Share perspectives on teaching, learning at March fair

The Center for Teaching, Learning and Technology (CTLT) will host the second annual Teaching and Learning Fair on March 14.

The BGSU community will gather in the Lenhart Grand Ballroom of the Bowen-Thompson Student Union to discuss student success through best teaching and learning practices, focusing on BGSU’s Learning Outcomes. Faculty and graduate assistants are welcome to be participants or presenters at the fair. Presenters must register no later than next Monday (Feb. 18). Visit to sign up.

Dr. Diane Halpern, professor of psychology at Claremont McKenna College in California and past president of the American Psychological Association, will deliver the 10:45 a.m. keynote address, “Applying the Science of Learning in the Classroom and Beyond.”Halpern’s talk willcenter on empirically validated principles about the way people learn and guidelines for applying the principles in college classrooms in ways that enhance long-term retention and transfer.

A former mentor of President Sidney Ribeau,Halpern will examine best practices for durable learning across time, place and domains of knowledge and review the principles of learning that were generated by the Association for Psychological Science Task Force on Life-Long Learning at Home and at Work. She will specifically provide examples of new technologies that are being used to enhance learning.

According to Halpern, “our students are more diverse in terms of their backgrounds and reasons for attending college and in what they need to know to succeed as educated citizens in a technological society. We need new pedagogies that address their needs and prepare them to become lifelong learners. The stakes are high: our ability to compete and cooperate in the global economy depends on our ability to help students become better learners and thinkers.”

Useful topics presented
Presentations will be held from 9-10:30 a.m. and again from 1-2:30 p.m., centered on the BGSU Learning Outcomes, critical and constructive thinking, skillful communication, and engagement.

Fair-goers will interact with presenters who are displaying and discussing:
• Course planning and activities that promote critical and constructive thinking.
• Advising activities that extend teaching and learning.
• Learner activities that promote communication and presentation using multiple media, such as logical, mathematical, visual, spatial or musical.
• Learner activities that occur outside of the classroom and encourage students to engage others in action while participating and leading.
• Living-learning residential communities with creative environments that enhance academic success and provide richly rewarding extracurricular activities.
• Course design and experiences that afford learners opportunities to participate in an organized service activity.

In addition to the presentations in the ballroom, breakout discussions are set for 9:30-10:30 a.m., 1:30-2:30 p.m., and 3-4 p.m. in rooms 314, 315 and 316. Three topics will be offered in these repeating sessions: BGSU Teachers on Teaching, Future Learning Settings and BGSU Learners on Learning.

The CTLT advisory board is hosting BGSU Teachers on Teaching, interactive sessions with invited BGSU faculty members who have been recognized for their excellence in teaching and their innovative methods in the classroom. Teachers will discuss their learner-centered teaching approaches, with time for questions and answers.

The Office of the CIO will lead discussions on Future Learning Settings, soliciting faculty and learner input about learning strategies and technologies. BGSU community members who currently offer instructional support for classroom and online teaching and learning will facilitate discussion about future teaching with technologies.

“It’s what works for me,” or BGSU Learners on Learning, are open discussions with graduate and undergraduate students about their BGSU learning experiences. Led by Undergraduate Student Government and Graduate Student Senate, the interactive sessions offer an opportunity for students and faculty to discuss perspectives on learner-centered activities.

February 11, 2008