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Wednesday Wire: April 3, 2019

  1. Innovate X Conference - May 16

    Submitted by Valerie Childress,

    Over the past ten years, the needs and interests of students have changed drastically. Today, they are looking for skills that will serve them well in our changing world, whether that be technological prowess or the courage and dedication necessary to bring about social justice. Are our teaching methods keeping up to meet the needs of these students? How do we keep them engaged in the classroom, and how do we push them to step outside that classroom to make a difference? We’ll explore these questions and more at InnovateX! 
    Join us Thursday, May 16, at the Ohio Union for the 2019 Innovate Conference. We’re celebrating our tenth year with our theme InnovateX, and three threads will be woven in throughout the conference this year: 

    • Excite: How do you keep students engaged and active in their learning? What innovative technologies are available to enrich the learning experience? Get inspired by new ways to make learning exciting for your students. 
    • Explore: Learning doesn't have to be confined to the classroom. Discover ways to get your students out and into the community; how to incorporate problem-based learning, service learning and real-life applications alongside theory; and how global opportunities can take learning to new heights. 
    • Experience: This year at Innovate, we will be highlighting student voices as they share their experiences with inventive teaching methods and technology in the classroom. From traditional to online students, to those equipped with technology kits, find out what makes an excellent educational experience from the student perspective. 

    Be sure to reserve your spot at this year’s Innovate Conference! 

  2. Teaching with an iPad

    Submitted by Valerie Childress,

    May 2, 2019

    Skou Hall 206

    10:00 - 11:30 a.m.

     This workshop will focus on how to teach with an iPad but will also include information about the basic features of an iPad, apps for education, and hands-on practice with some activities. There will also be some time for faculty and staff to share how they are using iPads for education. Please bring your iPad or borrow one of ours. 

  3. Webinar: FY19 Highed Education Challenge Grant Program

    Submitted by Kris Boone,

    The National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) is hosting a webinar for applicants interested in the Higher Education Challenge (HEC) Grants Program for FY 2019. HEC focuses on improving formal, baccalaureate, or master’s degree level food, agricultural, natural resources, and human sciences education and first professional degree-level education in veterinary medicine. Applications must be received by 5:00 PM EDT on Monday, May 27, 2019. More information on this funding opportunity is available on NIFA’s website

    Event Details

    Date: Wednesday, April 10, 2019 -  2:30 pm to 3:30 pm EDT

    No need to register. Follow the HEC Webinar link to join.

    Call-in Number: 1-888-844-9904

    Access Code: 204 647 3


    Questions? Contact Dr. Joyce Parker

  4. Lab Demonstrator position

    Submitted by Valerie Childress,

     If you know of anyone interested in the Lab Demonstrator position, please send them the job information link: 

    Reporting to the Division Chair for Arts, Science, and Business at the Agricultural Technical Institute (ATI), the Lab Demonstrator prepares materials for, sets up, and cleans up instructional laboratories for chemistry, biology, botany, entomology, bioenergy, and microbiology courses; occasionally assists with specific horticulture and agricultural laboratory functions; maintains and orders the inventory of chemicals, supplies, and equipment and monitors related budget; calibrates equipment and performs routine maintenance of equipment; maintains and monitors lab safety requirements, university policies, OSHA regulations and compliance; supervises and trains student employees; participates in university committees including the safety committee.

  5. Voice Your Opinion on Teaching and Learning Tools

    Submitted by Valerie Childress,

    The Office of Distance Education and eLearning (ODEE) is seeking faculty members to participate in an online focus group at 3 p.m on either April 9 or 11 (depending on your college). Participants will be asked to share their opinions on teaching and learning tools and services. This feedback will be used to inform strategic planning for ODEE and will benefit all instructors and students at Ohio State. Your feedback is very valuable. Apply to participate today! 
       Queenie Chow 
       The Ohio State University 
       Office of Distance Education and eLearning 
       614-292-6884 Mobile |