Teaching & Learning Symposia
The Teaching and Learning Symposiums are an opportunity to participate in teaching and learning conversations, to hear from experts on emerging issues, and to network with others seeking to improve teaching at UNL.
In her keynote, Jennifer Smith discussed ways in which small group discussion can be used as a flexible teaching tool supporting a variety of course, learner, and classroom goals. Breakout sessions included social engagement and discussion using Yellowdig, faculty development through faculty discussion, virtual exchange for global engagement, and a variety of techiques were presented in the speed session.
Carl S. Moore gave the keynote, "Learning for the Future: Leveraging Lessons Learned to Empower Ourselves and the Learners We Serve." Concurrent sessions focused on OER, the Husker Student POWER Framework, 5-minute "small" teaching tips from faculty, and syllabus design.
The College of Arts and Sciences Teaching Fellows headlined the Spring 2019 Symposium with a keynote address and several related breakout sessions. The Fellows presented research they conducted on their own courses and led the audience in an interactive discussion and real-time usage of the Teaching Goals Inventory, a tool they used to analyze, clarify and assess their teaching.
Dr. Peggy Brickman, Professor of Plant Biology, University of Georgia, centered her interactive keynote on groupwork and collaboration. Breakout sessions included best practices for ACE assessment, information about Generation Z, how to effectively document effective teaching and student learning, and the popular speed session featuring tips and tricks used by UNL teacher to improve learning.
The keynote speaker was Peter Felton, Assistant Provost for Teaching and Learning, Executive Director of the Center for Engaged Learning, Professor of History, Elon University. The focus of the symposium was on engaging students as partners in teaching and learning.
Keynote speaker Michael Palmer, Director, Center for Teaching Excellence, Professor and Lecturer in Chemistry, University of Virginia explored three principles of effective course design that help students discover the value of their courses, recognize and appreciate the knowledge and skills they will learn, and learn to love the beauty that makes studying a discipline worthwhile.
The focus of the Spring 2017 Symposium was on effective instructional strategies supporting student learning. The symposium content was grounded in two books -- Teaching for Learning: 101 Intentionally Designed Educational Activities to Put Students on the Path to Success and The New Science of Learning: How to Learn in Harmony with Your Brain, co-authored by the keynote speaker, Dr. Todd Zakrajsek.