Language Improvement Program, Linguistics Department, College of Arts and Sciences

Lunch Break – 11:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m.

Open Educational Resources Workshop — 11:45 a.m.–12:45 p.m. (SESSION FULL)

Representatives from Top Hat will discuss adopting Open Educational Resources for your course as a part of their partnership with the University. Lunch will be provided.

Bridging the Experiential Learning Gap: Global Interaction from Home

Evidence shows that a study abroad program is one of the best real-life/hands-on learning experiences, but financial constraints as well as other challenges make this transformative learning practice out of reach for many OHIO students. This session demonstrates how the Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) initiative can bridge this gap for students. The presenters will explain what the COIL initiative is and share examples of how it has been implemented in several courses. They also will discuss the benefits and challenges associated with the various technology platforms they have used in their classes.

Greg Obi, Assistant Professor, Business Management Technology Program – Chillicothe Campus
Purba Das, Associate Professor, Communication – Southern Campus
Sheida Shirvani, Professor, Communication – Zanesville Campus

Even You Can Save a Life!

Virtual reality video (VRV) is a tool that can be used to facilitate experiential learning. This session features a virtual reality simulation—an immersive experience that puts the viewer in the middle of a serious situation: in this case, a college student is found after an opioid overdose. This simulation was designed for laypeople to experience how to act quickly in this scenario to help save a life. The participant will learn how to call for help and administer NARCAN if they ever find someone who has had an opioid overdose. (Note: For those interested in virtual reality, this session pairs well with the “Acute Care Scenario Library” presentation in session block 3.)

Sherleena Buchman, Assistant Professor, School of Nursing, College of Health Sciences and Professions
Ashley Crow, Assistant Clinical Professor and Physical Therapist, School of Rehabilitation and Communication Sciences, College of Health Sciences and Professions
John Bowditch, Director, Game Research and Immersive Design (GRID) Lab
Eric R. Williams, Professor, Scripps College of Communication

Individual Community Engagement Experiences: Preparing Students and Ensuring Outcomes

Individualized service learning experiences, such as internships with nonprofit organizations, offer exciting opportunities for student learning but also present unique challenges to crafting a truly reciprocal, mutually beneficial partnership between the university, the student, and community organizations. In the absence of a structured curricular component, how can we ensure students have appropriate knowledge, skills, and expectations to engage deeply and contribute meaningfully to the organization and community? The presenters will discuss how to design these experiences, allotting time for group discussions.

Margaux Cowden, Director, Cutler Scholars Program and OHIO Honors Program
Kristine Hoke, Associate Director, Cutler Scholars Program
Mary Nally, Director, Center for Campus and Community Engagement
Christy Zempter, Associate Director, OHIO Honors Program

Teaching Struggling Students

Experiential learning can be leveraged to expand limited notions of intelligence and build confidence in all students, particularly those identified as not college-ready or academically underprepared. This session provides an overview of issues for struggling students raised in both the current literature, as well as a forthcoming book from one of the presenters (Teaching struggling students: Lessons learned from both sides of the classroom). The presenters will share their experiences working with students who may struggle in the classroom but find their strengths in experiential learning opportunities.

Laura Harrison, Associate Professor, Department of Counseling and Higher Education, Patton College of Education
Peter Mather, Professor and Chair, Department of Counseling and Higher Education, Patton College of Education

Just in Time Learning: Taking Ideas from Conception to Reality

This engaging, interactive, and entertaining session will challenge participants to live the experiential learning process (in the role of both the student and the instructor) through the subject of problem solving. Participants will create and solve problems, dig deeper into current issues, and craft products that help them communicate their findings. Reflection at the conclusion of the session will help attendees identify ways in which they can maximize the experiential learning process.

Andrew Pueschel, Lecturer, Management; Director of the Emerging Leaders Program, Robert D. Walter Center for Strategic Leadership, College of Business

Acute Care Scenario Library

Explore a library of scenarios that require students to observe the environment, and critically think through space limitations, patient precautions, multiple lines, and assessment of patient status by reviewing various support equipment. (Each scenario is highly adaptable and can be easily transformed into multiple cases; instructors can vary case context to fit their objectives.) In this session, the presenters will describe how to implement this technology and discuss resources needed to integrate it successfully. This session includes an interactive component allowing attendees to experience VRV using virtual reality headsets. (Note: For those interested in virtual reality, this session pairs well with the “Even You Can Save a Life!” presentation in session block 2.)

Sherleena Buchman, Assistant Professor, School of Nursing, College of Health Sciences and Professions
Ashley Crow, Assistant Clinical Professor and Physical Therapist, School of Rehabilitation and Communication Sciences, College of Health Sciences and Professions
John Bowditch, Director, Game Research and Immersive Design (GRID) Lab
Eric R. Williams, Professor, Scripps College of Communication

Immersive Learning through Study Away Experiences

Study away opportunities provide once-in-a-lifetime experiences for students to engage in learning that they would otherwise only be able to see via videos and photos. The presenters will share lessons learned from the following study away opportunities: an environmental studies trip to Scotland; ceramics and art studies studio experiences in Hungary and Romania; a meteorology excursion to chase severe thunderstorms in the U.S. central plains; and an outdoor education practicum in North Carolina.

Geoff Buckley, Professor, Geography Department, College of Arts and Sciences
Alex Hibbitt, Associate Professor of Ceramics, College of Fine Arts
Jana Houser, Assistant Professor, Geography Department, College of Arts and Sciences
Andrew Szolosi, Associate Professor, Recreation and Sport Pedagogy, Patton College of Education

Win As Much As You Can: A Classic Conflict Simulation

This session demonstrates how instructors can use “Win As Much As You Can” to teach students communication, negotiation, and problem-solving skills. This simulation is a very competitive activity that shows the impact of various win–lose situations on groups when they need to make decisions to compete with other teams (or cooperate with rival groups to win as much as possible). This activity dramatizes the merits of both competitive and collaborative models within the context of intragroup and intergroup relations.

Heather Batin, Doctoral Student, Communication Studies, Scripps College of Communication

Post-Conference CoLab Open House – 3:30 p.m.–5:00 p.m.

Alden Library, 3rd Floor

Stop by CoLab to view one of the University’s newest spaces for experiential learning. CoLab serves as a central hub that unites students from all backgrounds; it enables and empowers them to live and grow through creativity, innovation, and entrepreneurship. The four primary focuses of the space are materialization (a space to create), ideation (a space to brainstorm), incubation (a space to launch ideas), and collaboration (a space to come together). During this open house, you can explore the space, meet the staff, and learn how CoLab continues to evolve.


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