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LMU’s Center for Teaching Excellence Hosts Showcase Week


LMU’s Center for Teaching Excellence Hosts Showcase Week

Loyola Marymount’s Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE) will host the second annual Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) Showcase Week from Sept. 29 - Oct. 3. The program will feature presentations by LMU faculty, guest speakers and the 10-year anniversary celebration of the center.

SoTL is the work faculty perform when they apply their disciplinary knowledge to investigate questions about teaching and learning. They draw conclusions based on evidence and then submit their findings for peer review, so that they can be made available to others. The CTE coordinates support for SoTL initiatives.

According to Jackie Dewar, professor of mathematics and director of CTE, this year’s program will celebrate SoTL accomplishments, highlight connections to the university’s mission and offer faculty new opportunities to explore synergies with course design and student outcomes assessment.

“Each event in some way addresses how to take a scholarly approach to investigating student learning, and why we should care to do so,” explained Dewar. “Also, the week is the perfect opportunity to celebrate CTE’s 10th anniversary, to review its history and envision its future.”

Randall Bass, assistant provost of teaching and learning initiatives at Georgetown University, will deliver the keynote address Sept. 29. He has directed a number of electronic projects and publications on using technology in teaching culture and history, including the Visible Knowledge Project, a $2.6 million project to explore the effect of technology on learning in the humanities.

Discussions about social pedagogies, core curriculum design and the beginner’s guide to SoTL are also on the agenda.

To download the week’s schedule and to RSVP, please visit www.lmu.edu/cte. For more information, contact Nick Mattos at 310.338.2772 or nmattos@lmu.edu.