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Take a look at what we have planned when you attend the Third Annual BIG XII TEACHING AND LEARNING CONFERENCE.

Wednesday evening June 1st, we will pick you up at your hotel for a tour of the Konza Prairie and a BBQ dinner. Enjoy music by Too Many Degrees, a folk/bluegrass band comprised of K-State professors from Animal Science & Industry and Physics.

The conference starts Thursday, June 2, with breakfast and registration from 7:30am - 8:30am in Leadership Studies Building. Jana R. Fallin, Director, Teaching & Learning Center, Brian Niehoff, Associate Provost, Institutional Effectiveness, and Jim Coffman, Provost emeritus will welcome participants to the conference and K-State. 

Michael Wesch, our keynote speaker, will present "Teaching for Wonder--Life Transformation through our Classes." After years of experimenting with social media and assessing the learning potential of these tools, Wesch argues that they don’t automatically foster significant learning or establish genuine empathy or meaningful bonds between professors and students. Using social media is but one of the many possible ways to connect, but the message that Wesch’s experimentation brings is that only genuine connections may restore the sense of joy and curiosity that we hope to instill in our students.

Following the keynote address, numerous concurrent seminar sessions will be presented by faculty from Big XII universities. Participants will have a variety of options from which to choose. After these sessions, all participants will gather for discussion in Town Hall, Leadership Studies Building. Lunch will be provided.

After lunch faculty from around the Big XII will offer workshop sessions. Poster presentations are scheduled at Hale Library along with a reception, hosted by the Dean of Libraries at K-State. The afternoon will end with Forums on different topics including distance education, first-gen students, course evaluations and more.

Thursday evening you are invited to join us at the Flint Hills Discovery Center for dinner and festivities. The Teaching & Learning Center will showcase SPOTLIGHT K-State,  an annual celebration of teaching excellence. We share this program which recognizes outstanding faculty members in hopes that you will take away ideas for celebrating teaching at your university.

Friday, June 3rd begins with breakfast at the Bill Snyder Family Stadium. Following a tour of this facility, the legendary coach, Bill Snyder, will share his teaching philosophy with open questions and discussion.

We travel back to the Leadership Studies Building for another workshop. Mick Charney, Professor of Architecture, and past University Distinguished Teaching Scholar, will take us on a journey of discovery using his work as an honorary Disney imagineer. You will be amazed at the teaching lessons one can draw from this scholarly work. His visuals and movie clips make for an amazing view of teaching and learning from a unique vantage point. Faculty will respond to Mick's presentation giving examples of how they use Disney concepts in their classes.

The final session of the conference will be Growth Mindset: How Do Your Perceptions of Intelligence Help or Hinder the Teaching and Learning Environments that you Create? presented by faculty members from the College of Engineering. We think you will find this topic and the discussions that follow fascinating.

We end the afternoon and the conference looking forward to the 4th Annual BIG XII TEACHING AND LEARNING CONFERENCE.