Spring Forum on Teaching and Technology
Friday, February 8, 2019
Time: 9:00 AM - 2:30 PM
Location: 402 JC Penney Conference Center

This year's theme, Fine Tuning Your Teaching Practice, offers you ideas on ways to improve the good work you're doing as you innovate with Canvas, try active and experiential learning, and connect students to meaningful service-learning experiences. Choose sessions from these three tracks as you consider new ideas for this spring and beyond. 

  • Innovate with Canvas
  • Service-Learning
  • Active and Experiential Learning
spring forum agenda

Spring Forum 2019 Anchor Session Speaker and Workshop Leader

Christopher Lavan, Ph.D. serves as the Assistant Provost for Experiential Learning & Teaching Innovation. In his role, Lavan is responsible for developing and implementing strategic direction for the department that focuses on the provost’s and chancellor’s priorities for faculty development, and leads all aspects of the university’s Quality Enhancement Plan (Experience Learning). Additionally, he leads, coordinates, and supports workshops and training institutes (such as the Teaching & Learning Innovation Summer Institute and New Faculty Teaching Institute), as well as online resource development for instructors and teaching faculty at UT Knoxville. On a regular basis, Lavan works with members of TLI Leadership Team to further TLI’s mission in driving faculty development forward and strengthening it on our campus.

Lavan earned his doctorate in Urban Higher Education from Jackson State University, and holds a master’s degree in public administration from Louisiana State University. Working in higher education since 2006, he has successfully led and supported university-wide initiatives and offices in areas of volunteerism, service-learning, community engagement, study abroad and international education, diversity and inclusion programming and training, and academic accreditation.

Keynote Address: “Timing is Everything - The ‘Why’ Behind Experiential Learning Right Now”

We are in the midst of a “sweet spot” regarding the meaningful use and adoption of experiential learning as a way to more effectively reach and teach our students. In recent years, more and more information has come out surrounding the growing use of experiential learning at colleges and universities all over the country. Whether we think of many of these teaching practices as “high impact”, focus on how some of the research is suggesting that experiential learning is the best way to reach and teach this current generation of college students, or we recognize the growing employer demand for prepared and equipped employees, it is imperative that we as educators learn to embrace the growing energy surrounding experiential learning. Once understood and embraced, we can use it to our advantage to create classrooms and learning environments that equip our students today for tomorrow’s opportunities and challenges.

Breakout Session 2: “Service-Learning: The ‘-‘ means something”

In this session, we will focus on building course experiences and learning opportunities that go beyond “volunteering” to truly create reciprocal learning experiences for our students, and with our community partners. Those who attend this session will learn about techniques and strategies for building strong learning opportunities into their courses using the National Society for Experiential Education’s (NSEE) “8 Principles of Good Practice for All Experiential Learning Activities”.

Breakout Session 3: Risk Management in Experiential Learning Contexts

In this session, we will discuss the inherent dangers that can arise when we take students out of traditional classroom environments and into the local community and beyond. Those who attend this session will learn about the University of Tennessee-Knoxville’s approach to risk management, and how we equip and prepare our faculty to think ahead as independent educators to identify, assess, manage, and monitor risks.