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CAE Innovative Practices Spotlight

Dr. heather Lehman, Biology

Dr. Heather Lehman is being recognized in the September Innovative Practices Spotlight for her exceptional use of Open Educational Resources (OER) in her Biology courses!

Please visit the CAE Innovative Practices Spotlight to learn about her exciting experience and to learn ways to incorporate innovative practices into your classroom.



Since October 2015, the Center for Academic Excellence has regularly shared “Innovative Practices Spotlight” on the our Webpage.  The spotlight is intended to highlight faculty on campus who are examining their practice, taking risks and engaging their students in new ways.

Now is your chance to nominate a colleague for this recognition. Do you know someone who is supporting student success in creative ways? Do you know someone who is incorporating new strategies to teach and assess their students? Head to to nominate them.

To see a list of all of the previous Innovative Practices Spotlights, check out:

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  • Upcoming Sessions

    Monday Morning Mentor: How Can I Create a Platform for Difficult Conversations in the Online Classroom?

    October 21, 2019

    On demand at 

    Stephanie Delaney, PhD, Vice President, Renton Technical College

    As in any classroom, it can be necessary to have difficult conversations with online students. However, in the online classroom, visual cues that can help when communicating sensitive information are missing. In this program, explore a simple framework to engage in a difficult conversation, apply the framework to scenarios that might come up in the online classroom, and gain strategies to have successful resolutions to difficult topics.


    Brown Bag Session:  Assessing Student Perceptions and Learning: OER case studies from Summer 2019

    October 22, 2019

    Tuesday Common Hour (12:05 – 1:10 PM)

    McNairy 118

    Amber Nicole Pfannenstiel, PhD English & Chris Stieha, PhD, Biology

    Besides reducing textbooks costs,  freely available Open Educational Resources (OER) can enhance student learning and grades. Focusing on MU summer courses that switched to OER as part of the Open Textbook Initiative, we will discuss preliminary findings on the value of OER in cost savings, the impact of OER on student learning, and the students' perception of these materials.


    Brown Bag Session:  Slido – A Formative Assessment Tool. 

    October 22, 2019

    Tuesday Common Hour (12:05 – 1:10 PM)

    McNairy 502

    Ankur Nandedkar, PhD, Management & Marketing and Onek Adyanga, PhD, History

    This session will focus on Slido - a cloud based application that can be used by instructors in many ways to engage students.  The participants in this session are requested to bring laptops/tablets to practice the use of Slido in the classroom.

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