Greg Valde is the Director of the LEARN Center and the Teaching Scholars Program and Associate Professor of Educational Foundations and at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.  He teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in the psychological foundations of education.   The LEARN Center is the faculty development unit at UW-Whitewater, providing an array of teaching and learning enhancement services for the campus.  The UW-W Teaching Scholars Program identifies a small group of faculty each year for participation in an intensive teaching and learning experience.  Greg is the recipient of several teaching awards, including the College of Education Teaching Award and the university W.P. Roseman Excellence in Teaching Award.  His most recently published works focus on the development of excellence in college teaching. He has toured the U.S. widely, including in the summer of 1968, when his family bought a new Oldsmobile station wagon and headed west to California.  If you’ve read this far, Greg thinks you really ought to consider reevaluating your reading and life priorities.


Morning Seminar: Learning Reconsidered: Values & Evidence Based Teaching

This workshop will explore some key ideas in the history of education, the psychology of learning, and “best practices” in teaching.  In the process you will be invited to reconsider what it means to be an excellent teacher, particularly for one of the courses you teach.

Along the way we will consider the following questions:

·      What are appropriate goals for our students andour courses?

·      How do our students think and learn?

·      What are the best ways to motivate our students?

·      What are some “state of the art” teaching practices and why should I consider adopting them?

A variety of basic concepts and research findings about teaching and learning will be presented and discussed in this interactive (and entertaining?) workshop.  There will be lots of opportunity for questions and dialogue – as well as chances to begin to apply some of these ideas to your teaching.


Afternoon Workshop: Educating the Whole Person: What Exactly Would That Mean?

Some have argued that traditional higher education is too narrowly conceived – that our approach to learning neglects certain keys aspects of students’ development.  This charge has often included the idea that we ought to educate our students’ hearts as well as their heads.  More broadly, advocates of opening this proverbial can of worms have raised topics ranging from attitudes, affect, and values to character, morality, emotional intelligence, mindfulness, compassion, commitment, and personal transformation.

In this workshop we will explore a variety of relevantquestions:

1.     What might it mean to educate the whole person?

2.     What kinds of goals might we have for our students that would extend beyond typical ones?

3.     How might we best foster those kinds of goals?

4.     How would we know if we had accomplished our goals?

Imbedded in our discussion will be two more basic questions:

o   Can this really be done in the context and structures of the modern university?

o   And, most basically, should this be done?  Is it any of our business to enter this realm?

Several visions of what this might look like will be introduced, but this will primarily be a primarily interactive in nature – inviting participants to join in the fray.  There will be ongoing opportunities for questions and dialogue – as well as chances to begin to consider how you might apply some of these ideas to your teaching.