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Every year and a half our ITS Educational Technologies team co-hosts the CFE Faculty Showcase, led by the Center for Faculty Excellence. The CFE Faculty Showcase on Teaching returns this March! The Showcase will be held across two days — virtually via Zoom on March 23 and then back in-person at the Carolina Club on March 24. The Showcase is open to all UNC instructors, as well as faculty, staff, and students with instructional support roles. Register for the Showcase today to reserve your spot! The program will be announced soon.

For more than a decade, the Faculty Showcase on Teaching has brought together faculty members from all over campus to celebrate teaching at Carolina. Instructors get the opportunity to learn from each other about promising teaching practices and connect with colleagues across disciplines.

Learn. Connect. Share. Have fun!

Keynote Address

Paul Hanstedt portraitThis year’s keynote speaker is Dr. Paul Hanstedt, Director of the Houston H. Harte Center for Teaching and Learning at Washington and Lee University. Dr. Hanstedt will kick off the two-day event on March 23 with a virtual, interactive presentation on the topic:

Creating Wicked Students: Higher Education in the Age of Covid
Certainly, students need content and skills to engage with the world. But at a time when we’re faced with unprecedented challenges so large that they break the system—every system—what else is necessary? This talk explores the “wicked problems” our students will face upon graduation, issues that are dynamic, shifting, resistant to simple solutions. What has the pandemic era revealed about how we need to rethink higher education at every level, from institutional structures all the way down to the papers we assign and the questions we ask on exams? What, finally, do we need to do if we’re to develop graduates who have the abilities—and the motivations—to take thoughtful risks as they tackle the complicated problems of a dynamic world?

Creating wicked students, designing courses for a complex world book cover by Paul HanstedtConsider joining a reading circle to discuss the keynote speaker’s book!

The CFE is hosting Pedagogy Reading Circles this spring as participants read and discuss Dr. Hanstedt’s book Creating Wicked Students: Designing Courses for a Complex World. The reading circles will consist of 5-7 instructors who will meet a handful of times this semester to discuss the book and share teaching experiences and strategies at Carolina. All participants will receive a copy of the book, courtesy of the CFE.

If you’re interested in joining a reading circle, submit your interest by this Friday, January 20!

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