All-university summit plans set for Aug. 22
Response 'very positive' in inaugural year

KU's Center for Teaching Excellence and the KU Medical Center in Kansas City and Wichita will co-sponsor "KU Summit II: Scaling the Heights of Teaching and Learning" Aug. 22.

This is the second year for the all-university conference, which brings together faculty from the Lawrence, Kansas City, Wichita and Edwards campuses to discuss ways to improve student learning.

"Last year's summit was the first effort to engage the faculty and staff in a conversation about teaching, and the response from the 350 participants was very positive. Many were interested in continuing the discussions that began then," said Fred Rodriguez, CTE director. "Summit II is an opportunity for faculty and staff to engage in a conversation about assessing teaching and assessing learning. We plan to make this an annual event to kick off the academic year."

The conference will begin at 8:30 a.m. in 130 Budig Hall with Provost David Shulenburger's keynote speech, "How We Measure Teaching and Learning."

Participants will then attend their choice of two different breakout sessions. Following these sessions, Chancellor Robert Hemenway will conduct a town hall meeting on issues related to assessing teaching and learning.

The conference will conclude with a lunch served at 12:30 p.m. on the Wescoe terrace.

Topics for the various breakout sessions may include the following:
- Academic controversy: increasing intellectual conflict and increasing quality of learning.
- Peer observations of teaching: addressing why and how.
- Learning styles: understanding implications for teaching and learning.

To register, contact CTE at 864-4199 or and indicate breakout session preferences. Lunch will be complimentary for those who register by Aug. 15.





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