I attended the Society for Teaching Psychology’s Annual Conference on Teaching in Atlanta, Georgia in October 2014. The conference is also known as the Best Practices Conference, and it’s a great place to learn new pedagogical techniques practiced in my own discipline. Although this conference included many interesting topics, my primary agenda was to attend the workshop on the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL).
Prior to teaching my Public Policy Analysis students the practical skills needed to produce good policy analyses, I would spend time grounding practice in classic theories of policymaking. Every semester, about half-way into these discussions, I would wish I hadn’t even bothered. Continue reading
I was given the opportunity to attend and participate in the Baccalaureate Program Directors (BPD) Conference in Louisville, KY in March 2014 under the auspices of a teaching enhancement grant. My goal was to learn innovative strategies that could be implemented in the general education course I teach (American Social Welfare, soon to be called Foundation of Social Policy) both in the face-to-face offering and in the development of an on-line version of the course to be taught in summer. Continue reading
When I first became involved in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) as a UWGB Teaching Scholar in 2004, and then again as a Wisconsin Teaching Fellow in 2006, I had certain doubts. At an early Wisconsin Teaching Fellows & Scholars meeting, I jotted down a list of several questions I had about SoTL Continue reading