2012 Convocation theme: "The Learning Paradigm."
President Hoi starts the program by offering Otis updates and a few words about the day, prior to the introduction of our keynote speaker.
Keynote speaker John Tagg discusses his groundbreaking book, The Learning Paradigm College, that defines a paradigm shift happening in higher education today. This shift places more importance on learning outcomes and less on the quantity of instruction, and emphasizes results more than formal processes. As Tagg explains, the Instruction Paradigm that has dominated higher education for so long attends to courses, while the Learning Paradigm attends to students. For further reading, download John's list of references.
Next Otis’ own Chair of Liberal Studies, Debra Ballard, shares thoughts, discoveries, and reflections from her own teaching and program administrative experiences, her extensive reading in the areas of pedagogy and best teaching practices, and her formal training in assessment for higher education.
The program concludes with our annual Teaching Excellence Awards celebration, honoring three of Otis’ finest faculty members: Mark Wyse, Meg Cranston, and Gary Geraths. View Distinguished Educator Award recipient Gary Geraths' award acceptance remarks...