On the Road Again

SuitcaseThe fall semester didn’t involved much travel for me. Other than a couple of really great conferences (including one I have yet to blog about), I mostly kept to Nashville. This spring, however, I’m resuming my road warrior ways. Here’s my North American tour. If I’m heading to your neck of the woods this spring, let me know. I’d love to meet some more blog and Twitter friends in person.

  • January 15 – I gave the keynote at yesterday’s Great Ideas for Teaching and Learning Symposium at Boise State University, where it was very cold. My talk was titled “More Than Just Shiny Objects: Using Technology to Support Student Learning,” and you can find the Prezi here. I also gave a version of my social pedagogies workshop as part of the symposium. Thanks to Susan Shadle and the Boise Center for Teaching and Learning for hosting me.
  • February 1 – The Center for Education in Medicine at Northwestern University in Chicago is holding its third annual Medical Education Day. I’m giving a keynote titled “Using Educational Technology to Facilitate Active Learning” and leading a workshop on teaching with classroom response systems.
  • February 11-12 – The Computing Community Consortium is hosting a Multidisciplinary Research for Online Education workshop in Washington, DC, co-chaired by my Vanderbilt colleague Doug Fisher. Doug is the faculty member I blogged about who has flipped his class by “wrapping” the course around a Coursera MOOC. He invited me to participate in this workshop to help the computer science community map out an agenda for research on MOOCs and related technologies. Check out the participant list; I’m in awe of the brain power lined for this workshop.
  • March 22-23 – I’m finishing my three-year term on the board of directors (the “Core Committee”) of the Professional and Organizational Development (POD) Network, an association of teaching center and educational development professionals. If you work at a teaching center, you should join POD. And if you need consulting on a teaching matter, you should find a POD Network member on your campus. They have expertise that’s much needed in higher education today. My final Core Committee meeting is in March in Chicago, and I’m glad I’ve had this chance to help shape the organization’s future.
  • March 28 – Just down the road in Atlanta, I’ll be giving the keynote at Georgia Tech’s Celebrating Teaching Day, hosted by their Center for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning. The topic will be social pedagogies (via social media), and I’m looking forward to interacting with the faculty there.
  • May 19-21 – This May I’ll be back in Michigan to talk about the scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL), this time at the SoTL Academy hosted by Grand Valley State University. The theme of the conference is “Making Student Learning Visible,” which taps into my interest in SoTL and in the use of educational technology to surface what Randy Bass calls “thin slices” of student learning. Should be a great conference, and I know how nice Michigan can be in May.

That’s all the travel I have on my schedule–and that’s enough!

Image: “Suitcase,” by Sarah Macmillan, Flickr (CC)

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