Each year, CLT holds a symposium in which faculty members from various disciplines across AUC participate. The symposium aims at sharing and showcasing innovative teaching practices at AUC.
CLT 2016 Symposium - Innovative Teaching at AUC
Sunday, November 6, 2016 - 9 am - 3:30 pm
David J. Helfand, a faculty member at Columbia University for thirty-nine years, served half of that time as chair of the Department of Astronomy. He is the author of nearly 200 scientific publications and has mentored 22 PhD students, but most of his pedagogical efforts have been aimed at teaching science to non-science majors. He instituted the first change in Columbia University's core curriculum in 60 years by introducing science to all first-year students. In 2005, he became involved in the effort to create Canada's first independent, non-profit, secular university, Quest University Canada. He was a visiting tutor in the University's inaugural semester in the Fall of 2007 and served as president and vice chancellor from 2008 to 2015. He also recently concluded a four-year term as president of the American Astronomical Society. His recently released book, Survival Guide to the Misinformation Age, provides the essential tools informed citizens must acquire to combat the tsunami of mis- and disinformation that threatens rational approaches to personal decision making and the formation of good public policy. Check the detailed program of the symposium
The 2015 symposium focused on showcasing ways of innovative teaching at AUC. The keynote speech by Jon Nixon from the Hong Kong Institute of Education, addressed the topic "Where Disciplines Meet: Grounds of Understanding." The following topics were presented as follows: "Bridging the Pedagogical Gap - Metacognitive Reading Strategies in Higher Education," "EPortfolios: Documenting Achievements and Reflecting on Learning," "Reforming Civil Engineering Education: A Leap of Faith, Pictures Experiential Learning" and Flipping an AUC Class: A Personal Perspective."