Faculty Learn Shop

Lodging Details

Faculty should make their own hotel reservations at the InterContinental Hotel.  The Lead Institution will pay the hotel directly for your Sunday night stay.  Visit the Accommodations page to make your reservation.


Contact Amanda Burris for more information.

Learn Shop 2020: Fostering Student Engagement

Sunday, April 19, 2020

12:30 PM  Registration & Lunch
1:00 - 5:30 PM  Learn Shop
4:00 - 4:15 PM  Refreshment Break

What will I learn?

Presented by: Dr. Alexandria Lewis and Dr. Terrie Nagel, University of Missouri

Focus: What is student engagement?  What does student engagement "look like"?  Throughout the learn shop faculty will have an opportunity to explore these questions.  Presenters will discuss learner preferences for engagement strategies, and share examples of quality small group discussions formats, and rubrics for assessing discussions.  Participants will have an opportunity to collaborate with their colleagues and apply what they are learning to their own courses.

Why should I attend?

The learn shop is a great opportunity to learn best practices and participate in discussions with your Great Plains IDEA colleagues. 

Read what Elaine Johannes, faculty in the youth development program, has to say about the professional development Great Plains IDEA offers.

When I began teaching in 2002 with the youth development program, I didn't have a clue about online teaching, nor did I understand how powerful quality online education could be.  It has been through GP IDEA workshops and resources that I have gained teaching skills and competencies.  However, what motivates me each and every semester is the relationships with faculty, staff, and GP IDEA leaders who appreciate the power of online education.  It's those GP IDEA relationships that have given me the confidence to advocate for the online student and for access to quality education before online teaching was fashionable.  GP IDEA continues to be my go-to place for the best that online education has to offer for students, for faculty, and for me. 

Who should attend?

Five faculty from each program are invited to participate.  This may include one faculty member who has not previously attended the learn shop and annual conference and four faculty members who have previously attended.

How do I register?

If you are interested in attending the learn shop, please contact your faculty coordinator for more information.  They will provide attendees with the learn shop registration link.

What is the cost?

There is no registration fee for the learn shop. 

First time learn shop and conference attendees will receive up to $1,000 from the Human Sciences Board of Directors to help cover travel expenses, including lodging, and the conference registration.  Faculty members must attend both the learn shop and the conference to receive the $1,000 stipend.  A meal during the workshop will be provided. 

Faculty members who have previously attended the learn shop and conference will receive a free night stay at the conference hotel and be provided a meal during the workshop.  Participants must make their own hotel reservations.  The lead institution staff will pay the hotel directly for your Sunday night stay.