2018 Teaching Festival | Webster University

2018 Teaching Festival

Join Us for the Teaching Festival!

The 2018 Teaching Festival will take place February 12-16 in the FDC Suite (Library 420) and Library Conference Room on the Webster Groves Campus. The entire campus community is invited to participate!

Faculty Research Symposium 2018

We are excited to announce that the Teaching Festival will take place in conjunction with the Faculty Research Symposium on Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018, rounding out an entire week of activities focused on excellence in teaching and research. The Symposium will be a day of presentations by faculty on their current research, performances, art pieces, and more.

Teaching Festival Theme: Teaching Toolkit for Engaged Learning

We look forward to an exciting line-up of presentations, workshops, panels, and roundtable discussions on the theme “Teaching Toolkit for Engaged Learning.” Check back soon for a full schedule of the week's events. This year's theme will center on the following topics:

Inclusion via Active Learning: concentrates on teaching practices that support student agency and leadership, and involves supporting students as effective directors of their own learning and of the classroom itself. Questions to consider:

  • How do I help my students take ownership of their own learning?
  • How do I share the responsibility of teaching and learning with my students?
  • How do I promote a learning environment where all students have a voice?

Developing Student Competencies for Success: focuses on how instructors support student success, create hands-on projects that promote creativity and critical thinking, and assist students in self-discovery. Questions to consider:

  • How do I help students develop effective learning strategies and study habits?
  • How do I leverage new tools and technologies to help my students work more effectively, build creativity, and develop the skills employers desire?
  • What sorts of reflective or metacognitive strategies do I use with my students to promote deeper learning?

Motivation through Transparency: centers on promoting intrinsic motivation, making course material relevant, and being transparent with students about expectations and pathways for success. Questions to consider:

  • What strategies do I use to support my students' intrinsic motivation?
  • What do I do to make course material relevant and meaningful to my students?
  • How do I connect course content to issues of local, national, or global concern?
  • How do I create equitable opportunities for my students by being transparent about my expectations and the criteria for success in my courses?

Support through Connection: involves partnering with students and academic partners to create opportunities for students and guide students toward useful resources. Questions to consider:

  • How do I work with academic partners to support student success?
  • What sorts of opportunities (research, study abroad, internships) do I create for my students?

The Teaching Festival is sponsored by the Faculty Development Center in partnership with the Academic Resource Center, the Online Learning Center, and the University Library.

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FDC Contact Info

Phone: 314-246-8243
Toll-free: 1-866-963-8243

Emerson Library Suite 420
Office Hours: M-F
8:30 am - 4:30 pm CT
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