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217 Moulton Hall
800 Hilltop Dr.
Kent, OH 44242

Monday - Friday
9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

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Call: 330-672-2992
Email: fpdc@kent.edu

Events

UPCOMING:

Ken Bain Building The Best: Teachers, Students and Syllabi (Thursday and Friday, November 6 & 7, 2014)

On Thursday evening, Ken Bain, author of “What the Best College Teacher’s Do,” will present an overview of his 15 year extensive study of the practices of nearly 100 college educators. Through both humorous and touching stories of students’ classroom discoveries his presentation will offer insight and inspiration for university professors at various stages in their professional career.

On Friday morning, he will present a workshop on “The Promising Syllabus.” Based on his extensive study of highly successful college educators, Ken Bain has identify critical elements to the course syllabus. In this interactive event he will be working with faculty on how to build a syllabus that reflects these elements. Finally, in his recent book, 'What the Best College Students Do,' he identifies key attitudes that distinguish the best college students from their peers. On Friday afternoon he will outline the critical ideas from this text which includes some of the key research on learning and motivation as well as interviews conducted with highly successful people from a variety of fields.

Additional resources that outline best practices associated with teaching and learning can be found from our recent How to Build a Better Student events.  Please, feel free to check out these resources and we hope to see you in November.

PAST:

Oops...The Scholarly Process of Constructing a Better Learning Environment (April 11, 2014)

Most faculty use trial and error over a series of semesters to identify strategies that enhance student learning.This interactive session will feature faculty colleagues from the Teaching Scholars Program outlining how the development of a scholarly teaching project helped them to become more methodological, proactive, deliberative, and reflective in improving their classroom environments. The event will also include open table discussions with participants on the scholars’ current research which includes: examining ways to deepen online discussions and collaborations, improving student and instructor engagement both face-to-face and online, identifying ways to improve foreign language proficiency, and investigating strategies for purposeful mentoring in field experiences. To find out more about the Teaching Scholars Program or this special event, please visit the Faculty Professional Development Center’s Teaching Scholars' webpage.

Build a Better Student (March 14, 2014)

John Dunlosky, Professor of Psychology and Director of Experimental Training, Katherine Rawson, Associate Professor of Psychology, and Christopher Was, Associate Professor of Educational Psychology have examined the effectiveness of specific learning strategies that are commonly used by students. During the upcoming October event John Dunlosky and Chris Was, will be discussing this research as well as examining specific course structures that will allow faculty to “Build a Better Student” in their classes. Katherine Rawson will be leading a similar discussion during the spring semester. Register now. Space is limited.Join us as John Dunlosky (Fall Learning Institute), Professor of Psychology and Director of Experimental Training, Christopher Was (Fall Learning Institute), Associate Professor of Educational Psychology, and Katherine Rawson (Spring Learning institute), Associate Professor of Psychology suggest strategies for building a better student and a stronger university.

Lunch & Learn: Using Social Media for Networking Your Scholarship (October 18, 2013)

In this session Dr. Tara Smith will provide an overview of different social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, Blogs, etc.), give examples of how each can be used to find online peer/mentors, and finally discuss how social media can be used to publicize your work to open doors for grants, publications, etc.  This interactive session will utilize personal examples and provide participants with ideas on how to get started.  Bring your lunch and find out how to use social media to promote your work.

Fall 2013 Learning Institute (October 11, 2013)

John Dunlosky, Professor of Psychology and Director of Experimental Training, Katherine Rawson, Associate Professor of Psychology, and Christopher Was, Associate Professor of Educational Psychology have examined the effectiveness of specific learning strategies that are commonly used by students. During the upcoming October event John Dunlosky and Chris Was, will be discussing this research as well as examining specific course structures that will allow faculty to “Build a Better Student” in their classes. Katherine Rawson will be leading a similar discussion during the spring semester. Register now. Space is limited.Join us as John Dunlosky (Fall Learning Institute), Professor of Psychology and Director of Experimental Training, Christopher Was (Fall Learning Institute), Associate Professor of Educational Psychology, and Katherine Rawson (Spring Learning institute), Associate Professor of Psychology suggest strategies for building a better student and a stronger university.

How the Brain Learns: Implications for Teaching and Learning

The Office of Continuing and Distance Education and the Faculty Professional Development Center host the How the Brain Learns: Implications for Teaching and Learning.

2013 Summer Fulbright Scholars Program

Each year, a group of selected Fulbright Scholars visit Kent State University. The scholars attend various presentations by various departments in relation to the classroom, technology, and teaching.

View the presentation resources now!

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