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Building a community of learners

By Susan Green

Welcome to Spotlight on Learning, a University-wide showcase of the best learning-centered teaching practices implemented in the classroom. Now in its third year, the conference continues to bridge the gap between scholarship and instruction and to foster collegiality across disciplines.

Provost Stephen Kopp. Photo by Rick FaticaThe Ohio University community is invited to attend this free, two-day event that begins at 8:45 a.m. March 4, with a brief welcome from Provost Stephen Kopp in the Baker University Center Ballroom.

Keynote speakers for this year's event are Randy Bass, Thursday, March 4, at 9 a.m. and Maryellen Weimer, Friday, March 5, at 1:30 p.m.

Bass' address, "Hyper Activity and Under Construction: Can We Create a Culture of Learning in the 21st Century?" will explore the challenges of teaching and learning, how faculty can respond to the changed nature of information and knowledge and how higher education can respond in innovative and intentional ways to these challenges.

Weimer's keynote focuses on teaching that promotes learning. In addition to proposing and exploring a variety of concrete, practical strategies and details associated with successfully implementing learner-centered teaching, Weimer's breakout session will challenge faculty to consider who's responsible for what in the teaching learning process.

Bass is executive director of Georgetown University's Center for New Designs in Learning and Scholarship, a university-wide center that supports faculty work in new learning and research environments. He is associate professor of English and a member of the American studies committee at Georgetown University.

Weimer is an authority on effective college teaching. She has more than 25 years of experience and is the editor of the "Teaching Professor*," a monthly newsletter on college teaching. She's an associate professor of teaching and learning at Berks Lehigh Valley College of Penn State and has edited and authored eight books.

In honor of the University's bicentennial, Milton Hakel, professor of psychology at Bowling Green State University and Ohio Board of Regents Eminent Scholar, is presenting a retrospective of 200 years of learning at Ohio University.

Not only will he trace the University's academic history, but he'll also share his thoughts on a path for the future. Hakel's area of expertise is in the science of learning.

Details about the upcoming conference can be found at www.ohiou.edu/learningfair/. To register for this event please visit, http://teach.citl.ohiou.edu/provost-calendar/index.cfm.  

Susan Green is a writer with University Communications and Marketing.

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