Conference Celebrates Outstanding Teaching Practices

Posted: September 13, 2011 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: September 12, 2011 at 8:53 pm

By Erin Cushing

The Center for Teaching Excellence will host the Innovations in Teaching and Learning (ITL) conference on Monday, Oct. 3, 2011. The conference, which recognizes and celebrates outstanding teaching practices, will be held in Research Hall on the Fairfax Campus from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Now in its third year, the conference will recognize Mason instructors who create learning experiences that engage students through the use of new technologies, critical thinking across academic disciplines and other resources unique to Mason. The ITL conference seeks to foster a strong teaching community at Mason and to facilitate dialogue about new practices and tools that can help create positive learning environments.

“Mason is an exciting place, full of innovation, and our conference seeks to demonstrate the ways in which this vision extends to our teaching practices,” says Joshua Eyler, associate director for the Center for Teaching Excellence.

The conference will include presentations from members of Mason’s teaching faculty, as well as panels and “teaching tables” that offer an opportunity for presenters and guests to discuss a certain aspect of teaching. A full list of presenters and events can be found on the Center for Teaching Excellence’s website.

The ITL conference will also feature two keynote speakers: Robert Baird, vice president for school-university partnerships at the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, and Paul Rogat Loeb, social and political activist and author of the popular treatise on civil engagement, “Soul of a Citizen.”

All part-time and full-time faculty and graduate students are invited to attend the ITL conference. Attendance is free, but registration is required. Lunch and refreshments will be provided. Registration information is available online.

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