Learning Commons SUBJECT GUIDES

Faculty Teaching & Learning Series

9am - 11am

Mindful Practices for Well-Being

Wynne Kinder

This session will offer Mindful Practices for Well-being including how to:

  • Practice self-awareness and regulation to maintain inner balance and resilience.
  • Understand the critical connection between their own stress levels and nervous systems and those of their students.
  • Integrate mindfulness-based approaches that can strengthen personal/professional skills – in and out of the classroom.

11:30 - 12:30

Reflecting, Redistributing & Redefining Learning

Jessica Edonick

Over time, the classroom has become the central point where the acquisition of knowledge, skills, and tools is supposed to take place. But where does the classroom structure come from? Are we actually providing environments where students can learn? Is learning actually the acquisition of knowledge? Let’s find out! Participants will take part in discussions and information sharing on what students are experiencing in the classroom as it relates to their identities, self-narratives, health, and wellness, as well as cognitive abilities.

1:00 - 3:00

Why DIY cultural responsiveness? The Art and Design of Effective Cultural Responsiveness

Dr. Courtney Plotts

This interactive workshop will demonstrate the pitfalls and barriers to cultural responsiveness. Participants will gain knowledge and applicable skills in cultural responsiveness that are small changes to what they are currently doing in their professional practice. Guided practice and small group discussion are included.

3:15 - 4:15

Wellness for Students and Teachers in Today's Tech Classroom

Dawn M. Cox, PT, MSPT, CFMT

A physical therapist’s perspective on wellness tips and postural strategies for students and teachers in today’s tech classroom.

4:30 - 5:30


6:00 - 7:30

Using Open Broadcaster Software (OBS) to Stream Live Content

Ellie Cochran

Open Broadcaster Software, or OBS for short, is a free and open-source program for streaming live content to web platforms such as YouTube and Twitch. It’s used by indie video game streamers and professional content production studios alike and can be impressively powerful when used creatively. This workshop will cover the use of OBS for live streaming video content, as well as tips and tricks for running a professional-quality stream.

Friday, June 18

9am - 10:30am

Demystifying the Learner: Neurodiversity, Executive Function, & Learning Interference

Amy Faust

This interactive session is designed to provide educators with an opportunity to co-construct a holistic framework on which we can build universally supportive pedagogy. We will discuss several unique learning challenges common to college students and begin to expand our understanding of neurodiversity. We will explore executive function & dysfunction and the crucial implications of the prefrontal cortex for emerging adults. Finally, as a group, we will begin a deep dive into the possible layers of interference college students may experience.

11:00 - 12:00

Inviting Our Students Back with Engagement Practices

William Illingworth

In this session, we will investigate what it means to engage our students through several specific practices. We will consider the impact these practices will have on welcoming our students back into the physical classroom so that we can reduce anxiety and improve the classroom experience. These ideas will include reflections on remote instruction during the COVID-19 pandemic and how we might incorporate helpful digital practices into the physical world.

1:00 - 2:00

The White Noise that Organizes Us

Jeremy Vaughn

In this session, we will be looking at technology that promotes concentration, reading comprehension, and proofing. We will be looking at time management tools that can be accessed on a desktop and mobile app. These tools can be adopted to the needs of a class or individual student or for personal use.

 2:15 - 3:15

Fostering Mental Wellness in the Classroom

Dr. Debbie Ribera

Focusing on mental wellness allows us to create inclusive classrooms that promote healthy behaviors, but many of us are not sure of our place in addressing issues of mental health with our students. This interactive workshop will help participants understand the why and the how of implementing mental wellness practices into courses. From considering syllabus statements to developing skills-based resilience practices, participants will identify specific strategies they can use throughout their courses.

3:30 - 4:30


Douglas Witmer