Academic Professional Development Courses

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Engaging Students with Visual Design with Nina Kim

In this interactive workshop, participants will be exposed to visual design techniques that engage students and keep content fresh. National expert, Nina Kim, is a creative spirit with excellent faculty rapport.  Ms. Kim has served university faculty in both face-to-face and online environments by providing instructional design and technology consulting, graphic design, digital media development, and LMS training and support. Nina especially has a passion for faculty development and improving the aesthetic course experience for students.

Nina has an extensive background in course media development, instructional technology, graphic and web design and instructional design. She works with faculty to develop engaging courses that achieve student learning outcomes.

Please join us by registering for one of two, 2-hour sessions on Friday, June 21st in WD 216/217.


  • 6/21/2019 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM on Columbus Campus (WD 216/217) - 4 seats left - click to register
  • 6/21/2019 from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM on Columbus Campus (WD 216/217) - 19 seats left - click to register

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Poverty and the Brain with Rob Levit

Rob Levit is a well-known and enthusiastic arts integration expert and master of creativity, multi-sensory teaching strategies and differentiated instruction to reach all learners. At Brooklyn Park Middle School, a school in a high-needs area, he led a resurgence and renaissance in arts integration working with hundreds of students, while receiving a “highly effective” rating and multiple commendations and accolades as an educator.  He is an energetic and interactive keynote speaker and presenter for diverse organizations like University at Buffalo School of Social Work, Harvard Project Zero Perspectives, Kids at Hope, The Joan Oates Institute, Leadership Development Institute, AACPS Speaks! and beyond. Rob is a 2013 Innovator of the Year from the Maryland Daily Record, 2012 Mentor of the Year for Anne Arundel County, 2011 recipient of the Martin Luther King Peacemaker Award, 2010 Rotary Club Service Above Self Award, and 2006 Arts Council of Anne Arundel County Annie Award recipient for Performing Arts.

  • 7/12/2019 from 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM on Columbus Campus (WD 412) - 35 seats left - click to register

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Terms of Engagement: Understanding and Promoting Student Engagement in Today’s College Classroom with Dr. Elizabeth Barkley

Elizabeth Barkley, Ph.D. is an innovative educator who has dedicated over four decades to serving students and teachers.  Dr. Barkley has authored four books on college teaching techniques published by Wiley/Jossey-Bass ( Topics include active learning, student engagement, assessment and interactive lecturing.  She has also authored several textbooks in music history. A popular keynote speaker and workshop presenter, she is co-founder with Claire H. Major of Faculty2Faculty: The Alliance for Research-Based Teaching ( and the Executive Director of the K. Patricia Cross Academy ( - a free online video library of college teaching techniques for college teachers. She has also received multiple teaching honors, including being named California's Higher Education Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and being formally recognized for her contributions to undergraduate education by the California State Legislature.