Faculty from across the CSU will share innovative and interesting ideas for improving classroom teaching at the 15th annual CSU Symposium on University Teaching at Cal Poly Pomona on Saturday, April 14. Faculty are invited to submit a presentation proposal by the Feb. 1 deadline.
Learning is a continual process for both students and faculty, according to Victoria Bhavsar, program coordinator at the Faculty Center.
¿We¿re always learning more about how the brain works. The idea that you have to engage students¿ minds ¿ and often their bodies and hands ¿ is an old idea that we keep learning and learning again in new ways,¿ Bhavsar says.
The symposium will include numerous presentations, a poster session and an evening reception. In recent years, the role of technology has become one of the stronger topics of the symposium. At the same time, faculty are as interested in non-technological teaching methods, such as discussion, Bhavsar says.
Plenary speaker Ed Prather, associate professor at Steward Observatory and the astronomy department at the University of Arizona, will discuss how interactive learning and classroom engagement help students learn better, even in large classroom settings.
A pre-conference workshop will be held on Friday, April 13 on ¿Designing and Implementing Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Projects.¿ It will be led by Jackie Dewar, a mathematics professor at Loyola Marymount University and scholar in the Carnegie Academy for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning initiative.
All faculty, as well as staff members who directly support the academic mission of the university are invited to attend the conference. To learn more, register or submit a proposal, visit www.cpp.edu/~facultycenter/symposium/registration.shtml.
(Top photo: Chemistry Professor Barbara Burke shows Summer Bridge students what happens to a bar of soap when heated in a microwave oven. Bottom photo: Frank Yee gives a lecture in his Ag 101 class.)