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September 15, 2017



First International Symposium on Innovative Teaching and Learning is coming to K-State

By Jana Fallin

The first International Symposium on Innovative Teaching and Learning is coming to K-State Sept. 26 and 27. A delegation from Jilin University in China will arrive to participate and next year, Jilin will host the symposium.  

The Confucius Institute at K-State along with the Teaching and Learning Center have collaborated to offer a two-day symposium filled with presentations, workshops and posters:

• Michael Wesch, associate professor, sociology, anthropology and social work, will present the opening session, "Life 101: Lessons from Students."
 
• Members from the Jilin group will give presentations and workshops on topics about innovative teaching practices.

• Steve Dandaneau, vice provost for undergraduate studies, will share the programs at K-State designed to help first-gen students succeed.
 
• Mick Charney, associate professor of architecture, will guide participants through a workshop, "A Beautiful Mind: Critical Thinking in the Visual Arts."
 
• A panel of Chinese graduate students will share their experiences with the group in another session. 
 
• Todd Easton, 2017-2018 Coffman chair for distinguished teaching scholars, will present "Lecture-based Tutoring — an Active Learning Teaching Technique."
 
• Don Saucier, associate professor of psychological sciences, will share "Engagement Begins with You: Trickle-Down Engagement in College Teaching and Learning."
 
Two evening events are planned for the symposium:
 
• Participants will take a tour of Wefald Hall with Derek Jackson, associate vice president and director of housing and dining services at K-State, where they will enjoy a meal in the state-of-the-art dining facility on campus.
 
• Lazy T Ranch will host the group for a barbecue, poetry reading by Ron Wilson, director of the Huck Boyd Institute, and entertainment from both Chinese and U.S. cultures.
 
More information, including the registration link, can be found on the Teaching and Learning Center website.
 
Please join us for this inaugural event.