What possibilities for deep, transformative teaching and learning can students, faculty, and staff imagine and create together? The University of Virginia’s Fifth Annual Innovations in Pedagogy Summit brings together faculty, staff, and students from across UVA and beyond to showcase excellence in teaching and learning and to explore collaborative visions for the Academical Village of the future.
This year’s theme is Imagining Teaching and Learning Together. Learning has the potential to be especially dynamic, expansive, and enduring when students and faculty learn with and from one another. UVA was founded on, and indeed, physically constructed around, a vision of faculty and students working and learning together. In the 21st century, integrative and collaborative education has become more important than ever, as we teach and learn in order to address the challenges of our world’s complex and unscripted problems. The Summit will highlight productive teaching and learning collaborations and host a lively exchange of ideas about this theme.
For the 2017 Summit we welcome Michael Wesch of Kansas State University as our keynote speaker. Wesch is internationally recognized as a leader in teaching innovation. The New York Times recognized him as a professor whose courses “mess with old models” and “give students an experience that might change how they think, what they care about or even how they live their lives.” Wesch has won several major awards for his work, including the US Professor of the Year Award from the Carnegie Foundation, the Wired Magazine Rave Award, and he was named an Emerging Explorer by National Geographic. He has recently launched a podcast about college life, Life101.audio. This endeavor has immersed him in the lives of his students in ways that have led to new teaching insights.
The 2017 Summit will be held Wednesday, May 3, 2017, from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm, in Newcomb Hall, University of Virginia.