2018 Ohio-PKAL Annual Conference

Promoting Effective Learning in a Diverse STEM Environment

May 19, 2018
University of Mount Union
Giese Center for the Performing Arts
Alliance, OH 44601

Join us for the Ohio Project Kaleidoscope (OH-PKAL) 4th annual one-day conference, Promoting Effective Learning in a Diverse STEM Environment on Saturday May 19, 2018.  The conference is conveniently located at the University of Mount Union in Alliance, Ohio.

The day includes a vibrant program of oral presentations, posters, lunch table discussions, and workshops promoting evidence-based practices across five important themes:

  • Fully Realizing Talents: Supporting Talented STEM Students from Diverse Backgrounds
  • Promoting Effective Learning Across Teaching Environments
  • Metacognition in a Diverse Environment
  • Bridging the Gap: Ensuring Successful STEM Transitions
  • Trailblazing Technology to Enhance STEM Learning.

The conference will open with Dr. Melvin Hall’s keynote address: “Promoting Effective Learning in a Diverse STEM Environment: Hidden Factors That Undermine Your Success”. Dr. Hall is Professor of Educational Psychology at Northern Arizona University, and Senior Scholar in AAC&U’s Office of Undergraduate STEM Education. The keynote kicks off a day of oral presentations, posters, lunch table discussions, and workshops. (See the program).

This year the conference features long-form workshops at no additional charge.

  • Which Instrument Should We Use? Assessing Classroom Observation Protocols
  • Bolts of Integrating Metacognitive Learning Strategies into STEM Courses
  • Investigating How Student Dispositions Affect STEM Retention at Your Institution
  • Applying what we know from cognitive science and discipline-based education research to inform teaching
  • Getting Started in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL)

To review the conference schedule with session titles and abstracts, please visit the program here.

Conference Registration and Fees

The conference registration fee is $85 for professionals with travel support and $65 for students or professionals without travel support. This fee includes all conference sessions and workshops, continental breakfast, lunch, and conference materials. Conference registration is online. Click here to register. Registration deadline: April 30, 2018.

Lodging

Campus housing is available at the University of Mount Union. Residence hall housing can be selected and paid online when registering for the meeting. Rates for rooms are:

  • "Super" Single (room for one person with private bath) - $50 per person/per night
  • Single (room for one person with shared bath) - $39 per person/per night

Residence hall guests can bring their own linens or rent them for $12.50. Linens include 2 flat sheets, 1 pillow case, 2 washcloths and two bath towels.

  • Holiday Inn Express & Suites Alliance (located 2 miles west of campus)
    2341 West State Street, Alliance, Ohio 44601      (330-821-6700)
    Mention “Ohio PKAL” or click here to get the discounted hotel rate.
    (Reservation needs to be made before April 15th)
     
  • Hampton Inn & Suites Alliance (1.5 miles west of campus)
    1831 West State Street, Alliance, Ohio, 44601 (330-680-4052)
    Ask for University of Mount Union rate. 
    (Reservation needs to be made before April 15th).

Additional hotels are  located in the Alliance and near Canton, Ohio, about 20 miles west of campus.
 

Questions can be directed to the Conference Chair 

Mark McNaught
2018 OH-PKAL Conference Chair
Associate Professor and Chair
Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences
University of Mount Union
Alliance, OH 44601
(330)  829-8226
OH-PKAL@aacu.org

 

OH-PKAL STEM Educator Award 2018

Ohio PKAL seeks nominations for the 2018 STEM Educator Award.  This award recognizes excellence and innovation in the field of STEM education at the college level. One Ohio STEM educator is honored annually and will receive a $500 award. The recipient will be recognized during the 2018 Ohio PKAL Conference. Nomination information is available here, nominations due March 30, 2018. 

OH-PKAL STEM Teaching Partnership Grant 2018

The Ohio PKAL STEM Teaching Partnership grant provides up to $500 for a multi-institutional team to visit each other’s institutions to observe class and laboratory sessions and share effective pedagogical techniques. Teaching Partnership grant recipients will be announced during the 2018 Annual Ohio PKAL Conference, Promoting Effective Learning in a Diverse STEM Environment, University of Mount Union, May 19, 2018. Information here, applications due March 30, 2018. 

OH-PKAL STEM Teaching Collaboration Project Grant 2018

The Ohio PKAL STEM Teaching Collaboration Project grant provides up to $500 for a team to implement a teaching technique in classes and evaluate the effectiveness of the teaching technique. Teaching Collaboration Project grant recipients will be announced during the 2018 Annual Ohio PKAL Conference, Promoting Effective Learning in a Diverse STEM Environment, University of Mount Union, May 19, 2018. Information here, applications due March 30, 2018. 

Application to Host 2020 OH-PKAL Conference

Ohio Project Kaleidoscope seeks proposals for institutions to host its 2020 Annual Conference.  Information and application materials are available here, due March 30, 2018.