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UW hosts national colloquium on teaching and learning for student success (Mar 27, 2006)

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March 27, 2006

Contact: Kate Dixon
kdixon@uwsa.edu
(608) 265-3195

UW hosts national colloquium on teaching and learning for student success

MADISON- Scholars from across the University of Wisconsin System will join fellow teachers from throughout the country as part of a national effort to improve how university faculty can help college students reach academic success.

"Evidence, Impact and Momentum," the 2006 Carnegie Academy for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (CASTL) Colloquium, will be held Saturday and Sunday, April 1-2, at the Madison Concourse Hotel in Madison.

According to Lisa Kornetsky, director of the UW System Office of Professional and Instructional Development, faculty who focus on the scholarship of teaching and learning thoughtfully study how students learn. These scholars seek to improve instruction and, ultimately, student success, she said.

"Professors and instructors in the UW System and across the nation are deeply interested in better understanding how students learn," Kornetsky said. "These scholars are studying teaching methods and learning outcomes on many levels, from traditional-age students to adult learners, and from the traditional classroom to the online environment."

The colloquium is co-sponsored by The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, the UW System Office of Professional and Instructional Development (OPID), and the UW System Leadership Site for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. It will feature presentations from colleges and universities across the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom.

UW System President-emerita Katharine Lyall, a visiting senior scholar with the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, will deliver a keynote address on Saturday, April 1, at 6:30 p.m. Lee S. Shulman, the eighth president of The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, will speak at 2:15 p.m. on Sunday, April 2.

Presentations will include faculty from several UW System campuses, including UW-Barron County, UW-Eau Claire, UW-Fox Valley, UW-La Crosse, UW-Madison, UW-Marathon County, UW-Marshfield/Wood County, UW-Milwaukee, UW-Oshkosh, UW-Parkside, UW-River Falls, UW-Rock County, UW-Stevens Point, UW-Superior, UW-Stout, UW-Waukesha and UW- Whitewater. A full conference schedule is available at http://www3.uwm.edu/dept/leadershipsite/2006colloquiumprogram.pdf.

"The UW System is a national leader in this effort to ensure academic success for all students," Kornetsky said. "The results are becoming evident right here in Wisconsin."

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NOTE TO MEDIA: Reporters are welcome to attend any of the colloquium sessions. Please check in at the CASTL Colloquium Registration table upon arrival.