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Faculty Idea Exchange

FIX 2019 Logo2019 Faculty Idea Exchange (FIX) – CALL FOR PROPOSALS

The Columbus State Faculty Idea Exchange (FIX) is an annual summer conference planned by the CSCC Instructional Success Committee (ISC) that provides a forum where educators can share and compare best teaching practices.  FIX was originally designed for CSCC faculty and staff, but the ISC is excited to announce that educators from central Ohio and beyond are now invited to participate in this yearly professional development event. 

The 2019 FIX will be held on FRIDAY, JUNE 7 from 8:30-1:30 PM at the COLUMBUS STATE CONFERENCE CENTER, 4th Floor, Workforce Development Building (315 Cleveland Ave.) at the downtown campus. 

FIX has developed a reputation for hosting leading figures in teaching and learning from around the country to serve as keynote and plenary speakers.  This year’s keynote and plenary speaker is Dr. Jennifer Waldeck, Associate Professor of Communication Studies from Chapman University in California.  Dr. Waldeck is renowned for her work in instructional and organizational communication research, with an emphasis on the effective use of new and emerging technologies for learning purposes.  At FIX, her planned presentation titles are “Communication 101 for Teaching Excellence” and “Avoiding Teacher (Communication) Misbehaviors in College Classrooms that Work Against Student Learning.”


In addition to the featured speaker, this year we are thrilled to invite faculty and other education experts from Higher-Ed institutions of central Ohio to present at the FIX Conference.  The conference theme is Lost in Translation: Connecting with the Student Mind.  We are actively seeking proposals based on instructional communication strategies and their link to student success (e.g., motivation, effective study strategies, technology in the classroom, teaching best practices, etc.). Strategies that are applicable across all disciplines are preferred.

There are two presentation formats you can submit for:

1) TRADITIONAL - presentations that are 50 minutes in length, including some time for questions, and

2) PECHAKUCHA (aka Lightning Talks) - a presentation style in which 20 slides are shown for 20 seconds each (6 minutes and 40 seconds in total), making for fast-paced and potent presentations. Talks in this style are an exciting way to give an audience food for thought, to challenge an accepted way of thinking, to shed light on a practice or idea, and to do so with compelling visual accompaniment.

Please CLICK HERE to submit a proposal Proposals are due April 10, 2019.  Conference representatives will contact you by April 15, 2019 concerning the status of your proposal.


Registration for FIX 2019 is free and now open!  We look forward to sharing ideas with you and others around central Ohio! If you must cancel your registration or have any inquiries, please contact Professor Tracy Koski (, Instructor Patricia May-Woods (, or Dr. Ron Elizaga ( 


 + Past FIX Conferences

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Stephen ChewThis year’s theme was The Framework of Learning. The conference will feature presentations focusing on instructional success and best teaching practices that you can incorporate in your classes. The keynote and plenary session featured Dr. Stephen Chew (Samford University), an award-winning cognitive psychologist, professor, and internationally renowned expert in teaching and learning.  He is especially well-known for a series of YouTube videos entitled “How to Get the Most Out of Studying.”

A Sample of FIX 2018 Presentations

The Mindful Teacher

Using Current Events to Improve the Classroom

Potential Strategies to Help Students Apply Learning Science-Informed Study Practices

Can We Use Digital Learning Objects (Videos) to Aid Learning and Student Success?

Reflecting Rigor: Weaving the Poetry and Presence of Nikki Giovanni into CCP and Traditional Composition Classrooms

GenZ: Reshaping Higher Education—What you need to know to be able to “reach” them and “teach” them

“They just don’t know how to learn!” Giving Students Self-Regulation Tools

Can changing instructional methods move the needle on student success? Forecasting the Return on Investment in Active and Collaborative Learning

Using Podcasts as Texts to Engage Students

Learning for Life

Bridging the Digital Divide in the College Classroom: Research on Student Success and Technology Competency

Empower Your Students to Succeed: Teach Them How To Be Students!

Ladders to Learning: A Brief Introduction to the Theory and Practice of Instructional Scaffolding

It’s Not All About the Test

Looking Beyond the Behavior


2017 FIX Logo

The Faculty Idea Exchange (FIX) is the Columbus State annual summer conference that provides a forum where faculty and staff can share and compare best teaching practices.  The FIX is hosted by the OAA Instructional Success Committee, and is held at the CSCC Center for Workforce Development at the Columbus State downtown campus.

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The 2017 edition of the FIX took place June 9th.It featured a keynote and plenary workshop by The Learning Scientists – Megan Smith, PhD and Cindy Wooldridge, PhD.  They are cognitive psychologists renowned for their research on education and authors of the popular blog by the same name. Their main focus is on the science of learning, including how to motivate students to study, investigate the use of effective study and teaching strategies, and decrease negative views of testing. They demonstrated the value of learning science to teaching and demonstrated six principles for learning that can be easily transfered from research to practice (example).

Columbus State Faculty and staff presented a nuber of sessions. Below are slides from some sessions. Below these is the full list of presenters.

How To Unlock the Learning Code -- Rich James and Felicia Smith

I Read It But I Don't Get It -- Linda Markels

The Science of Retrieval -- Sam Andriani

Learning Through Serving -- Heather Thompson-Gillis

Students Don't Know What They Don't Know -- Jeanette Ferguson

Smart Classrroms: Instructor Station and Document Camera - James Stewart

FIX Schedule

FIX Logo The 2016 FIX was held on June 17 and the theme was "The Science of Teaching." The keynote speaker was Dr. James Lang, Director of the Center for Teaching Excellence at Assumption College and Series Editor for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education.  Dr. Lang is also the author of several books about teaching, including Small Teaching: Everyday Lessons from the Science of Learning and Cheating Lessons. You can see video of Lang's previous visit to Columbus State where he discussed the relationship between how we teach and student academic integrity.



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The 2015 FIX focused on Critical Thinking with 16 faculty presentations and presentation by Ms. Connie Wolfe – Dean of Arts & Sciences at Surry Community College in Dobson, NC.

Ms. Wolfe is a leader of Surry’s critical thinking initiative. For the last ten years, she has consulted with many colleges in the development and implementation of critical thinking initiatives, and has worked in association with the Foundation for Critical Thinking.  

Here is a recording of Ms. Connie Wolf's keynote presentation Challenging Our Students and Ourselves to Think Critically.

(Scroll ahead to approximately 21:20 for an introduction of the FIX followed by Ms. Wolfe's keynote.)

FIX 2014 Archives