Two Richmond Community College faculty members recently made a presentation at the Lilly Conference on College and University Teaching and Learning in Washington, D.C. Angie Adams, assistant professor of sociology, and Devon Hall, professor of business, made a joint presentation at the national conference on Saturday.
The Lilly Conference on College and University Teaching – D.C. brought together faculty from a variety of disciplines and at various stages of their academic careers. Participants are comprised of K-12 educators, graduate students, and higher education faculty and administrators. Conference participants attend to learn about new advances in teaching and learning. The presenters are selected through a blind review process of all proposals, with the purpose of sharing scholarly work to improve teaching and learning.
The conference was attended by almost 500 educators nationwide.
Richmond Community College was the only North Carolina community college represented at the national conference. Other North Carolina institutions represented at the conference included N.C. State University, UNC-Chapel Hill, East Carolina University and Appalachian State University.
The theme of the four-day conference was “Brain-Based Learning and Teaching.” Adams and Hall shared the research findings in their presentation entitled “Advancing Active Learning Using Non-Traditional Methods.” The primary basis of their presentation focused on the premise that research has shown that adult students achieve more meaningful learning outcomes in active and relevant learning experiences, as opposed to the traditional lecture-style format.
Their presentation encouraged conference participants to use the A.C.E.S. teaching method. A.C.E.S. involves: Accessing student content knowledge, Creating student-centered goals, objectives and activities, Engaging students in real-life learning and Soliciting feedback using non-traditional methods. The A.C.E.S. method was developed by Cheryl McFadden of East Carolina University.