April 27, 2016

Luncheon celebrates innovative teaching at Wayne State

Over 70 Wayne State faculty members gathered to celebrate teaching excellence at the Innovations in Teaching and Learning Luncheon held on Thursday, March 24, in the McGregor Memorial Conference Center. 

The event convenes WSU instructors to share effective pedagogical practices and strategies for engaging students in learning. 

The keynote, “Teaching & Learning: Visualizing Our Work,” presented by noted photographer Martin Springborg, faculty member in the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system, featured photos he took over the previous two days of Wayne State faculty and students engaged in learning activities.  Springborg photographed faculty and students in music education, literature, molecular biology, facilities design, chemistry, photography, typography, and the WSU Symphony Orchestra. 

As part of his presentation, he used these images to frame a conversation around elements of effective pedagogies.  The event is hosted by the Office for Teaching & Learning.

“It’s so rare for faculty to have a chance to see themselves teaching.” said Mathew Ouellett, associate provost and director of the Office for Teaching and Learning. “This opportunity provided our faculty with a new perspective to reflect on pedagogy, and a broad way to encourage new thinking with active learning practices.”

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