Conference on Teaching and Learning


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 Monday,  May 8, 2017

Time Activity
08:00 AM - 04:00 PM
  • Registration
08:30 AM - 08:45 AM
  • Welcome (Dr. Johnson & Dr. Chaudhury)
08:45 AM - 09:45 AM
09:45 AM - 10:00 AM Break at Upstairs Lobby (Coffee, Snacks, Vendors)
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
11:00 AM - 11:15 AM  Break at Upstairs Lobby (Coffee, Snacks, Vendors)
11:15 AM - 12:15 PM
12:30 PM - 01:30 PM

Lunch& Presidents' Panel

Topic: The role of the Liberal Arts in a 21st century education

Dr. Tony Waldrop, University of South Alabama

Dr. Christopher Puto, Spring Hill College

Dr. Timothy Smith, University of Mobile

01:45 PM - 02:45 PM
02:45 PM - 03:00 PM Break at Upstairs Lobby (Coffee, Snacks, Vendors)
03:00 PM - 04:00 PM


Tuesday, May 09, 2017

Time Activity
08:00 AM - 04:00 PM
  • Registration
08:30 AM - 08:45 AM
  • Welcome (Dr. Carr & Dr. Chaudhury)
08:45 AM - 09:45 AM
09:45 AM - 10:00 AM  Break at Upstairs Lobby (Coffee, Snacks, Vendors)
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
11:00 AM - 11:15 AM Break at Upstairs Lobby (Coffee, Snacks, Vendors)
11:15 AM - 12:15 PM
12:30 PM - 01:30 PM Lunch & Faculty Partnerships Panel
01:45 PM - 03:30 PM



Keynote Session on Monday May 8, 2017:

How Learning Works: Seven Research-Based Principles for Smart Teaching

A tenet of learner-centered teaching is that learning is the litmus test of any pedagogy. Therefore, one of the most important investments professors can make is to understand the learning process so that their teaching is intentionally learning-oriented. In this workshop we will synthesize 50 years of research on learning from the cognitive, metacognitive, motivational, developmental, and inclusiveness perspectives into seven integrated principles. This interactive workshop will illustrate the seven principles with demonstrations, discussions, and other activities that highlight how each of the principles might enhance participants’ teaching.

Dr. Michele DiPietro
Executive Director, Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning
Professor, Department of Statistics and Analytical Sciences
Kennesaw State University
3211 Campus Loop Road
Kennesaw, GA 30144


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Keynote Session on Tuesday May 9, 2017:

Overcoming Student Learning Bottlenecks: Decoding the Disciplines as an Entry to SoTL

Decoding the Disciplines is a proven methodology that prompts instructors to identify the bottlenecks – the places where students get stuck – that impede learners’ paths to expert thinking in a discipline. The process is based on recognizing the gap between novice learning and expert thinking. Through “decoding”, implicit expert knowledge can be turned into explicit mental tasks, and made available to students. The approach helps teachers to get beyond focus on content delivery and transmission and provides criteria to select from the bewildering array of teaching tools available today. This session will demonstrate the process, point to various ways it can be used as an entry to research on teaching and learning, and allow you to identify bottlenecks in your courses.

Joan Middendorf, Ph.D.
Adjunct Professor, Educational Leadership
Lead Instructional Consultant, Center for Innovative Teaching and Learning
Indiana University, Bloomington, IN 47405
phone: (812) 855-6409
email: or



Overcoming Bottlenecks for FYE Student Success

Facilitator Dr. Joan Middendorf

A shift is taking place in higher education so that teaching is approached not only from content and from teaching methods, but also from the mental actions that are crucial to functioning in a discipline. Decoding the Disciplines employs a systematic scaffolding to lead students through the bottlenecks. Students operating within a decoded class are not only more likely to learn to overcome specific bottlenecks, but also gain an understanding of the underlying ways of operating in the discipline. Such an understanding allows students to generalize what they have learned and use their new understanding of the discipline to avoid other potential obstacles. Instructors will apply an interview protocol to advance joint conversations to deepen the impact of FYE students experience. They will use analogies to make the study of the discipline more accessible and rethink and strategize course experiences.

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