In October, the International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching & Learning (ISSOTL) held its thirteenth annual conference in Raleigh, North Carolina.
This three day event drew faculty and participants from around the globe to share their work in the scholarship of teaching and learning. Sessions ranged from panels that looked at trends in evaluating student learning and teaching methods to presentations by faculty conducting studies of student learning and teaching approaches in their own classes.
The Saturday plenary, “Changing Higher Education One Step at a Time”, included Duke faculty member Julie Reynolds.
The Friday plenary session “Visual Deaf Space Classroom Ecology: Lessons in Learning from Gallaudet University” featured a faculty member at Gallaudet discussing how they design spaces for student/faculty interaction at the university and the role of visual communication when working with students. From the same session, a presentation on visual essays gives a look at alternatives to the traditional student paper that can be used for writing assignments.
The concurrent session “Beyond Coverage: Using Threshold Concepts and Decoding the Disciplines to Focus on the Most Essential Learning” looks at how faculty can concentrate on “core” concepts in a discipline to determine what is essential when teaching a course.