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January 27, 2014

Integrative Learning Is Topic for 'Connect with Colleagues' Panel Discussion

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"Integrative Learning: Helping Students Connect Academic Knowledge and Relevant Practical Experiences" is the topic for a "Connect with Colleagues" panel discussion on Thursday, Jan. 30.

The brown bag lunch series, sponsored by the Center for Learning and Teaching (CLT), offers faculty members a chance to learn more about good ideas for teaching. The program will be from 12:30-1:30 p.m. in the Learning Commons Conference Room at Perry Library. CLT will provide drinks and dessert.

Worth Pickering, assistant vice president for assessment, will lead the discussion. Joining him on the panel will be: Ed Gomez, associate professor of human movement sciences; Vivian Paige, instructor of accounting; Bob Spina, associate dean, undergraduate studies and assessment, Darden College of Education; and Scott Sechrist, associate professor of medical diagnostic and translational sciences.

A topic of particular interest these days is integrative learning. The Association of American Colleges & Universities defines it as "an understanding and a disposition that a student builds across the curriculum and co-curriculum, from making simple connections among ideas and experiences to synthesizing and transferring learning to new, complex situations within and beyond the campus." Intentional learning is the key, Pickering notes. It encourages self-awareness in students.

At the Jan. 30 discussion, the cross-campus panel of faculty members will share ways they have worked toward integrative learning for their own students. Faculty members are encouraged to attend and join the conversation.

For more information contact CLT at clt@odu.edu or 683-4252. To register go to http://clt.odu.edu and click "Events."