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.
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."