Teaching Festival 2016: Call for Proposals by Dec. 18, 2015

Nov. 5, 2015

Teaching Festival 2016: Call for Proposals

The Teaching Festival Committee is now accepting proposals for presentations, posters, panels and roundtables on this year’s Teaching Festival theme, "Teaching for Engaged Learning," to be held Feb. 15-18, 2016.

Click here to submit your proposal by Dec. 18, 2015.

Exemplary proposals will highlight and explain instructional approaches, strategies, tools, resources, and other aspect of teaching and learning that foster active engagement with the process of learning. 

Proposals may touch on one or more of the following sub-themes:

1) Fostering motivation and agency for learning — focuses on cultivating student ownership of learning by offering some student choice in content and assessments, offering active learning activities that call on higher order thinking skills, and providing timely, positive feedback on student progress. Questions to consider:

  • How do you motivate your students to succeed in the face-to-face and online classrooms?
  • What strategies do you use to empower your students to develop a sense of self-efficacy and their voice?

2) Creating productive faculty-student relationships— focuses on the student-instructor relationship and the practice of communicating expectations, facilitating rather than directing discussions, and giving opportunities to practice written reflection with faculty commentary. Questions to consider:

  • How do you collaborate with students in their academic and professional endeavors? 
  • How do you build relationships with students that cultivate intellectual and social growth?

3) Making contributions and connection to a community of learning— refers to the institutional responsibility of academic partners and organizations to provide an effective and supportive learning environment for students, as well as to fulfill Webster’s mission, vision, and core values. Questions to consider:

  • In what creative ways do you use Webster resources to expand on the positive learning experience for your students?
  • How can we help students to participate in the broader academic, scholarly, and cultural offerings of the university?

4) Creating and nurturing the context for student transformation— is both a student process and a goal toward preparing for success beyond the Webster community.  In this process, students develop advanced cognitive, moral and ethical skills, and prepare for a career or life change. Questions to consider:

  • How do you prepare students for success beyond Webster University?
  • How do you identify evidence of transformation (i.e. global citizenship and individual excellence) in your students?

Student Involvement Encouraged

In keeping with the theme of this year’s festival, we strongly encourage you to present with your students as a way to help students gain scholarly experience. The deadline for proposals is Dec. 18, 2015. This year’s theme expands on the ongoing work of the Faculty Development Center, in particular the monthly meeting of the Reflective Teaching Community.

The Teaching Festival is sponsored by Webster University’s Faculty Development Center in partnership with the Online Learning Center and University Library

For more information, questions or support developing your presentation, contact Carolyn Brown, Faculty Development Coordinator, at carolynbrown04@webster.edu. All proposals are welcome!

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