RoTL Summit 2018

Friday, October 12, 2018

Since 1993, thousands of educators in colleges and universities from across the country and globe have participated in this interdisciplinary conference to share results from Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) projects and to discuss innovative teaching techniques. The Summit offers concurrent sessions on individual and collaborative SoTL projects, cutting-edge issues in pedagogy, and student learning in a relaxed, congenial atmosphere. There are also opportunities for participants to network with fellow educators. Participants report that they have learned many new ideas they were able to bring back to campus, and that they have been energized by interacting with a collegial community of educators invested in excellent teaching practices.

Keynote Speaker

Stephen L. Chew, Ph.D.

Professor & Chair, Department of Psychology
Samford University

The Importance of Building Student Trust

Teaching is more than presenting content clearly and coherently. Teaching is about demonstrating the value of that knowledge, explaining how to remember it and use it appropriately, and laying the foundation for continued learning. Little of that will happen if students don’t trust the teacher. I define student trust as the student’s belief that the teacher is competent, will act with integrity, and will act in ways that are beneficial to the student’s success and development. All three components have to be present.