First, the most amazing part of STLHE 2007 was the people - an incredible, talented group (over 500 all told) of scholars, teachers, mentors, and facilitators all passionate about teaching and learning. the networking opportunities, the lunch time round tables and the hallway discussions betweens sessions and over coffee were a great way to hear what people had to say. I'm still digesting what I heard and learned, and determining what I can apply to my own practice.
I heard several common threads at STLHE 2007:
- A need to move from "teaching/lecturing" to facilitation
- A need to engage and connect with the Millennial generation (through the use of innovation, Web 2.0, and social software, among others)
- The use of portfolio learning, PBL, and service learning to improve the learning environments and experiences of today's post-secondary learner
- A lot of talk about learner-centred education
All in all STLHE 2007 was an amazing experience - I can think of nothing better than going again next year to see where we are...