2019 Ohio-PKAL Annual Conference

Increasing STEM Student Success in Higher Education

May 18, 2019
University of Dayton
300 College Park
Dayton, OH 45469

Join us for the Ohio Project Kaleidoscope (OH-PKAL) 5th annual one-day conference, Increasing STEM Student Success in Higher Education on Saturday May 18, 2019. The day includes a vibrant program of oral presentations, posters, and workshops promoting evidence-based practices across five important themes: 

  • Using Simulations to Enhance Student Learning in STEM
  • Promoting Critical Thinking Skills Through Laboratory and/or Mathematical Modeling Activities
  • Using Technology Tools to Broaden Access to STEM Education
  • Supporting Students and/or Faculty from Diverse Backgrounds
  • Transformative Teaching Practices in Undergraduate STEM Education:  First Year Through Upper Level Courses

The morning plenary will be delivered by Dr. Kathy Perkins [University of Colorado] on PhET Interactive Simulations: Engaging Students and Supporting Learning. The afternoon plenary features Dr. Carl Wieman [Stanford University] delivering a talk on Taking a Scientific Approach to Science Education (and most other subjects).  

This year the conference features long-form workshops at no extra charge:

  • Using Instructor-Led PhET sims to Transform Your STEM Course: Examples from General Chemistry
  • Uncorking Curricular Bottlenecks to Diversity and Inclusion in STEM
  • Introduction to POGIL and its Facilitation in the Classroom
  • Modifying Lab Instruction to Promote Critical Thinking
  • Addressing eAccessibility of Online Course Content Using UDL Principles

To review the conference schedule with session titles and abstracts, please visit the program.

Registration - Deadline: May 10, 2019
The conference registration fee is $85 for professionals with travel support and $65 for students or professionals without travel support. The conference fee includes all conference sessions and workshops, continental breakfast, lunch, and conference materials. Click here to register. 

Hotel Accommodations

  • Marriott at the University of Dayton (located 1/2 mile north of Dan Curran Place, the conference venue) 
    1414 S. Patterson Blvd., Dayton, OH 45409      (937-223-1000)
    Mention “The University of Dayton” or click here to get the discounted hotel rate.
    (Reservation needs to be made before April 15th)
  • Courtyard Dayton (directly across the Miami River from Dan Curran Place, ~1.5 miles by car)
    2006 Edwin C. Moses Blvd., Dayton, OH 45417 (937-220-9060)
    (Participants encouraged to reserve rooms as earliest as possible for best rates and availability).
  • Additional hotels are  located in the downtown Dayton and at various locations along I-75 within 10 miles of Dan Curran Place."

Please direct questions to the 2019 Conference Chair

Mark B. Masthay
Associate Professor
Department of Chemistry
University of Dayton
Dayton, OH 45469
(937) 229-2667