Conference on Teaching Excellence 2003

May 8-9, 2003

Lycoming College, Williamsport, PA 17701

"And Gladly Teach..." Bringing Excitement to the Classroom

This was Lycoming College's 3rd biennial Conference on Teaching Excellence. The featured presenter was Douglas Eder, Ph.D., Associate Professor and Director of Undergraduate Assessment and the Undergraduate Research Academy at Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville. Dr. Eder has presented at over four dozen national and regional conferences , consulted on assessment with almost 70 US institutions of higher learning from Canada to the Caribbean, and published numerous articles on the subject of authentic assessment.

The conference began with an afternoon workshop on Thursday with Dr. Eder entitled "Putting Assessment in its Place: Reviving, Surviving, and even Thriving," followed by a social evening on the campus.

Friday's schedule consisted of a full morning of sessions culminating in a luncheon/ keynote address, "Juggling, Dogs, and Assessment: The Importance of Feedback. Critical Thinking, and Punctuation" by our featured presenter, Dr. Douglas Eder.

Thursday Schedule:

Registration 12:00 - 2:00 p.m.

1:30- 4:30 Pre-conference Workshop with Douglas Eder Jane Schultz Room
4:30 - 6:00 Break Feel free to tour our campus
6:00 - 7:00 Wine and Cheese Reception Burchfield Lounge
7:00 - 9:00 Dinner Jane Schultz Room

Friday Schedule:

Registration 8:00 - 9:30 a.m.

8:45 - 9:35 Session 1 AC Second Floor Classrooms
9:45 - 10:35 Session 2 AC Second Floor Classrooms
10:35 - 11:00 Break and Conversations AC Second Floor Lounge Area
11:00 - 11:50 Session 3 AC Second Floor Classrooms
12:00 - 12:50 Session 4 AC Second Floor Classrooms
1:00 - 3:00 Lunch, Keynote Speaker, and Wrap-Up AC First Floor Pennington Lounge

Workshops Included:

  • Classroom Strategies for a Non-reading Generation
  • Using Problem Based Learning as a Tool to Enhance the Freshman Year Transition Experience
  • Questioning Skills That Enhance Learning
  • Community Revitalization and The Classroom:
  • Using Student Enthusiasm and Expertise to Produce a Downtown Market Analysis
  • Interactive Learning Games: A Success Story
  • Using WebCT to Provide Online Library Instruction to English Composition I Students
  • Teaching to Think: Active and Collaborative Learning in a Thesis Governed Course
  • Teaching Philosophy with Popular Music
  • The Annotated Bibliography: A Strategy for Undergraduate Research Skill Development
  • A Pilgrim's Progress Through Academic Discourse
  • Designing Effective Assignments: Student Managed Groups

Workshops for Teacher Educators Included:

In response to suggestions from the 2001 conference, we added a strand especially designed for teacher educators.

  • Women in the World: Place Women's Lives and Experiences in the Elementary Curriculum
  • Active Elementary Social Studies Methods with NCSS and PDE Academic Standards
  • Collaborative and Integrated Approach to Metric Measurement Using Problem-Based Strategies

Lycoming College Teaching Effectiveness Program