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Institute for Pedagogy in the Liberal Arts

Oxford College of Emory University Announces IPLA 2015:  Communities of Engagement.

Communities of Engagement suggests that institutions looking outward while inviting inward have connected in multiple ways to the larger public—in service learning programs, through public scholarship, in internship programs, through tackling the tough problems of ethics, through leadership in global issues of sustainability and global citizenship, for examples.  

These connections invite deep learning for our students in providing multiple contexts for them to experience what they are reading and discussing on campus. For faculty, these partnerships entail pedagogical changes, or present an opportunity in many cases to write for the larger public, and ultimately to make knowledge discovered within the university more ‘alive’ by connecting it to the larger public. 

IPLA 2015 will provide a four-day experience for faculty and administrators from liberal arts colleges, research institutions, and state universities  who hope to establish and extend their own communities of engagement.

May 12-15, 2015

(Select ONE track from Tuesday/Wednesday and ONE from Thursday/Friday)



● Laura I Rendón, University of Texas-San Antonio
Contemplative Engagement: Teaching and Learning for Wholeness and Social Change.
With an eye toward understanding what it means to be truly educated for the present, ever-complex world, this workshop will introduce a “sentipensante (sensing/thinking) pedagogy” that emphasizes wholeness, contemplative practice and social change.

●Deric Shannon, Emory University
Pedagogy and Place: From Abstractions to Daily Life
Join Deric Shannon in an intensive session, discussing and building pedagogical practices designed to take students out of classrooms and into the streets, the woods, the farms - into daily life - to put forms and faces to those abstractions and to set the learning imagination on fire.

●Christine Ristaino, Emory University
Changing the World Through Thought Leadership: The OpEd and Public Scholarship
In this workshop we will explore why what you know matters in the world and how you can use your knowledge and ideas to create change on a deeper level.  We will focus on the OpEd and how, through this medium, you can engage a wide range of readers through publication in top media outlets

●Stacy McQuaide and Joseph Johnson, Emory University
Creating a 'Low Context' Classroom for Multilingual Students
"High context" environments are places with implicit, shared understanding of roles, norms, and expectations; "low context" environments are more diverse, less is assumed, and expectations must be made more explicit. College classrooms tend to be more high context than we realize, leaving students confused about what we expect from them. International students face an even greater challenge.  In this workshop we will explore ways to demystify the moves and expectations for writing within disciplines.  We believe that when students master the moves, they are less likely to plagiarize. 


●Scott Wurdinger, Minnesota State University
Experiential Learning: Inspiring Students to Learn
Participants in this workshop will be engaged in a direct experience, which will be followed by a discussion on the theories and practices of experiential learning.  Participants will leave this workshop with an understanding of how to implement a variety of teaching approaches that promote experiential learning.

●Nancy Chick, Vanderbilt University
The Scholarship of Teaching & Learning (SoTL): Communities of Engagement for Instructors
This year’s IPLA theme focuses on engaging students and the community in a “looking outward/inviting inward” synergy that invites deeper learning from students. This session will apply this model of “looking outward/inviting inward”—a dynamic reciprocity across traditional borders—to the work of instructors to invite deeper teaching and learning. Specifically, participants will “look outward/invite inward” as they learn how to conduct a scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL) project and thus join this simultaneously institution-specific and international community of engagement.

●Edward Queen, Emory University
Let Down Your Hair, Rapunzel: Practical Steps to Public Scholarship and Engagement
These sessions will provide participants with practical steps designed to improve their ability to write for wider audiences, work with news reporters, partner with community organizations, and help them develop a clearer understanding of the normative dimension of their work.

Jim Brown and Myra Frady, Emory University
Extending Academics:  Assessing the Possibilities of Social Media
This session involves the examination of specific social media, the development of criteria by which they may be examined, and the creation of a rubric that participants can apply to their own teaching and institutional setting.


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