On Friday, April 19 (4:00-5:00, Hoogenboom 280), we look back on what we've learned during the past year of the "How We Learn Project." Last spring a series of events that discussed models of how humans learn helped us to identify several topics that colleagues seemed esepcially eager to study--and use to build classroom practices.
From that list of topics grew the Learning Communities that have been running this year. We have communities that have studied testing and "test effect," classroom spaces, teaching and learning technologies, and lecturing. Two other book-study communities have been meeting, one reading Ken Bain's What the Best College Teachers Do, the other reading David Smith and Jamie Smith's Teaching and Christian Practices.
The members of each group committed to trying ways to implement ideas they study as new practices in their classes.
On April 19 we would like to give you the chance to talk with these people about what they learned through study and classroom experiments. Representatives from each of the groups will be on hand for informal conversation. Come when you can, and stay as long as you like.
In addition the Christian Higher Education Online group will have a poster and people to talk with, and we'll present a copy of the recently written "Fact Sheet" on "Trends in Higher Ed Teaching and Learning," which was composed as part of the prioritization and strategic planning processes at calvin.
We promise good refreshments and conversation about teaching. And we will also solicit your advice about Learnign Communities that we can run next year.
Your colleagues look forward to seeing you on April 12.
Propose a summer seminar to be funded by the CTLN