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Wynalda Teaching & Learning Institute (TLI)
This annual faculty learning event generously sponsored by the M.E. Davenport Foundation is dedicated to supporting quality instruction, faculty professional development, and academic team cohesiveness. The event includes a two-day conference prior to the start of the fall term.

Ready to get creative? Feeling innovative? You are at the right place!

This internal conference for Davenport University faculty is designed to be a collaborative, engaging, and supportive environment for faculty to come together to talk about teaching and their professional practices.  Each year we also bring in outside speakers.

2014 Wynalda TLI Theme-- Future classroom is here NOW: Envisioning the Future of Education and Technology at DU

At Davenport we work to help our students "Get where the world is going" but how do we as educators know where OUR world of education is going?

The 2014 Wynalda Teaching and Learning Institute will focus on sharing research, insights, and ideas on topics related to the future of higher education. Together we can explore future directions for assessment strategies, emerging technologies in the classroom, alternative delivery methods (like VISL, accelerated courses, boot camps, flipped class, new technology “blends”), collaboration in the classroom, creative usages of technologies to support learning, as well as explorations of the shifting demographics and community shifts that impact our work as educators.  The full conference program is coming soon!

Conference Location, Dates, and Logistics

Conference Dates and Registration:

NEW for 2015-- Wynalda Teaching and Learning Institute and Davenfest will be held back-to-back at the Lettinga campus in Grand Rapids, MI.  TLI will continue to offer multiple livestreaming and online options to enable all faculty to participate in the event.

  • Wednesday August 19-- Optional pre-confrence workshops (both in-seat and possibly online)

  • Thursday August 20-- TLI begins at 9:30 and concludes with dinner at the Grand Rapids Hilton.  

  • Friday August 21-- Davenfest


All faculty, including adjuncts, distinguished adjuncts, full-time faculty and lab coordinators as well as full-time library staff and academic leaders are invited to present and participate in this event, either in-person or virtually via web streaming and online resources.

We are working to increase adjunct participation in this event-- distinguished adjuncts and any adjunct who is presenting are invited to participate in the live event. Currently, all other adjuncts are invited to participate online via live streaming.

For those presenters and full-time faculty attending the in-person event in Grand Rapids, hotel rooms will be double occupancy and mileage will be reimbursed for groups of 3 traveling together from other campuses. 

Please note that many of the conference sessions, including breakouts, will be LiveStreamed and/ or recorded. 

This event would not be possible without the hard work of the TLI Planning and Implementation Committee. Please join me in thanking them for their dedication!

Looking forward to talking about teaching at TLI,
Keri Dutkiewicz
Director of Faculty Learning
Office of Performance Excellence