Amber J. Guadez
The University’s second Celebration of Teaching was held Nov. 29 in the Campus Center Ballroom.
The room was overflowing with faculty and students, with about 40 professors waiting their turn to share successful teaching techniques and other educational information.
“There was so much amazing work,” Tom Harvey, professor of organizational management, said.
The program began with a catered lunch during which visitors could view the various faculty posters which illustrated creative teaching techniques.
Then faculty took turns making more formal presentations.
After the main portion of the program was complete, the floor was open to anyone interested in sharing anything related to teaching.
One of the presentations compared all the websites for the academic departments at ULV, ranking them for usefulness, clarity and accessibility.
The survey, conducted by students in a class taught by Professor of Computer Science Seta Whitby, found that the communications department overall had the best website.
The English department received the lowest score in the survey
Several presentations addressed technology in the classroom.
Ingrid Baartman, associate professor of education, dedicated her presentation to QR codes. She explained how QR codes are supplemental to her teaching credential master’s program course.
“It’s simple and easy. I try to use technology so that they may have skills to use with their future students,” Baartman said.
Other professors of education shared their teaching experiments in elementary classrooms.
“I would like to do this every year. It gives everyone an opportunity to share their methods of teaching,” said event organizer Al Clark, associate vice president for academic affairs.
“It spans the whole realm from something special, like the newest technology,” Clark said.
“What I like is that you can get ideas from the other faculty as to how you might improve your own classes,” Jason Neidleman, professor of political science, said. “Shared knowledge. I think that’s what’s most valuable.”
Overall faculty members said they enjoyed that everyone was given an opportunity to share their teaching and success.
“It was a time when everyone truly celebrated,” said Clark.
Amber J. Guadez can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.