Pre-Conference Sessions

What Works!

Christopher J. Devers, Ph.D.
Is it important to learn facts? Is frequent testing good for learning? Should you give students copies of your presentation slides? These questions, along with others, will be addressed during this session. Overall, What Works! explores the fundamentals of learning, empirical evidence of effective teaching techniques, and which technologies appear to support learning. Additionally, we will discuss the scholarship of teaching and learning and lesson study -- methodologies used to evaluate the effectiveness of teaching.

Conference Sessions


Helicopters in Action: Linking Training, Learning and Collaboration to Corporate Objectives
Thomas Randolph Wood, Jr. / Indiana Wesleyan University
Participants will fly helicopters and evaluate lifting performance. Our overall approach is to have multiple flight sessions followed by participant evaluations of helicopter performance. Finally, a global discussion will occur in which global sites will discuss training costs, lifting performances and global lifting efficiencies.

Student Experiences and Learning Approach in Accelerated Online Courses
Anastasia M. Trekles / Purdue University North Central
This session will shed light on the unique needs and perspectives of students in accelerated online programs, which in turn can inform the development of assessments and coursework that better support deeper and more thorough approaches to learning. Participant insights will be illustrated through examples from actual course designs.

Learning Is Fun: Learning is Fun: Ten Ways to Engage Students in an Interactive College Classroom
Mark Colgan / Taylor University
Participants will explore fun ways to engage students in an interactive college classroom: such as showing video clips, using think-pair-share, playing guessing games with candy prizes, offering a syllabus quiz, asking for written feedback, displaying interactive websites, discussing life lessons, and focusing on the Big Ideas.

Teaching Fitness to College Students: Whole Food Plant Based Diets, Athletic Performance and Health
John McNamara / St. Francis College
Learn how to teach students of all ages the fundamentals of staying fit and healthy for life. The science of sleep, exercise and nutrition will be broken down into simple steps.

Teaching the various business disciplines from a Biblical Worldview: A Panel Discussion
Rick Corum, Chuck Crain, Bill Adams, Ann Moore, Fred Newby, Pat Cowherd / Campbellsville University
This presentation is a panel discussion made up of Business Faculty Members. The focus of this panel discussion is the teaching of the various business disciplines from a Biblical Worldview. Pedagogy, resources, and service learning will be incorporated into the presentation. Business faculty will become more comfortable in professing their knowledge from the Biblical perspective.


A Classroom Demonstration of the Motivational Power of Meaningful Work
Dutch M. Kendall / Indiana Wesleyan University
This presentation offers a classroom exercise to illuminate higher-order motivation theories. The exercise was developed with an international optometry missions organization, as part of a research project on the motivational impact of meaningful work. It creates a powerful experience for students, applicable to management, leadership, and applied psychology courses.

The Interrelationship of Mission-driven Outcomes: Mapping Mission Fulfillment
Frank Ponce, SuYeon Yoon, Jodi Mills / Indiana Wesleyan University
Presenters will review selected curriculum mapping models, an updated set of general education program-level outcomes, and recent documentation showing the strategic relationship between course-level outcomes, program-level outcomes and institutional strategic language for general education core courses offered by the College of Adult and Professional Studies at Indiana Wesleyan University.

CENGAGE (SPONSOR): Engaging Students in a digital world
Courtney Doyle-Chambers and Erica Messenger / Cengage Learning

Increasing Students Choosing STEM Careers: Research on Effective Mathematics Instruction
James Freemyer and Tia Coats / Indiana Wesleyan University
The purpose of this study was to discover what Indiana's most effective mathematics teachers determine are the most important skills necessary to engage secondary students in order to address the disparity between United States students who earn STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) degrees and students in other countries.

Community Collaboration to Implement Formative Assessment in an Educational Leadership Program
Lynn Wheeler and John Somers / University of Indianapolis
Friends of iLEAD, a group of building-level school leaders, are creating a networking culture through one-to-one mentoring of principal preparation candidates and reviewing formative assessments. External leaders are informing change in our projects and our coursework. Qualitative and early quantitative analysis indicates benefits to aspiring principal cohorts.


