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