Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Chillicothe Campus faculty member Donna Burgraff wins award for conference presentation

Donna L. Burgraff, Ed.D., associate professor of Education and Technical and Applied Studies at Ohio University-Chillicothe, won the Best Conference Presentation award at the recent Center for Scholastic Inquiry’s International Academic Research Conference in San Francisco.

The title of her presentation was “No More Textbooks: Changing How We Structure Classes.”

Burgraff bans the use of textbooks from her classes, focusing instead on the use of best-selling books. Her presentation discussed how this method of teaching brings innovation and excitement to the classroom that the use of standard textbooks rarely provides.

“It was a 25-minute presentation where I took the participants through the history of textbooks, explained why their expenses have skyrocketed, offered up my alternative to their use, and used data from my student evaluations to back up this theory,” she said. “I basically discussed the philosophy that I have put into practice here at OU-C to make my classes more intellectually challenging to both the students and me.”

She has been invited to document this presentation in a paper for publication in the organization’s next journal.

Burgraff earned a bachelor’s degree in English with a German minor and master’s degree in counseling both from Eastern Kentucky University, master’s degree in adult education from Marshall University and her doctorate in higher education administration from West Virginia University. 

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Excellent! Thank you for your work on this and presenting nationally...so glad you are teaching on our campus.

Hadley Davin said...

I am so glad you are teaching on our campus. Excellent!

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