RSVP for Spark 2017 Teaching Symposium

What is Spark?

The goal of the event is to connect with all instructors from across multiple departments and faculties to highlight innovative teaching methods, celebrate teaching excellence, and to explore how we are moving forward as a liberal education institution. We will do this via lectures, panel discussions, poster presentations, round-table discussions and more.

When and Where?

Spark 2017 will be held April 27th - 28th in the Markin Hall Atrium.

Please RSVP

To help us plan better, we ask that you RSVP for Spark 2017 Teaching Symposium via our online form.

Deadline to RSVP is April 21st, 2017.

RSVP NOW!

50 Years of Teaching

As the UofL enters its 50th year as an academic institution, it is helpful to reflect on the last 50 years and recognize the change that has occurred in teaching and learning.

  • What improvements have we made in educational technology? How have they helped with your teaching?
  • How has educational research changed?
  • What were some of the greatest educational challenges over the last 50 years? How did we meet those challenges?
  • How has the role of the professor changed?
  • How has the role of the student changed?
  • What advice would you as a veteran instructor give to those just starting out?
  • Are activities changing at the University as job needs change?
  • How has the growth and ubiquity of the internet shaped how academic instruction occurs?

But in reflecting on the past of this great learning institution, we also must look forward to the next 50 years, so that we are ready to meet the next set of challenges.

  • What do you want to improve regarding your teaching in the next 5, 10, or 15 years?
  • What will textbooks look like in 5, 10, or even 25 years?
  • Will the need for physical space expansion still be a concern for the UofL 50 years from now and what will this mean for the teaching and learning environment?
  • What do the next 50 years hold? What are some of your educated predictions about where higher education will move in the next 50 years?
  • What will the role of the professor look like in 10, 25, 50 years?
  • What will the role of the student look like in 10, 25, 50 years?
  • Now that we have recognized that our classrooms have not changed much in 100 years, will we begin to change them or will we perpetuate teaching in this style of a room?
  • What role will the internet play in educating our students?
  • What actions should we be taking to prepare us for change in higher education?

 

Keynote Address - Dr. Shelly Wismath

Dr. Wismath began her career with the University of Lethbridge in 1983. She began teaching algebra in the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, where she learned techniques to help develop critical thinking skills in her students. Since then, Shelly has been honoured with the Distinguished Teaching Award in 1989, was also named the first Board of Governors Teaching Chair at the University of Lethbridge in 2006, and just recently in 2017 won a 3M National Teaching Fellowship.

Shelly is not only an excellent instructor, but is one of the biggest advocates at the University of Lethbridge campus for the recognition of teaching excellence, and the scholarship of teaching and learning. Her leadership in this area has led to many advances here on campus including, the development of a campus-wide teaching symposium, and the development of an ongoing professional development series based on current teaching topics. Her involvement with these projects to this day just solidifies her dedication to teaching at the UofL.

Please RSVP

To help us plan better, we ask that you RSVP for Spark 2017 Teaching Symposium via our online form.

Deadline to RSVP is April 21st, 2017.

RSVP NOW!

 


Contact:

Brad Reamsbottom | brad.reamsbottom@uleth.ca | (403) 380-1856