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Center for Teaching and Learning members present work at organizational development conference

Members of the Center for Teaching and Learning recently presented their work at this year’s Professional and Organizational Development (POD) Network conference in Pittsburgh, PA.

Shawn Simonson, a professor of kinesiology, presented “Establishing a framework for assessing teaching effectiveness” based on work associated with the recently received grant, “Implementing a Framework for Assessing Teaching Effectiveness,” and the university’s efforts to rethink how teaching is evaluated. In the session, a definition of effective teaching was established, a framework that considers multiple facets of teaching provided and a tool with which to evaluate teaching was suggested.

Megan Frary, an associate professor of materials science and engineering, co-presented a poster “Graduate teaching certificate knowledge survey – monitoring student learning, confidence and attitudes” with graduate student Sarah Lausch. The poster described the knowledge survey they developed as part of the program assessment for the graduate certificate in college teaching.

In addition, Lausch was a recipient of the POD Network’s Graduate Student, Professional Student and Postdoctoral Fellow (GPPD) career development award to support her attendance at the conference.

Adjunct faculty member Teresa Focarile co-facilitated a workshop with Christine Denecker from Findlay University titled “Connecting beyond campus: Partnering to broaden support for student learning.” The session provided models for how Centers for Teaching and Learning can work with their institutions’ concurrent enrollment offices to provide training and support for faculty and instructors. In addition, Focarile co-coordinated the “Birds of a Feather” conference sessions.

Instructional design consultant Devshikha Bose was granted the 2019 Donald H. Wulff Diversity Travel Fellowship Award. As part of the Award, Bose co-facilitated a round table discussion at the conference on the topic of inequity in access to technology.