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Trumbull professors, students participate at 20th Annual AURCO Conference

Posted Apr. 14, 2014

Kent State University at Trumbull’s Michael Lantz, assistant professor, psychology, paired with students Michelle Johnson, Adrienne Reed, and recent graduate Lynette Gwilt to present their research poster on emotions and music at the Association for University Regional Campuses of Ohio’s (AURCO) 20th Annual Conference, April 4-5, the University of Cincinnati, Clermont.

The AURCO conference provides faculty, students and administrators with the opportunity to share Lynette Gwilt and Michelle Johnson at the 20th Annual AURCO Conference.scholarly research, exchange pedagogical strategies, and network with colleagues from Ohio’s 24 regional campuses. The conference featured panels, roundtable discussions, workshops, poster sessions, and a keynote presentation.

Lantz and Company’s poster presented two studies on emotion. The first verified the 2-dimensional model of emotion that states that emotion is created by two physiological processes: activation of the nervous system and pleasantness (Barrett & Russell, 1998).  The model predicts emotion in music based on participants’ ratings of activation and pleasantness in each piece.  Study 2 had participants rate emotion in the music clips and showed that the model’s predictions of emotion in music were accurate for active pleasant music but not as accurate for the music with negative emotions.

Lantz also presented a talk on research involving “clickers” (individual response devices that allow students to anonymously answer in-class questions), showing that clickers do indeed improve memory for lecture material two days after the lecture. Best results occurred when feedback was given for the clicker questions on lecture day with a 15 percent improvement in correct responses compared to a control group that saw the lecture but did not respond to clicker questions. Gwilt and Jason Palo – another recent Kent State Trumbull graduate – co-authored the presentation.

Additionally, Min He, Ph.D., professor, mathematics, was a presenter and a panelist in the session titled "Student Engagement in Teaching Web-Based and Blended Courses." He’s discussion focused on engaging students in comprehending mathematics as opposed to learning math by roll-memorization.

From He’s abstract:

“Promoting students' understanding of mathematics is a key in mathematics education. Online teaching environment brings out a great challenge in engaging students in understanding math topics and measuring students' level of understanding. My presentation will focus on presenting the strategies and technologies that have effectively engaged students in thinking and understanding mathematics as well as measuring and evaluating their understanding of mathematics.”

Vic Perera, Ph.D., mathematics, presented a paper titled "Aleks and Developmental Mathematics," on the experience of teaching developmental mathematics series at Kent State Trumbull using ALEKS (Assessment and LEarning in Knowledge Spaces). In addition, Perera moderated two sessions at the conference, focusing on the subjects of mathematics and statistics.

Finally, Susan Emens, Ph.D., associate professor, business management technology, and Jacob Roope, M.Ed., academic advisor II, presented “Strengthening the chain: Using symbiotic relationships to build better pathways to higher education.”