May 2024 ARC schedule set; includes special day of in-person programming

The May Academic Resources Conference (ARC) is around the corner (May 20-24). ARC is a free, week-long training event open to all instructors and GTAs, as well as all interested staff, and does not require registration.

Most days are online only, but this year there is something special: Thursday, May 23, the Office of Instructional Resources (OIR) will offer a full suite of in-person programming, most of which will also be available online as hybrid/online sessions. Here’s what to expect:

  • Snacks, coffee, etc. will be served throughout the day in Wichita State Connect, conveniently located just east of the Media Resources Center next to a parking lot.
  • At 9 and 10 a.m., Brett Bruner, Sara Mata and John Hammond will speak on student success topics, in-person and live-streamed.
  • At 11 a.m., Carolyn Speer will speak on myths about teaching and learning, in-person and live-streamed.
  • Ali Levine will speak about using forms in PowerPoint. This will be online and streamed to one of the rooms in Wichita State Connect so anyone who wants to come to the in-person events can see her.
  • From 1 to 2:30 p.m., there will be an in-person only event. This will be a workshop where faculty can improve syllabi to support student belonging. The workshop is with Brett Bruner, Sara Mata and John Hammond. Bring your syllabi and a willingness to consider some changes.
  • From 2-3 p.m., OIR will also offer in-person lab times. This is a frequently-requested service that OIR can only offer occasionally because of staffing. Mary Morriss, Heather Merchant, Rachel Bastian, Carolyn Speer and John P. Jones will be on hand to help and answer questions, so bring your Ultra stumpers and get them solved.
  • At 2:45 p.m., Carolyn Speer will offer a short mindfulness meditation session. This will once again be hybrid, with the session itself being held in-person in Wichita State Connect. 
  • There will also be WSU and vendor swag for in-person attendees.

For locations for the May 23 in-person events — and the full week’s calendar — go to

OIR hopes to see everyone attend in-person, and if the event is a success, there will be more in-person programming in August. To help OIR plan, if you think you can attend in-person, send OIR an email at