Copeland, Anderson take part
in 'Fourth Hour' conference

 

Elon University faculty members are sharing information about their teaching methods April 18 at a conference titled "Challenging Students, Challenging Ourselves: Creative Teaching and the 4th Hour." David Copeland and Janna Anderson of the School of Communications are among the presenters.

In the mid-1990s, when Elon moved from a three to four-hour curriculum, faculty agreed the purpose was to experiment with new pedagogies, active learning, writing strategies and collaborative learning, helping Elon become the engaged, experiential community it is today. Now that several years have passed since the four-hour system was implemented, this conference was established to help review what's been accomplished by this change and reflect upon future directions. During the planning stages of the conference, last fall, all Elon faculty were urged to submit their ideas for innovative ways of engaging students and inspiring learning. Eighteen faculty members from nine disciplines were selected to present information at the 4th Hour Conference. Copeland's presentation takes a look at the 4th Hour from the perspective of teaching Media History. Anderson's presentation covers use of the 4th Hour in writing courses.

At the campus-wide conference Friday April 18 in Moseley 215, individual faculty presenters will be available to discuss their projects from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. From 3:30 to 5 p.m., a lively panel discussion will focus on the ways that both students and faculty can benefit from the creative use of the 4th Hour and the challenges that remain. Refreshments will be served. The conference is being sponsored by the General Studies Program and the Office of the Provost. Conference coordinators are Steve Braye and Catherine King.

Presentations of some of the Elon faculty innovations are now available on the Web site http://www.elon.edu/teachingfocus

This Web site showcases some of the innovative activities that have been implemented. On it, you can investigate Elon faculty members' curricular innovations. The site also offers sections titled "4th Hour Reflections" and "Suggested Readings."

 

 

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