The Christian Life
Donald L. Cassell, Jr. / Sagamore Institute, Indianapolis, Indiana
This is a review of what some Christian communities consider as a life well lived. I will conduct a literature review centered on a text by scholar and theologian Ronald S. Wallace of Edinburgh, Scotland, seeking to understand the consequence of self-conscious faith commitment for lives lived.

Leadership Studies Dissertations: Quality, Success, and Student Characteristics
Paul Truman Richardson / Indiana Wesleyan University
Learn about the characteristics of quality leadership studies dissertations and students that produce them. Gain insight into why dissertations did not pass, and the function and roles of dissertation committees and members. Focus on the purpose of a leadership studies dissertation, the characteristics of student success, and "So What?"

Validity and Reliability of the Wisdom-Based Leadership Instrument
Angela Bates, David Hedrick, Tammy Jelenek-Jones, Nicolette Jones, William Schulke / Indiana Wesleyan University
The Wisdom-Based Leadership Instrument measures how strongly thoughts and behaviors align with Ludden's (2013) Wisdom-Based Leadership Model. This session will review the instrument, research process, and provide examples of how to use the instrument in leadership development classes. Everyone will have an opportunity to take the inventory and score results.

The Capstone Experience: A Glimpse at the Literature
George Howell and Marcus Myers / Indiana Wesleyan University
Many college and university programs incorporate a capstone course in their academic programs. This review explores the extensive literature to provide insight into what some institutions have implemented in their capstones. The review provides insight into how capstone courses are used and what can be learned from their utilization.

Building Professional Social Media Skills Through Self-Direction and Digital Storytelling in an Online Learning Environment
Susan A. Baim / Miami University Middletown
This presentation describes research to develop video-based learning modules for online business communications courses concerned with helping students master professional social media skills. Using a short prototype video, the process of combining self-directed learning principles and digital storytelling to deliver essential concepts in an online learning setting is illustrated.

An Exploration of How to Access and Build on Cultural Competence in the Online Environment
Karen A. Dowling / Indiana Wesleyan University
Because online environments in teacher education and the need for addressing and building cultural competencies intersect, there is a significant need for online opportunities for gaining the knowledge, skills and dispositions pertinent to cultural competence and teaching diverse student populations. Pilot survey results and a follow-up survey will be shared.


Roundtable: Competency-Based Course/Program Design
Brock Reiman / Indiana Wesleyan University

Pearson (sponsor): Pearson Writer, A Next Generation Mobile Writing Resource
Ted Krischak / Pearson
To support today's students, Pearson presents a new online and mobile solution that combines the capabilities students want with rich, curated Pearson and Purdue OWL content and state-of-the-art writing, research, and project management tools. A next-generation resource, Pearson Writer brings together a unique suite of functionality and instruction aimed at keeping student writing on track and improving outcomes. - See more at:

What Faculty really think about Student Feedback
Michael Manning / Indiana Wesleyan University
Faculty hold strong beliefs about student feedback via end of course surveys. These research findings show faculty perceptions regarding end of course surveys and how they are or are not utilized in continuous improvement of teaching performance. See not only what faculty say they believe, but what they actually do.

Exploring Teaching Approaches that Expand Student Engagement and Enhance Problem-Solving Capacities while Covering the Core Principles
James Freemyer and Anne Decker / Indiana Wesleyan University
This workshop will demonstrate how the use of avatar-case scenarios, video clips, and connective technologies enhance problem-solving capacities in this next generation of students. If students are to tackle as yet unknown challenges of the future, they must be exposed to a collaborative process contemplating difficult issues in their academic training. Participants will experience benefits of theoretical-reflection applied to challenging real-life scenarios. This session also will demonstrate how connectivity to a global world makes theory come alive.

