I spent most of yesterday starting to get my presentation together for the upcoming Opportunities and New Directions conference that will be held here, on campus, on Thursday, April 28th in Hagey Hall. This is the second year that UW will be hosting this one-day conference of research on teaching and learning. Dr Nicola Simmons, our CTE Research and Evaluation Consultant, is aiming to make this an annual event.
Dr Catherine Wehlburg, who is also our 2010 President’s Colloquium keynote speaker on April 26th, will be sharing her insights into SoTL, in her keynote presentation at the OND conference entitled “Scholarship of Teaching and Learning: You’re Already Doing It!”. The plenary speaker is my previous boss, Dr Tom Carey, the former Director of the Centre for Learning and Teaching through Technology and Associate Vice President, Learning Resources and Innovation. Tom will talk to us about using SoTL work to show students how research-informed innovations add value to work practices and to help students understand the processes, challenges and risks of innovation. This topic certainly resonates for me as I help faculty try innovative blended strategies in their courses and assist them in gathering feedback from their students about which online resources and face-to-face and online activities are most helpful to them in their learning. Back to the slides …
Looking Forward to the OND – Jane Holbrook