New England Faculty Development Consortium

Upcoming Conferences

NEFDC Conference

A New Model for NEFDC Conferences – Keeping with the Times

After successfully managing to hold virtual conferences over the past two years, and realizing that the lowered barriers for attendance (lower cost and no travel) allowed more members to participate, in 2022-2023 we will pilot a new model. The Fall conference is planned to be in person again, and the theme of the conference will be extended through the year with three virtual workshops in the spring. We hope this will enable more members to attend, while allowing us to explore the conference theme in more depth.

2022 – 2023 Conference and Workshop Dates

Fall Conference 2022: Friday, October 21, 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM | College of the Holy Cross

Spring Brown Bag Workshops 2023: 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM on January 13, March 3, and May 23 | Virtual

Theme for the Year: Authentic Learning – Developing Students as Independent Thinkers

Authentic learning is a pedagogical approach that allows students to explore, discuss, and meaningfully construct concepts and relationships in contexts that involve real-world problems and projects that are relevant to the learner (Donovan, Bransford, & Pellegrino, 1999). The true power of authentic learning is the ability to actively involve students and touch their intrinsic motivation (Mehlinger, 1995).

Authentic learning opportunities often take place in the form of what the AAC&U terms high impact practices“. These practices are based on evidence of significant educational benefits for students who participate in them – including and especially those from demographic groups historically underserved by higher education. They take many different forms, depending on learner characteristics and on institutional priorities and contexts. Some examples would be: Experiential learning, Project based learning / Problem based learning, ePortfolios, Service Learning / Civic Engagement / Community engaged learning, and Student Research.

Some examples are: Experiential learning, Project based learning / Problem based learning, ePortfolios, Service Learning / Civic Engagement / Community Engaged Learning, and Student Research.

Fall Conference 2022 Keynote Speaker

Dr. José Antonio Bowen, author of Teaching Change: How to Develop Independent Thinkers Using Relationships, Resilience, and Reflection and Teaching Naked: How Moving Technology out of Your College Classroom will Improve Student Learning. He is also the 2018 recipient of the Ernest L Boyer Award (for significant contributions to American higher education) from the New American Colleges and Universities (NAC&U); and is a Senior Fellow at AAC&U.

NEFDC Conference Presenter Guidelines

Adapted from: https://www.unh.edu/teaching-learning-resource-hub/teaching-learning/authentic-learning