Friday, May 18, 2007
OU, Windsor participate in joint conferenceThe first-ever joint conference between the University of Windsor and
Oakland University took place May 7-8 in Windsor, Ontario. More than
100 faculty and staff members from the schools participated in the
Conference on Teaching and Learning.
According to University of Windsor’s Vice Provost for Teaching and
Learning Alan Wright, the conference is the first of several major
collaborations between OU and Windsor. The universities have been
working on collaboration efforts since fall 2006.
“It's the start of a very promising relationship,” Wright said. "Both
universities feel we have enough in common to make it a good match, and
we have a fair amount to share and learn."
The conference, which was themed “Centered on Learning,” featured
workshops and sessions covering a wide range of topics related to
teaching and learning, with an emphasis on fostering critical thinking
"The theme 'Centered on Learning' really ties in with much of what we
have been doing, concentrating on articulating the learning outcomes of
our courses right across the curriculum," Wright said. "It isn't easy,
but we are wrestling with ways to go beyond rote memorization."
Keynote speakers Craig Nelson and Geraldine Van Gyn presented
information focused on the theme. The conference also featured poster
presentations by faculty from both institutions.
For details on the 2007 conference, visit the conference Web site.Oakland University has already begun plans to host the 2008 conference.