Welcome to The International Sun Conference on Teaching and Learning
2016 Theme: Teaching and Learning Experientially
This year’s theme of “Teaching and Learning Experientially” focuses on how instructors can get students fully engaged in their discipline by doing active, hands-on learning in an authentic, professional context. Such engagement may or may not happen within a for-credit class and can take many forms such as clinical experiences, student teaching, cooperative education, fieldwork, educational travel, fellowships, internships, apprenticeships, entrepreneurship, practicums, undergraduate research, service learning, and volunteering. Research suggests these rich experiences help students succeed by increasing self-knowledge, commitment, and professional preparation.
Scott Wurdinger Professor of Experiential Education and Leadership Studies Minnesota State University, Mankato
"The Power of Experiential Learning: From Discussion to Field Experience" Considering implementing (new approaches to) experiential learning in your courses? Through whole-room and small-group discussions, we explore its underlying theoretical constructs as well as various applied approaches such as collaborative learning, problem based learning, project based learning, service learning, and place-based education.
What is the Sun Conference?
The Sun Conference is dedicated to building a community of teachers primarily in higher education whose commitment to instructional excellence transcends disciplinary, cultural, and national barriers. The focus of the conference is on the scholarship of teaching and learning, as well as practical, applied strategies, tools, and techniques based on well-founded teaching and learning principles.
The Sun Conference aims to enhance teaching and learning, especially in the region and among minority serving institutions to help students become successful professionals and responsible citizens.
The conference includes scholarly presentations, round table discussions, interactive workshops, and informal gatherings during breakfast and lunch, providing ample opportunity to explore questions, exchange ideas, and learn novel approaches to effective teaching and learning challenges in classroom, community/experience-based, or hybrid or online courses.
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Who Should Attend?
All university, community college and school district faculty, instructional staff, teaching assistants, instructional developers, and administrators with an interest in higher education teaching and learning are invited to share innovative teaching practices, and explore transformative college and university teaching methods and strategies. A special invitation is extended to those who serve these roles at institutions of higher education in New Mexico, Arizona, and West Texas, as well as minority serving institutions that support a 21st century student demographic.
Reasons to attend the 2016 International Sun Conference