Peter Felten is assistant provost, director of the Center for Engaged Learning, and professor of history at Elon University. His recent publications include the co-authored books Engaging Students as Partners in Learning and Teaching (Jossey-Bass, 2014) and Transforming Students: Fulfilling the Promise of Higher Education (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2014).
Desiree Porter is a junior marketing major at Elon University. She has presented portions of her undergraduate research at conferences sponsored by the International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, and also by the Association of American Colleges and Universities. She is from Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
Renee Meyers Memorial Keynote: Student-Faculty Partnerships in Learning and Teaching
Faculty think a lot about teaching. We regularly create new courses or revise existing ones. We talk with colleagues about our classes and our students, perhaps even inviting colleagues to observe and give us feedback on our teaching. We reflect on our course ratings. We read articles and books about teaching. We participate in workshops and consult with our campus learning and teaching centers. However, in all of this, how often and how carefully do we listen to students and respond to their ideas? How often do we collaborate and work alongside students to enhance learning?
In this interactive session, co-presented by an undergraduate student and a faculty member, we will explore student-faculty partnerships by drawing on three premises:
In this practical session we consider how student-faculty partnerships—through which participants engage reciprocally, although not necessarily in the same ways—have transformational potential for individual students and faculty as well as for our courses, curricula, and institutions.