Panel members: Johanne Brunett (Canada) | James Ntambi (Uganda) | Hasan Khatib (Israel).
Synopsis: Members of this panel are international faculty who, as many other international faculty on many campuses around the country, have never experienced life as an undergraduate in the United States. Johanne (evolutionary biology), James (Biochemistry and Nutritional Sciences) and Hasan (Dairy Science) have a strong interest and commitment to helping undergraduate learn a scientific discipline for which they are an expert. Each will share their personal stories going back to the challenges they met in their early days as undergraduate instructor.
Panel members: Dominique Brossard (France / Argentina) | Que Lan (China) | Izabela Szlufarska (Poland).
Synopsis: Does it make any difference when cultural differences are compounded with gender issues? The members of this panel are (international) woman faculty: Dominique (Life Science Communication), Judith (Chemistry), and Laura (Dairy Science) with strong commitments to undergraduate education. As last week, our panel members will share their experience as undergraduate instructors, but with the added dimension of exploring gender issues.
Panel members: Jean Paul Chavas (France) | Amin Fadl (Sudan) | Catherine Woodward (USA).
Synopsis: Our second set of panel discussions will be on understanding how U.S. and international students approach their learning. To do so, we have asked our panel members: Jean Paul Chavas (Agricultural and Applied Economics), Amin Fadl (Animal Sciences), and Catherine Woodward (Botany and Biology Education) who has taught in Western Africa, Sudan and Central America, respectively, to share their experience teaching both U.S. and international students (in their own country). Good educators should understand differences in how U.S. students and international students may approach their learning. Understanding students' perception of their own education (rooted in the context of their own national and cultural norms) should help us understand how to design inclusive learning environment for all.
Panel members: Mary Wang (USA), Linell Davis (USA) and Tony Ives (USA).
Synopsis: As the last panel (of early October), this panel will help us understand how U.S. and international students approach their learning, but this panel will include U.S. faculty and instructors who have extensive experience teaching in China. Our panel members are: Mary Wang (English Department), Linell Davis (Emeritus) and Tony Ives (Department of Zoology). Mary has taught English in China (and Japan) and is now a faculty assistant in the English department helping international graduate students to become effective teaching assistants. Linell has recently retired from many years of teaching "American culture" at the University of Xanjing (China) and Tony Ives, Professor of Zoology has recently completed a sabbatical during which he taught biology in China.
Panel members: Aaron Brower (USA) | Lillian Tong (USA) | Bob Ray (USA).
Synopsis: The goal from this last panel is to learn from individuals who have contributed enormously to the improvement of the quality of teaching and learning on our research campus, not by intervening in the classroom, but rather by fostering a culture for shared experiences for learners (students) as well as for instructors. Aaron Brower, UW-Madison Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning will share with us his experience as faculty director of the Bradley Residential Learning Community and other high impact practices that contribute to successful learning experiences. In addition, Bob Ray (Forest and Wildlife Ecology and former CALS Associate Dean for Academic Affairs) and Lilian Tong (Center for Biology Education), will share with us a initiative called Creating a Collaborative Learning Environment (CCLE), during which faculty, read, discuss, share and learn from each other on teaching and learning issues.
Service Learning Special Guest: In today's class Nancy Mathews, Faculty Director of the Morgridge Center for Public Service and Beth Tryon, service learning specialist, will help us understand Service Learning and how the Center is now taking this concpet into a global sphere !
Study Abroad Panel members : John Ferrick (International Programs; Uganda), and Michel Wattiaux (Dairy Science; Mexico).
Panel Synopsis: This panel will discuss the experience of faculty who have developed short-term faculty-led field programs in CALS. John Ferrick has worked with James Ntambi to take students to Uganda and Michel Wattiaux has been organizing ashort term program for students in Mexico. Why are those type of initiatives important? How do you get them funded? What do students get out of them?