Innovative Teaching and Learning Symposium

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ITLS is a hub for creative networking with colleagues who are passionate about teaching, nerdy about technology, and interested in raising the bar for student learning.

2019 Keynote Announced!

Nathan Grawe

Nathan Grawe, PhD
Ada M. Harrison Distinguished Teaching Professor of the Social Sciences,
Carleton College

Dr. Nathan Grawe is the Ada M. Harrison Distinguished Teaching Professor of the Social Sciences at Carleton College where he has served on the faculty since 1999. Nathan earned his BA from St. Olaf College and his MA and PhD in Economics from the University of Chicago. His work as a labor economist studies the connections between family background—parental income, family size, family income, and other factors—and educational and labor market outcomes.

Demographic Change and the Long-Term Effect on Higher Education

Demographic forces have persistently nudged the US population away from traditional prospective pools of non-Hispanic white students in the Northeast. The future challenges posed by these trends were exacerbated by a sharp reduction in child birth, brought about by the 2008 financial crisis. Nathan’s talk will explore the implications of these changes for the future demand for higher education in general, and in Texas in particular, specifically near 2026. His projections point to a considerably smaller pool of potential college applicants, and potential high competition for students. Rather than treating all young people as equally relevant for future college demand, Dr. Grawe's projections account for the probability of college attendance conditional on a range of demographic characteristics. After considering how demographic change will shape the market for higher education, Nathan will consider how institutions might respond to shifting markets.

Workshop: Demographic Change and the Classroom

Longstanding demographic trends combined with a recent downturn in fertility promise to reshape the higher education landscape in years to come. While effective recruitment will be critical, these changes will also require faculty and staff to rethink how we engage students once they have arrived on campus. In this workshop, Professor Grawe will lead a discussion of how teaching practices, student support structures, and online teaching might be adapted to meet the challenges that lie ahead. The conversation will include examples from other institutions and successful examples from participants.

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University of Houston

Student Center South

4455 University Dr.
Houston, TX 77204

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Who attends?

ITLS brings together over 250 faculty, instructional support staff and administrators from around the Houston area for a fast-paced, one-day conference. Who should attend? Anyone willing to explore the affordances of educational technology, embrace universal design strategies to create accessible learning environments for all students, create out-of-the-box active learning experiences, and connect with colleagues from disciplines you rarely get the chance to speak with.

The Innovative Teaching and Learning Symposium, a joint venture for all four UH System Universities (UH, UH-Downtown, UH-Clear Lake, and UH-Victoria), is designed to bring together individuals interested in the review and evaluation of emerging technologies. We are interested in interactive sessions for workshops, discovery sessions, information sessions, and hands-on demonstrations that engage and inform participants.

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