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Mike Welch speaking at Excellence in Teaching Day

Excellence in Teaching Day

Excellence in Teaching Day is an annual event sponsored by the Center for Teaching Excellence that brings together faculty members from across the University with nationally-recognized scholars for substantive dialogue about important issues in teaching and learning. Through provocative keynote addresses, interactive breakout sessions, and the Teaching Innovation Poster Session, faculty members have the opportunity to explore with their colleagues new possibilities both for the classroom and for higher education at large.

Making Learning Visible

The next Excellence in Teaching Day will occur on Monday, May 6, 2019 and invites participants to reflect on the challenge of “Making Learning Visible” in our classes. It asks us to consider how we might more intentionally design our courses -- our assignments, class activities, exams, lectures -- so that both instructors and students can identify and gauge the learning happening in their classes. As BC seeks to build a more robust culture of assessment, faculty have the opportunity to shape the role that assessment plays in student learning. We in the CTE are eager to hear from BC faculty who have already been exploring ways to make student learning more visible in their classes, so please contact Sarah Castricum to let us know what you’ve been trying.


Keynote Speaker

We are pleased that Professor Claire Howell Major will deliver the keynote lecture that frames the day’s conversation about “making learning visible.” A dynamic speaker with a background in English literature, Dr. Major is currently Professor of Higher Education at the University of Alabama, where she teaches courses on college teaching and technology in higher education. An author of many teaching guides for faculty, Major is a leading thinker on the role of assessment in the classroom.


Call for Proposals: ETD Poster Session

As part of Excellence in Teaching Day, we will again be organizing a poster session to feature the innovative teaching of Boston College faculty. We welcome posters that convey a goal or challenge in teaching, present learning activities or other innovations used to address it, and examples of student work or responses that show the outcomes. If you would like to learn more about this opportunity to showcase your teaching, please email Keisha Valdez.