Last week, I had the opportunity to attend (and present a poster) the 5th annual Conference on Higher Education Pedagogy organized by the Center for Instructional Development and Educational Research (CIDER) at Virginia Tech. And was it ever worth the trip to Blacksburg!
The conference has grown dramatically in its five year history from 300 attendees to over 1,000 this year representing 28 countries. Most attendees aren’t education professors, but rather instructors from other disciplines who want to learn more about creating effective learning experiences for their students.
The three-day event was completely free, underwritten by departments within the University and corporate sponsors. They even printed and hung up my poster free of charge! Free or low-cost doesn’t always high-quality, but I have to say, it was a fantastic event.
The opening keynote was excellent, and I attended 8 sessions and visited 4 poster presentations. Only one session was a bit of a bust, and from all the others, I left with new ideas, new tools, and in some cases, new networking contacts for further inquiry or partnerships.
I’m hoping to write separate blogposts reflecting on lessons gleaned in each session to help me process and to share resources, but I just wanted to thank the CIDER staff for organizing a high-quality professional development experience that, hands down, wins “best value” of any professional conference I’ve ever attended.
So if this interests you, stay tuned to their website regarding the 6th annual conference dates – presumably the first week in February. And if you’d like I’ll give you a guided tour of “the motherland” as we call Blacksburg in our house.