This session is designed to set the context and provide a shared conceptual framework for the rest of the day. We'll review the goals and purposes of the session, in particular the intended work products, and address the following questions:
- How has the climate in higher education changed - with greater attention to accountability, learning outcomes, and learner-centeredness - such that improving the quality of teaching and learning have become a higher priority even in research I institutions?
- How could learning science researchers make a meaningful contribution to the improvement of higher education teaching and learning practice - and why should they be interested?
- What is the nature of the gap between research and practice?
- What is the conceptual framework we will be using during the day, so that this diverse group of participants can communicate effectively and we can accomplish our shared goals?
Focus Session Agenda