October 21, 2009

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By Kathryn Kopchik

LEWISBURG, Pa. — Bucknell University will host the second annual Patriot League Academic Conference Oct. 30 and 31.

The conference, "Exploring Alternative Pedagogies: What the Best Patriot League Teachers Do," will begin at noon on Oct. 30 with a keynote talk by Ken Bain, noted scholar, teacher and author of What the Best College Teachers Do. Bain is vice provost for instruction, professor of history and director of the Research Academy for University Learning at Montclair State University.

Best alternative pedagogies
"The conference will provide opportunities to learn about some of the best implementations of alternative pedagogies in all disciplines, including discussions of cutting edge and experimental techniques that enrich students' learning," said Geoff Schneider, director of the Teaching and Learning Center at Bucknell and associate professor of economics.

Alternative pedagogy topics may include civic engagement, community-based learning and service learning; supporting the learning of struggling students; inclusive pedagogy, diversity and identity; interdisciplinary team teaching; immersion experiences, both in the local community and abroad; innovative approaches to writing across the curriculum; integrating teaching and research; residential life and learning; inquiry-based learning and student research projects; problem-based and project-based learning; and teaching with technology: online education, web-based learning and social software.

"This conference, which will include panel discussions, poster sessions, workshops and presentations related to alternative pedagogies, provides a unique and exciting opportunity for educators to see what the best Patriot League teachers do, and to explore possible collaborations with other Patriot League teacher-scholars.

"In addition to the 75 individual presentations, we have grouped several of the talks into panels, and when appropriate, presentations have been arranged in thematic tracks: New Faculty, Service Learning, and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics)," Schneider said.

For more information or to register before Oct. 26, visit Patriot League Conference.

Contact: Division of Communications