Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, April 2011



April 2011
About Us
The Office for Academic Excellence and Assessment (AEA) at Creighton University provides ongoing support and resources to enhance teacher effectiveness and student learning.

To learn more about faculty development programming, assessment, course design, student learning processes and/or effective teaching methods, or the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL), contact Mary Ann Danielson at 280.2535.

Creighton to host Institute
The 2011 International Institute for SoTL (Scholarship of Teaching and Learning) Scholars and Mentors, formerly the national CASTL Institute, will be held at Creighton one final time June 1-4. The theme is "Transformational Learning: Engaging Education in a Global World."

Fostering transformational learning is about teaching for change. SoTL serves as a useful lens by which to examine established assumptions and to explore educational practices capable of transforming our traditional, returning and non-traditional students' learning experiences, both inside and outside the traditional classrooms and laboratories.

The Institute and this year's theme invite a variety of disciplinary and methodological studies. Join scholars from 17 states and three continents: Register today! Special pricing for Creighton faculty, staff and students of $225 -- or $170 off the regular institute price.
More on the castl institute
Creighton scholars
Congratulations to Naser Alsharif (left), Pharmacy, and Brian Kokensparger, Computer Sciences, who have been accepted as Creighton scholars to the institute and will present their respective projects: 
“Faculty Enthusiasm and Student Learning” and “Selecting and Evaluating Student Artifacts as Evidence of Readiness for Medical School.”
Creighton participation
Mary Ann Danielson and Gintaras Duda will once again serve as co-directors, and a number of Creighton faculty will serve as workshop leaders, including: Joy Doll, "Transforming Yourself: Integrating Teaching, Service and Scholarship"; Kathleeen Flecky, "Transformative Learning: Faculty-Student SoTL Collaborations"; Tracy Chapman, "Engaging Education in a Global World: SoTL and Online Pedagogy."
More on the workshops
Awards and honors
Paper Nominated
Congratulations to Bev Doyle (left) and Lynn Houtz, Department of Education, who have had a paper nominated for the Maryellen Weimer Scholarly Work on Teaching and Learning Award. The award, which recognizes an exemplary scholarly article on teaching and learning, will be presented at the 2011 Teaching Professor Conference, May 20-22, in Atlanta, Ga. Read the article (PDF)
Elected to Board
Congratulations to Mary Ann Danielson, who was just elected to the International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (ISSOTL) Board, where she will serve as board secretary, beginning July 1.
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Ask an expert
Have you heard about SoTL work and have an issue you'd like to explore in your classroom but don't know where to start? E-mail Naser Alsharif (Pharmacy) or Gintaras Duda (Physics) to schedule a one-on-one workshop to learn more about building, implementing and publishing SoTL projects.