Home Page: 14th Annual California State University Symposium on University Teaching - Saturday, April 16, 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Channel Islands Campus, Camarillo, CA

Co-sponsored by the CSU Institute for Teaching and Learning (ITL), Chancellor's Office


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Registration Site for Saturday, April 16, CSU 14th Annual Symposium, "The Symphony Sound of Learning Success."  Click on registration form.

Universities are like immense orchestras. They bring together diverse virtuosos and instruments to produce a beautiful symphony, which lies beyond the ability of identical instruments and like-minded specialists to produce alone. The symphony we play daily is about learning, and administrators, faculty, staff, and students are all players. But is the sound as good as it can be, and how do we know when we are playing at our best? Like good musicians, the joy lies in learning to do this better by practicing, sharing, and most of all, listening. So come. Bring your instrument, play, listen and enjoy the Symphony Sound of Learning Success!

In 2011, our 14th Annual California State University Symposium on University Teaching (Saturday, April 16) will partner with the meeting of the CSU Undergraduate Research Interest Group (Friday, April 15) at California State University Channel Islands in Camarillo, CA.

Download CSU Undergraduate Research Conference April 15 Program


1. How Many Ways to Compose the "Symphony of Success?" (Oral 30-minute sessions)

Provosts might write the score for success as "graduation." Experts in pedagogy may write it as "engagement." Assessment officers could write it as "value-added," and students might write it as "career preparation" or "education for life." We invite presentations here to hear the sounds of differing scores of success. Presentations in this session will be videotaped and archived for use by the CSU Community.

2. High Impact Practices: Undergraduate Research (I) and Service Learning, Citizenship, and Community Engagement (II). (Special Showcase Poster Session)

We invite the voices of directors and faculty with student participants to contribute to this special theme session. Posters will be up the entire day and scheduled to maximize interaction with presenters.

3. Deep Learning and Developing Skills for Dealing with Complexity. (Oral 30-minute sessions)

We invite cases of success in courses, programs and institutions in which development of improved thinking abilities are an emphasis along with disciplinary skills and/or knowledge.

4. Engagement in On-site Classes. Why is Engagement Important? (Oral 30-minute sessions)

We invite case examples of ways to increase learning through increasing student engagement.

5. Teaching for the 21st Century: What Constitutes Good Use of Instructional Technology ?  

We invite case examples of successful use of technology in online courses, hybrid courses, and innovative lessons in on-site courses.

6. The Assessment Question: "Are Students Learning What We Teach, and Are We Teaching What We Advertise?" (Oral 30-minute sessions)

We invite cases in which investigators measure student learning at either the scales of lessons, courses, curricula and degrees and use the knowledge obtained to make informed changes and modifications.

7. Interdisciplinary and Capstone Course Experiences: What Can Students Gain from These? (Oral 30-minute sessions)

We invite cases of teaching, assessing and/or managing interdisciplinary courses and capstone course experiences.

8. General and liberal education: "What Are the Challenges; What Are the Benefits?" (Oral 30-minute sessions)

We invite cases from those engaged in general/liberal education components of university curricula.

9. Information Literacy: How Can Students Master the Needed Information Systems? (Oral 30-minute sessions)

We invite cases from those engaged in promoting information literacy and educating by using information systems.

10. Wild Card Session: "Other Instruments for Orchestras!" (Oral 30-minute sessions)

We invite presentations to provide us with the sounds of differing scores of success.

For more information, please contact:
Ed Nuhfer, Director
PHONE 805/437-8826, FAX 805/437-8554
E-MAIL ed.nuhfer@csuci.edu