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Empathy and Diversity in Professional Education: The Fight Against Social Separation and Implicit Bias

Wednesday, March 20th   |  10:00 A.M.  - 12 noon  |  CL 1005  |  Main Campus 

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Transparent learning is an approach to course and assignment design that emphasizes how and why students are asked to learn course content in particular ways. This approach, because it articulates the literal process whereby success is achieved, is particularly beneficial for students who are unfamiliar with best-practices in college courses. Print event flyer.

SloneHeather Sloane Ph.D., MSW, LISW
Dr. Sloane is an Assistant Professor in the Social Work Program at the University of Toledo. Her teaching emphasis is in ethics, macro practice, policy, and field education. Dr. Sloane is a faculty member of the interprofessional education team at the University of Toledo. Her research looks carefully at how understandings of poverty develop and how professional education cultures influence that understanding. Dr. Sloane coordinates social work student involvement at the Community Care Clinic in Toledo and facilitates an interprofessional creative-writing mentoring group at Rogers High School.



Making textbooks student-centered

Tuesday, April 9th   |  12:30 - 2:00 p.m.  |  HHS 1711  |  Main Campus

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  • Identify methods for making textbook or course readings into an active learning experience.
  •  Measure student reading rates using multiple digital tools.

Measuring student engagement and learning outside of the classroom can be difficult, especially with textbooks and course readings. The relevance of textbooks is a common discussion topic, with concerns including the wordy and static nature, availability of solutions manuals, or high and rising cost. A brief literature review identifying data related to undergraduate students’ textbook reading rates frames recent findings. Textbooks are experiencing a 21st century makeover to leverage technology; two case studies will be presented. First, a web-based platform called Perusall allows students to collectively annotate traditional textbooks and journal papers – covering content of any type from fully text to graphics, figures, or equations. Students’ questions, comments, and ideas are scored by a machine learning algorithm. Second, interactive, web-native textbooks from zyBooks will be highlighted. In addition to a lower cost than traditional textbooks, several unique features include interactive question sets, animations, and auto-graded, personalized challenge activities. Copious data, including student reading and usage rates, will be presented to prove or disprove the hypothesis that students read the textbook. The forum will be active with interactive surveys, thought questions, and discussion periods. Print flyer.


LiberatoreMatthew Liberatore, Professor of Chemical Engineering, is in his fourth year at The University of Toledo and fourteenth as faculty member. He has won numerous awards for teaching and education scholarship, completed funded research in chemical engineering and engineering education, and published over 80 papers. Details are available at:



Forum overview

The Future of Higher Education Forums is coordinated by the Office of the Provost in collaboration with the Office of Diversity and Inclusion and the University Teaching Center. This program seeks participation and expertise of UT faculty in providing a platform for conversation on various topics such as student success, time management, becoming student ready, emotional intelligence, demystifying tenure and promotion, creating an inclusive classroom, setting your research agenda and crisis management. While these are just some examples of the Future of Higher Education Forum topics, we encourage submission of proposals in diverse areas and on subjects of interest to a variety of faculty, staff and administrators. It is the intent of the program to have UT faculty from various disciplines who bring substantial knowledge and experience to a topic to present and lead discussions.

Program proposals for the 2018-2019 academic year will be accepted through October 5th, 2018. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the deadline. Program proposals should plan for 1 hour of lecture and up to an additional 1 hour for brainstorming and conversation. The overall session should identify a clear target audience and method of instruction, and provide at least 2 learning objectives. It is encouraged, but not required, to have an activity as part of the program. Each selected applicant will receive a $250 stipend following their presentation to be used for professional development.

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Submitted applications will be reviewed by the Office of the Provost and will be selected based on adherence to application guidelines and overall quality, topic, and availability of the faculty member to present on scheduled forum date(s). 

If you need further information, please contact Dr. Amy Thompson, Interim Associate Vice Provost of Faculty Affairs at























Last Updated: 2/27/19