28th annual Southwest Seminar For Great Teaching: Educators Empowering Educators
Inn & Spa at Loretto | Santa Fe, N.M. | Oct. 27-29
The Southwest Seminar for Great Teaching is based on the premise that college faculty are a rich resource that needs to be tapped via a format which encourages learning from each other. The seminar takes a participant-centered focus that encourages attendees to reflect upon their experiences and contribute to the topic at hand. The results are dynamic workshops that reflect the real world challenges faced by today’s college teachers with solutions based on classroom experience.
This year’s sessions will begin with Thursday (Oct. 27) evening “home” groups, wherein participants will get acquainted and engage in a brief group exercise designed to foster collegiality. On Friday morning, the home groups briefly reconvene as facilitators explain the format for the expert and reporting back sessions which will follow. Next, participants will join with other seminar participants in the expert group of their choice. In these expert groups, participants will tap their own experiences/knowledge. Trained facilitators will guide the expert groups in the development of teaching tips, practical suggestions, and examples that address each group’s topic. Afterward, the participants will return to their original/home groups and report back on how their expert group addressed the topic at hand. Thus, all participants will eventually share in the knowledge generated by each expert group.
In addition to the theme sessions, participants can choose from one of seven Saturday morning breakout sessions. These sessions are based on issues/topics that arose at previous seminars. For a complete listing of the theme and breakout session topics, see the accompanying ad in CCWeek’s planner edition. The second set of Saturday breakout sessions are unique in that they are based on issues that arose during the expert sessions. Herein, facilitators identify topics based on issues that arose during the theme session while participants are asked to contribute their ideas for additional workshop topics.
Feedback from previous participants is consistently highly positive. Seminar participants report that they leave with a sense of renewal plus practical information concerning teaching techniques and ideas on how to address many of today’s teaching challenges.
For more information contact: El Paso Community College, Faculty Development Office; firstname.lastname@example.org, (915) 831-2201, www.epcc.edu/facultydevelopment.