Innovate Conference 2018

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I attended the 2018 Innovate Conference at the Ohio Union on May 11th. Innovate is an annual conference that “brings together educators, administrators, and tech industry professionals to explore recent advancements, best practices and provocative approaches to teaching and learning with technology.” I attended two keynote TedTalk style talks and two breakout sessions in the afternoon during the conference:

Keynote 2: George Cuouros on Access

Breakout Session 3: Lightening Ideas: Learning Environments

  • Changing Learners’ Mindsets through Problem-Based Learning with Annette Lang, Marisa Manocchio, Charmayne Polen
  • Embrace the Chaos: Activities for Large Student Cohorts in Science with Anthony Parker, Pam Megaw
  • Technologies and Innovations in Preservice Teacher Preparation with Julie Maynard, Melissa Wilson

Breakout Session 4: Ed Talk: Learning Environments
Emily Pilloton, Designer, Builder, Educator and Founder of Project H Design
Bruce McPheron, Executive Vice President and Provost, The Ohio State University
Joni Boyd Acuff, Associate Professor, Arts Administration, Education & Policy, The Ohio State University
Tim Raderstorf, Chief Innovation Officer, College of Nursing, The Ohio State University
Melissa Beers, Program Director, Department of Psychology, The Ohio State University

Keynote 3:
Bryan Alexander on Technology

2018 Academy of Teaching and Learning Conference

The 12th Annual Conference on Excellence in Teaching and Learning was held on May 3rd in the 4H Center. The theme of the conference was “Creating Inclusive Connections.”

Academy of Teaching and Learning Conference Sessions










During the conference I attended:

Session 1: Using Tech to Break Teaching’s Fourth Wall

Session 3: Promoting Academic Success through Learning to Learn Strategies

Session 4: Lightning Round: Enhancing Teaching with Technology: Lessons from Flipping the Classroom, Get Your Discussions Out of a Funk!, Getting to Know Outcomes in Carmen

During Session 2 of the Conference, Kylienne Shaul, Kim Winslow, and I presented: The Virtual Poster Symposium: Using Universal Design to Accommodate All Students.


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2018 Environmental Professionals Network Signature Event

On April 16th, 2018, I assisted with the 2018 EPN Signature event following the ENR 2100 Poster Symposium in the Grand Ballroom of the Ohio Union.

The 2018 Environmental Professionals Network Signature Event explored “sustainability through reinvention” Dr. Nadya Zhexembayeva, Chief Reinvention Officer at WE EXIST Reinvention Agency moderated the event and gave personal experience behind redefining the term sustainable. Sustainability and supply chain professionals from three iconic companies (Patagonia, Owens Corning, and Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams) shared how they are working to integrate sustainable business models into their companies.

6th Annual ENR 2100 Poster Symposium

The sixth annual ENR 2100, Introduction to Environmental Science Student Poster Symposium took place on April 16th, 2018 in the Ohio Union Grand Ballroom. Approximately 380 students presented their scientific posters over the course of three sessions from 9:00 am – 11:00 am, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm, and 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm. Students completed peer reviews via Carmen and interacted with teaching assistants, Dr. Lower, and several SENR guests.

Recovering Struggling Students in the Online Course Environment

Audrey Begun and Jennie Babcock of the College of Social Work presented advice for assisting students struggling in online courses. This centered around active engagement and creating a community within the course. They provided tops to monitor student progress, identify who was struggling, and take actionable steps to help them get back on track.

Learning Goals included:

  1. Design courses to prevent student disengagement by front-loading community-building activities.
  2. Recognize signs of student disengagement and struggling in the online context.
  3. Take active steps to engage struggling students with purposeful, effective interventions.