Wednesday, August 21, 2013
Eberhard Conference Center
8:30am - 3:15pm

Changing Paradigms: Engaging Students in New Learning Spaces and Contemporary Contexts

From recent scholarly endeavors and our own experiences, our collective understanding of what it means to teach and what it means to learn has changed. For example, from the expanded use of virtual classrooms to the growing body of evidence supporting the benefits of collaborative learning, we are challenged to think in new ways about the role of the teacher and the learner in higher education. Where, when, and how learning takes place in this changing landscape requires the “community of diverse, committed scholars engaged in collaborative, lifelong learning” found at GVSU. 

The 19th Annual Fall Conference on Teaching and Learning celebrates the addition of an innovative new learning environment on the Allendale campus - the Mary Idema Pew Library Learning and Information Commons. Come learn about the art of the possible for engaging students in their learning, in new ways, and in these new spaces. Keynote presentations and concurrent sessions led by faculty will highlight:

  • Designing learning experiences that foster “deep” learning (higher-order, integrative, and reflective learning) 
  • Learning environments beyond the traditional classroom 
  • Fostering peer-to-peer learning and creative collaboration 
  • Engaging students in the responsible use and creation of information 
  • Guiding student learning effectively in virtual and face-to-face environments
Conference Parking Reminder
The DeVos lot fills quickly on the day of the conference, so we encourage you to park in the Conference Guest Parking Lot on Fulton Street, underneath the U.S. 131 overpass. A map is available here.

Conference Agenda and Descriptions now available on the Conference ScholarWorks site.
Conference Schedule
8:30 - 9
Continental Breakfast
9 - 9:30
Conference Welcome
Thomas Haas, President
Gayle Davis, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
Christine Rener, Vice Provost for Instructional Development and Innovation
9:30 - 10:30
Keynote Address
The Academic Library in 2013:  What's It For?
Lee Van Orsdel, Dean of University Libraries, Grand Valley State University

Academic libraries are being shaped dramatically and quickly by the multiple and escalating pull of technologies, new social practices and evolving pedagogies.  Collections that once were physical are now largely virtual.  Behaviors that tended to be quiet and solitary are now often noisy and sociable.  Research questions that used to be directed to a librarian at a reference desk may now be directed to Google or Wikipedia on a laptop in Starbucks.  Despite the magnitude of change and the seeming diminution of the academic library’s traditional place in the university, Grand Valley decided to build a new one. A reasonable person might ask, Why?  What’s it for?  This presentation will suggest a new way to think about how the library can serve the university and its faculty and students in new and meaningful ways.  It will also explore the factors that shaped the vision for the new building and suggest new uses for library spaces that may move this university ahead of its peers in terms of student learning and engagement. 

10:45 - 11:45
Concurrent Sessions A (SESSION DESCRIPTIONS)
noon - 1
Lunch & Student Panel
1 - 2
Keynote Address
What's Coming: Disruption, Openness, and Social Production 
David W. Lewis, Dean of the IUPUI University Library and Indiana University Assistant Vice President for Digital Scholarly Communication  

Using the lens of Clayton Christensen’s disruptive innovation theory the presentation will explore the current state of the university and scholarship and will suggest that the two forces that will drive practice in both teaching and learning and scholarship will be openness and social productivity.  The presentation will consider how we might think about MOOCs, Wikipedia, and open textbooks in this light.

2:15 - 3:15
Concurrent Sessions B (SESSION DESCRIPTIONS)
Books to be Raffled During the Conference
Discussion-Based Online Teaching to Enhance Student Learning: Theory, Practice, and Assessment
Tisha Bender, 2012

Engaging Ideas: The Professor's Guide to Integrating Writing, Critical Thinking, and Active Learning in the Classroom
John C. Bean, 2011

Engaging in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning: A Guide to the Process and How to Develop a Project from Start to Finish
Cathy Bishop-Clark and Beth Dietz-Uhler, 2012

Facilitating Seven Ways of Learning: A Resource for More Purposeful, Effective, and Enjoyable College Teaching
James R. Davis and Bridget D. Arend, 2013
How Learning Works: Seven Research-Based Principles for Smart Teaching
Susan A. Ambrose, et al., 2010

Learner-Centered Teaching: Five Key Changes to Practice
Maryellen Weimer, 2013

Teaching Naked: How Moving Technology Out of Your College Classroom Will Improve Student Learning
José Antonio Bowen, 2012

Using Student Teams in the Classroom: A Faculty Guide
Ruth Federman Stein and Sandra Hurd, 2000


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