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Association of Atlantic Universities seeks proposal submissions for teaching showcase

Memorial is a member institution of the Association of Atlantic Universities (AAU). The association's co-ordinating committee on faculty development sponsors an annual teaching and learning conference, the AAU Teaching Showcase. The showcase brings together faculty members, instructors, graduate students and others who work to ensure excellence in teaching practice at Atlantic universities. It provides a forum for people to reflect on teaching practice, discuss issues related to university teaching and learning and share teaching strategies. This year's event is co-hosted by St. Thomas University and the University of New Brunswick and will take place on Saturday, Oct. 13, in Fredericton, N.B. The showcase theme is "Conversations."

Memorial encourages faculty members to submit proposals for consideration by the host institutions' review committee. The showcase will offer regular 25-minute sessions and extended one-hour sessions intended to be used creatively to engage participants in discussing teaching and learning issues.

Proposals on the following themes are welcomed:

Conversations in the classroom (encouraging and using in-class discussion, ways to teach and promote teamwork, peer-assisted learning, team-based teaching, etc.)

Conversations about the classroom (general teaching/learning issues)

Conversations and technology (using technology for student interaction and group work, online conversations using social media and other online technologies, faculty-student interaction outside the classroom, etc.)

Conversations about ideas that matter (big picture teaching/learning issues, e.g., teaching for social responsibility, etc.)

The deadline for submission of proposals is July 31. Those whose proposals have been accepted for inclusion in the showcase program will be notified by Aug. 31. For information on the submission process and to read the full call for proposals, visit www.aaushowcase2012.ca, or contact Memorial's representative on the AAU co-ordinating committee, Allyson Hajek (instructional designer, Distance Education, Learning and Teaching Support), at ahajek@mun.ca.

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