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Expanding Hands-on Learning to Boost Student Success

January 30, 2019
BSU Faculty Enhance Student Learning Through Real-World Application

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(BOWIE, Md.) – To expand hands-on learning for all Bowie State University students, six professors from diverse disciplines and two assessment coordinators attended a conference with educators from around the world to build on their work of improving student success through real-world experiences.

Professor Rochelle Daniel works with a male student and a female student on a laptop

The faculty attended the Annual Conference on Teaching & Learning Assessment at Drexel University to gain insights for standardizing internship assessments. Their participation was made possible through a professional development grant, awarded by the BSU Title III Office. Each of the professors coordinate internships or field placements. When students can apply what they learn in the classroom in real-world settings, they experience deeper learning and find more engagement with the material.

Named a national Excellence in Assessment designee, Bowie State has demonstrated successful assessment of student learning that guides how faculty design their curricula. BSU has also launched several programs that focus on practical learning experiences for students, including the Education Innovation Initiative (EI2). By attending the conference, the professors will share what they learned with other faculty to increase the opportunities in BSU curricula for hands-on learning.

“Faculty members were able to gather information about best practices in assessment, especially with high-impact practices, such as internships,” said Dr. Becky Verzinski, assistant vice president for assessment. “The information shared regarding internships and capstone experiences will help inform future practices, curricular changes, and best practices for internships at BSU. We hope to attend this conference again, perhaps as presenters, to share BSU best practices in internship assessment.”

In addition to Dr. Versinksi, the following BSU representatives attended the conference:

  • Dr. Charles Adams, Chair and Associate Professor, Department of Behavioral Science and Human Services
  • Dr. Rochelle Daniel, Instructor, Department of Communications
  • Lynn Harbinson, Assessment Coordinator, Center for Academic Programs Assessment
  • Dr. Matasha Harris, Associate Professor, Department of Behavioral Science and Human Services
  • Dr. Karima Haynes, Assistant Professor, Department of Communications
  • Dr. Charla McKinzie-Bishop, Associate Professor, Department of Behavioral Science and Human Services
  • Art Vidrine, Assistant Professor, Department of Fine and Performing Arts


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