February 2, 2017 at 6:15 pm

Perfecting Pedagogical Practices Conference | Feb. 24

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In a interdepartmental effort to generate conversation among graduate instructors about best practices in teaching, tips, and classroom activities, graduate students from the College of Arts and Sciences will host the Second Annual Graduate Student Pedagogy Conference, “Perfecting Pedagogical Practices,” on Friday, Feb. 24, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Friends of the Library Room, Alden 319.

The conference seeks to create a space for practitioners to talk about what they do in their pedagogy, what they have tried in class, and what has proven successful. This one-day event provides an opportunity for presenters to share their best practices as teachers and foster discussion of pedagogical practices. Ohio University graduate students representing departments from across the College of Arts and Sciences, the Patton College of Education, the Scripps College of Communication, and the Russ College of Engineering and Technology will cover topics including fostering critical thinking skills, active learning, and developing teacher-student relationships.

Dr. Loran Marsan, Visiting Assistant Professor of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, will be the conference’s featured keynote speaker. Her talk, “Queering Pedagogy and Knowledge Production in the Classroom: Creating Praxis-Oriented Courses,” will be held from 12:30-1:30 p.m. The conference will also feature two workshops throughout the day, “Lesson Plan B: Teaching Spontaneously,” led by Dr. Linda Rice, and “Using Blackboard Effectively,” led by Patrick Mose and Jeffrey Harmison of the Office of Instructional Innovation.

Graduate students and faculty from all disciplines are invited to attend. Refreshments will be provided. Registration is not required to attend the presentations, but the conference organizers ask that those who wish to attend either of the two workshops register for free at the conference website. Space in the workshops is limited, so please register as soon as possible.

More information, including a schedule of presentations, may be found on the conference website. Follow the conference on Facebook and on Twitter (@OHIOPPPC). Questions may be directed to Kelly Masterson, Planning Committee Chair, at The schedule for the event is provided below:

Perfecting Pedagogical Practices Conference 2017

Friday, February 24

Friends of the Library Room, Alden 319

8-8:30 a.m.  Registration–coffee and pastries available

8:35-9:30 a.m. Panel 1: Fostering Critical Thinking through Activities and Assignments (Alden 319)

  • 1A: “Breaking Down Breaking News: A Classroom Game for Simulating Evolving Settings,” Ken Ward
  • 1B: “How to Write Good Discussion Questions and Teach Students to Do It Themselves,” Claire Eder
  • 1C: “Social Justice by the Numbers: Creating Calculus Problems Where It Counts,” Colleen Carman

9:40-10:35 a.m. Panel 2a: Fanfic and Fashion: Developing Analysis with Popular Culture (Alden 319)

  • 2A: “Connecting Popular Culture to the Past Using a Historic Costume Collection,” Sierra Holt
  • 2B: “Creative Writing in the Classroom?: An Experience with Fanfiction in Freshmen Composition,” Tanner Sebastian
  • 2C: “Using Harold Brent’s Dialectical Materialist Analysis Method for Analyzing Ads in the FYC Classroom,” Garrett Cummins

9:40-10:35 a.m. Panel 2b: Active Learning and Mathematical Pedagogy (Alden 301U)

Colleen Carman, Rebin Muhammad, and Javier Ronquillo

10:45-11:40 a.m.   Panel 3: Incorporating UDL into Online Instruction (Alden 319)

  • 3A: “Introduction to the R2D2 Model,” Jennifer Ottley
  • 3B: “Demonstration of R2D2 Activities,” Clarissa Bunch
  • 3C: “Utilizing the R2D2 Model for Assessing All Learners,” Sara Hartman

10:45-11:40 a.m. Workshop 1: Lesson Plan B: Teaching Spontaneously (Alden 301U)

Led by Dr. Linda J. Rice, Professor and Director of the Master of Arts in English Online for High School Teachers


12:00-1:30 p.m. Lunch and Keynote Address: “Queering Pedagogy and Knowledge Production in the Classroom: Creating Praxis-Oriented Courses”

Dr. Loran Marsan, Visiting Assistant Professor of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies


2:00-2:55 Panel 4: Flipped Classroom from Counselor Education Doctoral Students’ Perspectives

Rebecca Smith, Simone Hicks, and Huan-Tang Lu


2:00-2:55 Workshop 2: Using Blackboard More Effectively

Led by Becky Simons and Michael Roy, Ohio University Office of Instructional Innovation


3:05-4:00 Panel 5: Developing Teacher-Student Relationships

5A: “LGBTQ Training for Outdoor Educators: Teaching Strategies Educators Can Utilize to Create Positive and Safe Environments for LGBTQ Participants,” Marek Samblanet

5B: “We Can Relate: Using Hip-Hop to Build Relationships with Students,” Jason D. Rawls

5C: “The Student as Storyteller: The Effect of Affect on Instructional Relationships,” Rebekah Crawford

5D: “Relabeling and Familiarizing in Education,” Connor Zingarelli



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