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2019 CFAES Teaching & Learning Symposium

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2019 College of Food, Agricultural,
and Environmental Sciences

Teaching & Learning Symposium:
Teaching today's learners

August 13, 2019, 9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Fawcett Center


Thank you to all who participated in the 2019 CFAES Teaching & Learning Symposium!

Below, you will find photos, the program, the agenda, and the session descriptions for the 2017 Symposium. Additionally, the keynote address and some 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 2021. 

The CFAES Teaching & Learning Symposium, supported by the Price Chair in Teaching, Learning, and Advising Endowment, offers professional development for all members of the College teaching community. This community includes faculty, staff, and students with interest and/or responsibilities relating to: instruction, teaching, advising, student evaluation, outreach, etc. The symposium presents concepts, ideas, and examples of teaching excellence and innovation for the advancement of student engagement and learning and the enhancement of effective pedagogy. Through this event, educators as learners are connected to promote and practice the scholarship of teaching, engage in meaningful and authentic teaching-based discourse, and inspire action towards student learning.

The CFAES Teaching & Learning Symposium is supported by the Sanford G. Price and Isabelle P. Barbee Chair in Teaching, Advising and Learning Endowment providing this professional development opportunity for all members of the CFAES teaching community at no charge.

2019 Symposium Program

2019 Symposium Photo Gallery




Check-In starting at
9:00 a.m.

Technology & Resource Café

Directory of Tables

Program information: Technology & Resource Café

At this showcase attendees can research, network, and connect with University teaching and technology resources. Take the opportunity to visit one-on-one with a variety of experts to brainstorm unique challenges or discuss enhancing the experiences you provide learners. Browse, network, and learn while enjoying breakfast (provided).

A general descpription can be found below on this page.

10:00 a.m.

Welcoming Remarks

Dr. Cathann Kress
Vice President for Agricultural Administration & Dean

Keynote Presentation

Program information: Keynote Presentation

Relationships matter: Moving relationship-rich experiences to the center of learning and teaching
Dr. Peter Felten

Assistant Provost for Teaching and Learning, Executive Director of the Center for Engaged Learning, and Professor of History at Elon University

A general descpription can be found below on this page.

11:05 a.m.

Morning Concurrent/Break-Out Sessions

Program information: Morning Sessions 

General descriptions can be found below on this page.

11:50 p.m.


Program information: Lunch Program

Meal and Program
Dr. Gary Pierzynski
Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Education

1:10 p.m.

Early Afternoon Concurrent/Break-Out Sessions

Program information: Early Afternoon Sessions

General descriptions can be found below on this page.

1:55 p.m.

Break (snacks and beverages available)

2:10 p.m.

Mid-Afternoon Concurrent/Break-Out Sessions

Program information: Mid-Afternoon Sessions 

General descriptions can be found below on this page.

3:00 p.m.

Closing Remarks & Professional Development Prizes

Program information: Closing Remarks

Dr. Steve Neal
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

3:20 p.m.


Program Details

Technology & Resource Café  - Explore while enjoying breakfast

Bells and Whistles - Available Electronic Tools to Enhance Your Teaching and Learning Exchanges
In this hands-on launch to the symposium, attendees will have the opportunity to visit one-on-one with a variety of experts showcasing electronic tools available within CFAES and Ohio State to enhance your teaching. This will be a great time to brainstorm solutions to unique challenges you face or other specific goals. Tools that will be available for attendees to review: Pressbooks, iPads, Zoom, Carmen Canvas, TopHat, Virtual Reality, Video Recording and Editing.

Assets to Capitalize Upon When Working to Enhance Your Teaching and Learning Exchanges
Research, network, and connect with University resources associated with teaching practices, affordable learning, learning technologies, hybrid and online education, physical learning spaces, non-traditional student populations, instructional redesign, addressing learner needs, and the scholarship of teaching and learning. Attendees will have the opportunity to interact with University representatives from the University Institute for Teaching and Learning (UITL), Office for Distance Education and eLearning (ODEE), and Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO).

Keynote Presentation

Relationships matter: Moving relationship-rich experiences to the center of learning and teaching
Decades of rigorous research documents the power of relationship-rich learning in higher education. These experiences can occur in many formats and locations, including active learning exercises in a lecture hall, team-based work in a community setting, and mentored research in a laboratory. Relational pedagogies contribute to everything from enhanced disciplinary learning to a clarified sense of purpose, and these positive outcomes have long-term professional, civic, and personal significance for graduates. Yet too often we do not focus our teaching and other work with students on relationship-rich learning experiences. In this interactive session, we will explore the possibility of centering our teaching practices on the power of student-student, faculty-student, and community-student relationships to motivate and deepen learning.

