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Teaching Matters

“Engaging Students, Empowering Educators”

15th Annual Interdisciplinary Conference

March 3-4, 2017

About the Conference

Teaching Matters is celebrating its fifteenth annual interdisciplinary conference in 2017 at Gordon State College on its main campus (Barnesville, Georgia).  Presentations/discussions will focus on innovative and creative pedagogical methods, approaches to various texts and/or concepts, and theories. The conference is open to all of those who have a passion for pedagogy; conference presentations are designed so that educators can share ideas and strategies that promote student success, student engagement, and active learning.

About this year's theme

Dr. Maryellen Weimer recently discussed three interconnected aspects of student engagement - behavioral, emotional, and cognitive – in “What Does Student Engagement Look Like?”  While she defines each of the parts of engagement, it is important for educators to continually work together to explore the various modes of promoting student engagement, whether it be application of pedagogical theories, implementing teaching techniques, or using educational technology.  Collaboration, as offered through the Teaching Matters conference, is one way to empower educators across all disciplines to better engage their students.  There are just as many ways to empower educators as there are to engage students.  Therefore, “Engaging Students, Empowering Educators” is a broad theme that allows presenters to focus on either or both of the parts.  Of course, we also encourage proposals not directly related to the theme.

Keynote Speaker

Dr. Michele DiPietro will be the keynote speaker at Teaching Matters this year.  He is the Executive Director of the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning and a Professor in the Department of Statistics and Analytical Sciences at Kennesaw State University.  You can read more about him online:  http://www.magnapubs.com/authors/200.html.

Direct any questions to Dr. Erica Johnson at ejohnson@gordonstate.edu.