2017 CFAES Price Chair in Teaching, Learning, and Advising Symposium

2017 Teaching and Learning Symposium

2017 College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences Price Chair in Teaching, Learning, and Advising Symposium: Enhancing the Learning Experience

August 15, 2017, 9:30 a.m. - 3:15 p.m.

Fawcett Center

Thank you to all who participated in the 2017 Price Chair Symposium!

Below, you will find photos, the program, the agenda, and the session descriptions for the 2017 Symposium. Additionally, two of the session presentations are available as PDFs. Please click on the session name to view.

For those of you who missed the Symposium, our next Symposium will be held in 2019. Forthcoming information about the 2019 Symposium will be posted under our Teaching and Learning page on the Office for Teaching, Learning, and Assessment's website. 

2017 Price Chair Symposium Photo Gallery

2017 Symposium Program (pdf)




8:00 a.m.

Pre-symposium meetings

1. Columbus units advising session (SENR will hold their session apart from the Symposium)
2. Graduate education session

9:30 a.m.

Continental Breakfast and Registration

10:00 a.m.

Symposium Welcome

1. Dr. Linda Martin, Associate Dean and Director, CFAES Academic Programs
2. Dr. Bruce McPheron, Executive Vice President and Provost

10:15 a.m.

Keynote Speaker

Dr. Marlene Strathe, Professor and Director of the School of Education, Iowa State University

11:15 a.m.

Morning Breakout Sessions

1. Assessment 101: Demystify concepts and best practices. Speaker: Dr. Kathryn Plank

2. Advising through the eyes of the first-year student. Speaker: Mr. Bernie Savarese

3.The Assessment Cycle: Know where you are and what to do next. Speaker: Dr. Thomas Mitchell

4. We build it - They came - What exactly did they do? A look at what research is uncovering from student use of a collaborative learning object repository. Speakers: Dr. Deana Namuth-Covert and Ms. Amy Kohmetscher

12:00 p.m.


1. Dr. Linda Martin, Associate Dean and Director, CFAES Academic Programs: CFAES Academic Programs Update

2. Dr. Randy Smith, Vice Provost for Academic Programs: Update on University policies, The University Institute for Teaching and Learning, etc.

3. Dr. Catherine P. Montalto, Associate Professor, College of Education and Human Ecology, Department of Human Sciences: Update on the review of the General Education requirements at Ohio State.

4. NEW! Announcement of the 2017 CFAES Student Learning Outcomes Assessment Award of Distinction

5. Online Learning Tools Gallery (Coach's Club)

1:30 p.m.

Early Afternoon Breakout Sessions

1. An exportable model for ongoing program assessment and improvement. Speaker: Dr. Ross MacDonald

2. Teaching with Technology: 3 techniques to liven up your lessons. Speakers: Ms. Valerie Childress

3. Leadership incubators: Advising undergraduate student organizations. Speaker: Dr. Catherine P. Montalto

4. Bringing the pits to online learning: At home labs in soil science and other dirty tales. (90 minutes). Speaker Dr. Ron Reuter

2:15 p.m.

Break (snacks and beverages available)

2:30 p.m.

Mid-Afternoon Breakout Sessions

1. eLearning in the College of Nursing: Online program design, implementation, and marketing. Speakers: Ms. Joni Tornwall, Ms. Melissa Weber, and Mr. Awais Ali

2. Student Centered Advising: What does "Student Development Theory" tell us? Speakers: Dr. Caryn Filson and Dr. Susie Whittington

3. Why we assess: Assessment results make a difference. Speakers: Dr. Pasha Lyvers Peffer and Dr. Warren Flood

4. *Continuation of Early-Afternoon Session: Bringing the pits to online learning. Speaker: Dr. Ron Reuter

3:15 p.m.

Symposium adjorned

Post-Symposium Events with Dr. Ron Reuter, Oregon State University

Wednesday, August 16, 2017


8:00 a.m.

Leave Columbus to visit London, OH soil pit

8:30 - 10:30 a.m.

Soil pit discussion and how to do labs online


1:00 p.m.

Lunch with ATI/OARDC Faculty

2:30 p.m.

Discussion about online education

4:00 p.m.

Tour Ryan's Equipment

Session Descriptions

Pre-Symposium Workshops

CFAES Undergraduate Advising Meeting

Speaker: Dr. Steve Neal, Assistant Dean, CFAES Academic Affairs

Resources and updates will be provided to assist Columbus campus College academic advisors and support staff in preparing for the new academic year. College Academic Programs staff will provide important information. Advising folders for new students will be distributed.

CFAES Graduate Education Meeting
Speaker: Eric Bode, CFAES Senior FIscal Officer
Dr. Scott Herness, Interim Vice Provost and Dean, The Ohio State University Graduate School
Dr. Charles Goebel, Interim CFAES Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Education
Dr. Warren Flood, Senior Manager, CFAES Academic Programs Office for Teaching, Learning, and Assessment

During this session Eric Bode, CFAES Senior Fiscal Officer, will show attendees the new funding model being proposed for graduate associateships. The group will also hear from Scott Herness on the final report from the campus conversations on graduate education. Warren Flood will explain the process for assessment of graduate programs. Charles Goebel will lead brainstorming groups to gather information on the unit’s viewpoint of what the College should be supporting in graduate education.

Morning Breakout Sessions

Advising through the eyes of the first-year student
Speaker: Mr. Bernie Savarese, Director of The Ohio State University Orientation and First Year Experience

New first year students experience many challenges as they adjust to the collegiate environment. Academic advisors are in a unique position to assist students with this transition. Participants will gain a better understanding of student development and their needs during the first year of college life, and will be better equipped to help students successfully navigate the first year.

