Sponsored by the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL), this year’s 15th annual Learning and Teaching Symposium was virtually attended by faculty and staff members who focused on the theme: small changes, big impact.
The event featured Flower Darby, a nationally-recognized instructional designer and author of the forthcoming book, “The Spark of Online Learning: How Technology and Emotion Science Ignite Engagement in Every Class.”
In her session, Darby offered research-driven advice on how to engage and motivate students and placed emphasis on the role of emotions in enhancing student learning.
In addition, the symposium featured faculty and student panels, discussion groups, and breakout sessions on teaching with technology, reflective pedagogy, and library resources for faculty researchers. Participants also explored tools for engaging students across modalities and learned how such tools can support the success and well-being of students during times of uncertainty and unprecedented change.
The two-day virtual format of this year’s event represented an evolution in the CETL’s delivery of faculty development programming, highlighting faculty pedagogical accomplishments and supporting continued growth in the ability to promote effective student learning.