Engaged Learning Series: Connect

The Engaged Learning Series (ELS) is a university-wide series of events designed to engage students, faculty, staff, and community in discussion, debate, dialogue, learning, and action around an issue of public concern.

The 2020-21 theme of connect* provides the audience with an opportunity to delve into what it means to connect* with things, people, ideas, etc. The asterisk in connect* suggests that we look beyond just the word "connect" and find ways to "re" connect, "dis" connect, "inter"connect, find connect"edness," and beyond.

Visit the WSU 1450: Visual Art Gallery, with the ELS theme, "Connect*"

Visual Art Gallery

Events for 2020-21


Resources Related to Theme

Teaching Tips - Fall 2020

The teaching tip for this semester has been brought to you by Stephanie Speicher, Assistant Professor in Teacher Education and Women and Gender Studies. She is sharing a tool that helped her connect* while teaching this fall! 

Searching for online tools to enhance engagement has been a core focus for many faculty since COVID burst into our lives back in March. Padlet is a digital interface where students and faculty can interact, share ideas, and digest core content. Imagine a large bulletin board that is versatile and an easy to navigate digital tool for every professor’s toolkit. By using Padlet, you can create digital post-its in numerous formations for a variety of purposes to increase engagement among students and with the course content.

Padlet offers incredible possibilities across delivery formats. From encouraging high levels of collaboration to motivating students to harness their creativity, Padlet will enhance your ability to teach content and build connections among students simultaneously. A true win-win!

The Basics:

Stephanie created a Padlet for you to post and share your favorite EdTech tools that you have been using to increase engagement within the courses you teach. Practice posting!

  1. Install the Padlet app on your phone or go to the Padlet website on a computer/laptop.
  2. Create an account and make your first board. There are lots of templates to choose from depending on the goal.
  3. Distribute the board to your students. Sharing a Padlet board is simple; choose a QR code or a link. There are more sharing options, but these two are the most obvious.
  4. Students insert the link in the browser or the Padlet app. Within seconds, they will be directed to your Padlet board.
  5. Anyone with the link can place a post-it on the bulletin board. The post-it note can include a note, a picture, a video, or a website.
  6. Engagement and interaction with the Padlet are witnessed in real-time and ideas posted to the Padlet can be viewed immediately! Awesome for instant and formative feedback!

How to post on Padlet? There are a few options:

  • double click anywhere on the board
  • drag files in
  • paste from clipboard
  • or just click the ‘+’ button in the lower right corner

Ideas on how you can implement Padlet into your classes:

  • Brainstorming on a topic or idea (ex.K/W/L Chart)
  • Icebreakers/Community Building (ex. My Jam)
  • Live Questions - Parking Lot
  • Exit Tickets
  • Online Portfolios
  • Affirmations
  • Concept Mapping
  • Article or Book Discussions
  • Media Review and Analysis
  • Current Event Review (ex. Memories of 9/11)

Image 2. K/W/L Chart

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Previous Topics

2020-2021: Connect*

This theme provides the audience with an opportunity to delve into what it means to connect* with things, people, ideas, etc. The asterisk in connect* suggests that we look beyond just the word "connect" and find ways to "re"connect, "dis"connect, "inter"connect, find connect"edness," and beyond.

2019-2020: In My Shoes...

This theme encompasses telling your story from the first-person perspective. It suggests finding other perspectives to stories that may otherwise be untold or underrepresented.

2018-2019: Matter of Fact?

This theme challenges people to think critically about fact and opinion, credible sources, how to articulate fact and why science, logic and history matter.

2017-2018: Civility

This theme encourages individuals to dive deeper into what the word "civility" means and what that looks like when interacting with others and the environment.

2016-2017: Privilege

This theme encourages folks to identify what privilege is, what it means to them, and how it can be positive and negative.

2015-2016: Waste

This theme asks individuals and communities to consider what is waste, what we waste every day - time, resources, people, etc. - and how can we minimize our waste?

2014-2015: Food Matters

This theme looks at the impact of food on our daily lives and the environment, where it comes from, and the ethics of food availability.

2013-2014: On Air

This theme emphasizes the key role air plays in people (jobs, sports, life, etc.), plants, animals and the environment.

2012-2013: Water Works Series

This theme examined the complex relationship humans have with water and focused on the delicate balance water plays in the lives of all living things.

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