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January 2015

Title: Experiential Learning Inside and Outside of the Classroom

Date: Wednesday, January 28

Time: 9:30 am - 10:45 am

Location: Maple/Dogwood MUC


Kelly Gable (Pharmacy, 2014 Teaching Excellence Award Winner)

Sorin Nastasia (Applied Communication Studies)

Wayne Nelson (ITS Instructional Design and Learning Technology Center)

Workshop Description

Experiential Learning was a main focus of the REALITY projects. Experiential learning connects students with real-life situations in a way that promotes meaningful learning. In this presentation, Wayne Nelson will discuss how to design effective experiential learning projects in and outside of the classroom.  Sorin Nastasia will describe the public relations consulting projects that he facilitates with his undergraduate Capstone students and Kelly Gable will present the form of problem-based learning that she does with her Pharmacy students.


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February 2015

Title: Removing Barriers to Academic Rigor:  Providing Academic Supports to Ensure College Success

Date: Monday, February 9

Time: 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

Location: Hickory/Hackberry MUC


Susanne James (Special Education and Communication Disorders)

Workshop Description

College faculty are challenged with setting high expectations for all students and increasing academic rigor to meet higher standards set by our various disciplines.  Providing academic support with intentional strategies that enable students to benefit from this academically rigorous curriculum is integral.  This workshop will assist college faculty in integrating academic strategies focused on enabling students to meet these standards.

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March 2015

Title: Humor in the Classroom: What Is and Isn't Appropriate

Date: Thursday, March 26

Time: 9:30 am - 10:45 am

Location: Mississippi/Illinois MUC


Alicia Alexander (Applied Communication Studies)

Josie DeGroot Brown (Applied Communication Studies)

Zach Schaefer (Applied Communication Studies)

Workshop Description

The workshop would be based on scholarly research and in-class experiences from the three presenters. The workshop would highlight: (a) the types of humor that are/aren't appropriate for professors to use in the classroom, (b) strategies for managing disruptive student humor, and (c) strategies for blending humor into the classroom to increase student rapport. Because humor is such a pervasive form of communication, this workshop would address a topic that many professors struggle with. It would also provide professors with conceptual and practical strategies for effectively using and responding to different types of humor. 

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For information, contact:
Dr. Lynn Bartels at lbartel@siue.edu or James Beil at jabeil@siue.edu.

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