Campus News

May 11, 2011

Conference focuses on teaching methods, technology

Although it is post-Commencement week, more than 70 faculty are on the Oxford College campus. Coming from more than 20 institutions of higher education from across the Southeast, they are here for the fifth annual Institute for Pedagogy in the Liberal Arts (IPLA).

The four-day program consists of two two-day sessions, in which participants focus on new ideas to refresh and expand their teaching.  Also part of the curriculum are sessions on the use of information technology in the classroom, led by the Oxford College IT team.

Special guest presenters are Anthony Ciccone from the Carnegie Academy for the Scholarship of Teaching, on the scholarship of teaching and learning; Patty Clayton from the Center for Service Learning at Indiana-Purdue University, on community-engagement and service learning; Jill Lane from Clayton State University, on inquiry-guided learning; Ruth Levine from the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, on team-based learning; and Tim Riordan from Alverno College, on disciplines as frameworks for student learning.

IPLA is a joint effort of Oxford’s Center for Academic Excellence (CAE) and Emory’s Center for Faculty Development and Excellence. The CAE was founded in 2007 to support the primary goals of Oxford’s long-term strategic plan:  to establish Oxford as the premier example of a liberal-arts-intensive college and to continue growing its transformative learning environment through innovative pedagogy.

"A unique and good feature of Oxford College is the high seriousness that the faculty and administration give to teaching, to pedagogy and to student engagement,” said Jeff Galle, CAE director. “The Institute for Pedagogy in the Liberal Arts embodies this value and invites the community of scholars at Emory and beyond to share their passion and expertise for teaching with us."

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