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The Spotlight on Learning was held March 4 and 5, 2004, in Baker Center.

Each annual "Spotlight on Learning" learning fair explores how to engage students in the classroom. Through poster sessions, roundtable discussions, demos, and concurrent sessions, faculty share how they cultivate learning experiences that are truly learner-centered and customized to the way individual students learn best.

This FREE two-day event highlights the best practices of Ohio University's teacher-scholars.

The revised final version of the schedule is available now. This schedule was posted at 11:30 am on Tuesday, March 2, 2004, and includes both new sessions and room changes from the "final" schedule that was posted February 26. It is a 68 KByte Acrobat Reader (.pdf) file. Macintosh users may find that Preview fails to show all four pages, but Macintosh Acrobat Reader Version 6 will display and print all four pages correctly.


Register for This Event

Though registration is not required for attending this event, registering will assist us in determining appropriate presentation venues and accurate numbers for ordering refreshments.

The keynote speakers for this year's event will be RANDY BASS on Thursday, March 4 and MARYELLEN WEIMER on Friday March 5.


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Randy Bass

Georgetown University

Randy Bass is Executive Director of Georgetown's Center for New Designs in Learning and Scholarship (CNDLS, pronounced "CANDLES"), a University-wide center supporting faculty work in new learning and research environments.

He is the director of the Visible Knowledge Project (VKP), a five-year scholarship of teaching project exploring the impact of technology on learning in the humanities. In conjunction with the VKP, he is also the Director of the American Studies Crossroads Project, an international project on technology and education in affiliation with the American Studies Association, with major funding in the past by the US Department of Education's Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education and the Annenberg/CPB Project. In conjunction with the Crossroads Project, Bass is the supervising editor of Engines of Inquiry: A Practical Guide for Using Technology to Teach American Studies, and executive producer of the companion video, Engines of Inquiry: A Video Tour of Learning and Technology in American Culture Studies.

He has served a co-leader of the NEH-funded "New Media Classroom Project: Building a National Conversation on Narrative Inquiry and Technology," in conjunction with the American Social History Project/Center for Media and Learning (at the CUNY Graduate Center). He is also co-editor of the Electronic Resources Editor for the Heath Anthology of American Literature (third edition, Paul Lauter, ed.). He has been working with educational technology since 1986 and has directed or co-designed a number of electronic projects and publications on the use of technology in teaching culture and history. For several years he has served as a facilitator and consultant to the "American Memory Fellows Program" of the National Digital Library of the Library of Congress.

For 1998-99, he served as a Pew Scholar and Carnegie Fellow in conjunction with the Pew-funded Carnegie Teaching Academy, for the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. In 1999, he won the EDUCAUSE Medal for outstanding achievement in information technology and undergraduate education. Bass is Associate Professor of English and a member of the American Studies Committee at Georgetown University. In 1993-4 he served as the American Studies Keck Foundation Faculty Fellow at Georgetown. He is the author of Border Texts: Cultural Readings for Contemporary Writers (Houghton Mifflin, 1999); and co-editor of Intentional Media: Reflections on Technology and Learning in the Culture and History Classroom, a double issue of the journal Works and Days (Fall, 1999).

(Source: http://www.georgetown.edu/faculty/bassr/bassbio.htm)



Maryellen Weimer

Berks Lehigh Valley College of Penn State

Maryellen Weimer is one of the nation's most highly regarded authorities on effective college teaching. With over 25 years of experience in the field, she is the editor of the Teaching Professor*, a monthly newsletter on college teaching with 20,000 subscribers.

Weimer served as the Associate Director of the National Center on Postsecondary Teaching, Learning and Assessment for the U.S. Department of Education Research and Development Center. The Center, a consortium of six universities, was part of the Center for the Study of Higher Education at Penn State University where Dr. Weimer was a senior research associate. Currently, Dr. Weimer is an Associate Professor of Teaching and Learning at the Berks Lehigh Valley College of Penn State.

Dr. Weimer has edited or authored eight books, including Classroom Communication: Collected Readings for Effective Discussion and Questioning; How Am I Teaching? Forms and Activities for Acquiring Instructional Input; and Teaching College: Collected Readings for the New Instructor; and Teaching Tools, a collection of collaborative, active and inquiry-based approaches to be used in conjunction with Biological Perspectives, an NSF-funded introductory biology text, created by Biological Sciences Curriculum Studies (BSCS). In June 2002, Jossey-Bass published her latest book, Learner-Centered Teaching: Five Key Changes to Practice.



*If you are an Ohio University faculty member, you have access to our online subscription to the Teaching Professor by using the username and password you received in the mail last year. If you are a new faculty member, and you attended the new faculty orientation, you received a copy of the Teaching Professor along with the username and password for online access. If you are an Ohio University faculty member and have either not received your access information or have forgotten or lost it, you may contact Anita Leach at leacha@ohio.edu to receive it.



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