Meaningful Engagement in the Classroom: Ideas for Developing Active Teaching Techniques
This is a panel discussion with faculty from six different academic disciplines (Kinesiology, History, Computer Information Systems, Agriculture, Math, and Education) in which they share their ideas and experiences for getting the students actively engaged in the material and eager to delve into thoughtful and professional discussions. Although the specific examples will be drawn from specific disciplines, the concepts are universal and can be modified to fit the unique aspects of any discipline.
Kayla Peak is an Assistant Professor of Kinesiology at Tarleton State University. In 2010, she was appointed a Faculty Fellow in Tarleton’s Center for Instructional Innovation. Dr. Peak’s primary interest is in the scholarship of teaching and learning. Over the past several years, she has been recognized for her work in the classroom and has won numerous teaching awards both locally and at the state level. Active in her profession, Dr. Peak has presented at numerous national, regional, and state conferences.
Christopher E. Guthrie received his Ph.D. in European History from Northern Illinois University in 1981 and came to Tarleton State University (Stephenville, TX) in 1982. He was appointed a Faculty Fellow, in 2010, with the Center of Instruction Innovation at TSU. He has won numerous teaching awards, such as the Minnie Piper Stevens Excellence in Teaching Award, the Jack and Louise Arthur Excellence in Teaching Award, and the O.A. Excellence in Teaching Award, over the years. He has published three books (The Battle for the République Démocratique et Sociale in the Narbonnais, 1830-1881; John Tarleton and His Legacy: The History of Tarleton State University, 1899-1999; and World History: A Collection of Primary Sources [with Richard Cruz]). His articles have appeared in such journals as French Historical Studies, Cahiers du Monde Russe et Sovietique, French History, Social Science Perspectives, and The European History Quarterly. He has lately been very interested in course redesign and improving student engagement in his classes.
Jason Sharp is an Assistant Professor of Computer Information Systems at Tarleton State University. He received his Ph.D. from the University of North Texas. His research interests include the use of open source software in education, social networking in higher education, instructional technology and course redesign. His work has appeared in The DATA BASE for Advances in Information Systems, International Journal of Open Source Software & Processes, Journal of Strategic Innovation and Sustainability, Journal of Information Technology Management, and Information Systems Education Journal. Dr. Sharp has presented at numerous international and national conferences.
Javier Garza is an Associate Professor of Mathematics at Tarleton State University. Javier's research interests include mathematical epidemiology and mathematics education. Javier has been teaching at the college level for over 25 years, having been honored on several occasions for his teaching effectiveness, and served as a department head for 7 years.
Dr. Jafri received his undergraduate degree in India. He subsequently received his M.S. degree from Cornell University and a Ph.D. from The University of Wisconsin. Since 1989, he has served on the faculty of economics at Tarleton State University and now holds the rank of full professor with tenure. His teaching interests include Money & Banking, International Economics and Principles and offers courses in both the face-to-face and online formats. He has received multiple research grants and had numerous papers published in refereed journals besides conducting economic impact studies. He has made presentations at regional, national and international conferences.