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Center for Teaching Excellence


Friday, August 21
Hughes Trigg Student Center - Lower Level
10:00 am - 3:00 pm

 

9:30 am

Registration 

10:00 am

Welcome & Opening Remarks 


Plenary Presentation
Todd Zakrajsek - UNC School of Medicine

The New Science of Learning: How Research is Changing the Way We Teach

Research continues to emerge that explains how humans learn. Applying those concepts to the classroom can be difficult, but when done effectively amazing results emerge. In this session we will look very specifically at evidence-based suggestions for both delivering a better educational experience for our students and also methods to help the students to be more self- regulated learners. Students who better understand effective methods to employ when studying and why learning works the way it does can learn more with less effort. 
11:00 am

Break

11:15 am

Breakout Session 1 

Teaching with Technology: The role of a learning management system

Learning management systems (LMS) can help faculty deliver and maintain important course content. In this session, participants will learn about the Canvas platform and how to create and deliver their course content using an LMS.

Supporting and Developing Graduate Students

A strong graduate student community provides support structures and improves how graduate students learn within and across disciplines. Hear from one of our faculty learning communities and explore new ideas for how SMU can develop a stronger graduate student community. 

Distance Education @ SMU

Distance education has been in the higher education headlines in recent years, from MOOCs (massive open online courses) to for-profit online providers. How is SMU engaging students online and at a distance? In this session, SMU faculty involved in this work will share their experiences in various online and distance programs.

12:15 pm

Resource Area - Learn about SMU services for you and your students. 

12:30 pm Luncheon and Keynote
Todd Zakrajsek - UNC School of Medicine
1:45 pm Resource Area - Learn about SMU services for you and your students. 
2:00 pm

Breakout Session 2

Teaching with Technology: The role of a learning management system

Learning management systems (LMS) can help faculty deliver and maintain important course content. In this session, participants will learn about the Canvas platform and how to create and deliver their course content (same as earlier presentation)

Balancing Act: A Day in the Life of an SMU Student-Athlete

Student-athletes face many demands on their time from both their academic and athletic responsibilities. This session explores the student-athlete experience, services available to assist student-athletes, and considers how faculty, A-LEC, and student-athletes can work together to win academically.

Higher Education: From Policy to Classroom

As SMU and higher education continue to evolve, how do macro-level policy issues impact teaching? This session reports on the findings of a faculty learning community that has explored the university from national policy to the classroom — and where the two overlap. 


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