Keynote & Plenary Events
Tuesday, April 17, 2018
8:00-9:45 – Plenary Breakfast: Provost Carol Fierke Address and Two Presentations from "Presidential Professor for Teaching Excellence" Recipients
Provost Dr. Carol Fierke kicked off the Transformational Teaching & Learning Conference by exploring what exceptional teaching is with the 2018 recipients of the “Presidential Professor for Teaching Excellence” Award, Drs. Tatiana Erukhimova and Reuben May.
12:00-1:30 – Plenary Lunch: Keynote from Dr. Michael Wesch, Kansas State University
Recipient of the "US Professor of the Year" Award from the Carnegie Foundation, Dr. Michael Wesch continued the conversation of student-centered teaching during the first day's plenary lunch keynote presentation. Dr. Wesch explored how culture, technology, and information affects education. His videos reach millions of viewers and are featured at film festivals and academic conferences around the world.
3:00-5:00 – Plenary Student-Faculty Dialogue
The Student-Faculty Dialogue brought an emphasis to the best teaching styles for today's students. Faculty and students came together and discussed engagement and impact in the classroom. This discussion inspired students and faculty alike to take risks and see what valuable learning experiences look like.
5:00-7:00 – Aggies Celebrate Teaching! Reception
The Center for Teaching Excellence hosted the second annual Aggies Celebrate Teaching! to recognize transformational teaching and learning. The event acknowledged outstanding university faculty members who, through their dedication to transformational practices, have made significant impacts for students.
Wednesday, April 18, 2018
8:00-8:45 – Plenary Breakfast: Two Presentations from "University Professorships for Undergraduate Teaching Excellence" Recipients
The Dean of Faculties, Dr. John August, opened the morning by introducing distinguished undergraduate teachers and the recipient of the 2018 "University Professorships for Undergraduate Teaching Excellence." Drs. Christopher Quick and X. Ben Wu exhibit devotion to education and innovative pedagogy.
12:00-1:30 – Plenary Lunch: Keynote from Dr. Kimberly Tanner, San Francisco State University
Dr. Kimberly Tanner led a fast-paced, interactive presentation exploring current approaches to planning and reflecting on teaching, as well as sharing the 5E learning cycle model as an analytical tool for understanding teaching choices. Topics such as metacognition, learning cycle models, teaching as brain changing, and inclusive teaching were discussed in the context of biology teaching and learning.
1:30-2:30 – Plenary Showcase: Poster Sessions, Resource Tables & Additional Activities
This networking event provided an opportunity for sharing current and relevant ideas, research, and approaches. In addition to opportunities for come-and-go poster session browsing, several groups from throughout the university had resource tables available to share information about the services they provide to the Texas A&M teaching community.
Thursday, April 19, 2018
8:00-10:30 – Tanner facilitating a BONUS workshop -- Structure Matters: 21 Teaching Strategies to Promote Student Engagement, Classroom Equity, and Inclusion
Teaching diverse populations of students requires instructors to construct learning environments that are inclusive and equitable. Research in psychology and other disciplines suggests that how students personally experience learning environments strongly influences engagement, motivation, sense of belonging, and conceptual learning. In this interactive workshop, participants shared a common experience as the basis for discussing how students may experience classroom environments differently from one another. Individual participants then had the opportunity to self-assess their current awareness 21 common equitable teaching strategies and identify those that could be immediately implemented in their classrooms, as well as other scientific professional environments to foster inclusion.