Assessment 101: Demystify concepts and best practices
Speaker: Dr. Kathryn Plank, Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning, Otterbein University

What do we mean by program learning outcomes assessment, and what is its value to our teaching and to our students? How does the assessment process work? What is the language of assessment, and which methods are encouraged at OSU as best practices? What are some reliable ways that the assessment process can e used to enhance the learning experiences of our students? This session will highlight these basic principles as a guide for using assessment as a tool for success in teaching and learning.

The Assessment Cycle: Know where you are and what to do next
Speaker: Dr. Thomas Mitchell, Professor, Department of Plant Pathology

This session will help programs determine where in the Assessment Cycle they are currently operating and then discuss with examples how to move to the next steps. Participants will be asked to identify their current position in the cycle and then develop plans on how to advance. Specific examples of how other programs matriculated through the cycle and techniques used will be presented.

We build it - They came - What exactly did they do? A look at what research is uncovering from student use of collaborative learning object repository
Speakers: Dr. Deana Namuth-Covert, Professor, ATI and CFAES Director of Online Education and Outreach and Ms. Amy Kohmetscher, Instructional Development Specialist, ATI

A learning object repository is a collection of stand-along learning materials, such as video clip, animation, or eLession, that can be shared by authors/instructors and repackaged for multiple learning audiences. We'll look a the Plant and Soil Sciences eLibrary repository, a collaboration of 17 universities and industry partners that attracts 600,000+ global visitors yearly from students, teachers, extension, the public, science professionals, etc. We'll look at research from this 18-year project which is uncovering insignts into how materials are being used. Insights and surprises uncovered so far from data collected from this federally funded databased repository will be shared including knowledge gain measurements in face-to-face and online environments, as well as learning style approaches students employ.

Early Afternoon Breakout Sessions

An exportable model for ongoing program assessment and improvement
Speaker: Dr. Ross MacDonald, Academic Program Specialist, Department of Entomology

Integration of program assessment into other program improvement efforst can be done efficiently and benefically. This session overviews a model process by which a significant portion of assessment for a graduate program can be integrated into advisor's individual student progress reports, formal confidential discussions with exiting students, and the development and use of an alumni advisory committee. By the end of this session, participants will understand the underlying construct of the model currently in use in OSU's Entomology Department and will be given access to templates by which to adapt and implement the model, including instructions, process descriptions, questionnaires, sample emails, surveys, and report templates.

Teaching with Technology: 3 techniques to liven up your lessons
Speaker: Ms. Valerie Childress, Instructional Aids Associate, ATI

Techology can never replace good teaching but it can help to enhance the experience. Students of today have grown up using a variety of technology tools in and out of the classroom. So when they enter higher education institutions, they expect to tuse these tools and more. Join members of the CFAES e-Team in learning about various technologies used in face-toface and distance courses to create an interactive atmosphere. During this session you will be introduced to several educaitonal technologies, be shown how they have been used in CFAES courses, and how you might be able to adopt them for your courses.

Leadership incubators: Advising undergraduate student organizations
Speaker: Dr. Catherine P. Montalto, Associate Professor, Department of Human Sciences, College of Education and Human Ecology

Providing opportunities for students to develop sound leadership skills in an important element of the college experience. Developing core leadership competencies is critical for the future success of graduates. Examples fo using undergraduate clubs and organizations to provide opportunities for students to discover, practice and enrich their leadership capabilities will be presented.

Bringing the pits to online learning: At home labs in soil science and other dirty tales (90 minutes)
Speaker: Dr. Ron Reuter, Associate Professor, Oregon State University, Cascades Natural Resources

Science happens in kitchens all over the world every hour of the day - and hardly anybody thinks anything about it. Soil science, while complex in theory, can be explored at the beginner's level in a kitchen, in a hands-on way, with very simple tools, and provide the same amount of insight as a class at an R1 university teaching lab. We will try out some simple experiments and engage our creativity to explore new way sof learning hands-on science, without the science lab. And they we will know if this can be translated to the online learner to provide an effective, affordable experiential education.

Mid-Afternoon Breakout Sessions

eLearning in the College of Nursing: Online program design, implementation, and marketing
Speakers: Ms. Joni Tornwall, Manager of Instructional Services, Ms. Melissa Weber, Special Project Director, Marketing and Communications and Mr. Awais Ali, Director of Information Technology and Business Systems, College of Nursing

The College of Nursing had launched several successful online programs and courses, and continues to add to their online academic options. Join three key members of their team to hear more about how online offerings at the College of Nursing are designed, implemented, and marketed. Find out how they approach instructional design, provide infrastructure and IT support, and market their online academic and professional development opportunities.

Student Centered Advising: What does "Student Development Theory" tell us?
Speakers: Dr. Caryn Filson, Lecturer and Dr. Susie Whittington, Professor, Department of Agricultural Communication, Education, and Leadership

Throgh research, we are informed of students' changing developmental needs across the college career. Assisting students in that development is an expectation of academic advisors. Participants will gain insight into thoughtfully advising students across the span of their development.

Why we assess: Assessment results make a difference
Speakers: Dr. Pasha Lyvers Peffer, Associate Professor and Interim Associate Chair, Department of Animal Sciences and Dr. Warren Flood, CFAES Senior Manager, Teaching, Learning, and Assessment

Once learning outcomes assessment findings are collected, of what use are they? We know assessment results are intended to inform improvements in the learning experiences of our students. However, for many programs, assessment data has not been integrated into decision-making processes and revisions. In this session, presenters will share a series of useful examples from their experiences in which assessment results were communicated, did inform programmatic and curricular revisions, and enhanced educaitonal quality. Participants will be able to adapt these examples for their departments.

*Continuation of Early Afternoon Session - Bringing the pits to online learning
Speaker: Dr. Ron Reuter