William & Mary Higher Education Program at CHEP Conference 2017

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    Dinner  Higher Education Program reunited at 2017 CHEP Conference for dinner (from left to right: Amanda Armstrong, Madeline Smith, Yi Hao, Mary Andrews, and Dr. Pamela Eddy).  
  •  Yi Hao (PhD student) was talking about how mindfulness could be incorporated into instruction.  Mary Andrews
  •  Amanda Armstrong (right in the picture, PhD student) and Megan Weaver (PhD student in English at Old Dominion University) facilitated a great conversation about how to make peer-reviewing more accessible and effective in class.  Yi Hao
  •  Mary Andrews (Master's student) presented on her experiences as a teaching assistant and changes she made in a graduate-level course.  Yi Hao
  •  Dr. Pamela Eddy presented research findings from her geoscience grant project on exemplars and strategies in advancing teaching and learning in STEM.  
  •  Madeline Smith (PhD candidate) presented her student-centered approach to assessment.  Yi Hao
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Students and faculty from the William & Mary’s Higher Education Program recently attended the 2017 Conference on Higher Education Pedagogy (CHEP) annual conference held Blacksburg, VA.  The William & Mary representatives, including Dr. Pamela Eddy, doctoral students Amanda Armstrong and Yi Hao, doctoral candidate Madeline Smith, and master student Mary Andrews, presented four poster presentations and one conversation session.  A list of all William & Mary presentations follows:

Aligning Teaching Perspectives and Strategies with Graduate Student Socialization and Learning Needs by Mary Andrews (Master’s student);

Conversation: Responding—Really Responding—to Peer Review Processes by Amanda Armstrong (PhD student) and Megan Weaver (PhD student in English at Old Dominion University);

Supporting the Academic Success of All Students: Bringing Mindfulness into Instruction by Yi Hao (PhD student);

Rethinking Assessment Design: Learner-Centered Strategies for the College Classroom by Madeline Smith (PhD candidate);

Building Good Teaching Practices in STEM: Exemplar Portraits by Dr. Pamela Eddy, Professor, Yi Hao (PhD student), and Chris Markiewitz (Master’s student)

In addition to representing William & Mary at the conference, the Higher Education Program also reunited at a dinner for a great conversation.

Higher education doctoral candidate Madeline Smith shared her experience as a third-time presenter at CHEP:

“As a three-time attendee of the Conference on Higher Education Pedagogy, I have thoroughly enjoyed watching the conference grow and having the opportunity to collaborate with both scholars and practitioners as we seek to innovate in the areas of teaching, learning, and assessment. The exchange of ideas that I experienced during my poster presentation on the topic of learner-centered assessment has already enabled me to implement new strategies in my role as an assessment professional.”

Mary Andrews, a Master student in the Higher Education program, also shared her experiences as a first time attendee to the conference as she is approaching graduation:

“The CHEP conference gave me the opportunity to present my research independently, even as a master’s student. The conference attendees were excited about pedagogy and truly interested sharing best practices for teaching and learning. While I was initially nervous my project would not stand out, I was able to have great conversations with attendees about my research and experiences.”

The CHEP conference provides attendees an opportunity to discuss research and best practices to support teaching and learning.  Since its inception in 2009, the conference has grown from 200 participants to now include over 1000 participants representing over 40 countries.  According to Dr. Eddy, “The high representation of W&M higher education students and faculty at this conference is testament to the value the program gives to teaching.  As well, the opportunity for our students to present at a professional conference provides them with a way to engage in authentic learning.  I couldn’t be prouder of how well the group represented the higher education program!”