Each year, CITL hosts a convocation to bring together educators across the campus and from the local community to explore significant topics in teaching and learning in higher education. Each year's keynote address is free and open to the public.
CONVOCATION 2020: POSTPONED
Please see Jacqueline Wernimont's statement here regarding postponement. We hope to reschedule the event.
QUANTIFIED EDUCATION: Unpacking What We're Tracking
Guest Speaker: Jacqueline Wernimont, Distinguished Professor in Digital Humanities and Social Engagement at Dartmouth College
The same hopes that have landed FitBits on millions of wrists, Rings on thousands of doors, and Echoes in so many homes have brought us the latest in educational technologies. These hopes include better support of ourselves, our goals, and our dreams for success, health, and safety. As universities and colleges increasingly buy into smart systems for grading, tracking attendance, monitoring student and employee wellness, and more, we also need to reckon with the costs - human, fiscal, and environmental - of these innovations in education. We've got the Quantified Self, the Quantified Home, even the Smart/Quantified City -- what does it mean that we now have Quantified Education?
CONVOCATION 2019: HOW TO BE A KICKASS STEM LEARNER
The Center for Innovations in Teaching and Learning welcomed Professor Bryan Dewsbury, a leading proponent of inclusive teaching, active learning, and community-building in academia, for the 2019 Convocation, "How to Be a Kickass STEM Learner."
Professor Dewsbury engaged with UC Santa Cruz students, faculty, and staff about effective learning strategies and the significance of inclusive learning environments, especially in STEM courses, in order to support the UC Santa Cruz community to address equity and community-building in the curriculum.
Co-sponsored by the Academic Excellence Program (ACE), Baskin School of Engineering, Division of Student Success, First-Gen Initiative, Genomics Institute Office of Diversity, Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) Initiatives, HHMI Active Learning Initiative, Learning Support Services (LSS), Mathematics Engineering and Science Achievement (MESA), Poodry Diversity, SACNAS - UCSC Chapter, and STEM Diversity Programs.
CONVOCATION 2018: THE NEW EDUCATION
The Center for Innovations in Teaching and Learning and The Humanities Institute welcomed Cathy N. Davidson, Distinguished Professor of English and Founding Director of the Futures Initiative at the Graduate Center, CUNY, for the 2018 Annual Convocation, "The New Education."
In her keynote, Davidson invited participants to consider how they might transform their teaching to encourage engaged, activist learning and to prepare students for an age of constant change.
Watch Cathy Davidson's talk.
Read about Cathy Davidson's talk: "Author calls on faculty to reimagine higher education"
Co-sponsored by the Arts Division, Physical & Biological Sciences Division, Baskin School of Engineering, Student Achievement & Equity Innovation, Literature Department, History Department, Social Sciences Division, Sociology Department, Philosophy Department, and Chicano Latino Research Center.
CONVOCATION 2017: TEACHING ACROSS CULTURAL STRENGTHS
CITL celebrated its inaugural convocation on May 18, 2017 with a visit from UCSC alumna Susan Longerbeam (Merrill College, ’84), a specialist in classroom cultural climate. In her keynote, Longerbeam, Associate Professor of Educational Counseling Psychology at the University of Louisville, emphasized how taking into account the diverse cultural origins of students and instructors in classroom settings can improve teaching and enhance learning.