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Hundreds of instructors and students from institutions across Canada and the United States will attend the ninth annual Windsor-Oakland Teaching and Learning Conference.Hundreds of instructors and students from institutions across Canada and the United States will attend the ninth annual Windsor-Oakland Teaching and Learning Conference.

Cross-border teaching and learning conference comes to UWindsor

The UWindsor community is invited to the ninth annual Windsor-Oakland Teaching and Learning Conference to be held on campus May 13 and 14.

The annual conference is hosted alternately by UWindsor and Michigan’s Oakland University. Hundreds of instructors and students from institutions across Canada and the United States will attend this year’s conference, with the theme, Leading Change in Teaching and Learning: Vision, Influence and Action.

“The theme of embedded leadership is particularly stimulating, as it addresses the engagement of faculty 'in the trenches',” says Alan Wright, Vice-Provost, Teaching and Learning and Acting Dean for the Faculty of Education and Academic Development.

“Faculty working to introduce new methods, new technologies and new approaches to the organization of academic programs and the student experience.”

Participants will be able to network with emerging and established educational leaders and acquire knowledge and skills that can help them carry out successful leadership projects.

The conference includes 100 presenters including a keynote address, Answering the Clarion Call: Grassroots Strategies for Catalyzing Change in the Academy, with Julia Christensen Hughes, Dean of the College of Business and Economics at the University of Guelph. Hughes will discuss growing stress on institutions from budgetary pressures to increased global competition for students and how grassroots changes are coming.

The conference will also include the Dr. Wilbert J. McKeachie International Poster Award, promoting the importance and value of posters for the communication of teaching practice and research.

Those registered in the pre-conference forum will hear from keynote speaker Geoff Scott, co-author of Turnaround Leadership in Higher Education and Learning Leaders in Times of Change: Academic Leadership Capabilities for Australian Higher Education.

“We are particularly excited to have attracted participation from about 20 sister institutions, and know that attendees will leave with renewed commitment to sharing leadership stories and to collaborative action in the years to come,” says Wright.

The event is free for UWindsor faculty, staff and students, though the International Forum on Educational Leadership taking place on May 12 is already full.

For more information on the conference, visit http://uwindsor.ca/tlconf.

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