University Teaching and Learning Showcase
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5th Annual University Learning and Teaching Showcase - May 2, 2014
The Research Academy for University Learning is proud to announce the date for the Annual University Teaching and Learning Showcase! Call for Proposals will be sent to the university campus soon, and inquireies about the annual Showcase are welcome! Please contact the Research Academy at 973-655-3276 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more about this teaching and learning event. Please check back often as we update this web page with new and exciting information about the Annual Showcase.
The 2013 University Teaching and Learning Showcase Materials and Resources are now available. Click here to access handouts, Powerpoint presentations, and to read a lively narrative of the day's events composed by The Creative Research Center's own Dr. Neil Baldwin, official rapporteur of the Showcase, Director of the CRC, and Professor of Theatre and Dance. Read "A Day in the Life" now: https://blogs.montclair.edu/crdirector/.
Last year's event highlights and presentations:
4th Annual University Learning and Teaching Showcase - May 3, 2013
The Research Academy is pleased to announce that Dr. Susan Ambrose, Vice-Provost for Teaching and Learning, Professor of Education, Northeastern University, will present as Keynote Speaker for the 4th Annual University Teaching and Learning Showcase.
Title of Talk: Effective Teaching? It's All About Understanding How Learning Works
There is a plethora of research about how students learn, information that can help us design more effective courses, educational materials, and classroom pedagogy.However, it is a relatively recent phenomenon that this research has found its way into college and university education. In this session we will focus on seven principles that impact learning, and discuss how we as teachers can more effectively influence the learning process.
Exhibitions, Guest Artists, Speakers, and Workshops
The Research Academy is proud to announce the partnership and inclusion of the Physics & Art Student Photo Competition, as well as the following line up of workshops and presentations exploring the intersection of art and science:
The Contest: For the second year in a row, student finalist entries for the Physics & Arts Photography Contest will be exhibited and a winner awarded at the 4th Annual University Teaching and Learning Showcase on May 3, 2013. In addition to the Photo contest, which is now accepting submissions, project coordinators Dr. Ashwin Vaidya, Physics, Dr. Mika Munakata, Mathematics, and artist-in-residence Anuj Vaidya will facilitate and lead workshops and conference exhibitions that demonstrate their collaborations with students using creative and innovative ideas and design, and that focus on the theme of energy sustainability and alternative energy sources.
The Workshops: Dr. Vaidya and Anuj Vaidya will talk about the pedagogy of integrating creative thinking and interdisciplinary approaches to this project - a fusion of artistic concepts and physical science - and, along with participating students, will lead workshops and discussions featuring the work of the students. Dr. Vaidya's students will demonstrate the functionality of their various art/science projects throughout the day at various exhibition booths set up in the main conference space, University Hall Seventh Floor Conference Center. These projects will serve to highlight both the intersection of art and science as conduits to creative and diverse conceptual development in the classroom, as well as the positive influence and effect of art and science as models of disciplinary and academic instructional collaborations. As well as artist Anuj Vaidya, Dr. Vaidya worked in collaboration with Dr. Mika Munakata, Mathematical Science, Dr. Alex Lykidis, Film Studies, and Dr. Joanna Madloch, Classics & General Humanities to bring together students and art pieces from film, the sciences, and the humanities with the goal of showing the intersection of science and art as a pedagogical tool and as a means to inspire creativity in the classroom.
The Project: The physics and film students collaborated in the past year to build a hand-crank video camera, document their process, and submit their final product as a project in their respective courses.
Visual Elements: Guest speaker Felice Frankel will lead one of the sessions with a discussion on the visual elements of science and how scientists can leverage technology for visual and rhetorical impact when presenting their work. Her lecture will be based on her new book, Visual Strategies: A Practical Guide to Graphics for Scientists and Engineers (Yale U.P, 2012).
Speaker Bio: Dr. Susan Ambrose, Professor of Education and Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning, earned her Doctorate of Arts in history from Carnegie Mellon University, and served as Associate Provost for Education, Director of the Eberly Center for Teaching Excellence, and a Teaching Professor in the Department of History at Carnegie Mellon before joining Northeastern in August 2012. She is an internationally recognized expert in college-level teaching and learning, and has conducted workshops and seminars for faculty and administrators throughout the United States and around the world. She is credited with building the international reputation of CMU’s Eberly Center as a center that translates research to practice in the design of curricula, courses and educational experiences for both undergraduate and graduate students.
Dr. Ambrose is co-author of four books, most recently How Learning Works: Seven Research-based Principles for Smart Teaching (Jossey-Bass, 2010), which has been widely praised for integrating fundamental research in the cognitive sciences and practical application.
For more information on Dr. Ambrose, please visit: http://www.northeastern.edu/provost/about/staff/ambrose.html
The Creative Research Center in the College of the Arts at Montclair State University www.montclair.edu/creativeresearchwill cover the Fourth Annual Showcase on Teaching and Learning.
Dr. Neil Baldwin, www.neilbaldwinbooks.com, Professor, Theatre & Dance, and Director of the CRC, will serve as rapporteur for the day's proceedings; his essay will be published in mid-May 2013 at https://blogs.montclair.edu/crdirector/.