18 Agassiz Circle
Buffalo, NY 14214
1880 S. Winton Rd.
Rochester, NY 14618
Kelly H. Ahuna, Ph.D., assistant professor in the School of Education, attended the Maryville University Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SOTL) conference from September 30 to October 1, 2011.
The conference was built around the theme of “Improving Student Learning” and focused on such fundamental questions as: "Who are Our Learners? What are They Learning? How do We Know it? How do we shift from a teaching to a learning culture?"
"These are questions I deal with daily in teaching teacher candidates in the School of Education here at Medaille," said Dr. Ahuna. "I did a presentation on using different levels of questions in teaching to engage students and allow them to take control of their learning. But I also attended sessions on authentic assessment, how to better incorporate technology in our teaching, and how to establish learning partnerships between faculty and students."
She continued, "This conference was a good reminder of what really matters in education – that is, what the students actually learn." An award from Medaille's Faculty Development Committee supported Dr. Ahuna's travel to the conference.
The instructors were knowledgeable and welcomed class discussions, with
respect for each student's contribution. I've learned how to be a more
effective leader. My capstone class gave insight on how to combine all
the education learned to operate a business. That's when I realized how
much I had sharpened my knowledge.