KU announces annual teaching summit

LAWRENCE — The University of Kansas will have its annual Teaching Summit on Aug. 16 in Budig and Wescoe halls. The theme of this year's conference is "More Than Four Walls: Interactive Class Time = Enhanced Learning." The first general session will begin at 8:30 a.m. in Budig Hall Room 130.
The plenary session will include a demonstration of ways to make class time interactive. Faculty will participate in ways to generate, sustain and extend student-to-faculty and student-to-student interaction during classes, with and without technological tools. This model of active learning can be adapted to large or small classes at the undergraduate or graduate level.
Other highlights include:

  • Mini-workshops on teaching research methods to graduate students, teaching online, using the KU Common Book in first-year courses and using digital technologies to foster participation;
  • "Essentials" sessions on teaching controversial issues, making student referrals for counseling services and helping international students succeed; and
  • Small group sessions on capstone courses in science and engineering programs, digital humanities, creating a universal classroom, implementing e-Books and blended learning in graduate courses.

Additional breakout topics include hybrid teaching, understanding first-year student data, using social media, integrating the arts into KU courses and technology resources for lecturers.

The summit will conclude with lunch at 12:30 p.m. Faculty members are encouraged to attend the plenary session and additional breakout courses of interest if unable to attend the full event. Please indicate during registration whether you will stay for lunch.
To register, contact the Center for Teaching Excellence at 785-864-4199 or by email by Aug. 13. Conference materials will be available after 8 a.m. Aug. 16 inside the northwest entrance to Budig Hall.