Campus to share teaching, learning strategies at fair

BGSU faculty and students will have the opportunity to share their achievements and innovations in teaching strategies with one another and with regional faculty members at the Teaching and Learning Fair, March 23 in Olscamp Hall. It is the second part of a two-day “Promoting Student Success” event that begins the evening before with the Student Achievement Assessment Committee awards reception from 4-6 p.m. in 101 Olscamp Hall.

“It’s both an opportunity to celebrate our successes and learn from one another about how to continue doing the good things we’re doing for our students,” said Interim Provost Mark Gromko. “Throughout higher education, there has been a lot of growth and changes in the last five years in how faculty think about student learning and assessment, and Bowling Green has been a player in that—from our improved assessment strategies to our BG Experience to our first-year programs, which have all been recognized nationally recently.

“This is a rich environment for faculty and students,” he added. “With all the advances in the field of teaching and learning, we have a proposal for a Ph.D. in the science of learning. It’s currently under review with the appropriate organizations and groups within the University.”

Dr. L. Dee Fink
Dr. L. Dee Fink

With Dr. L. Dee Fink’s keynote address on "The Joy and Responsibility of Teaching Well," the Teaching and Learning Fair also offers the opportunity to hear a leading expert on designing optimal learning experiences.

“Members of the BGSU community are encouraged to come to the talk, and tickets will be available through the center and the college offices,” said Bonnie Fink (no relation), interim director of the Center for Teaching, Learning and Technology. “Dr. Fink is actually premiering a new keynote address at BGSU, which is an exciting addition to the fair.”

L. Dee Fink, formerly of the University of Oklahoma, where he founded the Instructional Development Program, is now a professional consultant specializing in designing learning experiences and in faculty professional development. The author of Creating Significant Learning Experiences: An Integrated Approach to Designing College Courses, he is a former president of the Professional and Organizational Development Network in Higher Education.

His 9:45 a.m. talk in 101 Olscamp Hall will examine what and how faculty teach, their workload and how they allocate their time, and professional identity issues. Fink encourages faculty to see themselves as professional educators as well as subject-matter specialists.

'This is an opportunity for faculty to share what they've learned and be recognized'
-- Mark Gromko, interim provost

Following his presentation, the fair will fill the common areas of Olscamp Hall and some classrooms from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and from 1:30-2:30 p.m., with interactive walk-up presentations, table discussions in which faculty model an active learning activity, and focus rooms for special interest groups such as BG Experience, the Arts Village, Chapman Community, Academic Enhancement, Instructional Support Caucus and the University Libraries.

Open to all, the cross-disciplinary event has been organized by the CTLT staff; Dr. Stephen Langendorfer, director of the BG Perspective program; Dr. David Albrecht, accounting and management information systems; Dr. Mark Earley, School of Leadership and Policy Studies; Provost Associate Dr. Steven Cornelius, and other participants from across campus. “The fair gives us a venue to celebrate exemplary teaching practices of our community of scholars, promote a discussion of best practices in teaching and learning, provide professional development opportunities for our faculty and communicate with our community partners,” according to the organizers.

The day also coincides with the Winter Institute of the Ohio Learning Network, of which BGSU is the northwest regional center, directed by Bonnie Fink. Participating faculty from around the region will be on campus for meetings to share progress and updates on their faculty learning communities.

Consider presenting or plan to attend
BGSU faculty and graduate students who invite discussion about promoting student success through teaching and learning practices are encouraged to participate in the Teaching and Learning Fair. To learn more about the interactive poster presentations, table discussions and focus rooms, and to register, visit the CTLT site at

“This is an opportunity for faculty to share what they’ve learned and be recognized for the innovative, creative work they’ve been doing in teaching and learning,” Gromko said. “They can learn from one another and expand the range of approaches they use in their teaching.”

Student Achievement Assessment recognized
The Student Achievement Assessment Committee awards reception is hosted by Dr. Milt Hakel, Ohio Eminent Scholar in psychology and chair of the Student Achievement Assessment Committee. L. Dee Fink will review posters from the nominated departments and programs and make brief remarks.

“In the 10 years or so since the CTLT has been operating, we have been supporting faculty and encouraging them to explore new pedagogies. In particular, learning can be improved when faculty make connections between assessment and their teaching strategies,” said Gromko.

The event recognizes departments and programs that have demonstrated success in student-centered assessment techniques, and student learning outcomes that reflect effective teaching methods that yield durable learning.

March 12, 2007