Focus on Teaching and Learning: Spring 2018

Focus on Teaching & Learning

21st. Semiannual Focus on Teaching & Learning
Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Schreiber Hall, WTC 

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Call for Proposals: click for proposal form

Keynote speaker: Therese Huston, PhD.

Dr. Huston is a cognitive psychologist and the author of Teaching What You Don’t Know and How Women Decide: What’s True, What’s Not, and What Strategies Spark the Best Choices.  She is an engaging, experienced, and humorous presenter with a diverse background in teaching excellence. She is the founding director of the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning at Seattle University and current Faculty Consultant to the Center (now named the Center for Faculty Development). 

Dr. Huston’s talk, entitled If I could only fit in more learning:  Making the most of your classroom time, covers active learning strategies and our attempts to be certain we are covering all the materials our courses demand.  Huston states that as faculty, most of us know about active learning, but not everyone does it.  We have a dozen reasons why we do it less than we’d like, but the reality is, for many classes, teaching becomes telling. 

The problem?  Lectures are comfortable for us, especially when we’re grappling with new material, but they can be a little too comfortable for students.  Students can become passive, taking lots of notes but not thinking much.  Research repeatedly demonstrates that students learn more when they actively engage with concepts.  In this interactive keynote, we’ll explore how to move away from teaching as telling toward a different model:  teaching as creating a learning environment. 

Call for Proposals:  Form link

 Do you have an idea about teaching or a project that you want to try in your classroom that you want to share with your colleagues? Is there something you are doing in your classroom that you are excited about that you think might generate more dialog around teaching and learning? Please submit your idea as a proposal by following the instructions in this form. We are particularly interested in ideas that relate to one of these three tracks:

1) teaching graduate level students,
2) engaging in difficult discussions, and
3) engaging students with Loyola's mission in your classroom.

You are also welcome to propose any other ideas.

Each presentation will last 45 minutes.

Please complete the following form by Friday, December 1 at 5 pm CST. Those proposals accepted for presentation will be acknowledged by Friday, December 8th. Be sure to click "Submit" at the end of the form so your responses are recorded. The Focus on Teaching and Learning (FOTL) event is scheduled for Wednesday January 10th, 2018 at Water Tower Campus

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FOTL is sponsored by the University Libraries, Faculty Administration, the Faculty Center for Ignatian Pedagogy, the Center for Experiential Learning, and Academic Technology Services.