Learning and technology: annual TEL@York conference returns

The Centre for the Support of Teaching and the Technology-Enhanced Learning Coordinating Committee will hold its annual TEL@York conference next week. The two-day event is organized to foster new ideas and an exchange of information about teaching, learning and research using technology.

This year, TEL@York offers 44 sessions, reports and demonstrations from York faculty, teaching assistants and staff. Topics include teaching critical skills online, facilitating an online discussion, community building in large lectures, using digital resources and multimedia in the classroom, using Wikis, clickers, videoconferencing, WebCT, Moodle and more.

The conference offers two dynamic keynote presentations. On Tuesday, April 25, Kelvin Shawn Sealey (left), founder of the Film and Education Research Academy at Columbia University, will speak on “Technology and Education in Action: Four Examples and a Few Surprises.” In his presentation, Sealey will provide an insight into the design of effective technology-mediated teaching and learning experiences through projects he has been involved in at Columbia created in cooperation with his colleagues at Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

On Wednesday, April 26, York Professor Avi Cohen (right) will present “do TEL as a Subversive Activity”, a reflection on the first three years of “Arts do TEL”, a faculty development course for instructors interested in transforming an existing face-to-face course to take advantage of the learning and accessibility possibilities afforded by the World Wide Web. In his presentation, Cohen will look back at education scholars Neil Postman and Charles Weingartner’s 1969 argument that teaching is a subversive activity when it is learner-centred, rather than teacher-centred, and asks: what does this have to do with technology, and with Arts do TEL?

Don’t miss this opportunity to join your colleagues for a stimulating two days of exploration, discussion and debate about technology-enhanced teaching and learning at York University. To learn more about the program and to sign up, visit the conference Web site.