Students, alumni, and faculty representing William & Mary recently presented at the 2015 Conference on Higher Education Pedagogy (CHEP) at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in Blacksburg, VA.
Professor Pamela Eddy and Higher Education doctoral student Jamison Miller conducted a conversation session titled “A Conversation about College Teaching: Creation of a College Teaching Certificate.” This session provided a review of the School of Education’s College Teaching Certificate (CTC) program, to facilitate a conversation about what others consider key features for good college teaching, to exchange best practices, and to create an ongoing network of professionals interested in the scholarship of teaching.
Educational Policy, Planning and Leadership (EPPL) Curriculum and Educational Technology doctoral student Julie Marsh presented her session titled “Creating a Feedback Loop in the Higher Education Setting.” The session focused on the need to expand learning using a feedback loop in order to allow learners and instructors to expand the communication of knowledge.
Recent Higher Education Program alumna Sharon Stone, PhD ’14 presented her research on “Teaching to the Learning Preferences and Developmental Experiences of Student Veterans.” Dr. Stone’s interpretivist study examined how eight student veterans who were nearing or entering the developmental stage of self-authorship experienced learning in the community college environment.
Several EPPL students and faculty presented their posters at the poster session. EPPL Higher Education Professor Pamela Eddy collaborated with Professor Michael Kelley of the Applied Science department at William & Mary on their poster “Flipping the Classroom: Student Perspectives and Learning Styles.” Their poster reviewed research on a flipped class in applied science that enrolled both undergraduate and graduate students.
EPPL Curriculum and Educational Technology doctoral student April Lawrence teamed up with Professor Pamela Eddy, and EPPL Higher Education doctoral student Jamison Miller to present their poster titled “Mapping a Curriculum: Visualization as a Tool for Evaluation and Communication.” Their poster presented the process undertaken to evaluate the curriculum of a new College Teaching Certificate (CTC) program at the William & Mary School of Education.
Finally, Professor Pamela Eddy presented her poster “Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL): Building a Research Line of Inquiry from Your Class.” Her poster posed several reflective questions for faculty to consider as they work to create their own line of inquiry in SoTL, identified publication venues for completed research, and reviewed research design approaches to help start a line of inquiry focused on teaching and learning research.
EPPL Higher Education doctoral student Jamison Miller reflected on his experience at the conference, “This was my second time at the Conference, and I found the general atmosphere and the individual sessions to be both engaging and supportive. The attendees are refreshingly diverse from an impressively wide range of geographies and institutional types. I attended sessions about psychoanalytic approaches to teaching behavior, applying cognitive research to learners, and gained insightful feedback in the session I led with Dr. Eddy. I'm already looking forward to next year.”
EPPL Curriculum and Educational Technology doctoral student Julie Marsh commented, “This was my second year attending CHEP, and I have to say it is one of the best conferences I’ve experienced. The atmosphere at CHEP is a little less formal than most conferences, and there is an emphasis on practice and learning from others. My session, Creating a Feedback Loop in the Higher Education Setting, was a practice session that focused on developing the learning process by using a feedback loop inside and outside the classroom in order to expand the communication of knowledge for learners and instructors. We explored three specific tools—Twitter, Edmodo, and Google+—in collaborative groups. It was interesting to share and build strategies with other educators and administrators on how to best use feedback loops within their own specific context.”
Other EPPL students, faculty, and alumni attending the conference included Eddie Cole, Madeline Smith, Amanda Armstrong, and Ralph Charlton. This year’s conference included 1400 participants representing 47 states and 50 countries. The Higher Education Program was a sponsor for the conference and had an exhibit table to inform participants about the new College Teaching Certificate and other graduate programs offered at the School of Education.