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Faculty Idea Exchange

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Hello, colleagues!

Registration for the 2015 Faculty Idea Exchange (FIX) is now open! This year’s FIX is scheduled for Friday,June 19,  from 9:00 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. at the Columbus State Conference Center, fourth floor WD.  All full-time faculty, adjunct faculty, and staff are invited for this annual professional development opportunity.

 Click here to register.  

As always for this event, registration is free. 

The FIX is a summer conference hosted by the OAA Instructional Success Committee that provides a forum where faculty can share and compare best teaching practices.  This year’s theme is Critical Thinking, and there are 16 wonderful presentations scheduled for the conference.  Select breakfast items and lunch will be provided.

In addition, we are pleased to announce that the keynote speaker will be Ms. Connie Wolfe – Dean of Arts & Sciences at Surry Community College in Dobson, NC and leader of the college’s critical thinking initiative. For the last ten years, she has consulted with many colleges in the development and implementation of critical thinking initiatives, and has worked in association with the Foundation for Critical Thinking.  She is also scheduled to give a plenary talk concerning best strategies in which to enhance critical thinking within the classroom. 

Don’t miss out on this special event.  Register for FIX today!

FIX Schedule at a Glance

8:30-9:00 a.m.

Breakfast and coffee

Conference Center Lobby - WD fourth floor

9:00-9:50 a.m.

Opening Session
Welcome and Keynote Address
Connie Wolfe, Dean of Arts & Sciences at Surry Community College, Dobson, NC

Conference Center Ballroom

10:00-10:50 a.m.

Session 1

see page 14

11:00-11:50 a.m.

Session 2
Plenary Workshop: Strategies for Fostering Critical Thinking
Connie Wolfe

Conference Center Ballroom
see page 26

12:00-12:30 p.m.


Conference Center Ballroom

12:30-1:20 p.m.

Session 3

see page 28

1:30-2:20 p.m.

Session 4

see page 42

2:20-2:45 p.m.

Commitment to Action

Registration Table (Certificates of Attendance will be available at the Registration Table upon completion of the Commitment to Action form.)


Scheduled Presentations

  • Keynote Address: Challenging Our Students and Ourselves to Think Critically – Connie Wolfe, Surry (NC) Community College
  • Plenary Session: Strategies for Fostering Critical Thinking – Connie Wolfe
  • Myths and Realities Regarding Critical Thinking – Christopher Wilson, Humanities
  • Blended, Flipped Classrooms, and Problem-Based Learning. Oh my! – Heather Johnston, Psychology
  • Self-Regulated Classrooms: Fantastic or Failure? – Mary Lewis, Psychology
  • In-Class Mini-Projects: Teaching Students How to Think Academically – Joan Petrusky, English
  • Critical Thinking/Practical Applications – John Edwards, Business Management
  • Active and Collaborative Learning Panel – Joan Petrusky (English), Jennifer Nardone (Humanities), Amy Ng (Social Sciences), Andrea Pifher (Respiratory Care)
  • Try out CSCC’s Critical Thinking Course – ASC 1190 – Heather Johnston, Psychology
  • General Education Assessment – Adam Moskowitz, Social Sciences
  • Playtime!  Using Play in the Classroom to Encourage Critical Thinking – Elycia Taylor, Communication
  • Student Choice in the Classroom – Stephen Logan, English
  • A Pluralist Critical Reasoning Approach to Promote Civil Discourse About Controversial Issues – Edgar Velez, Humanities
  • My Opinion is a Fact: Helping Struggling Readers Analyze College Texts – Lauren Jones, Developmental Education
  • Teach It With Music – Scott Millsap, Communication
  • HIMT Digital Showcase – Lisa Cerrato, HIMT
  • Practicing Critical Thinking in a Diverse Learning Environment – Tom Moffitt, Business Programs
  • When Lab Experiments Do Make Sense – Sam Andriani, Biological and Physical Sciences








FIX Archives

You can view recordings of all the 2014 FIX presentations here.