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Faculty Idea Exchange

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The Faculty Idea Exchange (FIX) is the Columbus State annual summer conference that provides a forum where faculty and staff can share and compare best teaching practices.  The FIX is hosted by the OAA Instructional Success Committee, and is held at the CSCC Center for Workforce Development at the Columbus State downtown campus.

Call for Proposals (Deadline: May 5, 2017)

We are now accepting submission proposals for FIX 2017.  This year’s conference theme is the Science of Learning. The OAA Instructional Success Committee encourages faculty to consider presenting and is actively seeking proposals based on the field of learning (e.g., motivation, effective study strategies, teaching best practices, etc.). Strategies that are applicable across all disciplines are preferred. Presentations should be 50 minutes in length, including some time for questions. Please complete the information below to submit a proposal. Conference representatives will contact you about the status of your proposal.  Click here to submit a proposal for FIX 2017.

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Conference Registration

Click here to register for FIX 2017 – June 9, 2017 at the CSCC Center for Workforce Development from 9 am-2 pm.  This year we are proud to feature the keynote address and plenary workshop by The Learning Scientists – Megan Smith, PhD and Cindy Wooldridge, PhD.  They are cognitive psychologists renowned for their research on education and authors of the popular blog by the same name.  Their main focus is on the science of learning, including how to motivate students to study, investigate the use of effective study and teaching strategies, and decrease negative news of testing.  All full-time and adjunct faculty are encouraged to attend this annual professional development opportunity.  Registration is free.  Continental breakfast and boxed lunch will be provided.

 + Past FIX Conferences

FIX Logo The 2016 FIX was held on June 17 and the theme was "The Science of Teaching." The keynote speaker was Dr. James Lang, Director of the Center for Teaching Excellence at Assumption College and Series Editor for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education.  Dr. Lang is also the author of several books about teaching, including Small Teaching: Everyday Lessons from the Science of Learning and Cheating Lessons. You can see video of Lang's previous visit to Columbus State where he discussed the relationship between how we teach and student academic integrity.

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The 2015 FIX focused on Critical Thinking with 16 faculty presentations and presentation by Ms. Connie Wolfe – Dean of Arts & Sciences at Surry Community College in Dobson, NC.

Ms. Wolfe is a leader of Surry’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.  

Here is a recording of Ms. Connie Wolf's keynote presentation Challenging Our Students and Ourselves to Think Critically.

(Scroll ahead to approximately 21:20 for an introduction of the FIX followed by Ms. Wolfe's keynote.)

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