 Session Descriptions

(Listed alphabetically by session title)

The timing for specific offerings, frequency, and location of sessions is yet to determined. Based upon registration feedback only a few sessions might be repeated as morning and/or afternoon options.

Addressing Access, Affordability, Inclusion, and Teaching Through OER and Open Pedagogy

Open Educational Resources (OER) are gaining popularity at universities and colleges. A growing body of evidence demonstrates the positive effects of OER on student learning and teaching (Hilton 2016). This session provides participants with insights on the impact of OER students’ academic performance as well as teaching, moving the discussion beyond a cost savings argument to demonstrating how OER can encourage more effective teaching practices such as open pedagogy and culturally-inclusive teaching.

Barriers and Belonging: Creating Inclusive Learning Pathways for Underrepresented Students in Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences

Explore practical strategies for making food, agricultural, and environmental sciences learning experiences more inclusive. Examine the most common barriers underrepresented students experience from childhood through college (and beyond), strategies to address those barriers, and practices that can facilitate a greater sense of belonging within this field. Focusing on the underrepresented populations of students of color, low income, and first-generation, this presentation will have concrete takeaways for undergraduate, graduate, and outreach education.

Clearing the Path to Success: Engaging the First-Generation Students

Did you know that CFAES has one of the highest percentages of first-generation college students in the university? Participants in this session will learn about the unique learning and engagement needs of first-generation college students. Participants will gain insight on best practices for teaching, advising, and mentoring first-generation students to help enhance their success in higher education.

The Diverse Profiles of Today's Learners: How Can We Support Our Changing Student Populations? 

Gain insight into the students in our classrooms, whether they are online or in-person, campus change or transfer students, working full-time, returning to school, caring for families, or military veterans. What are the opportunities? What are the challenges? This moderated panel discussion will provide an engaging conversation about serving the changing needs of our students.

Enhancing Hands-On Lab Learning Through Technology

Laboratories offer a chance for reduced instructor-to-student ratio and enhanced practical experiences. However, intensive lab activities such as dissections and microscopy
can isolate students on islands during labs as a result of different levels of equipment competency and previous experience. Digital pre-lab media, online recitation strategies, and microscope “screensharing” approaches can unify students in learning experiences.

Epic Win or Epic Flop? Gamification of My Classroom

Student engagement within courses requiring memorization can be challenging. Gamification, as a strategy to increase interest, and, hopefully, engagement, was incorporated into a plant identification course, turning it into a game of Plants vs. Zombies. The ultimate goal of this course redesign was to get students to be internet content generators and not merely absorbers. Join the instructor as she shares her successes and challenges experienced in the redesign and deployment of this new approach.

Kick the Costly Software Habit: Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) for Classroom and Laboratory 

Investigate and discuss Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) as an alternative to proprietary software for learners and educators. Learn the benefits of FOSS, relevant FOSS programs, and how it can be used in your teaching and learning exchanges as well as research laboratories to make learning more accessible.

Learning and Relationships: Practical Strategies

Join the keynote speaker to build on and dive more deeply into research-informed practices that enhance learning and educational relationships for all students. You will leave the workshop with a draft plan for how you can either deepen something you already do or introduce a new practice that will contribute to your students’ success.

Supporting Students: What to Do, When You Don't Know What to Do

Explore helpful methods in recognizing students who may be in distress, how to approach the student with your concerns, and how to refer students for consultation. Discuss helping students access support resources during their times of need.

Using Videos to Enhance Teaching and Learning - Workshop

Learn skills and techniques to produce and use video as a teaching aid and as a student evaluation technique to enhance the teaching and learning process. Participants will learn basic skills to incorporate videos into their instruction with iPads and smart phones.

You are here: Your students are there =>

You’ve spent the summer detailing every key topic and learning outcomes your students need to master through your planned learning experience. Now the big day has come. There is excitement in the air. You line up with all of your learners at the starting line and
‘bang’ you are off and running this teaching and learning marathon. Things are clicking well; the scenery is breath-taking; your content is amazing; but look around and most of the learners are nowhere to be found. Obtain tips on how to help your learners navigate the exchange, have a positive experience, and better attain the outcomes that will set them up for future success.

Zooming for Engagement - Challenges and Possibilities
Hello, are you there? Can you hear me now? Video conferencing can be an amazing tool for expanding your classroom beyond the space in front of you. From recording your lectures to bringing live guests into your classroom from anywhere in the world, Zoom allows meaningful student and instructor interaction even when you can’t be face-to-face. In this session, we’ll practice using Zoom and share tips on how to minimize challenges while encouraging student engagement in this virtual space.