Innovations in Teaching and Learning Conference Set for Oct. 4

Posted: September 13, 2010 at 1:03 am, Last Updated: September 10, 2010 at 3:21 pm

By Aisha Jamil and Robin Herron

Mason will hold its second annual Innovations in Teaching and Learning (IT&L) conference on Monday, Oct. 4, from 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the Research I Building on the Fairfax Campus.

The IT&L conference showcases Mason faculty members from various backgrounds and disciplines who will share their work and innovative ideas with their colleagues. More than 60 Mason faculty members are scheduled to speak during the course of the day.

This year’s conference focuses on topics such as student scholarship, teaching diverse students, science education and running in-class debates, among many others.

Michael Wesch, an anthropologist from Kansas State University known for his YouTube videos about how undergraduates learn in a high-tech world, will be the keynote speaker.

On Sunday, Oct. 3, the evening before the conference, Wesch will give a speech in Harris Theater on “The World Remixed: How New Media Mediate Our World.” This talk is open to the public and will be presented from 4:30 to 6 p.m.

Shelly Reid, associate professor of English and director of composition, and Kim Eby, associate provost for faculty development and director of the Center for Teaching Excellence, are directing the conference. Reid reports that last year’s conference drew more than 200 participants and offered more than three dozen presentations. She expects an even larger turnout this year.

Registration is free for all Mason faculty and graduate teaching assistants and includes lunch and a snack.

For the complete schedule and to register to attend, see the website.

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