Mason’s Innovations in Teaching and Learning Conference Fosters Community Building

Posted: September 17, 2013 at 5:01 am, Last Updated: September 18, 2013 at 7:03 am

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By Catherine Probst

itlnewlogoGeorge Mason University’s Innovations in Teaching and Learning Conference brings the university community together with a daylong series of events that connects George Mason faculty and graduate students across disciplines.

The conference is organized by the Center for Teaching and Faculty Excellence and takes place on Friday, September 20, from 8:30 a.m. to 5: 30 p.m. in the Johnson Center. Mason full-time and part-time faculty, graduate student instructors and staff are invited to attend.

Throughout the day, Mason faculty from all disciplines across campus — from bioengineering to philosophy to mathematics — will share best practices and new approaches they are using in the classroom.

“The conference creates a wonderful opportunity for Mason’s faculty to connect with others across campus and share experiences, challenges and ideas,” says Kim Eby, associate provost and director of the Center for Teaching and Faculty Excellence.

Susan Ambrose, senior vice provost for undergraduate education and experiential learning at Northeastern University, will be this year’s keynote speaker. Ambrose is the author of “How Learning Works: 7 Research-Based Principles for Smart Teaching,” which attempts to bridge the gap between research on learning and implementable classroom strategies.

Sessions throughout the day will address topics such as engaging students using social and multimedia; incorporating research and scholarship into the curriculum; taking inquiry-based learning online; mindfulness in the classroom; and preparing students for 21st-century careers.

The day will begin with a continental breakfast. Lunch will be provided, and the day will conclude with a reception.

Registration is $10 for the Mason community. A full schedule of events and registration information can be found here.

Supporters and co-sponsors of the event include Blackboard; 4-VA; College of Education and Human Development; College of Health and Human Services; College of Humanities and Social Sciences; College of Science; College of Visual and Performing Arts; Division of Instructional Technology; Graduate Student Life; Higher Education Program; Office of Student Scholarship, Creative Activities, and Research; Online Education; School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution; School of Management; School of Public Policy; University Libraries; University Life; Volgenau School of Engineering; Writing Across the Curriculum; and the Writing Center.

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