Teaching and Learning

Colleges of the Fenway provides a forum for faculty to come together to discuss issues of importance related to teaching and learning. Beginning with the first Department Chair’s conference in 2000, a planning committee convenes each year to offer an annual teaching and learning conference. In 2009, COF was awarded a grant from the Davis Educational Foundation to further explore shared teaching and learning offerings. This award ultimately led to a three-year program named the Teaching and Learning Collaborative. In addition, faculty are encouraged to work both formally and informally with colleagues from across the colleges to explore areas of shared interest.


2016 COF Teaching and Learning Conference:
Understanding and Teaching Today’s Students


Who are our students?  Each year we welcome a new group of students to our campuses.  As we do so, we often observe that the students “of today” are somehow different than when we attended college.  As the Beloit College Mindset List captures – the world and its defining events continually change in subtle and substantial ways.   Our challenge is to understand how these changes impact the learners our classes and the implications for our teaching.  This year’s Teaching and Learning Conference offers the opportunity to look at the changing demographics of the students who are coming to class along with ways our colleagues are rethinking their teaching to engage these students.  Joining us to deliver the keynote address is Dr. Karen Arnold, Associate Professor of Higher Education at Boston College and Director of the Big Picture Longitudinal Study.  Following Karen’s talk you will have the opportunity to learn from colleagues across the COF through a series of breakout sessions addressing: Gender Identity, 1st Generation Students, Social Media and Its Impact on Students, Financial Lives of Today’s Students; Implications for Faculty, Teaching Students with Disabilities, and Assisting Students in Distress.  We will also have a panel of students reflecting on their experiences and needs. For the full schedule, click HERE!


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On last year’s conference:

View More: http://ijulietphotography.pass.us/portrait_sessionOver 100 COF faculty and staff members participated in last year’s annual Teaching and Learning Conference on “Critical Conversations”. The two-day conference kicked off with keynote CK Gunsalus. Her session “Change the Script by Changing Your Lines”  provided strategies and skills for teaching faculty to handle critical conversations and current issues within the classroom. Participants attended both a student and faculty staff panel in which members shared their experiences on campus. During the day, six breakout sessions were offered on important and timely topics such as “Discussing Race in Predominantly White Classrooms” and “Strategies for Crucial Inclusive Classroom Conversations on Faith and Spirituality”.

Teaching and Learning Conference 2015 Program

You will find some presentations and materials utilized during the conference below:

  1. Synchronous and Asynchronous Discussions: Getting Everyone Talking   Karen H Teeley MSN, RN, AHN-BC, BNE Associate Professor of Practice. Director of Online RN to MSN Program, Simmons College
  2. Synchronous and Asynchronous Discussions: Getting Everyone Talking Anne-Marie Barron Ph.D., RN, PMHCNS-BC Associate Professor and Associate Dean, Simmons College School of Nursing and Health Sciences and M. Rosalyn Diamond, Ph.D Associate Director, Simmons College Center for Excellence in Teaching
  3. Faculty can create a bridge of understanding from different cultures of international students; and use them to better educate the field of international business Hossein Noorian. Professor at the Department of Business Management, Wentworth Institute of Technology