Register for teacher empowerment conference by end of April 17

April 16, 2015 | Events, UToday
By Samantha Watson



The University of Toledo will host the first “Empowering Teachers, Empowering Learners: Active Learning and Technology” conference Wednesday, April 22.

The conference, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the second floor of the Student Union, is free and available to all university and high school faculty in the area. It is co-hosted by the University Teaching Center and Learning Ventures.

“We wanted to give the high school and university faculty a chance to learn together,” said Dr. Barbara Kopp Miller, UT associate provost for online education. “Those two groups don’t normally have an opportunity to have professional development together.”

Check-in will take place from 8 to 8:30 a.m. in Student Union Room 2582, followed by keynote speaker Matt Pellish, senior director of strategic research and education and a national meeting speaker with the Education Advisory Board. Two breakout sessions will follow, then lunch with keynote speaker Dr. Jon Landis, U.S. development executive with Apple Inc.

Following two additional breakout sessions, the group will go on a tour of the Jacobs Interprofessional Immersive Simulation Center on Health Science Campus. Buses will be available to transport the group to and from each campus for the tour.

Eight different breakout sessions that discuss active learning in the classroom will be offered, and each will be led by university and high school faculty members. Each session discusses how active learning is being used within the classroom at UT and in surrounding high schools.

“Active learning increases student retention and performance,” said Dr. Constance Shriner, UT vice provost for academic program development. “There is a growing body of literature that suggests that when students are actively engaged with the content and with each other, they perform better.”

To register, click here by the end of Friday, April 17.

Parking will be available in Lot 13 and the west parking ramp.