2013 Teaching Festival

Welcome to the 2013 Webster University Teaching Festival. Our third annual festival has become a natural fixture on the university calendar, looked forward to by all. This year’s festival is a fine showcase of a wide range of high-quality, engaging learning experiences that demonstrate how students are transformed at Webster. For example, we can see a commitment to global citizenship in sessions like:

  • A panel of faculty and students, who tomorrow will describe their experience in a global poverty simulation embedded in a course to bring life to what they were learning about the complexities of a growing and developing world;
  • Or a variety of sessions centered around the learning impact of studying abroad - students and faculty will share reflections on these important transformational experiences that so many of our students participate in.

The festival is also a chance to see the commitment to helping each student achieve his or her individual potential:

  • Workshops, new to the festival this year, are opportunities to learn strategies to help students perform better academically, such as faculty members and Academic Resource Center staff who have teamed up to share writing tools and strategies,
  • OR our annual panel of Kemper Teaching Excellence Award Winners who this year will share their thoughts on how teachers can create excellent oral presentations that engage students and promote learning.

These examples are just a few of the 28 presentations, panels, roundtables, and workshops that make up this years festival. There is something for everyone in this year’s festival, just grab a program and take a look! And the festival certainly serves as a detailed snapshot of the types of high quality learning experiences happening at Webster. It takes the hard work of a wide range of passionate and engaged faculty and staff members to create such a rich tapestry of learning opportunities, and I hope that you all have a chance to interact this week, and get an up close and personal look at this work. Have a great time at this year’s festival, which I am pleased say has officially started.