Foundations of Adult Reading Success (FARS)
Harry Hall and Roxie Sporleder / Indiana Wesleyan University
This presentation will describe a quasi-experimental research project that compares three online reading interventions for adults entering the associates programs reading at or below the 1000 Lexile level at Indiana Wesleyan University. The goals of the research are to determine if there are significant differences in adult reading abilities, if reading levels influence student success, and can reading deficits be remediated.


Roundtable: Connecting Technology, Teaching, and Learning
Frank Ponce / Indiana Wesleyan University

The Effectiveness of Differentiated Instruction in the Elementary Mathematics Classroom
Brian Scott / Avon Community School Corp.
This study was conducted to determine if differentiated instruction improved student growth. The overall effectiveness was studied as well as that of gender and the aptitude of average and above average students. The study was that of a quasi-experimental design using student subjects.

Content Tyranny in the Research Methods Classroom
Stephanie Whitehead / Indiana University East
Sara Walsh / Indiana University Southeast
Jennifer Colanese / Indiana University South Bend
Research methods courses encounter a seemingly unavoidable situation of content tyranny, or the practice of presenting too much material in the classroom (Weimer, 1993). In this presentation, we discuss our own struggles with content tyranny in the research methods classroom and explore ways for achieving balance between many course objectives while simultaneously enhancing student success.

Do writing fellow programs improve students' writing? An exploratory study
Heather Costerisan and Mary Jo "Jody" Hirschy / Taylor University
Results from this research suggest writing fellow programs do seem to make a positive and measurable difference in students' writing. This session will present the research and discuss practical ways to incorporate writing fellow programs in discipline-specific courses.

An Accounting Ethics Intervention Based on the Moral Philosophy of Adam Smith
Daniel Sorensen / Oklahoma Christian University
Kevin Cabe / Indiana Wesleyan University
Improvement of the ethical reasoning and behavior of accountants is a key concern for higher education in accounting. Some have proposed virtue ethics as an appropriate moral framework for the accounting profession. This research tested the effectiveness of an accounting ethics intervention based on the moral philosophy of Adam Smith.

Applying transformational learning clues to improve interculturally focused college and university interviewing practices
Andres Villalobos-Salgado / Indiana Wesleyan University
As the world becomes increasingly diverse and international, intercultural effectiveness and transformational learning knowledge benefits higher education organizations to pursue intercultural competence and effectiveness for its members. This research identified correlations between demographic questions in the IES survey and IES scores. The researcher will discuss final results from surveys taken by administrators at three US colleges.


Roundtable: Teaching Adult Learners in a Classroom . . . Ideas for Engagement
Brad Garner / Indiana Wesleyan University

McGraw Hill (Sponsor): Adaptive Learning through Interactive Technology
Karryn Vogt / McGraw-Hill and Frank Ponce/ Indiana Wesleyan University reports "There is perhaps no hotter segment in ed tech right now than adaptive learning, which adjusts the learning experience based on a student's progress." McGraw-Hill recently introduced an adaptive learning technology called LearnSmart. The presentation will feature a demonstration of this interactive, technology-based delivery solution with both a company rep and a university professor.

Using Language Corpora for Pedagogy: An Introduction and Ideas
Muchun Yin / Indiana Wesleyan University
This presentation introduces language corpora-large collections of natural texts-and offers examples of how such corpora can support pedagogy. Aimed at participants who teach courses involving language and language awareness or who have a personal interest in language, the presentation also offers hands-on exploration of these corpora (laptop required).

Let's Get Real in our Business Education
Jeanne Craig and Gary Wilkinson / Indiana Wesleyan University
Traditional business education focuses on traditional theory. Unfortunately, many business programs never get beyond this initial model to come to a deeper and more realistic understanding of the how businesses and individuals make decisions. This session will explore additional business theories using an example from the turbulent health care industry to show how realistic decision making can be part of business education.

Factors Limiting Student Success in Higher Education: Strategies Identified To Improve Preparedness
Jean Petrie, Auslyn Nieto, Marcilio Farias, Patricia Wyman / University of Phoenix
This research study uses surveys to test identifying factors of first-year students' unpreparedness for success in higher education. The inabilities to meet learning objectives are barriers to degree completion. Contributing factors to student unpreparedness are examined through the lens of time management, locus of control, belief systems, and critical thinking skills.


