Teaching conference eyes the future

By Communications Staff
May 10, 2014

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Higher education’s future, and the role of the teacher within it, takes centre stage this week as the Spring Perspectives on Teaching Conference, presented by the Teaching Support Centre, kicks off Wednesday.

The keynote session will feature Peggy Maki, an education consultant specializing in assessing student learning. Her lecture, Designing Assessment Methods That Capture Your Students’ Learning, will help teachers identify a range of direct and indirect assessment methods geared toward greater insight into student learning and the discovery of gaps in student knowledge and skills.

The lecture is scheduled for 9:15-10:30 a.m. in Health Sciences Building (HSB), room 40.

The event’s closing panel discussion, The Future of Higher Education, will explore what trends teachers should be looking at for the next decade or so. Panelists David Bentley, English and Writing Studies, Amanda Grzyb, Information and Media Studies, and Tom Haffie, Biology, all award-winning teachers, will touch on topics ranging from government research funding decisions to the intersection of complexity science and education. 

The closing session is scheduled for 2:30-4 p.m. in HSB 40.

Concurrent sessions during the event include:

  • Talking Tech: Faculty Perspectives on eLearning at Western. Suzanne Kearns Management and Organizational Studies; Bethany White, Statistical and Actuarial Sciences; and Tim Wilson, Anatomy and Cell Biology. 10:45 a.m.-12 p.m. HSB 236.
  • The (Marking) Key to Success: Using Rubrics in the University Context. Joe Compeau, Ivey Business School; Peter Ferguson, Political Science; and Miranda Green-Barteet, Women’s Studies and English and Writing Studies. 10:45 a.m.-12 p.m. HSB 240;
  • Changing the Culture of Grading. Peggy Maki, keynote speaker; Mark McDayter, English and Writing Studies; Lindi Wahl, Applied Mathematics; and Jay Loftus, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry. 1-2:15 p.m. HSB 40;
  • Building Successful Faculty - TA Partnerships. Andrew Johnson and Leichelle Little, both of Health Sciences; and Catherine Nolan and Jennifer Hutchison, both of the Don Wright School of Music. 1-2:15 p.m. HSB 40.


8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
(holidays excluded)


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