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Twenty four Virginia Wesleyan faculty and staff members traveled to Virginia Tech Feb. 10-12 for the Eighth Annual Conference on Higher Education Pedagogy, hosted by the Center for Instructional Development and Educational Research (CIDER). The yearly conference showcases the best teaching practices and research in higher education today with sessions addressing disciplinary and interdisciplinary instructional strategies, outcomes and research. It ultimately serves as an opportunity to demonstrate effective instructional practice and disseminate the latest research aimed at improving the quality of higher education. Virginia Wesleyan representatives were among roughly 1,000 participants from more than 200 institutions worldwide. Presentations by VWC faculty and staff included a practice session by Coordinator of Writing Services Kim Fahle, titled “Engaging the Senses: Revitalizing Standard Classroom Practices by Focusing on Sensory Stimulation”; A practice session by Professor of Management, Business, and Economics George Jackson, titled “Ethical Behavior is Not a Research Skill: Employing Music and Metaphor When Talking the Talk is Not Enough”; A poster by Professor of Sociology Kathy Stolley and Director of Instructional Technology Robin Takacs, titled “Ten Steps to Involving an Entire Campus Community in Service, Scholarship, and Partnership: A Case Study of Sheltering the Homeless”; and a poster by Professor of Mathematics Denise Wilkinson, titled “’Sidewalk Labs’: Using the Campus as a Classroom to Engage Students and Teach Transferable Skills.” Participation was sponsored by VWC’s Center for Innovative Teaching and Engaged Learning (INTEL), which emphasizes support for faculty development that promotes strategic institutional commitments to students' intellectual inquiry, active learning and civic engagement. Faculty participants will share their takeaways from the conference with the VWC community in a "Talk About Teaching" discussion on Thursday, February 25 (12-12:50 p.m., Floyd E. Kellam Jr. Social Science Lab, Room 111). For more information, contact Kathy Stolley, Associate Dean of INTEL, at or 757.233.8768. View Photo