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Faculty Conference Focuses on ‘Pillars of Liberal Learning’

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The Hiram College Office of Professional and Graduate Studies hosted the second annual Faculty Development Conference on Oct.11-12, 2013. More than forty faculty members attended the conference.

The conference was centered on the “three pillars of liberal learning” at Hiram College: learning across boundaries, learning in real world situations and learning in a values oriented context. Hiram’s ability to integrate and operationalize these three themes into the classroom is one of the ways a Hiram education can be set apart from other small liberal arts experiences.

“Taken together, the ability to think across boundaries, apply knowledge and learning to real world situations and to foster social responsibility make Hiram graduates exceptionally well-prepared and competitive in a global society,” said Paul Bowers, dean of Professional and Graduate Studies.

The conference kicked off Oct. 11 with three intensive pre-conference sessions for attendees to choose from: Core Curriculum Proposal Development, Transiting to Online Teaching and Learning and Experiential Learning: Bringing Real World Learning Into Your Classroom. These sessions were an opportunity for faculty to focus on the classroom experience, work on a specific project or develop their teaching style. The evening concluded with a networking reception sponsored by The Learning House, Inc., Hiram’s online learning partner and resource.

The conference continued Oct. 12 with a wide range of breakout sessions:

  • Applying Curriculum Mapping in Your Course and Program
  • Beyond the Lecture: Learning in the Real World
  • Transformative Teaching: Reflections from an Online Educator panel

Paul Gasparro, President of Cuyahoga Community College, Eastern Campus gave a lunchtime keynote address: “Articulation is More Than Just an Agreement.”

“Partnerships should be between all of us: high schools, community colleges, and four-year colleges, and partnerships can potentially maximize results and produce more ‘completers,’” he said.

The conference was highly successful and faculty were able to learn from one another while taking away strategies that will impact both their teaching style and the overall student experience in and out of the classroom.

The Faculty Development Conference is supported through the generosity of the Elmer Jagow Endowment for the Weekend College. Joan and Elmer Jagow supported Hiram College in numerous ways. Elmer was instrumental in the creation of the Weekend College and was president of Hiram College from 1966-1985.

View a set of photos from the conference on Flickr.

Learn more about Professional and Graduate Studies at Hiram College.

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