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College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences


Morning Concurrent Session Offerings

Assessment & Evaluation

Room: Franklin

The Devil is in The Details:
Key Considerations in Developing Effective Teaching

Regan Gurung

Dr. Regan Gurung, Associate Vice Provost and Executive Director, Center for Teaching and Learning, Oregon State University
Buckeye Leaf
This session will take a closer look at some of the best practices and common hurdles encountered in the course of implementation and assessment of the effective teaching strategies discussed in the preceding keynote address. This deeper examination of the practical aspects of assessment will provide a chance for symposium attendees to enter a dialogue around assessment that extends beyond discipline-based learning outcomes and into the more holistic elements of the learning experience, with an eye toward sharing some good (keeping the best) and bad (leaving the rest) assessment activities encountered through research and practice.
Creating a Diverse, Equitable, and Inclusive Learning Environment

Room: Conference Theater

The Need for Culturally Responsive Mentoring

Mary Rodriguez

Dr. Mary Rodriguez, Associate Professor, Department of Agricultural Communication, Education, and Leadership

Jera Niewoehner-Green Dr. Jera Niewoehner-Green, Assistant Professor and Program Coordinator for Community Leadership major and Leadership Studies minor, Department of Agricultural Communication, Education, and Leadership
Francesca Hand Dr. Francesca Hand, Associate Professor, Ornamental Pathology and Mentored Teaching Experience Coordinator, Department of Plant Pathology
Buckeye Leaf
With increased efforts to continue to diversify our student population, the likelihood of a student of color having a faculty of color as their mentor is very low. Culturally responsive mentorship supports the faculty member to mentor and support students from different backgrounds than their own. It allows the mentor to reflect on how they mentor, the ways in which power and cultural dynamics affect their engagements, and how to build relationships that can support student success beyond their academic program.
Designing Educational Experiences Beyond the Classroom

Room: Alumni Lounge

Practical Steps to Find Opportunities and Ways for Students to Engage

Ed Nangle

Dr. Ed Nangle, Associate Professor, Horticultural Technologies, CFAES Wooster

Rachael Ramsier

Rachael Ramsier, Associated Faculty and Program Coordinator, Agriscience Education, Community Leadership, CFAES Wooster

Buckeye Leaf
Providing the opportunities for undergraduates to learn beyond the classroom is important for student understanding and context of their future employment. It provides them an opportunity to engage in real-world context and exposes students to a range of experiences they may see as they engage in the profession. In order to attain these opportunities for our undergraduates it is important to build connections within the industry/profession, place students in extra curricular opportunities that match their strengths and interests, communicate expectations to students about professionalism while participating in these types of experiences. During this session I will walk through some of the steps I take to get students involved in their profession beyond their course requirements.
Helping Learning Succeed

Room: Monroe

Student Wellness Center Overview

Arianna Camel

Arianna Camel, Associate Director, Student Wellness Center

Buckeye Leaf
During this presentation, attendees will learn about the Student Life Student Wellness Center including the 10 dimensions of wellness and holistic well-being, office location and contact information, resources available and how to refer, and how we can support staff and faculty in your department in supporting student well-being.
Strategies for Instructional Delivery

Room: Hancock

Instructional Time Management to Maximize Learning

Shannon Washburn

Dr. Shannon Washburn, Professor and Chair, Department of Agricultural Communication, Education, and Leadership

Buckeye Leaf
Most of us know that dedicating adequate time to any given topic or idea is important to the learning process, but did you know that how you structure time within the learning experience (such as at what times within the experience new ideas are presented) can also have an impact on learner retention? This session will focus on research-based methods for structuring the time within an individual learning experience (a single class meeting or workshop) in order to maximize learning. We’ll discuss specific strategies for organizing instructional time to enhance clarity, understanding, and learner engagement while also helping instructors develop a greater sense of influence over what learners learn and remember.
Student Engagement within the Teaching & Learning Exchange

Room: Clinton

AI: Considerations for Teaching and Learning

Chris Manion Dr. Chris Manion, Writing Across the Curriculum Coordinator, Center for the Study of Teaching and Writing
Shari Beck Ms. Shari Beck, Learning Consultant, Digital Learning, Office of Technology and Digital Innovation
Buckeye Leaf

Artificial intelligence (AI) is all around us. If you have used a mobile phone, driven a car with navigation, or asked a virtual assistant to complete a task, chances are you’ve recently used or encountered some form of AI-assisted technology. 

The rapid emergence of applications that leverage AI to gather information, organize ideas, draft prose, and generate media has prompted special consideration for how educators can support both student learning and academic integrity in a world where these tools are increasingly available. 

The insights and guidance provided in this teaching topic will evolve as new information emerges around AI tools and their impact on teaching and learning.