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The theme for the 2015 Wynalda Teaching and Learning Institute (TLI) is Inspired Teaching and Learning for an Intercultural World

This year's event will address the following questions:

  • What / who inspires you to teach?
  • How do you inspire students to learn?
  • How do you build effective, inspirational relationships with students and colleagues across distance, cultures, and individual differences? How does technology impact these connections?
  • How do you stay connected to students, colleagues, and realities of the professional work your students will be called to do?
  • Who inspires you to be your best self?
  • Who challenges you to flex your own style and preferences?
  • What connections in your communities of practice support and inspire you to continually build cultural competence?

 Connections can build or undermine inspiration. The 2015 Wynalda Teaching and Learning Institute (TLI) focuses on the ways connections across and within multiple cultures inspire and challenge us as as teachers and as learners.

 Connecting with students and colleagues can be the most rewarding aspects of our work as faculty. At the same time, cultural differences, behavioral style, geography and time limitations challenge us to find innovative ways to effectively engage and connect with our students and our colleagues. For example, in the 2012 New York Times article Admitted, but Left Out, the words disconnection and connection are used by students to describe their experiences, express their hopes, and explain the reasons that they feel excluded and marginalized. Collegiality and building relationships with colleagues; as well as connecting with one's inner self.

 Connectedness addresses the faculty role in helping students to connect conceptual and inter-disciplinary dots, understand the relationships between them, and identify new ones in an effort to foster critical and creative thinking. Making connections between school and professional goals can also help students achieve academic goals. As colleagues we also connect with each other to build collegiality and establish communities of practice where the art of teaching can be discussed, refined,and supported.

In line with the theme, this year’s event will provide multiple options for connecting, from short TED-talk style presentations, to research posters to informal conversations during meals. Please join the conversation by registering for the event and submitting a proposal to share your ideas.

 Proposals could address the following sub-themes or learning tracks:

  • Cultural Intelligence and Competence (CQ)-- Understanding the impact of culture on our work as educators; building our own CQ (Cultural Intelligence)
  • Technology to Create and Sustain Effective Intercultural Relationships
  • Understanding Yourself -- Self knowledge can help us better connect with others and bring our best selves to the classroom
  • Stories-- The power of storytelling to support inspired intercultural learning
  • Connecting as Colleagues -- Building supportive, inclusive relationships with diverse DU colleagues to enhance student learning and personal job satisfaction

 Please note that many of the conference sessions, including breakouts, will be LiveStreamed and/ or recorded. By agreeing to present at this conference, you are agreeing that your session can be LiveStreamed and/ or recorded for ongoing educational use by Davenport University students, faculty, staff, or community members.