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CAHNRS News – July 24, 2009

Posted by | July 24, 2009

Experiential Learning Workshop Series

Refresh, energize and ramp up for your fall semester teaching opportunities with two workshops based on concepts involving experiential education. Anyone in CAHNRS may attend the first workshop, however seating is limited. Attendance in “Improve Your Impact through Play” is required to be eligible to attend “Content and Experience.”

These workshops will provide an opportunity for you to engage students in activities that improve their retention and comprehension of your course content.

Improve Your Impact through Play: Invigorating Student Curiosity, Confidence and Engagement through Experiential Education

The intention of the workshop is to support instructors with practical approaches that spark students’ imaginations and interests while prompting them to be responsible learners.
Expected outcomes of the workshop include:

  1. Hands-on experience in practical methods that you can immediately apply in your classroom.
  2. Learning how rigorous play enhances learning outcomes.

Using activities based on research results, we will explore concepts of experiential education through group activities, as well as how to practically apply these activities in your classroom, lab or work environment. We’ll examine what types of learning environments you can create by exploring ways to invigorate students’ curiosity, while instilling in them a sense of confidence as learners and emerging scholars.
This workshop was offered last year to overwhelming popularity and success. We are offering it again this year as an introduction or refresher to the basic concepts of experiential education—yet all of the activities will be new from last year’s workshop.
Seating is limited to the first 30 registrants, so please sign up early.

Date: Friday, August 21, 2009
Time: 9 a.m. to 12 noon
Location: CUE 419

Note: We’ll break and give people the opportunity to attend WSU’s All Campus Picnic

Content and Experience: Finding the Balance

Using the practical applications explored in the morning workshop, we will develop targeted strategies that both complement and support your specific classroom needs. By the end of the workshop, you will leave with the knowledge and materials you need to enhance the impact of both the delivery and retention of your course content.

During this workshop, you will convert a current assignment into one that incorporates experiential education. Please bring your syllabus, an assignment you want to change, and any person who supports you in your teaching: colleagues, teaching assistants, etc. We’ll be working in small groups so that each participant has an opportunity to see their assignment from a new perspective with new ideas and energy to spark student engagement and learning.

Seating is limited to the first 30 registrants, so please sign up early.

Date: Friday, August 21, 2009
Time: 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Location: Todd 276

Both workshops are free of charge; however, enrollment is limited. Seats will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. The workshops are open to faculty, graduate students, and staff from CAHNRS who are involved in student instruction and mentoring. Please RSVP to Becky Dueben at or 509 335 8403 to reserve your seat.

I definitely will be attending this event, and I truly hope to see you there.

Kim Kidwell


The UI/WSU School of Food Science Product Development Team won first place in the Danisco Knowledge Award competition for 2009.

Associate professors of plant pathology Dr. Lindsey du Toit and Dr. Debbie Inglis and extension specialist Dr. Carol Miles were featured in the spring 2009 newsletter of the Seattle chapter of American Women in Science (AWIS). Jessica Gigot, who got her MS with Dr. Inglis and is now working for her PhD in the WSU Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture, wrote the article.