Happy Holidays to all of you, and congratulations to all of you for completing a highly successful fall quarter 2013! While April and May of 2014 might seem very far off, I urge you to reserve April 30th-May 2nd for the annual Assessment, Teaching, and Learning Conference held at the Hilton Hotel in Vancouver, Washington.
This year our keynote speaker will be Peter Elbow, Professor Emeritus in the department of English at University of Massachusetts, Amherst. In his keynote address, “Trying to Teach While Thinking About the End,” Dr. Elbow will revisit an essay (published in 1979 in the anthology On Competence). In the original essay, Elbow explored some of what he called the “paradoxical effects” of a competence approach and raised questions about whether such an “rules out or inhibits certain styles or temperaments in teaching.”
35 years later, his inquiry still feel resonant and timely—perhaps even more so, as technology offers us previously un-imagined possibilities in regards to instructional design and competency based education (CBE). I, for one, am most eager to hear the insights of this thoughtful scholar on this provocative topic. As an added bonus, Dr. Elbow will be available for a follow-up discussion after the keynote with interested faculty.