New England Faculty Development Consortium

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Stay Tuned – Spring 2021 NEFDC Conference!

Tentative Date: June 4, 2021
Format TBD

Thank you for attending our virtual conference on Friday, October 30th.

We enjoyed seeing all of you, and hope you found it a valuable use of your time.

If you would like to review Peter’s slides or watch his morning and afternoon sessions, they are posted here. The links to the chat and notes we sent in the last email.

Keynote Part I: Relationships Matter: Moving relationship-rich experiences to the center for teaching and learning (View slides)

Keynote Part II: Learning and Relationships: Practical Strategies (View slides)

Watch the recording: Recording from Keynote

Stay tuned for the Spring 2021 NEFDC Conference! We will post information soon. The date currently scheduled is June 4, 2021. The format? TBD!


peter feltenKeynote by Dr. Peter Felten: “Relationships Matter: Moving relationship-rich experiences to the center of teaching and learning”
The first part of this interactive two-part keynote/workshop, drawing on nearly four hundred interviews with students and faculty at U.S. universities and colleges, will explore personal stories of — and the general factors that support — deep, relational learning. We will consider how pedagogical practices and ‘mentoring moments’ can nurture curiosity, creativity, and belonging for all of our students, both on campus and in remote learning situations.


Part II: Learning and Relationships: Practical Strategies
In the second part, we will build on the keynote and dive more deeply into research-informed practices that enhance learning and educational relationships for all students. You will leave the workshop with a draft plan for how you (and your faculty colleagues) can either deepen something you already do or introduce a new practice that will contribute to your students’ success.

Peter Felten is executive director of the Center for Engaged Learning, assistant provost for teaching and learning, and professor of history at Elon University. His books include the co-authored volumes: The Undergraduate Experience: Focusing Institutions on What Matters Most (Jossey-Bass, 2016); Transforming Students: Fulfilling the Promise of Higher Education (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2014); Engaging Students as Partners in Learning and Teaching (Jossey-Bass, 2014); Transformative Conversations (Jossey-Bass, 2013); and the co-edited book Intersectionality in Action (Stylus, 2016). He has served as president of the International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning(2016-17) and also of the POD Network (2010-2011), the U.S. professional society for educational developers.