Teaching for Impact: Conversations about Learning
We are pleased to announce that we will be hosting our
Creating Significant Learning Experiences:
Program will be finalized in January 2016
At the University of Denver, we seek to create effective, engaged and inclusive learning environments. Teaching and learning week provides a variety of opportunities to share, learn and reflect on teaching and learning. Here are some of the events being planned for 2016:
Tuesday, February 9
Unconference & Technology Fair: What’s an Unconference? At this event, the agenda will consist of topics proposed by participants. Presentations are short (15-20 minutes plus discussion) and focused on specific teaching strategies, assignments, or technologies, for example. Or, you could lead a Guided Discussion on a particular challenge or an idea you’d like to kick around with colleagues. The Unconference will run concurrently with the technology fair – so there will be lots to talk about!
Of course, we’re hoping for attendees, as well, but your willingness to share your ideas or lead discussions in a friendly, relaxed atmosphere will make this event a success. So, share your passion and your predicaments with like-minded folks. Complete the (amazingly brief) proposal form to propose one or more topics.
Teaching with Technology Fair: Drop by to learn about the hardware and software tools that help to engage students and improve learning.
Wednesday, February 10
Special Guest: L. Dee Fink, author of Creating significant learning experiences: An integrated approach to designing college courses, will host workshops and provide a Keynote address over lunch.
Thursday, February 11
Teaching for Impact at DU, Faculty Panels: How are DU instructors currently teaching for broader impact? Attend one of our faculty panels to see short presentations of specific strategies, followed by in-depth discussion and an opportunity to share and consider how you might apply these ideas in your own classroom.
Past Conference Materials:
Background in Faculty Development
Dee’s focus on significant learning is based on recognizing the role of context in any instructional situation and how it can interact with disciplinary content and academic outcomes. This might include the development of learning skills, acknowledging the impact of student expectations for the course, or understanding the need for connection. By addressing the “whole student” and considering how these student-and-context factors relate to our primarily cognitive objectives, we can encourage deep, long-lasting learning.
As the head of Dee Fink & Associates, Dr. Fink has led workshops on integrated course design in across the U.S. and around the world. His teaching background at the University of Oklahoma led to multiple teaching honors, including AAHE’s Jaime Escalante “Stand and Deliver” award.