GLCTL :: 2015 Keynote Presenters

​​​​Wednesday Plenary

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Malcolm Brown, Ph.D.
Director of the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative

Seeking Evidence of Impact: Towards Evidence-based Practice

Over the years, teaching and learning has been a hotbed of innovation, both in terms of pedago​gical practice and in terms of the technologies that support that practice. Given this rich history of innovation: have we begun to sort out what works and what doesn't? What constitutes evidence if we want to have a better understanding of the effectiveness of our experiments? What are the best ways to collect such evidence, and then to analyze and share it? In this session we will review why building a comprehensive evidence-based practice for teaching and learning is of key importance, and explore the components of such practice.

​Thursday Plenary

williambuskist.jpgWilliam Buskist, Ph.D.
Auburn University

Creating a Civil Classroom Climate: The Many Benefits of Student-Teacher Rapport​

Perhaps the most effective way of dealing with classroom incivility is for teachers to establish a tone that encourages positive student behavior and discourages disruptive student behavior. The key to setting such a tone rests in teachers building rapport with their students. In this interactive presentation, we will describe nature and causes of incivility, identify and elaborate on effective classroom management practices, and describe strategies and tactics for building student-teacher rapport. We will also review the many positive outcomes found in classrooms characterized by strong student-teacher rapport.


Friday Ple​​nary

Carolin Rekar Munro, Ph.D.
Royal Roads University
and Global Campus Faculty​
Central Michigan University

Strengthening our Capacity to Build Long-Lasting Connections with Colleagues and Students
In our final plenary session,  our focus is on approaches we can use to sustain the connections we are passionately and diligently committed to building. In this interactive session, we explore ways to harness our own leadership capabilities in this area and explore approaches we can use to integrate our conference learning into practice. We will also examine the top "connection killers" and discover ways to crush these constraints, so we can engage fully and thoughtfully with others. You will leave the session with a toolkit of practical and cutting-edge techniques and practices you can apply immediately.   Please join us for this session, which speaks to the needs of both new and seasoned instructors in higher education.


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