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Celebration of Teaching and Learning to focus on active learning, engagement

by UofL Today last modified Jan 12, 2010 04:26 PM

Everyone talks about engagement and active learning, but what do educators actually know about what it is and how to incorporate it into their teaching practice?

Celebration of Teaching and Learning to focus on active learning, engagement

Stephen Brookfield is among the speakers.

What can institutions do to improve the learning environment relative to faculty-student engagement?

The Delphi Center for Teaching and Learning will seek to answer those questions at its sixth Celebration of Teaching and Learning for University of Louisville faculty Feb. 5 on Shelby Campus.

At this year's event, with the theme "Engaged Teaching, Engaged Learning," experts, faculty, staff, and students are invited to come together to engage in meaningful conversation about best practices in teaching and learning at UofL, said Marie Kendall Brown, assistant director for teaching and learning at the center.

In the morning, Stephen Brookfield, a distinguished university professor and an award-winning author of 12 books on teaching, adult learning, leadership and critical thinking, will share best practices for achieving remarkable transformations in student-faculty interactions.

Provost Shirley Willihnganz will speak at lunch, and the Delphi Center will show its annual Faculty Favorites video, based on results from student voting.

Vice Provost Dale Billingsley and Robert Gonyea, associate director at NSSE, will talk about the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE), its use, and how institutions similar to UofL have used their findings to enhance the learning environment, Kendall Brown said.

Billingsley will present selected findings from this past fall's NSSE survey to focus and provide context for the day's discussions and workshops, she continued.

UofL faculty- and staff-led afternoon concurrent sessions relate directly to active and collaborative learning and student-faculty interactions --the two areas for improvement (relative to the NSSE scores of UofL's peer and benchmark institutions). This year, students also will participate in several of the sessions as panelists. For example, medical school students will share their insights in the session about providing free medical care and first-year students will talk about their experiences as new college students.

Afternoon sessions cover these topics:

  • Integrative Learning and Capstone Assignments
  • Providing Free Medical Care: Perspectives of Pre-Medical and Medical Students on Service Learning
  • How Students Become Better Critical Thinkers Through Out-of-Classroom Engagement
  • Building Bridges Between Academy and Community, Research and Action, for Social Justice
  • Beyond the Classroom: Mentoring Undergraduate Research
  • Working with Medical Students to Create a Supportive Campus Environment
  • Engaging and Mentoring Students Inside and Outside the Classroom
  • Fighting First-Year Fallout: Best Practices for Engaging with Students
  • Improved Learning for All Partners: Engaging Students in the Community to Solve Real Problems and Provide Authentic Learning Opportunities
  • Strategies to Deepen Students' Critical Thinking Skills and Engage Them in the Learning Process

Faculty and staff are invited to register for the event online.  Faculty who would like to be host to small groups of students as personal guests at this year's Celebration are invited to e-mail Kendall Brown. Admission is free, and a continental breakfast and lunch will be served.




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