Feb. 20 Teaching Festival Highlights

| February 18, 2013

The Teaching Festival continues Wednesday, Feb, 20, with three panel presentations and a workshop session.

The 2013 Teaching Festival continues on Wednesday, Feb. 20, with a series of panel sessions and a workshop. New this year will be a special evening panel session from 5–6 p.m., a time frame that is welcoming to adjunct instructors.

A highlight of the day will be the Kemper Award for Excellence in Teaching Winners Panel, 3–4 p.m., in the Library Conference Room. The Kemper Award Winners Panel will be an opportunity for the university community to learn from the experience of a diverse group of award-winning teachers.

For a complete schedule, visit http://fdc.webster.edu/festival/  or call the Faculty Development Center (FDC) at 314-246-8243.

Reflections on Study Abroad – Panel Session
noon–1 p.m., FDC Library 420

Presenters: Kimberly Mantia-Ochoa, study abroad advisor, Office of Study Abroad, and Kate Brooks, department assistant, Office of Study Abroad

The Office of Study Abroad staff will facilitate students’ discussion of their study abroad experience at Webster. Study Abroad alumni will reflect on their study abroad program, reflecting upon all that they learned while abroad and continue to explore now that they have returned.

 

Working with Students with Disabilities – Workshop Session
Requires Pre-Registration –
http://www.webster.edu/faculty/sotl/festival/workshops.html

2–3 p.m., Library Conference Room

Presenters: Kevin Pelzel, assistant director & ADA coordinator, Academic Resource Center, and Cindy Yamnitz, assistive technology coordinator, Academic Resource Center

Participants will be provided with a detailed description of their responsibilities regarding working with students receiving academic accommodations. In addition, strategies for effectively working with students with disabilities will be discussed. Participants will also leave this session with knowledge of the resources available to them should they have any issues or questions arise while instructing students receiving academic accommodations. Time will be allowed for both general and specific questions related to academic accommodations and assistive technology.

 

Kemper Award for Excellence in Teaching Winners Panel – Panel Session
“How to do Oral Presentations that Engage Your Students and Teach Them Something”

3–4 p.m., Library Conference Room

Presenters: Moderator Gwyneth I. Williams, professor of Political Science; Mike Salevouris, recently retired professor from the History, Politics and International Relations department; Allan MacNeill, professor of Political Economy; and Larry Baden, associate professor, Communications & Journalism. Julian Schuster, Provost and Senior Vice President, will introduce the session.

Panelists will discuss their teaching philosophies, the impact of the Kemper Award for Excellence in Teaching, and other experiences related to their craft of teaching. Panel members will provide brief statements about themselves and their teaching background as well as contribute to a moderated discussion on important topics in teaching and learning today.

 

Promoting Academic Writing for Graduate Students – Evening Panel Session
5–6 p.m., FDC Library 420

Presenters: DJ Kaiser, assistant professor, TESL Program Coordinator, Department of Communication Arts, Reading & Early Childhood; Rusul Noor, graduate student, MA-TESL; and Jennifer Pierce, graduate student, MA-TESL

Graduate students at Webster University often need additional help meeting the demands of academic writing assignments. This session will discuss ways to organize course assignments in such a way to better prepare students for final writing assignments. A combination of ordering assignments and identifying target academic skills for each assignment can help scaffold the skills needed for more difficult assignments like research papers. This session will also discuss a process for remediation that gives students a “second chance” on earlier assignments while also connecting them to the Writing Center (so that they learn how to receive additional academic support in the future). This session will focus on how professors can maintain high academic standards while supporting students who need additional help meeting those expectations.

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