Mendeley Basics
Christopher Devers / Indiana Wesleyan University
Christopher Devers will demonstrate and discuss how to use Mendeley to help organize research projects. What is Mendeley? "Mendeley is a cross-platform application (Windows, Mac, Linux, iPad, iPhone, iPod) that helps researchers manage and annotate their scientific paper collections. Researchers can also set up collaborative projects, work and discuss in groups, and share data on Mendeley's web platform."

Cultural Intelligence of School Principals and Teachers and Its Impact on Indiana Statewide Testing for Educational Progress Plus (ISTEP+) Scores
Susan Avery, Jennifer Balascio, Joanne Barnes, Jerame Hicks, Taunya Rock / Indiana Wesleyan University
The presenters assessed the cultural intelligence (CQ) level of school leaders who are primarily Anglo-Saxon, in elementary schools in northern Indiana with a diverse student population. The leaders' CQ level was then compared to the 2013 ISTEP+ scores of the children. Plans provided based on the results of the study.

"Once Upon a Time . . ." Storytelling in the Quest for Knowledge
Gary E. Bolenbaugh / Indiana Wesleyan University
The power of storytelling in the classroom, as part of a coordinated scholarly approach to teaching concepts, can increase the quality and depth of students' learning, and serve to expand the students' critical thinking skills.

Using Rubrics for Increased Achievement
Erin A. Crisp and Kurt Thompson / Indiana Wesleyan University
Rubrics are valuable learning tools in that not only do they evaluate the end product of a student's work but they also clarify success criteria for students, and can increase student achievement when used throughout the learning process. We will review these and other findings on rubric use in higher education.

Error Correction: Methods and Illustration
Loretta F. Li / Saint Mary's College
Error correction in the classroom setting is explored in this presentation. How are communication breakdowns and various types of errors remediated? An outstanding example involving Jesus' disciple Peter is described and analyzed. What kinds of corrective feedback were used in this interaction, and was the correction effective?

Quality Christian Schools: Report on Vouchers and SGO in Indiana Christian Schools
Robert T. Townsend, Olivia Valencic-Miller, Doctoral Candidate, Jamyce Curtis Banks, Doctoral Candidate / Indiana Wesleyan University
The Christian schools in this study were among the private schools participating in the Indiana voucher program during 2011-2012. Schools were challenged to meet the students' educational needs. Responses indicated the schools are providing a quality Christian education with some concerns. Suggestions were given to aid in addressing the concerns.


How a non-traditional teacher transfers knowledge!
Karin Lynn Graves / Indiana Wesleyan University
In this workshop participants will be provided with information to successful transferring knowledge from the textbook, to teacher, to student. Participants will learn how to help the student grow and experience learning at a level that resonates with them.

Experiential Education: Teaching Sustainable Tropical Agriculture in the Caribbean and Marion
Grace Ju Miller / Indiana Wesleyan University
This presentation is an overview of a travel course that has aims to integrate science, community development and spiritual formation. The students are exposed to academic rigor as well as challenges in the physical, emotional and spiritual areas during the course. By living and working with the poor and those who serve the poor, we all grow and learn and become transformed.

Assessing Faculty Practices for Spiritual Impact in a Midwest Religious University
James Freemyer, Samantha Ventura, Kym Duell / Indiana Wesleyan University
This project focuses on the spiritual impact of one Midwestern Christian University on its students, and what, if any, practices were most influential in that process. This project will show the need for Christian Universities to provide certain practices to ensure the spiritual growth of college-aged students.

Interactive Teaching and Learning in a Media-Rich World
Erin Lefdahl-Davis / Indiana Wesleyan University
In a world where visual technology and participant interaction are widespread, many classrooms still look at function the same way as they did a century ago. Is it because classrooms work well, and don't need to be changed? Or could there be other reasons? Come prepared to interact!

Last updated: 10/18/2016