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Kent State’s Faculty Professional Development Center Presents Spring Learning Institute

Posted Feb. 4, 2013

Kent State University’s Faculty Professional Development Center presents the 2013 Spring Learning Institute on Friday, Feb. 22, with open sessions from 9 a.m. through 3:45 p.m., at the Moulton Hall Ballroom.

“Students as Self-Learners: What is our Teaching Role?” is the theme for the event that is sponsored by the University Teaching Council. The Spring Learning Institute is a day of scholarship that spotlights students as self-motivated learners, and the role of teachers in promoting, inspiring and sustaining deep learning.

“Come and experience a day of reflection, experiment and philosophy, as we explore our teaching roles in the development of students as learners,” says Jeffry Pellegrino, Ph.D., assistant director of Kent State’s Faculty Professional Development Center.

Dr. Todd Zakrajsek, associate professor of family medicine at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, will keynote the institute, presenting up-to-the-minute research on biological, psychological, and sociological integration for self-learning. Interdisciplinary Kent State faculty groups also will share how they engage, inspire and promote the self-regulated learner in each student. Scholarly presentations throughout the day will document, through examples and stories, both the joys and challenges of renewing student self-motivation in university courses. Lessons abound in the dynamic use of technology, the influence of grading schema and mission-driven Q&A.

To register for the Spring Learning Institute, visit

For more information about Kent State’s Faculty Professional Development Center, visit, call 330-672-2992 or email