Albion College Teaching Symposium
A one-day event on April 12th, 2014, the Albion College Teaching Symposium provides an informal venue for all faculty and staff to celebrate, showcase, and discuss a wide range of topics related to the diversity and richness of teaching at Albion College, in and out of the classroom.
The symposium is not intended as a forum for the scholarship of teaching. Instead, it is about sharing and exploring our personal and professional teaching experiences and pedagogical ideas. Teaching is happening every day and everywhere on campus. With that in mind, all faculty and staff are encouraged to participate in discussions of the real-world nuts and bolts of all types of teaching—from triumphs and joys to disappointments and anxieties.
The symposium will take place in the Science Complex Atrium.
There are three ways to participate in the symposium.
You can attend, listen, and join the conversation but not officially present.
You can present a teaching-related poster.
By “poster” we mean both the wall-hanging posters you’d see in a poster session at an academic conference, but we also imagine that “posters” could be any kind of visual or aural object used to spark teaching discussions. Standard academic posters are welcome and encouraged. But just about anything else could also be considered a poster—a work of art, a bridle and saddle, a letter from a parent, a spread sheet, or a lacrosse stick. If it’s an object that sparks a discussion about teaching, it’s a poster.
You can join a round-table discussion.
A round table is an informal public discussion revolving around a general topic, question, or issue. At the symposium, round tables will involve 6 people sitting around a table; each will offer a very short presentation (5 minutes) of his or her particular thoughts and ideas concerning the general topic. Then a moderated discussion ensues. The audience listens and joins in with questions and comments. The basic idea is to create an atmosphere in which different approaches and ideas generate new and interesting connections or insights about the shared topic.