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Spring 2020 Teaching & Learning Symposium

Date: Time: 12:00 pm–4:30 pm
Nebraska Innovation Campus Conference Center Room: Auditorium
2021 Transformation Drive
Lincoln Ne 68508
Contact: Beverly Russell, (402) 472-4358,
The spring Teaching and Learning Symposium begins with lunch and a keynote with Jennifer Smith, director of the University of Florida’s Center for Teaching Excellence, on cultivating meaningful, efficient classroom discussions.

In her keynote, “Small Group Discussion: A Powerhouse for Learning,” Smith argues that small group discussion is a uniquely flexible teaching tool that can support and enhance a variety of course, learner, and classroom goals, including developing student critical thinking, collaboration, and communication skills and furthering an inclusive, productive learning environment. Informed by research on social learning and demonstrating specific discussion protocols, her interactive presentation explores the many uses and benefits of small group discussion. Discussion challenges will also be matched to possible solutions relevant for both face-to-face and online learning.

The afternoon will continue with a variety of breakout sessions by UNL faculty on classroom research and innovative teaching strategies including teaching a cross-continent virtual exchange classroom; “small teaching” tips and strategies speed session; a panel of faculty using the social engagement platform Yellowdig; and a presentation and workshop by the College of Arts and Sciences Teaching Fellows based upon their research.

Visit the symposia archive page to download presentation resources and view the schedules for previous semesters’ events.

Additional Public Info:
For questions regarding registration or the event, please contact Justy Bullington, EVC Office Events & Outreach Coordinator, or 402-472-6943.

For questions regarding content or the Center for Transformative Teaching, please contact Beverly Russell, CTT Associate Director, at or 402-472-4358.

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