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Vol 39  No 4
Oct. 12, 2006


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Teaching and learning on the agenda

by Kristine Hamlyn

Dr. James Downey

On Oct. 28 faculty members and graduate students from across the Atlantic region will gather at Memorial University for the Association of Atlantic Universities Teaching Showcase titled From Vision to Voice: The New Story of Teaching and Learning. Hosted by the Instructional Development Office, a division of Distance Education and Learning Technologies (DELT), the conference promises to be an exciting professional development opportunity for all involved.

Dr. James Downey, a native Newfoundlander who has served as president of three prominent Canadian universities and has been named an Officer of the Order of Canada, will be the keynote speaker at the conference. Dr. Downey is a graduate of Memorial University, where he earned a PhD in English literature and was awarded the prestigious Rothermere Fellowship.

Dr. Downey says he never got over the sense of learning adventure that was cultivated in him at Memorial a generation ago. His presentation at the conference will focus on his student experience at Memorial as well as subsequent experiences as a professor and university president.

“Dr. Downey is a most provocative speaker. He brings a unique combination of scholarly erudition, intuition and humor to his presentations, yet he consistently retains his native, down-to-earth perspective,” said Dr. Maureen Dunne, manager of

Memorial’s Instructional Development Office. “The purpose of the conference is to validate and strengthen the new emphasis on teaching and learning that is emerging in universities across North America. There is no doubt that Dr. Downey’s perspective will guide us towards new thinking in that regard.”

The one-day conference features 40 concurrent sessions as well as roundtable and poster presentations. Topics will appeal to a wide array of interests and include such topics as Teaching the Sound-bite Generation, Shared Teaching and Learning Roles through a Problem-based Perspective, Metaphorical Thinking and Enhanced Learning Using Physical Objects in the Classroom. Over 80 presenters from 16 universities and colleges in the Atlantic region will take part, with approximately 150-200 participants expected to attend.

To register, learn more about Dr. Downey or view the conference schedule visit www.mun.ca/aaushowcase.

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